I really enjoyed Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. Ransom Riggs has created a wonderfully compelling story with fantastic characters. I absolutely loved the usage of the old photographs throughout the story, it was a very unique way of adding depth to the story and made reading this book a more complete experience. Sometimes while reading a novel I’ll wish that I could see an illustration of a particular character or location and it’s great that these photographs are used as a way to encompass the reader that much more in the story. Of course you can always use your imagination to decide what a character or location looks like but it’s nice to be able to see the author’s version as well.
Riggs has a magical writing style that really pulls the reader into the book. Unfortunately the writing isn’t consistent through out the book- there are a few parts where it seems as if someone else has taken over the writing and the quality falters. Most of these parts are action scenes, when you least want to be pulled out of the story that you were previously so engrossed in. When I say it’s as if someone else has written these parts I don’t mean to imply that Riggs hasn’t written the entire book (I’m sure that he has), it’s just that the voice changes so much and the quality falters so much that it is jarring and doesn’t seem to match the beauty of the rest of the book. There is one spot in particular that I really disliked, it felt as it was thrown in to create tension but it just disgusted me instead. It felt really unnecessary and took away from the magic of the story. Luckily there are not many rough parts and for the most part the story is very engrossing.
The plot is very fun to read because it’s got a bit of everything: drama, romance, fantasy, action and it flows very well. The characters in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children are absolutely amazing. I don’t want to spoil anything for anyone who hasn’t read it yet so I’ll just say that they are very cleverly written and well detailed, they add a lot to this book.
I would give this book a 4/5- it’s a great read and I recommend that you check it out.