Book Review: Ms. Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children

5/30/2012

Jacob used to believe his grandfather.

When Abraham Portman was still alive, he would always tell the 7-year-old Jacob wonderful stories of his life before the war, living in a beautiful home that was guarded by a bird who smoked a pipe. Jacob cherished these stories and even told them to his classmates, who would only tease him and berate him for them. As he grew up he stopped believing his grandfather's stories, until that one night that changed his life...



miss peregrine's home for peculiar children book review

Last May 9, 2012, I bought this book entitled "Ms. Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children".

It was the book's cover that caught my eye. I was in the bookstore looking for a some good read, and I found this.




Being a lover of scary stories, I immediately found the front cover interesting. It looks kinda scary, y'know? :) Even the back cover looked good and it definitely sparked my interest. I wasn't really planning to buy it, but it looked really interesting. My curiosity got the best of me so I bought it. Hahaha. ;)


miss peregrine's home for peculiar children book review

Jacob Portman, the protagonist and narrator of the story, is a sixteen-year-old boy with a very adventurous and seemingly "forgetful" grandfather who used to tell him countless stories about the orphanage he grew up in and the magical people who stayed there. Born to a family who owns more than a hundred drugstores in the country, he lived the first 15 years of his life in peace and boredom. But his peaceful, boring, and not to mention lonely, life was shattered when his grandfather was mysteriously murdered, his last words telling Jacob that he was to find the magical island where his grandfather once lived. The worst part is that he was the only one who saw the otherworldly assailant. That event thrusts him into a series of adventures that would hopefully unravel the secrets of his grandfather's life, probably even his too.

miss peregrine's home for peculiar children book review

The first few pages reminded me of  some 80's movie, but delving deeper in the book, I found that it was a lot like Gakuen Alice. You know, the manga that was also turned into an anime series of the same name? There are a lot of similarities between the two, albeit with different presentations. In GA it was a school, and in Ms. Peregrine's it was an orphanage. Instead of children with "Alices", here we find children with "Peculiarities".

But if Gakuen Alice is for all ages, Ms. Peregrine's has a somewhat dark theme to it. Nevertheless it is still a very easy book to read and if you're like me who is fond of happy endings, the dark themes could be easily overlooked.
   
It has mentions of incest, adultery, and sheep poop though, so be warned. :)

If you like mystery and fantasy, then you would definitely like it. The story is also very realistic, except for the latter parts, and fun to read. Probably the best thing about this book is the pictures! They're not made for this book, they are real vintage pictures from real people. And actually, the story was based on the pictures and not the other way around. They add to the creepy factor of the book. Very fascinating indeed. I couldn't even put it down so I read it for 4 hours straight. :D It's one of my favorite reads now. Highly recommended.

Title: Ms. Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children
Author: Ransom Riggs
Genre: Fantasy

What I liked: The plot is good, and the story takes its time to build up the chilling factor. The photographs definitely make the book more compelling to read. Open-ending, which calls for a sequel.
What I didn't like: If you were expecting for a horror story, like I was, then prepare to be disappointed.

I definitely recommend this. Haha. I find it really cool and it's one of my favorite books now. Check it out you guys. :)

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