CommanderStrikeher’s #CBR 4 Review #13: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
Argh. This book. I wanted to like it. It had an interesting premise. Lots of creepy pictures and a story tying them all together. About halfway through the book I wanted to throw my Kindle across the room if I saw one more damn stupid picture.
Basically, the author found a bunch of weird pictures and wrote a story about the pictures. Frequently he had to stretch to make the story fit the pictures. It was just bad storytelling. Basically, there is a kid named Jacob. Growing up, his grandfather told him tall tales about the kids he went to school with. He talked about kids that could fly and ones that had bees inside of them. Then he dies, and Jacob finds out that Grandpa was not completely full of shit. He travels to a remote Welsh island and finds Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (Hey, that’s the name of the book!). As many other reviewers have pointed out, it is basically Charles Xavier’s school from X-Men, except these kids are annoying pussies instead of well-characterized badasses. They are stuck in a time loop in the middle of WWII so they can hide from some kind of monsters that want to…eat them?…I think. Honestly, I read this over a month ago, and I am a little fuzzy on some of the details. I just remember that Jacob falls in love with a girl that used to be his grandfather’s girlfriend. Ick. Also, frustratingly stupid pictures.
Of course this book ends on a cliffhanger, because every damn book has to be a series. Did I mention how grating the pictures became? Yeah, I won’t be reading anymore of these. I’m not sure if anyone over the age of 13 would appreciate this one.