April Reading Challenge

April Reading Challenge

This month the reading challenge was to read a book that is being adapted into a movie or TV Series in 2016.

To complete this challenge I chose the book Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children – By Ransom Riggs. This is being adapted into a movie and will be out later this year. Also, the movie is directed by Tim Burton.

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Publisher: Quirk

Date Published: 7th June 2011

Pages: 352

Blurb:

A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of curious photographs.

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 were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for a good reason. And somehow – impossible though it seems – they may still be alive.

Review:

I saw the trailer to this movie as soon as it had been released and was immediately enthralled. I always prefer to read the book before seeing movie or TV adaptation and saw this as the perfect opportunity.

I was enraptured with the way Ransom Riggs tied the old style photographs into the story, giving the story a whole new style. These pictures are eerily beautiful and full of intrigue.

At times I felt the plot was lagging a bit and just wanted to get back to the House. I understand the need for the times away from the Peculiar children but I still wanted to spend more time with these children.

Talking about the children, I have heard some criticism about the “Peculiarities” these children possess. There is criticism that these abilities are not desirable and therefore there would be limited interest for these children.

I found it was the opposite for me. I thought that the lack of desirability for some of these gifts led to a conflict under the main storyline that these are part of the individuals that they have to manage and live with every day.

Overall, I definitely enjoyed this novel and have picked up Hollow City (the second book in the series) and will certainly be continuing this series. I am giving this book a rating of 4/5.

Also, if you haven’t yet seen the trailer to the movie here is a link:

http://www.variety.com/2016/film/news/miss-peregrines-home-for-peculiar-children-trailer-tim-burton-1201730867/

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