The Miss Perigrine’s Peculiar Children (English)

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Presentation:

 Author: Ransom Riggs

 Books: Miss Perigrine’s Home for Peculiar; Hollow City; Library of Souls

Genre: Paranormal, Young Adult, Time Travel, Fantasy, Mystery

Edition: Quirk

Synopsis:

Our main character, Jacob, had spend most of his childhood listening to his grand father’s stories about the peculiar children he used to live with. But the more Jacob grew up the less he believed in these stories. At 16, after he convinced himself that his grand father had just lost it, the latter was attacked by what seemed to be an animal (but was really an evil creature) and died. His last words left Jacob with a riddle to understand. As a consequence, Jacob leaves his home and searches for Miss Perigrine and her peculiar home. This adventure might change his life forever.

My Review:

I can’t even begin to tell you how much I love this series ! Ransom Riggs created an amazing and very unique world in which it is SO easy to get lost. I still cannot believe these books are the first ones he’s ever written. The writing is flawless, the characters are all unique and the world is like nothing I’ve read before. AND, let’s no forget the amazing photographs the author selected to illustrate his story. What. A. Cool. Idea.

This book has so many different topics: family, getting to know oneself, unknown creatures, powers, figuring out the future, and so on. And I love it when a book can be put in so many categories. Here, the trilogy could be considered as paranormal, mystery-fantasy or even historical fiction with a twist.

Now, let’s talk about the characters. I basically like them all, whether they are young or older, shy or sassy, main characters or secondary, etc. Each personality is distinct and each character interesting in his own way. Jacob is very easy to identify with and it was a pleasure to read through his perspective and to discover the crazy world of the peculiar children with him. He was a very strong character and narrator which is another proof of Ransom Riggs’ great writing. But if we leave the main characters aside, I’d say my favorite of the peculiar children were Millard and Olive (who can freaking fly! well, more like levitate but still!)

But the thing I loved the most in this trilogy is the fact that there was no way to tell what was going to happen next, especially in the second book. Thanks to the time travel and the time loops, there was no saying where and when the characters were going to be next. That kept me on my toes through the whole series.

Anyway, less talking/writing and more reading. You all have to read these series! I promise it’s worth it. And if you’ve already read it, tell me what you thought about it! 🙂

My Ranking: 5/5

  • writing: 5/5
  • characters: 5/5
  • word/plot: 5/5
  • how I like it: 5/5

Quotes:

« These weren’t the kind of monsters that had tentacules and rotting skin, the kind a seven-year-old might be able to wrap his mind around – they were monsters with humans faces, in crisp uniforms, marching in lockstep, so banal you don’t recognize them for what there are until it’s too late »

“But you can’t feel bad every second, I wanted to tell her. Laughing doesn’t make bad things worse any more than crying makes them better. It doesn’t mean you don’t care, or that you’ve forgotten. It just means you’re human.”

« No one can hurt you as badly as the people you love’

“An opportunist disguised as a friend can be every bit as dangerous as an outright enemy.”

In case you can read French, here are the links for the first, second and third book.

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