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“I had just come to accept that my life would be ordinary when extraordinary things began to happen.” 

– Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

Miss Peregine's Home for Peculiar Children

With its movie set to release September 30th of this year, the whole internet has been abuzz about the strange, #1 New York Times Best Seller written by Ransom Riggs. A tragic family loss sends Jacob Portman to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he hopes to find some answers about his grandfather’s past. He ends up finding that, and so much more.

Filled with fifty peculiar and sometimes bone chilling pictures that he gathered from multiple people from around the world, Riggs already set his novel up to stand out in the sea of vampires and angels. But Miss Peregrine and her wards would’ve done just fine without the pictures, although they did add a certain unmistakable feel to the story. A twist on the usual ‘Teenagers with Superpowers’, Riggs managed to successfully blend paranormal, historical and thriller all into one story that keeps you on the edge of your seat from cover to cover.

The main character, Jacob Portman, was a refreshing change to the multiple narrators I’ve read in the past. Sarcastic, unsure of himself and intelligent, it’s easy to root for him. He was easy to connect with and often times I felt more for him than I did for Katniss. He was beautifully multi-dimensional and every time I put the book down I couldn’t wait to get back into his head. But to say Jacob was the best character in the story would be a lie. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children was chockfull of colorful and interesting characters. Miss Peregrine herself was beautifully written, as were all her peculiar children. Even Jacob’s dad, who I couldn’t help but feel sorry for, felt so real it shocked me. What I also love is that Riggs gave the peculiar children, who are stuck in a loop of the same day in 1940, some terrifying habits. To practice their powers, they’d play Raid the Village and destroy the village the regular townspeople lived in just for the fun of it. Because the day reset itself everyday, no harm was permanent. Enoch, a little boy who could transfer life from one being to another through the use of various hearts, put Frankenstein to blame with his odd ways. In some ways, he scared me more than the villain.

Speaking of villain, this book did not fail to deliver a great one. When you have such powerful people, you need equally powerful opposing force. And boy, did Riggs give one. You’re introduced to the villains very early on in the story, but don’t learn much about them until later. Much like the rest of the book, their back story is enough to send the hair on the back of your neck standing stiff.

All in all, this isn’t a story to be missed. Unique, well written and surprisingly relatable, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children lives up to all its hype.

 

This guest blog is from Gillian Grant – A lover of all things fictional, whether it be books, movies or TV shows. Cozy sweatshirts, messy hair and a cup of tea make my day. When I’m not writing or reading, I’m usually sleeping or eating junk. Food is life and i will not deprive myself of it! You can find her on Instagram – @paperback_confessions

Melissa Rheinlander Administrator

Melissa Rheinlander is a Momma to a beautiful, spunky, fun loving little girl. Lover of family, friends, books, Mexican Martinis, sometimes Bloody Marys or Margaritas, & Wine. Melissa has worked in publishing for years, helping International Best-selling authors. She is the owner of MSRheinlander Consulting as well as Biblio Babes.

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