Book Review: “Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children” by Ransom Riggs

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There have only been two books in my life that have taken me practically forever to finish: Harry Potter and The Prisoner Of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling and Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs! I’ve always known the issue behind POA but with the other it’s been a mystery. I have always thought it was entertaining but for some odd reason it’s taken me over four years to finally get it off of my TBR list!

The year I purchased the paperback edition was in 2016! I thought it wasn’t that long ago honestly, but I guess I was wrong. I’ve tried to read in 2018 and made some progress but I thought the huge gap in between each time I would stop and read it would confuse me, so once I made the commitment to actually be done with it, I wasn’t necessarily planning on doing a review. It wasn’t until I reached Chapter 9 that I ended up changing my mind and thus, I am here to unleash anything and almost everything…

So, if you haven’t read the first book and want to sometime in the future, please be warn because there might be spoilers listed below.


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A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of very curious photographs. It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience. 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 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.

taken from Goodreads.


I do remember the day I found this book at Walmart, because the film was being released in theaters and I had seen Candice King from The Vampire Diaries talk about it on her Twitter back in 2016, so it was purely a trendy book at the time and I fell into the trap and basically begged my mom for it that day.

When I first began reading, Jacob Portman wasn’t a teenager in my head at all. I pictured him in his early 20’s and this never went away until he actually gets inside the loop itself. I wasn’t the biggest fan of him either, I thought he was cocky and I don’t really care for characters like that in any age, so it was somewhat difficult but once I got over that hurdle, I started to see him in a different light.

I still don’t believe Jacob was a favorite of mine, at least not as much as I adored both Emma Bloom and Millard. The name Millard has been added into this month’s favorite names, but I just pictured him like Griffin in the Hotel Transylvania films, but way smarter and younger of course! I felt like Emma and I could be best friends. I really enjoyed her spunk and understood her compassion for Abe and Jacob. For me, I loved the story between Emma and Abe, more than her and Jacob. I thought this was creepy!

Since I waited basically five years to complete the book to watch the film afterwards, I hadn’t seen the cast list at all, but when we were introduced to Miss Alma Peregrine, also known as “The Bird” I immediately had Helena Bonham Carter in my mind as the perfect person to play her; I know she wasn’t the actress in the movie but I could not get her out of my mind, in every scene she was in, I had this pretty, dressed properly Bellatrix Lastrange image! I could even hear the woman’s posh voice in my ears, that’s how bad it became for me!

Unfortunately, I figured out who the villain was towards the middle, which really caused me to become conflicted about how I would explain it on here. I’m not usually notorious for spotting ‘Easter eggs’ in anything, so as I continued, I was extremely hopeful I was wrong but it didn’t happen and I was super bummed that I put the two together so quickly.

After I finished it on Goodreads, I gave it a 3/5 stars. It was a four at first but I feel like I wasn’t as interested like I thought, plus how it ended wasn’t up to par with others I’ve read this past year, so with that being said I will not be reading the other five books in the series. However, in the mist of writing this review, I’ve probably watched the film and I am hopeful I will write a post about it too, but it will depend on whether I make it through the entire movie, which is why I never wrote about the Wonder film back at the start of the year.

Have you read Miss Peregrine’s Home for Pecilaur Children by Ransom Riggs? What were your thoughts on it?

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Small Idea, Big Gift

Even though Christmas is over, I keep getting Christmas miracles. My small idea of sending Christmas cards half around the world seemed like a hard thing to wrap your head around. Especially if you’re somebody in my family. I’m sure certain ones didn’t want me to send cards out to different countries, but I thought why not? I sent out a total of 22 cards altogether. Seven went overseas. I trusted in God and hoped they’d all arrive to the right people, not necessary at the right time. To me, as long as they got to them I was fine. That’s all I was worried about. If they didn’t go to the person I’d be a wreck and depressed at myself. However, if it did end up like that it would be out of my hands until somebody nice was to send it back to me.

Not only did I sent out seven to people overseas I also sent out a few here in the states. Planning on this was difficult, I have over 100 people that I talk to on Twitter, and I knew not everybody was going to get a card from me. Which I was upset about because I would have love to send one to everybody, but I couldn’t. I’m sorry for the ones who didn’t get one this year, maybe next year. I thought about only sending cards to the ones I talk to the most. Surprisingly, that was an easy list to make. I had to separate everybody up and hope to God some would at least understand why I wanted to do this and lend out their addresses to me. I only had two who didn’t give out their addresses, so I had to do something special for them. I took two pictures of cards I had and uploaded them onto Facebook, and Picniked them for these two people. They loved them!

When I first announced this idea to all my friends, when I asked for addresses, some wanted mine before I send out their’s. I knew about three I was going to get back. At first, I was happy, but worried since two were coming in from overseas, so that was going to make them worry, if their card that they sent out for me was going to arrive. I resured them that it didn’t matter if it arrived on time, it was the thought that counts. It was also very cool to hear how some have NEVER gotten a card from the US. Which that made me all excited! Because I had never gotten a card from Germany, United Kingdom, and Srebia. In the US, it’s kind of normal to get cards from other states, but when it’s countries like them, you’re stunned by what a small idea can do to you. I’m very blessed by the friends I have. I loved making these cards, giving them out, and recieving ones from everywhere. Makes my life less complicated for me to understand.