Chrissy’s Review: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar ChildrenMiss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
written by Ransom Riggs
published by Quirk, 2011

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Did I enjoy this book: 
It was okay. It was odd and peculiar; that’s for sure.

It took me about 100 – 130 pages to get into the story. I would have DNF’d it had it not been my book club’s pick. With that said, though, the last 100 pages had me glued to my Nook . . . not because it was so phenomenal or great or anything like that, but because I wanted to see how it ended. (And that’s the reason I’m giving this book 3 stars instead of a lower rating.)

Speaking of the ending, I was disappointed. It wasn’t satisfying. In fact, ****SPOILER ALERT**** it ends in a cliffhanger. That was a bummer. And I don’t think I’ll read any more books in this series. And while we are still in the ***SPOILER ALERT*** portion of my review, the whole plot device of Golan being all those different people was just too much. How did he become Jacob’s psychologist? And are Jacob’s parents really that moronic??? So many things just didn’t work for me. ****SPOILER  ALERT OVER****

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is an interesting story, and it had so much potential. The pictures were the most interesting part for me. However, the story as a whole just fell short for me. It didn’t live up to the hype.



Would I recommend it: I don’t think I would go out of my way to recommend it, but if someone asked me about it specifically, then I would probably recommend it if it seems to fit the person.


About the book – from Goodreads: 
A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of curious photographs.

A horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.

A spine-tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography,Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children will delight adults, teens, and anyone who relishes an adventure in the shadows.





  1. I had heard enough about the book that I thought, hmmm. Perhaps…
    Glad to have read your insightful review. I’d be so bummed if I got to the end and it was a cliffhanger. Grrrrrrr.

    • I was the same way. I had heard quite a bit about Miss Peregrine’s, and I thought maybe I would try it. It just didn’t go the way I expected it to go. And grrrrrrrrrrrrr is right!