Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
My Goodreads rating: 5 stars
This novel perfectly blends fantasy with war-torn Britain, along with a side of contemporary America. Its characters are fascinating, the story gripping, and I adore Ransom Riggs’ use of the old photographs. As a story, Miss Peregrinewould be perfectly readable without the pictures but they just add something else to the experience. (I do know of course that
the characters and story are inspired by the pictures but you don’t necessarily need to look at the pictures to appreciate the story. Although you should.)
Now it’s not a horror story and to be honest it’s not really very creepy even though it seems to have been marketed that way, but it definitely has a darker side. If you want a fluffy sort of fantasy this is not for you. But if you want a gruesome, terrifying fantasy, this is not for you either. It’s a nice in-between.
I endeavour to keep my reviews spoiler free but beware of potential spoilers for Hollow City and Library of Souls beyond this point.
My Goodreads rating: 4 stars
A great continuation of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. I didn’t love this as much as I loved the first one, it feels a bit rushed, like the characters jump from place to place really quickly and there’s always SO MUCH DANGER. Like I know there’s supposed to be danger but it all feels a little bit convenient?
Also I want a better explanation of how the aging thing works? So in Miss Peregrine’s we’re told that if any of the peculiars spend more than a few hours outside their loop all their years catch up to them, but by the end of this novel they’ve all been out of the loop for days and everyone’s fine. Can it be any loop? Or is it because they’ve mostly been in 1940 not the present? I don’t understand.
Apart from that this is a fantastic book. I’m loving the character growth across the board – watching these kids who have spent years in their loop adapt to the outside world (be it 1940 or present day) is really interesting – although Jacob is still a bit of an idiot and there have been a couple of moments where I’ve wanted to scream at him.
I’ve already started Library of Souls and I’m so excited.
Library of Souls
My Goodreads rating: 4 stars.
This is such a bittersweet ending to the series.
On the one hand, SO. MUCH. ACTION.
But on the other hand.. TOO. MUCH. ACTION.
I appreciate this was the finale of the trilogy and there are a lot of things that need resolving, but, like in Hollow City, there’s just so much constantly going on. It makes it really hard to ever put the book down – which is usually a good thing – but when the whole book is just GO GO GO sometimes it’s a little much.
Also loads of new characters get introduced in this last book; although a lot of them are a bit two-dimensional. And some of them cause so many plot twists near the end, that by the last few pages I was practically dizzy.
That said, it was a fantastic finale. Because there are so many twists and turns you never know what’s going to happen next and at every single cliffhanger you do have to wonder, “how on Earth will they make it out of this?!” But of course they (mostly) do and that leads to a nicely wrapped up ending – apart from the part where Jacob’s parents still think he’s crazy.
Overall, this book – and the whole series – are really good, bar a couple of things that in my opinion do let it down. Definitely a series I would recommend for anyone who enjoys YA fantasy with a slightly darker side.