Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Book Review | Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children

Let me start off by saying Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children is basically a jam up of X Men and The Woman In Black. Sound odd? It was odd.

Ma Bicyclette: Book Review | Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children

I first heard about this book when a friend told me that Tim Burton was in line for directing a film based on it. Me being the Tim Burton addict that I am, I bought it the next week. For now, here's the wonderful book trailer that was directed by Ransom Riggs himself...

If you do plan on reading this, I'm going to have to warn you that the real stuff doesn't kick in until a few chapters in. I found myself taking deep breaths just to stop myself from putting the book down and giving up. I didn't want to do that. I've been on the search for something new and different to read and this was going to be the start.

A coming of age book like many stories revolving around an American teenager, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children seemed to lose steam quite a number of times. The main thing that kept this book alive and kicking were the characters and their peculiar ways. An initial attraction to the book was the strange pictures scattered throughout and I'd say that without these I wouldn't have been as glued to the book as I was.

As we get stuck into the real action, Riggs' writing is enchanting and beautifully descriptive. He has a real skill at creating twists but I felt that more time should have been taken in perfecting these than explaining everything in so much detail. There's detail and there's instruction manuals you get with your new DVD player. I get it, I can read I'm sure I can work out what you're trying to say here.

Show, don't tell.

At times, he would do just this. Describing such delights that I wished I was a part of this mysterious island, creating such wonderful characters with so much depth I wished that I knew them. As a writer, I believe Riggs can only get better. For a debut novel it's a brilliant creation that really pushes what the average mind believes is possible. Maybe next time, Riggs should figure out who his intended audience is because this really was not an adult horror book. I do believe though that it would be a great start for younger readers who want to get into horror or fantasy. It's an easy read with lots happening that really keep up the pace.



  1. I picked up this book almost the day it was released as I've an obsession with 'found' or old photos so that teamed with the blurb made me so curious. It turned out to be one of my favourite reads of the year so far - cannot recommend it enough :-)

    Jem xXx

    1. Hi Jem! The photos were gorgeous weren't they? I'd love them to be available as prints! Nic x

  2. Oooh this sounds quite intriguing and worth checking out! xx