Tales of the Peculiar Review (Spoiler Free)

Summary: Before Miss Peregrine gave them a home, the story of peculiars was written in the Tales. 

Wealthy cannibals who dine on the discarded limbs of peculiars. A fork-tongued princess. The origins of the first ymbryne. These are but a few of the truly brilliant stories in Tales of the Peculiar—known to hide information about the peculiar world—first introduced by Ransom Riggs in his Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children series.

Riggs now invites you to share his secrets of peculiar history, with a collection of original stories, as collected and annotated by Millard Nullings, ward of Miss Peregrine and scholar of all things peculiar. 

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★★★★★ 4.5/5

Tales of the Peculiar consists of ten fairy tale stories with moral lessons aimed primarily at young peculiar children, and is a sort of look into the world of Ransom Riggs Peculiars. With its part folklore, part history writing, Tales of the Peculiar is interesting as it is factual, giving the reader a brief history lesson whilst not making it boring.

The stories are as follows:

The Splendid Cannibals – A story of greed, pride and jealousy, and a reminder not to let ourselves give in.

The Fork Tongued Princess – A story of wanting to be accepted.

The First Ymbryne – A story of discovering others and helping others discover themselves.

The Girl Who Befriended Ghosts – A story of looking for something you already had.

Cocobolo – A story of an island and a reminder we can’t run from who we are.

The Pigeons of Saint Paul’s – A story of coming together after accepting one another.

The Girl Who Could Tame Nightmares – A story to reminds us that not everyone deserves our help just because they ask.

The Locust – A story of acceptance and love.

The Boy Who Could Hold Back the Sea – A story that reminds us to be careful of who we tell our secrets to.

The Tale of Cuthbert – A story of being there for friends not just for their help.

My favourite was definitely The Girl Who Could Tame Nightmares, it was a reminder to myself that just because I can help, doesn’t mean I always should help those who don’t deserve it.

For me, Tales of the Peculiar has served as a prequel to the Miss Peregrine’s series that I’m yet to start and I’m glad I started with this. With its fairy tale storytelling I feel it’s given me just enough insight and added to my intrigue of the series I’ll hopefully start soon.

Did I like the book? Yes.

Did I love it? Also a yes.

Would I recommend it? Yes, if you’ve already read the Miss Peregrine series, or like me and you’re looking to start it, this companion book is a good starting point.

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