Book Review: Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children

I judged a book by its cover. It looks creepy, mysterious, thrilling. It’s not quite fair to say that it isn’t those things, however I am probably not the intended audience. My thirteen or fourteen year old self would have thought all of those things about the novel, my thirty year old self did not. I don’t think I have ever written a bad book review…but this book just didn’t hit the mark for me. Even when I dislike a story, I usually can find something redeeming about the novel – character development, learning new vocabulary, SOMETHING!

It started out promising, with interesting photo’s with a story line that is tailor made to them, twisting and turning effortlessly to match their spookiness. But after a few chapters the plot dies off, the 10 or so characters get harder and harder to keep straight, and I never quite grasped the “loops” and the gravity of their capability.

The ending is lame, with Riggs leaving the reader to surmise what has or hasn’t happened after the peculiars set off on their journey. It seemed like a quickie Lord of The Rings, or Harry Potter to me.

I will pass the novel on to my niece, who is eleven. I think it will open up a world of creativity for her that she doesn’t find in her iPad games. I hope this book will draw her into the world of literacy that so many children have disregarded. I have hope that someone else will enjoy the novel more than I did.

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We read to learn, to feel, to laugh, to understand others. We write to teach, express, communicate, to inspire others. I created Invisible Ink as an outlet of sorts, an area where I can organize the chaos; a place where hopefully I can be true to myself, and my readers. Writing is personal, it takes a brave and dedicated soul to formulate a piece and then share it with the world. That being said, I get just as much out of reading other's work as I do sharing mine ( I am always open to manuscript review swaps, just send me a message). Words read off a page evoke emotions. When taken out of context, or through an out of focus lens - anyone can mold the words, shifting their meaning to fit their agenda or distorted outlook. Staying true to form and myself, I won't censor my content, but I will censor my audience. Whatever lens you happen to be reading this through - I hope you enjoy!

2 thoughts on “Book Review: Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children

  1. Each to his own; I loved this book! 🙂 There were parts I had to re-read because it does require total focus, which I don’t often have these days. The story actually ends the way it does because it’s leading into the sequel, “Hollow City.” 🙂 I hope your niece enjoys it!

    1. Well that at least clarifies the ending for me! Thank you! I’m sure my niece will love it, it just wasn’t my cup of tea 🙂 Thanks for stopping by

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