Friday, May 15, 2015

Book Review | Miss Peregine's Home for Pecuilar Children by Ransom Riggs

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children #1)

Author: Ransom Riggs
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Publisher: Quirk
Page Number: 352
Genre: Paranormal
Publication Date: June 7, 2011
Synopsis from Goodreads: 
A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of curious photographs.

A horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.

A spine-tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography.

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My Review:
This book. Is very strange. But unique. And I did enjoy it. Somewhat.
I think the thing I liked the most about this book was the vintage photography, mainly because it scared the hell out of my friends, much to my amusement. All the pictures were really cool, as they displayed their powers in a mysterious, but beautiful way. 
This book didn't live up to my expectations. Jesse from Jessethereader loved this book, so I thought I'd love it too, because we usually have similar taste, but no.
I hated all the characters, and you all know that the characters are usually my favorite part in books. 
The characters were all so bland and cliche and boring and stupid. I didn't connect to any of them, at all. Especially Emma. I just don't get her. 
This book wasn't scary at all. It felt like a children's book. Yes, the photographs were creepy, but no, the story wasn't very horrifying or terrifying. 
This book had one of the things I DESPISE when not done well: insta-love. *shudder*. The two main characters fell in love out of NO WHERE, because of his grandfather? No. Please. No. I felt no bond between the two, no purpose in the romance, other than to add another 50 pages of them kissing. 
The writing was BORING. I didn't like it at all. It didn't flow much, and felt weird. 
The story was sort of boring at times as well. I didn't need to know about how he walked on a beach for about two pages. Put some action. Betrayal. Something to spice it up.  
However, I did love the photography a lot, which probably bumped it up another snowflake or something. It really did add to the boringness of the writing sometimes. It also was really interesting and help me infer somethings, which made the mysteries in this book a little more interesting. 
Final conclusion: Forget the hype. As with all YA books these days, this book was overhyped, and I'm glad I read it after the hype, it's not that good.

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