Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children: Spooky Scary

Why yes, we do actually have a medical-grade fake skull just sitting around our house. Because I give my husband the very best sort of Christmas presents.

Why yes, we do actually have a medical-grade fake skull just sitting around our house. Because I give my husband the very best sort of Christmas presents.

I bought Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children on a whim because the cover was spooky and because it took place in Wales and, if you haven’t noticed, I have got a thing for Wales (Check out any of the Lucas characters from the book I’m writing).

I had no idea what the book was, but now that I’ve read it can I just say what a cool concept it is? And what a cool story.

There are a bunch of magically fun characters to enjoy, though my favorite of all of them has got to be cheeky little Enoch who would probably be annoying to babysit but is hilarious in the book.

There’s great dialogue scattered all through the book, a very interesting plot line.

It ends on the sort of cliff hanger you want a book in a series to end on, where it’s satisfying enough to feel like a sort of ending but it also leaves you wondering what will happen next.

As a writer I loved the first part of the book best–especially the first couple chapters–because the voice and personality of the narrator/main character were so clear and he is so human.

As a reader I loved the last part of the book best, the part where everything suddenly goes ape crazy and lots of action gets happening. I don’t even know if this part was written as well as the rest of the book because I got completely lost in the suspense of it, which means it must have been written well, right?

And how awesome is it that the second book is already published, just waiting to be read? (Unlike some series that are rudely making me wait until the next installment.)

(Also, can I just mention what a cool name the author has? Ransom Riggs? Yeah, that guy’s got to be a writer.)

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