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

May 18, 2013 3.5 stars, Book Review 21 ★★★½

Pabkin’s One Liner: Peculiar is exactly what this is!


A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. And 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 who once lived here – one of whom was his own grandfather – were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a desolate island for good reason.

And somehow – impossible though it seems – they may still be alive.

​​I listened to Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children on audio book instead of reading it. The voice acting was really well done. There was only one character voice the narrator did that I wasn’t happy with​, I forget her name at this point – but she was the little girl his grandpa was sweet on.

Am I the only one that finds it’s hard to remember names after listening to an audio book rather than reading it? When I read it – I can see the name swim in front of my eyes when I mentally picture the character – but when all I have is a voice I always lose the name.  Maybe I’m peculiar.

There was quite a bit of mystery and menace in this book.  Though I definitely think I could have used much more menace to match the peculiar. The premise was so interesting and I loved the idea that all of the children used to be in a circus.  Though I can imagine that must have been a difficult life.

It made me wander though – would they still act as children if they were close to a hundred or older? I tried not to let this tickle my mind too much because then I would have gone “ICK” in a few parts.  It was a sweet read and I’m interested to know what happens to all of the children and the villainous “whites” that are after them!

My one regret is that I didn’t get to see the photos that I had heard about from a friend who read the print edition. I think this took away from the overall experience and for that reason I would recommend anyone invested in this title definitely read it in print.


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21 Responses to “Review: Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs”

  1. kimbacaffeinate

    I have the book and loved the photos. I had an opportunity to speak to the author and how this all came about was fascinating. Ya know I thought about the children being a 100 too, but they weren’t really exposed to the outside, didn’t age and were taken care of ..i mean if you could play all day and remain 10 wouldn’t you?

    • Tabitha the Pabkins

      Very true indeed I think I probably would – I’d read and play and be young forever! This was a review I had sitting around for awhile but when I realized the next book was coming out I got all excited and realized I enjoyed it more than I thought I did. haha

    • Tabitha the Pabkins

      I prefer reading also but audio definitely has its uses. I listen to them while I drive and also while putting the baby to sleep, or doing other things that don’t require brain power… funny that I lump driving in with that huh? haha

    • pabkins

      I am definitely interested is seeing what becomes of all these hundred year old kids haha

  2. Bookworm1858

    I think the pictures were some of the best parts of the book so it’s sad that you missed out on them. I don’t really listen to audiobooks but I’ve noticed that I absorb the printed word better than digital books-it’s just lacking in solidity.

    • pabkins

      I agree I definitely take in the printed word better as well. But ever since my baby was born 9 months ago I have way less time to read. So I augment this with audio books. So my review books I read and the books I’m interested in but don’t mind listening to get audio. My own books that I’m hot to read I still READ for the most part.

  3. Alba @ BookPics

    I’ve never ever owned nor seen an audiobook here so I wouldn’t know about the characters names being forgotten BUT I do know I wan to try it out sometime.

    I’ve been trying to get this book for a while now… But I’ve never read anything like it… Everyone seems to either really love it or hate it so I’m still torn but good to know you were left wanting to find out more about the story 😀


    • Tabitha the Pabkins

      It was definitely very interesting. I think I would have enjoyed reading it more than listening. But with limited time I gotta do what I gotta do! No audio books in El Salvador? They are really expensive – I don’t buy them anymore – I just borrow them from the library!

  4. Alba @ BookPics

    😀 Awww. Well, you’re right. At least you got to know the story 🙂

    Nope, no audiobooks. I’ve seen they are expensive but since we don’t have libraries either… -just the academical type ones- I’m stuck with buying books. I don’t know what having a library means 🙁


    AFter this would you continue listening to audiobooks? Even if you risk forgetting characters's names and stuff?

    • Tabitha the Pabkins

      LOL – Yes I will always listen to audio books! I think I forgot names only because I wrote the review like a month after I listened to the book. For audio books I LOVE I remember the names no matter what. It all depends on if I’m loving the story. LIke I’m listening to Crewel on audio book – I’d rather read it but I REALLY wanted to get it read this month because I’m trying to get book 2 at BEA.

      • Alba @ BookPics

        Hope you have finished by now -sorry for the late reply lol-

        And hope you have an amazing time at BEA!!! 😀 take pics!! Like tons of them 😀

  5. pammypam

    i loved this book. cant wait to get it in paperback.

    p.s. i wonder if Miss P’s school needs a librarian?
    i’m just sayin.

    • Tabitha the Pabkins

      I totally think they need a librarian. Push the books on those kids. With all those years to read could you imagine how much I could have gotten read? #swoons

  6. Fatma Shahin

    aaah i loved this book! The writing style was so good and the whole premise of the story was so incredibly unique!

  7. La Coccinelle

    Oh, gosh! I can’t imagine listening to this particular book instead of reading a physical copy. That’s part of the experience. The photos were a really cool aspect of the book; it was fun to see how the author tied them together with the story.
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    • Tabitha (Pabkins)

      I completely agree. Luckily I snatched up a copy afterwards so that I could go back and look at the photos.

      Oddly enough when I read the second book I didn’t find I really needed the photos. I mean yes they were cool but I don’t think listening to the first and reading the second changed my personal experience much. Normally it would because I am a highly visual person so I don’t know why it didn’t in this case.
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