Thursday, December 1, 2011

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar ChildrenMiss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

That was a most unusual and captivating read. Not only did Riggs dig up some weird and, at times, disturbing old photos, but he wrote a story based on them. Not modge podge, slap together kind of story but a very well thought out, articulate, and completely unique story. It's a little bit like the movie, "Big Fish" with some elements of "Night Circus" and then throw in just a dash of "Pushing Daisies" and maybe the creepiness of Nicole Kidman's, "The Others."

The ending was not as strong as the beginning and middle parts but strong enough to not detract from the story. Action packed and history driven, the ending left me a little underwhelmed but only in comparison to the rest of the book.

I let a couple of teenagers read it before I did. It is clean enough for them but does contain a little dialogue I'd be uncomfortable with if they grasped the full meaning. It is still a solid PG rating, based on the gore and disturbing images. Swearing is minimum. Includes no sex. Lots of action, and moderate amounts of violence.

It's a definite keeper.

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