Hey everyone! I'll jump straight into it today, I am sharing with you my thoughts and feels on Miss Peregrine's Home forPeculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. This is the first book in the trilogy, which is now finished the last book came out at the start of the month. I had the great fun of going to one of the 5 book launch/release parties and the theme for it was a Peculiar Ball. So many people showed up in costume, I admit I was drawing a blank on what to do to dress up but seeing so many it all made perfect sense. At this event as well were my three favorite Booktubers, one of which the reason I finally started this series *cough* Jessethe Reader, with Katytastic and Polandbananas. So much fun. Questions and talking plus I made some new friends who booktube, Sanaa at InkBonesBooks and Sara at SarawithoutanH. I also got to meet the author and get my books signed plus a cool tote bag (and who doesn't love tote bags), a peculiar calendar and poster so this event was a huge win in my book. I'll post pictures throughout post, sorry for the quality I was using my phone and well it's hard to focus and laugh at the same time.
Rating: 4 Stars
Okay for those of you who don't know what this series is about I'm going to try and explain the idea without ruining the story. This series is based around a bunch of old photographs, some of which are kind of creepy. They also include the images in the book (I've been told they don't work as well on e-reader though) which really adds an extra element into the book. Modern day sixteen-year-old Jacob grew up on tales of his grandfathers adventures and of a home full of peculiar children. He grows to not believe the tales of course but after a tragedy, Jacob finds himself going to the isolated island in Wales where this home of peculiars was said to live. He finds the abandoned and crumbling home he finds there may be truth to his grandfathers old tales, and even stranger, these peculiar children may still be alive.
Basically this book has a lot going for it, especially for October. It has the whole creepy mood going for it with old photographs that seem hard to explain some of, monsters, time loops, and children with peculiar powers! I went in a bit unsure, knowing after hearing Jesse the Reader gush about this series and push it so often I'd have to give it a try but then when Bogdana at Bogdana The Booknerd said she wanted to read them as well and gave me more information, that peculiar meant powers, I was ready to check them out. Then Ransom coming to the area for the release of the third book I had to be on top of things, so we read them with our Goodreads group.
The book starts out moving pretty quick, drawing you in. Then for me it had a bit of a slow moment where I was questioning if I'd finish but then right as I thought that it drew me right back in. The story was well written and seemed to go quickly with the design of whole pages taken up by pictures here and there. Also the book itself has one of those old school feels under the cover and it is beautifully done design wise. The cast of characters are so unique in their peculiarity but also their distinct personalities were fun to get to know. I think Mildred might be my favorite, though I have a special place in my heart for each of them.
|The Costume winners! OMG I just adored little Addison!|
I will say the biggest suggestion I can make is to go into it without much information and be surprised. Also don't over think the time loop aspect, just go with it. Just know you're going to meet some peculiar children, do some peculiar things, have some monsters to deal with, and lots of interesting learning about the world.
|My new friends!|
That's all for now. I hope you check it out. Also don't forget tomorrow I am posting my spot on the blog tour for Quanta and I'll have goodies like an excerpt from the story, hilarious one that doesn't spoil, an author interview, my review of course, and they are hosting a giveaway as well so check back tomorrow for that. Also despite my wanting to quit having 8 books going at once I am still reading several at once and plan to have some good reviews heading your way. Share your thoughts and comments below please.
|Xtinemay, Jesse, and Kat!|
Until next time…