Sunday, 18 August 2013

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine, #1)Title : Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine # 1)
Author : Ransom Riggs
Rating : 5 Stars!
Source copy : FullyBooked
Hardcover352 pagesPublished June 7th 2011 by Quirk
ISBN : 1594744769


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


Source : Goodreads

If all the suns but ours collapsed tonight, how many lifetimes would it take us to realize that we were alone? - Jacob 

I feel like I'm reading Alice In Wonderland at its most creepiest and deadliest way then suddenly I entered Never Land. It sure is very interesting to read a book with photographs, when I was a kid I totally enjoyed books with pictures. Like Disney books you see. 

I wasn't a kid who has grown-up to be with my grandfather all the time because my mother's father live in a province while I live here in the city and my father's father is already gone. So I achingly felt to be near with a my grandfather's by the time I started reading it. I was jealous with Jacob because as a kid he realizes the different wonders of the world by the words of his grandfather. I already peeked at the inner most passionate love of a grandfather to a grandson. And that part means a lot to me from the very beginning.

Jacob at a young age already displays a full-access to open his mind to any peculiar events that his grandfather have been through. He looks upon on his grandfather as the most brave and courageous man that ever existed on his life. That's the most captivating part of Jacob, his innocence on the world and to a certain man is clearly amazing. I don't know if it just natural that Ransom Riggs created a character of a young-aged boy to fully grant his heart to the world but yeah, it is truly amazing.

Of course the story can never be unpredictable for Jacob if not for his grandfather, Abe Portman. Wow, this man is such a marvelous yet mysterious kind. I keep on wondering how Abe managed to live and move on after he went out on the loop and struggle to be ordinary and have a life with his own. It was impressive to read his life and the way he narrates the story of his life to Jacob - like he is somehow giving Jacob a warning for the monsters that will keep on coming back on their lives.

I was utterly surprised with the peculiar children and also to Miss Peregrine. I mean, from the title itself I should not be surprised that there are children who exists on the orphanage, but still, it was all totally unpredictably great to suddenly enter on the loop with Jacob. (Yeah, I entered the loop together with the male protagonist.) At first the peculiar children were happy and delighted to be inside of that loop with never-ending fear to chase right through them, but as the story goes by, I felt sad for them. Same as what Jacob felt for them. It seems like they were imprisoned in heaven. A bit ironic, isn't it?

Emma, Millard, Oliver, Bronwyn, Horace and the other peculiar children are the most essential part I was totally hooked with this. Because I am jealous they are peculiar and I'm not. Totally. As the events continues facing the wights together with Jacob, I was astonished for their bravery. Not just because they are aware of their abilities, it's their will to save the orphanage and for the loop. It's all about family and its togetherness. I was in love with them in an instant.

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children is not just about the mystery and peculiarity of the world and human existence, it also presents an astounding grandfather-and-grandson relationship that you'll ever read inside a story full of riddle and thrill. It views an enormous feeling of being unique and staying on that house that you'll gladly live for the rest of your life. The mystery of the peculiar children and photographs brings a spine-tingling effect yet it's addicting to the core.


My reactions when I'm reading it...

I'm no expert on girls, but when one tries to pinch you four times, I'm pretty sure that's flirting.
- Jacob Portman

When I discovered that Jacob and his grandfather has the same peculiarity - they can see monsters. WOAH.
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