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I enjoyed the mystery of this story as it developed, but the ending was a bit abrupt after taking so much time to develop the plot line. Looking forward to reading the sequel!
This book/movie was recommended to me by a friend, and I watched the movie first. I really enjoyed the movie so I decided to read the book. It did not like it as much as the movie and it was kinda hard to follow in some spots.
I did not really enjoy this book. It was a very interesting concept for a book and I think that the idea is really good but none of the characters really caught me, there were none of them that I really liked. Along with that the writing was not super fun to read. I know that people really love this book series but I dont think it really lives up to the hype. I did really enjoy the pictures though. I really like the idea of having actual old pictures that connect into the story that was a very cool idea. It gave the reader a connection to the story a little bit and made me want to keep reading so I could get to the next picture and see what it was all about.
A fantastic fantasy story with a few twists and turns that kept me wondering into the night what would happen next. A young adult has to come to terms with his history and what it means to him. Amazing read can't wait to read the next novel
I've never been one to really read ,and by that I mean I used to hate reading . But when I started reading this book I could not put it down so much better than the movie ,I never could have imagined my self reading a 300 page book and not losing interest . But it was such a good book I finished it in under a week !
I was a bit suspicious of this book based on its apparently impossible popularity, but I was sold by the first chapter. I was especially pleased with the way this book examines Jacob's experience in both the normal, modern world and the peculiar world. The whimsy of the Miss Peregrine's home was all-together delightful, but what elevated a nice concept of super-human children was the background given to the main character, both through his grandfather's relationships with him and his father and his continued struggles with his therapist. The use of photographs to support the narrative was so seamless that I thought the images were created for the story until very late in the book. Overall, I would recommend this story as an excellent escapist read.
This is one of those YA books that doesn't quite hold up for adult audiences. Definitely has an interesting premise and compelling characters; but the plot dragged for me. I'm not inclined to read the subsequent 2 books. But, for sure a book with a lot of imagination!
Kansas City Public Library- former leader of "Best Sellers" Book Club, Mike B.-
Surprise, Surprise, this book was a page turner, full of visuals, a great back story
that full circle leads back to the main character and grandson who take us all on
a terrific journey to a magical land complete with magic characters that were amazing,
colorful, and entertaining. Went on for a bit.... sorry! Not all books we have read have
been unanimously enjoyed by the group, but this was one of them, even as we read
the story we all came to the conclusion that this story would make a great motion picture!
I would recommend this book to all ages! Thanks for reading.
Originally I was worried this might be too scary for me (I have to close my eyes during movie trailers for scary films), but thankfully it wasn't. It was a real page turner that kept me interested the entire time. I especially loved all of the pictures!
So incredible! I'm not sure why it took me so long to finally read this, but I'm excited for the second book!
I love how he used real, unaltered photos and wrote his characters and story line around them. I think that's incredible!
This book really amazed me. It's one of my favorite book I ever read. This book sometimes make me laugh for some reason. When grandpa Portman died, Jacob went to this island called Cairnholm and met peculiar kids and Ms. Peregrine who grandpa Portman mentioned in the letter. I recommend it to those who are 11 and up. The picture in this novel sure looks different than I even imagined.
Literally in the top five books I have ever read, and believe me, that's saying something. I've read a lot of books and I'm pretty hard to impress.
This series, however, is one of the most beautifully constructed tales I have ever had the joy of reading. The pacing is well done and the way that the author sets the mood with the eerie, apprehensive atmosphere is genius.
The characters are memorable and unique and I found myself tearing up when I finished the series. A great gift for just about any age, although because of the content writing style, I'd recommend it for 12 and up.
The series is imaginative and well-planned with plenty of twists, turns and mysteries.
The use of real vintage photos throughout the book is quite unique and an absolutely genius idea that grants the story a haunting, eerie edge.
The lore of the peculiars is well thought out and the overall atmosphere of the book is wonderful.
I must also commend the author for his writing style. It's very poetic and beautiful without being preachy or pretentious and I think that this story can appeal to tweens, teens and adults alike.
The messages are positive, the character struggle with right and wrong and I find myself wanting to re-read this over and over.
DISCLAIMER: Please, please, PLEASE read the series before you watch the recently released movie. The movie is EXTRMELY unfaithful to the books and it changes a lot of the characters' powers, ages and relationships.
One thing that I must say bugs me quite a bit is the fact that the main love interest (Emma) is described and shown as being a brunette and not exceptionally pretty in the books is portrayed by a platinum blonde, model-pretty actress in the movies.
I mean...really? Do we REALLY need ANOTHER blonde, gorgeous actress with large amounts of makeup? This isn't to say that she didn't do a good job, because she did and she captured Emma's personality fairly well as well as her relationship with Jacob, but I think the movie would have significantly better had they cast someone with brown hair and brown eyes to play Emma.
Overall, a wonderful series and a pretty good movie. So long as I treat the movie as a sort of parallel universe from the books, I can enjoy it quite a bit.
This delightful book gains from being a first novel. The author is fresh and doesn’t tell a story in any usual fashion. I look forward to more of the trilogy.
this is seriously one of the best books I have ever read, and I have read Harry Potter.
full of adventure this book has you sucked in right from the start, you just have to get into it.
Today I finished the wonderfully written and spectacularly displayed book, Miss. Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. I gave the book 4.5 stars. This book is definitely one of the more interestingly written and, shall I say, peculiar books I've had the pleasure of reading. The prose was wonderful and was well written and developed. I liked the way that the author used pictures and words to create a story. The romance in the book was not instantaneous, though it was a bit weird. I do think that I will continue the series, though maybe later on, as this one took me quite a while to read, though I thoroughly enjoyed it.
This book was awesome. it's up there with an 8 or 9 out of 10. I thought there was a slow progression to get us to the house but it was truly warranted. The main characters development within the story was great. I don't want to give too much away just in case you haven't read it. Don't get this book on audio or you will miss out on the uniqueness of this great novel and how the author intended you to read it.
The 352 page book “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” by Ransom Riggs is a heart pounding novel about a group of children with interesting talents. I liked this book because it was interesting and you never knew what was going to happen next. Unlike some books where you find out things before the main character does, I found that in this book, that didn’t happen. This lead to me wanting to keep reading. I would rate this novel a 6 out of 10. This is because as the book went on, it started to get more and scary. This I did not typically enjoy and was something that I didn’t expect when I started reading this book. Overall, this book was okay, but I probably wouldn’t read any more books in this series.
@bookadventure1322 of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board
Young Jacob has been believing his grand father's story about an island that's home for the peculiar children. The little girl who has strong muscles and can hold up a man without even trying, the girl who can float, the kid that stores bees in his body... and lastly, Miss peregrine, the woman who takes care and looks after the children with the power of turning into a bird... as Jacob grows up, he starts having doubts about everything his grandfather has told him, with the death of his grandfather, he told Jacob to go to the island and look for the home of the peculiar children. The journey begins for Jacob, still having doubts inside his heart, he found the home of peculiar children, finally believing his grandfather. Though, the truth hits him harder, to find that he is also peculiar and is given the power to see through the invisible monsters... a thrilling book, once you start getting into it, it's hard to put it down!
- @mockingbird of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library
Jacob, a boy who grew up fascinated by his grandfather’s stories of children with mysterious powers and horrible monsters, must set out to fulfill his grandfather’s strange and vague dying wish. As Jacob begins to uncover more and more information about who his grandfather really was, Jacob also comes to realize that his grandfather’s stories may have been based on fact rather than fiction. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is an amazingly well-written book with a large and diverse cast of interesting characters, excellent pacing, and compelling lore. Ransom Riggs has a very interesting style of storytelling, involving the use of old photographs and a movie-like style of writing to create a fresh way of experiencing a novel. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is a must-read for people of all ages. 5/5 Stars
- @Fulton of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library
This was a very interesting comic adaption of the book, I enjoyed it very much!!
The start of a trilogy and upcoming movie, Riggs uses stirring images to fuel this story of "peculiar" children. The main character, Jacob, grew up listening to his grandfather's tales of life in a children's home and his time fighting the Nazis. After his grandfather's unusual death, Jacob sets out to learn the truth behind the stories and the children in the pictures. Creative and original.
It seems like a such a promising start: a book based around creepy old photos. There are good parts of the book like Jacob’s conflict about existing between the normal world and the supernatural world of the peculiar children. Jacob’s devotion to his grandfather’s memory is also a bright spot in the novel. However, there were too many plot lines that seemed to go nowhere; the conflict between Jacob’s parents, Jacob’s strange and only friend, questions about Miss Peregrine’s plans, etc. I know there are more books in the series, but this novel still should have been able to stand on its own more than it did.
Good, Exciting book, I really liked it, The pictures were really interesting and the writing was really good, I enjoyed the storyline, although it was a tad scary, It was a really good book!
This book kept me captivated and intrigued from page one. With its weird and creepy plot and mysteries, this is a book series that you don't want to miss! I can't wait to read the second and third. I would totally suggest it to a friend.