Book Review: Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children


Book Review: Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

First sentence: "I spent the last afternoon of Before constructing a 1/10,000-scale replica of the Empire State Building from boxes of adult diapers."

From the front flap: "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 Miss Peregrine's 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."

My take: I liked the book. One thing I enjoy while reading is when the author throws in a little humor to make ma laugh out loud and Ransom Riggs does not disappoint in that area. I have on teensy issue with what is written on the flap to what I remember happening in the book. I don't remember the children being dangerous or the possibility of their being quarantined, either. Perhaps I flew over that part half asleep one night. But the book is an adventure and there is time travel. The Peculiar Children are more like circus freaks or they all have a special "gift" or talent. Jacob will soon find out some secrets about himself and his grandfather that will surprise him -- and the reader. Enjoyable debut!

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Reading level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 352 pages
Publisher: Quirk Books; Book Club edition (June 7, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1594744769
ISBN-13: 978-1594744761

My rating: B




Bestsellers in St. Louis


Top-Selling Titles in St. Louis

The following were the bestselling books at independent bookstores in and around St. Louis, Mo. During the week ended Sunday, September 18:

Adult

1. The Sookie Stackhouse Companion by Charlaine Harris
2. Hit List by Laurell K. Hamilton
3. Cleopatra: A Life by Stacy Schiff
4. Hold Tight by Harlan Coben
5. Fatal Fixer Upper by Jennie Bentley
6. Shards by Ismet Prcic
7. The Adjustment by Scott Phillips
8. Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
9. Live Wire by Harlan Coben
10. Face Time by Hank Philippi Ryan

Children's/YA

1. Down the Mysterly River by Bill Willingham
2. Children Make Terrible Pets by Peter Brown
3. Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick
4. Artemis Fowl #1 by Eoin Colfer
5. Shelter by Harlan Coben
6. You Will Be My Friend by Peter Brown
7. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
8. The Wizard of Oz Scanimation by Rufus Butler Seder
9. Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor
10. Who's There on Halloween by Pamela Conn Beall

Reporting bookstores, all of which are members of the St. Louis Independent Bookstore Alliance: Left Bank Books, Main Street Books, Pudd'nhead Books, Subterranean Books, Sue's News.

Book Review: The Light Bringer



Book Review: The Light Bringer by Chris DiGiuseppi and Mike Force

First sentence: "Marine Corporal Alan Crane stared at the dull tile floor of the chapel's vestibule."

From the back: "16 people will die on Police Officer Alan Crane's watch. But while tragic and untimely death is no stranger to the jaded ex-marine, his new-found supernatural ability to lead these people to their spiritual fates sends him on a sensational and frightening saga that will ultimately answer: Why these sixteen? What do they have in common? And why has Alan been chosen to bring them to the light?"

My take: I was fortunate enough to get a free copy of this book for review. It's fiction, but for some reason, I had it in my head that it was going to be a true story. That's neither here nor there, it doesn't take away from the message behind the story. I found it an interesting theory about what happens to people when they die. Where they go after their own personal light goes out. I think they way it was conveyed in the book -- how each person's journey after death is in direct proportion to their journey before death. Some of the trips they make are mind boggling! I enjoyed the book and look forward to reading more from these two.

If you've reviewed the book, leave a comment here and I'll post a link to your review!

Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: HCI; 1 edition (July 1, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0757315739
ISBN-13: 978-0757315732

My rating: C




Bestsellers in St. Louis


Top-Selling Titles in St. Louis

The following were the bestselling books at independent bookstores in and around St. Louis, Mo. During the week ended Sunday, September 11:

Adult

1. Time to Plant: Southern-Style Garden Living by James T. Farmer
2. The Help by Kathryn Stockett
3. Bossypants by Tina Fey
4. The Heart and the Fist by Eric Greitens
5. Noir at the Bar edited by Scott Phillips and Jedediah Ayers
6. Unlikely Friendships by Jennifer Holland
7. The Leftovers by Tom Perotta
8. The Magician King by Lev Grossman
9. Go the F**k to Sleep by Adam Mansbach
10. Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

Children's/YA

1. Skippyjon Jones, Class Action by Judy Schachner
2. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
3. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
4. Runaway Twin by Peg Kehret
5. Feed by M.T. Anderson
6. Skippyjon Jones by Judy Schachner
7. Wildwood: The Wildwood Chronicles Book One by Colin Meloy
8. Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss
9. The Bridge to Never Land by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson
10. The Wizard of Oz Scanimation by Rufus Butler Seder

Reporting bookstores, all of which are members of the St. Louis Independent Bookstore Alliance: Left Bank Books, Main Street Books, Pudd'nhead Books, Subterranean Books, Sue's News.

Bestsellers in St. Louis


Top-Selling Titles in St. Louis

The following were the bestselling books at independent bookstores in and around St. Louis, Mo. During the week ended Sunday, September 4:

Adult

1. The Help by Kathryn Stockett
2. Little Black Dress by Susan McBride
3. Room by Emma Donoghue
4. Go the F**k to Sleep by Adam Mansbach
5. The Light Bringer by Chris DiGiuseppe and Mike Force
6. The False Friend by Myla Goldberg
7. Noir at the Bar edited by Scott Phillips and Jedediah Ayers
8. God Upgrade: Finding Your 21st-Century Spirituality in Judaism's 5,000-Year-Old Tradition by Jamie Korngold
9. Just My Type by Simon Garfield
10. The Eighty Dollar Champion by Elizabeth Letts

Children's/YA

1. The Power of Six by Pittacus Lore
2. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
3. Big Nate on a Roll by Lincoln Peirce
4. The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
5. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
6. The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak
7. Pinkalicious and the Pink Drink by Victoria Kann
8. Big Nate in a Class by Himself by Lincoln Peirce
9. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
10. What Was I Scared Of by Dr. Seuss

Reporting bookstores, all of which are members of the St. Louis Independent Bookstore Alliance: Left Bank Books, Main Street Books, Pudd'nhead Books, Subterranean Books, Sue's News.

Bestsellers in St. Louis


Top-Selling Titles in St. Louis

The following were the bestselling books at independent bookstores in and around St. Louis, Mo. During the week ended Sunday, August 28:

Adult

1. The Heart and the Fist: The Education of a Humanitarian, the Making of a Navy Seal by Eric Greitens
2. Little Black Dress by Susan McBride
3. The Help by Kathryn Stockett
4. Go the F**k to Sleep by Adam Mansbach
5. The Cougar Club by Susan McBride
6. Heaven Is for Real: A Little Boy's Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back by Todd Burpo
7. The Light Bringer by Chris DiGiuseppi and Mike Force
8. A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin
9. Noir at the Bar edited by Scott Phillips and Jedediah Ayers
10. But for the Grace of God: An Autobiography of an Aviator and Astronaut by William Reid Pogue

Children's/YA

1. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
2. The Power of Six by Pittacus Lore
3. If You Take a Mouse to School by Laura Numeroff
4. The Wimpy Kid Do-It-Yourself Book by Jeff Kinney
5. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
6. Love You Forever by Robert Munsch
7. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
8. Three Pigs, Business School and Wolfe Hash Stew by Matthew S. Field
9. Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes by Mem Fox
10. Nightshade by Andrea Cremer

Reporting bookstores, all of which are members of the St. Louis Independent Bookstore Alliance: Left Bank Books, Main Street Books, Pudd'nhead Books, Subterranean Books, Sue's News.

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