30 October 2011
Book Review: Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
Author: Ransom Riggs
Publisher/Year: Quirk Books / 2011
Date Finished: 10 October 2011
Source/Format: Review Copy / Print
Book #: 80
Buy | Borrow | Accept | Avoid
The Short and Sweet of It
Jacob grew up on his grandfather's stories of an orphanage where the children had special abilities. He even had pictures to prove it: levitating girls, invisible boys, and other peculiar children featured in his stories and his pictures. Then there were the stories of evil monsters with visages of horror. Eventually Jacob came to disbelieve these tall tales. A dramatic event shifts Jacob's beliefs, and he is faced with a life altering decision.
A Bit of a Ramble
I have no clue why I am not in love with this book. Seriously. It seems right up my alley: time loops, people with strange powers, history, and gorgeously intriguing, vintage pictures. But for some reason, I ended up liking, but not loving, the book. And I wish I could give you a specific reason. I actually considered not writing up a review because I figured it would be relatively pointless, but I did want to get my ideas out there (as disjointed, vague, and probably useless as they are) because I still think it's a worthy read.
I finished the book in two sittings, so the pacing did keep me turning the page. But. Damn the but. But I found myself willing to do a bit of skimming, something I very rarely do. I am one of those strange readers who focuses on every single word. I do not skim. But from time to time, I found myself wishing thing would just progress a bit further. Maybe I was in the mood for a faster pace and should have held off on reading this. Maybe it's something about reading this right after finishing two John Green books.
The occasional desire to skim aside, I am glad I finished the book, and I will more than likely read the next book in the series.
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