Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
(Started: November 10, 2012 - November 21, 2012)
A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. 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 were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.
A spine-tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children will delight adults, teens, and anyone who relishes an adventure in the shadows. (From Goodreads)
Review: 5 stars, Favorite
Release Date: June 7, 2011
Available on: Amazon
I wrote my review two years ago and I thought it's the perfect time to share it since Ransom Riggs is currently in the country. Starting off with its cover, the photo actually adds a very creepy and mysterious feel to the book. You would want to pick it up and at the same time, you are scared on what will unfold before you.
The plot was very engaging. I love how you can easily relate to Jacob's narration, whether its his reactions, emotions, or just about the events that were happening around him. The psychological aspect actually twisted things a little bit--it played mind games to the reader, which actually made me crazy for a little while. For some, reality and fantasy cannot go together in harmony. Usually adults tend to think it is preposterous when unconventional ideas or stories emerge from a young one's mouth. But sometimes, the key is just to be open-minded and to not just listen, but to understand. At times, things might sound or even look shallow but as the old saying goes, "there's more to it than it than meets the eye." That's why I commend Jacob for taking a stand despite people contradicting him and thinking that he has a deranged mind. Once you read the book, you will witness his character's development which I really admire.
Hats off also to the collection of photographs that Ransom included in his book. It made the whole novel unique and strange, like the characters. Aside from appreciating the story, the reader can also admire art through the vintage photographs. It made the book have a creepier aura which is one of the reasons why I fell in love with it. To be honest, I don't find the book frightening but as you read it and see the photos in the process, it teased my imagination with a terrorizing pleasure, allowing myself to give in to the freaky ambiance in my sister's bedroom, and made me imagine things in the dark. The images were stuck in my mind, which made me afraid of what horror I will be facing on the next page. Come to think of it, it is actually the paranoia kicking in but the thrill and excitement that came from each disturbing image made every single turn of the page definitely worthwhile.
What really struck me and left me mind blown was the fact that the story were based on the images. Imagine putting different puzzle pieces together in order to create and complete the whole picture. My jaw literally dropped when I read this revelation on the last few pages of the book. Ransom Riggs was able to create his debut novel, a work of art, out of these peculiar photographs. I salute you! Now, I want to be peculiar, too!
For the quotes I got from the book, please visit my Tumblr:
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Ribbons from 100 yen shops
I had a sudden obsession with ribbons when I went to Japan. I guess I was easily adapting to their かわいい (kawaii which means cute) culture. I wanted to buy all the bows I could find in all colors and sizes. But I have to consider which ones will look good on me and which ones will compliment my personality. ;)
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I first encountered these hair accessories in Michelle Phan's video. These can be both used to tie your hair or to be worn as an accessory to match your outfit.
¥100 shop powder puffs
I love how you can buy extra puffs just in case you had a make-up emergency and the one you own broke on the spot.
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coat borrowed from my aunt
gloves borrowed from my aunt
ribbon Daiso (100 yen shop)
skirt & tights Romwe • striped top bought in Bangkok • polka dot top (inner) SM Surplus • boots Forever 21
Our eight day in Japan was by far the second to the coldest temperature I've experienced during the trip. The first one was when we went to Gotemba (3 degrees). Bold, little ol' me, decided to wear clothes with thin fabrics. As soon as I walked out of the house, I felt the freezing cold wind creeping up my legs. Smart move, Arra. But I didn't bother. Might as well enjoy the natural cool breeze I am missing now that I am back here in the Philippines.
I also realized that the more we stay there, the more I was starting to adapt the quirky fashion sense they have in Japan. I was starting to embrace mismatched clothes, and overly mixing prints and colors. It was liberating knowing that you can wear anything you want without being judged or being stared at by people. They don't seem to care on how I look and I definitely enjoyed it. :)
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Random shots from our walkathons.
coat and scarf borrowed from my aunt • pants Uniqlo • boots Forever 21
gloves borrowed from my cousin
I suddenly missed the cold weather. It's been hell of a week, if you can say literally, since the heat was definitely taking it's toll. That's why I prefer cold temperature. Aside from it being good to my skin, it gives me the freezing thrill that makes me want to snuggle in my jacket or blanket. Don't you just love cuddle weather?
I remember wearing thin layers of clothing when I was in Japan during the winter season. Others might say I'm crazy for doing it, but I enjoyed it. My fingers froze and my spine tingled but I loved it. Again I will say it, the cold never bothered me anyway.
Here I am copying the usual post my cousin, Mimi, always do since I borrowed her gloves. She's just so adorable! I know it looks silly for my age to wear these gloves with bunny prints but for me, it breaks the seriousness of the whole look like how the scarlet hue ends the monotone. As cheesy as it may sound, this description I wrote kind of represents me. People might see me as snobbish or intimidating, but I actually have one hell of a strong humor that you wouldn't see it coming. Yes, it's a disclaimer.
Anyway, I hope you had a great weekend and wishing you a good one ahead!