Author: Ransom Riggs
Genre: YA/ Fantasy
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. [via GoodReads]
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children was peculiar... to say the least.
Young Jacob knows there is some truth to his grandfather's tales of growing up in an orphanage where children with certain abilities could grow up safe from harm - when on the day of his grandfather's murder Jacob sees a monster standing over his grandfather's lifeless body. Could the stories of these children with certain pecularities be real? Jacob never thought so. He was always thrilled to hear his grandfather's tales but never thought they were anything other than stories told with plenty of exageration and enough flare to peek the interest of a child. Obviously no one believes, his version of his grandfather's death but with the help of his therapist, he is able to convince his parents that a trip to the island that housed his grandfather's orphanage, the infamous Miss Peregrine and children with super powers might be the only way to preserve his sanity.
Jacob was a wonderful protagonist. He was such an insightful and depth-full young man. The mystery surrounding his grandfather's death, the orphanage and its inhabitants really made for a fascinating, odd, and sometimes creepy story. My only concern was that Jacob had the voice of an adult and not so much that of a teenager. I also felt that the author was a bit wordy in his descriptions.
But I must confess, my favorite part of all were the creepy, vintage photographs scattered throughout the story.
From what I read, these are authentic and unaltered photographs that blend seamlessly with the narrative to create an exciting and refreshingly unique fantasy.
All in all, I was captivated by the first chapters of this story. It had a very strong start, a not-so-great middle, and then the storyline grabs hold of you and spits you out at the end looking forward to more. So beware the slow start, but try to persevere, as I promise the climax will be an explosive one. Eerily fantastic!