Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Book Review - Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children - Ransom Riggs

“We cling to our fairy tales until the price for believing in them becomes too high.” 

I really, really, really, really, wanted to love this book, really. Everything about it just screamed 'You will love me', the cover, the idea, the fact that Tim Fucking Burton (his true name) is making a movie out of it. I thought, finally, a creepy novel I can get into.

This is the reason you shouldn't judge a book by its cover. 

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children is about 16 year old Jacob, who after witnessing a family death goes on a journey to Wales to discover the crumbled remains of Miss Peregrine's home. What follows is a very peculiar adventure.

Firstly, I would like to say, this isn't a scary book, not even mildly. I have read some reviews of people that adore this book (most people do, it seems to be the in Instagram and Tumblr book right now, so please don't hate me for my feelings on this!) and they all seem to find it really creepy. 

I suppose the photographs could be creepy, if they weren't so obviously fake, but the plot itself just isn't. The whole plot just pans out really blandly. There are teases of some depth to the world of the peculiar children, including the town raids, but they are merely mentioned and passed over. I would have loved to have seen an actual raid, to see the darker side of the children, who feel the need to vent their frustration out on innocent town members, hurting them, burning their homes. Plus I think there would be more to the characters if, perhaps, instead of being perpetual children, mind and body, that they aged mentally inside of their childish forms. I know this would make Miss Peregrine a little redundant as a teacher, but it makes more sense.

The relationship between Jacob and Emma is also.... just plain weird. That is all I have to say on that.

Like I said. I really wanted to like this book, and I know so many people adore it, but, I found it boring. And also really easy; I finished it in a day. Because of this, I give it a 2 out of 5. I will be seeing the movie, in the hopes that Tim Burton can save the plot, but I won't be reading the sequels. 

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