A mysterious island.I knew from the second that I saw the images on this book’s back cover that it’d probably mean trouble sleeping for me at night. But it wasn’t just the ridiculously creepy photos of ridiculously creepy kids that gave me a bad case of the heebie jeebies, it was Ransom Rigg’s entire ‘peculiar’ world. He has this way of drawing me in, scaring the crap out of me and then immediately engrossing me again.
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.
On the surface, the pace of this novel is one that would normally frustrate me. An introduction and an ending. But I just couldn’t find it in me to care. There is so much brilliance going on between the pages; Jacob, the murder of his mysterious grandfather, the children with unnatural talents and the forces that protect them from time and monsters … it was another book that seemed to channel Tim Burton’s amazing strangeness and that is always the best compliment in the world.
And I loved the peculiar children. I wish we had gotten to know them a bit more because each one seemed so carefully crafted with their own personality and talent. I adored this book as a stand-alone, but a small part of me is hoping for a sequel so I can jump right into their world again.
Overall, I really enjoyed Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children. Ransom Riggs has written a spectacular story that has a little bit of something for everyone - horror, action, mystery and even a taste of romance. I can honestly say that it’s one of the most unique and explosive books I’ve read so far this year. I definitely recommend!
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