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Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

Riggs, Ransom (Book - 2013 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
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After a family tragedy, Jacob feels compelled to explore an abandoned orphanage on an island off the coast of Wales, discovering disturbing facts about the children who were kept there.
Authors: Riggs, Ransom
Title: Miss Peregrine's home for peculiar children
Publisher: Philadelphia, PA : Quirk Books, c2013.
Edition: First paperback edition.
Characteristics: 382 p. :,ill., ports. ;,21 cm.
Summary: After a family tragedy, Jacob feels compelled to explore an abandoned orphanage on an island off the coast of Wales, discovering disturbing facts about the children who were kept there.
Local Note: 6 7 8 9 15 24 118 138 152 160 172 173 210 211 222 226 242 274 276 278 280
ISBN: 9781594746031
Statement of Responsibility: by Ransom Riggs
Subject Headings: Orphanages Fiction. Islands Fiction. Teenage boys Fiction. Wales Fiction.
Genre/Form: Young adult fiction.
Topical Term: Orphanages
Islands
Teenage boys
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Sep 16, 2014
  • Nymeria23 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I would have given this book five stars, if it hadn't for the blurb of what it was about. I read this because my book club was also, and was so disinterested in it. It felt so boring, and I feared the rest of the book would be too. Then, something extraordinary happens. I could feel my interest level zoom up a couple notches. I kept reading, with a little more gusto than before, and made myself pay attention to the book. Suddenly, I start getting the creeps (which, for this alone I need to applaud the author for, because he wrote the first ever material I felt was scary), and then BAM! The whole book just became infinitely more great. WOW I was not expecting for that to happen. I was so shocked that I was so caught off guard by the plot twist that I had to stop and take a few moments to pick my jaw up from the floor. I was suddenly so intrigued that I couldn't put the book down. This book was really good, and kept my attention up until the last sentence. I was hanging on every word. Now I'm excited for the sequel and hope I can read it soon.

Sep 05, 2014
  • mmcbeth29 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I usually flip through a book a little bit before reading it. The first thing that drew me in about this book were the unusual vintage photographs that he used to create this story. Many people felt his use of the photographs was contrived, but I found it intriguing. I looked forward to turning the page to see how he matched up storyline with photographs.

In a nutshell, Jacob's grandfather has been telling him stories his whole life about these mysterious children and the monsters he has been running from. Jacob doesn't take it seriously until an event forces him to look for answers. Towards the end, he figures out how he fits into the whole scheme of things and that, no, he is not crazy.

From the very beginning I was riveted and could not put down the book. I wanted to know if it was all real. Who were these kids? And how did these strange and bizarre photographs fit? I don't usually read books that border on the dark and have an element of horror to them, but I think the photographs kept me reading. I give a 5th star to the author for his creative use of them. Many people are equating this story to that of x-men, but I'm not seeing it. This has more of a 19th century feel to it. The time of the freak shows where the unexplained happened. Others are complaining that the story and writing style are watered down, but I think these people are used to the more dark and dramatized paranormal stories. Watered down once in a while is not a bad thing! Sure, there are a few holes in the story. But this did not keep me from wanting to keep turning the pages to the end.

Would I recommend this book? YES. For ages 16 and up due to language, sexuality, horror, violence and gruesomeness.

It must be a good book, I'm 17th in line!!!!!!

Jul 25, 2014
  • LT rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

FF&F

Jul 17, 2014
  • bandblair rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

Started off really interesting and unique, but got really boring fast. Not sure what the hype is about.

Jul 12, 2014
  • sfogs rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book lives up to it's name!
The whole book is peculiar, even the way it's set out with the old photos.
I really enjoyed this book, it's quiet unique.

An amazing book that will actually make you feel like your there with the children. An awesome read

Jul 09, 2014
  • marlenetee rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Interesting book. Interesting premise. Got a bit bored toward the end and had to fight to finish it.

Jul 09, 2014
  • love2read123 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This was a great book! A lot of mystery and eerieness! Creepy and cool! Definitely a must read.

Jul 09, 2014
  • rotondim rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

I read this for a book club. I was interested in the photographs in the book but the story was not very well written.

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Sep 05, 2014
  • mmcbeth29 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

mmcbeth29 thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

Booklover1235 thinks this title is suitable for 11 years and over

Jul 05, 2014
  • readsalot80 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

readsalot80 thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over

Paul_F_Sullivan thinks this title is suitable for 61 years and under

Jun 25, 2014
  • mkastar rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

mkastar thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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addie135 thinks this title is suitable for 15 years and over

Jun 05, 2014
  • zuna rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

zuna thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 11 and 17

May 28, 2014
  • sarangdipity rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

sarangdipity thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 13 and 23

Apr 07, 2014
  • red_crocodile_191 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

red_crocodile_191 thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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Jacob llived an ordinary life except the amazing magical stories his grandfather told him of magical children and the monsters. But when his grandfather dies and jacob belives it's the monsters he may find out that his life is way more than ordinary, It's peculiar.

Jul 09, 2014
  • love2read123 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Jacob is just an ordinary teenage boy with an ordinary life. But after a tragic family accident takes place, he begins to find his grandfathers old story's haunting him. He must return to the old home his grandfather lived in as a child and discover the mystery living right within its very walls.

Sep 27, 2013
  • mvkramer rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Jacob Portman is a typical disaffected upper-class teen drifting through life, but he has a rather atypical grandfather. When Jacob was young, his grandfather told him wild tales of his youth, fighting monsters and living with a group of incredible children on an island in Wales. Stories that Jacob has long since stopped believing...until something terrible happens that sends him searching for the lost island of his grandfather's youth. What Jacob finds will change his life and his understanding of reality forever.

Jul 20, 2013
  • black_cobra_252 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children is a very creepy book involving mystery and some action. It is the story of Jacob who grew up hearing stories from his grandfather about peculiar children with supernatural abilities. As he grew up he thought those stories were fake but when his grandfather dies, he sees a monster at the death scene and tries to follow clues his grandfather left him to find the peculiar children and their headmistress, Miss.Peregrine.

Oct 21, 2011
  • staceytomasello rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

When 15 year old Jacob witnesses the horrific death of his beloved grandfather, all he has left are his cryptic last words and the terrifying image of the beast Jacob is sure killed him. Everyone around Jacob thinks he's gone crazy. When he finds a letter to his grandfather from his old headmistress, he travels to Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children searching for answers. What he finds is a tiny island filled with drunks and a big old house that was bombed over 70 years ago. Though everyone was rumored to have been killed, Jacob suspects that Miss Peregrine and her peculiar children may still be alive.

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Sexual Content: A few kisses and mentions of romantic relationships.

Violence: Multiple deaths, a few fight scenes with blood.

Sexual Content: Lots of this

May 12, 2012
  • AnastasiaRomanuk rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Coarse Language: Some swearing

Feb 08, 2012
  • jsuddsjr rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Otherworldly creatures with a murderous craving for fresh blood. Final confrontation scenes were fairly intense.

Feb 08, 2012
  • jsuddsjr rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Coarse Language: One example: "Priest Hole" -- misunderstood over the telephone as pisshole.

Nov 21, 2011
  • lilmisslibrary rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Other: I don't believe there was much swearing at all.

Oct 21, 2011
  • staceytomasello rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Coarse Language: Lots of swearing

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Jul 09, 2014
  • love2read123 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"Then, a few years later, when I was fifteen, an extraordinary and terrible thing happened, and there was only Before and After."

Jul 20, 2013
  • black_cobra_252 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

“I used to dream about escaping my ordinary life, but my life was never ordinary. I had simply failed to notice how extraordinary it was.”

"'Just to make sure I understand," I said. 'If today is september third 1940, then tomorrow is... also September third?"'

Oct 29, 2012
  • BookFaerie27 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

“Stars, too were time travelers. How many of those ancient points of light were the last echoes of suns now dead? How many had been born but their light not yet come this far? If all the suns but ours collapsed tonight, how many lifetimes would it take us to realize that we were alone? I had always known the sky was full of mysteries – but not until now had I realized how full of them the earth was.”

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