12 Jun 2012

MISS PEREGRINE'S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN.

Thanks to this win courtesy of Nikki (see her review by clicking HERE) and the folk at Quirk Publishing I had the joy of reading ........ 



MISS PEREGRINE'S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN by RANSOM RIGGS. 


A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of very peculiar photographs.


It all waits to be discovered.


 As our story opens, 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 Miss Peregrine's 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 may seem -  they may still be alive.
....... Outer back cover.


FIRST SENTENCE (Prologue): I had just come to accept that my life would be ordinary when extraordinary things began to happen.


MEMORABLE MOMENT (Page 150): The Muslims drove us out. The Christians burned us as witches. Even the pagans of Wales and Ireland eventually decided that we were all malevolent faeries and shape-shifting ghosts.


MY THOUGHTS: If you were only to read one book this year I highly recommend that you seriously consider reading this.


Yes, Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children really is that good.


Combining a wonderfully eerie novel with some old, even eerier photographs this is a truly unique read that is scary enough to send shivers down the spine  without being scary enough to warrant sleeping with the light on.


Featuring some remarkable characters this was a real roller coaster of a read. 


Atmospheric and spine chilling, I'm still undecided as to quite how much the photographs contributed to this.


A book I could rave about for a long while yet but won't - just go read it and see for yourself.


KEEP IT OR NOT?: Oh yes, I'll be keeping this one for sure.



PS. A selection of the photographs used in the book can be found HERE.

23 comments:

Mary (Bookfan) said...

High praise for a book I normally wouldn't be interested in - I'll look for it!

iamjen said...

yiiii, looking at the cover reminds me of Esther from the movie The Orphan. Thanks for the review, now added in my tbr list...

carol said...

The non-ending kind of ruined the book for me. Up until then, I was enjoying it, but I wish I had read a paper copy instead of the e-book version.

naida said...

Wow Petty, I have to check this one out. Lovely review.

Kelly said...

I remember seeing this one reviewed a lot during the RIP challenge. Your excellent review has tipped the scale for me and it's definitely going on my wish list!

GMR said...

Yay! So glad you enjoyed it...I share your sentiments. Quick note, there is a sequel planned for next year (I believe)! ^_^

Vivienne said...

Glad to hear it was good. I have read such mixed reviews on this one. Perhaps a bit of a Marmite book.

So many books, so little time said...

Really like the sound of this one, hadn't heard of this author. Great review

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P.s I am your newest follower

Jenners said...

Well, that is a defnitive review!

Blond Duck said...

I've been hemming or hawing over it...you made up my mind!

Melissa (Books and Things) said...

I enjoyed this one too. I really loved the way the author found the photos and then built a story around them. I really found it fascinating. I also want to read that next book too!

StarTraci said...

In all the years I have known you, I have NEVER read a book before you but this one won my heart a while back. It is so wonderful -- endearing, exciting... so well written. I agree with you. Go out and get it!!!

:-)
Traci

Claudine G. said...

I have this book on my to-read list, Petty. The cover, the title and the storyline all sound/seem fascinating. Your sigh of awe just bumped it up the list, and I have got to read it soon.

Kavita said...

On my list now.Thanks for a detailed review .
Sorry for not visiting you earlier. Tracy , because of prolapsed disk I was not into internet that much.I have not yet fully recovered but my Dr.thinks that it is alright if I spend not more than 30-40 mins a day on net.

Joseph Pulikotil said...

Hello Petty,

greetings and good wishes.

Very interesting book. Could be based on extensive research. Interesting photos. Yes, the book is worth keeping. I have all the long stories of Sherlock Homes.

Best wishes,
Joseph

Betty Manousos said...

indeed sounds like a great read!

thank you for this wonderful review!

xx

Betty Manousos said...

thank you for sharing this wonderful review!

Jinky said...

I'll get to this book ..hopefully soon. Thanks for the recommendation. :)

Heather said...

This has been on my reading list for a while. Must look into finding a copy, soon. Thanks.

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Barbara Fisher said...

I don't think I have read this before would explain why I don't remember it (see my comment on your latest post). It does sound good so I've added it to my list.