Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
by Ransom Riggs
A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. And 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 who once lived here - one of whom was his own grandfather - were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a desolate island for good reason. And somehow - impossible though it seems - they may still be alive.
What I thought about it:
I loved it in it's entirety. Who would have guessed it was his first real novel? The characters are creepy, the story starts off creepy and the pictures only lend to the creepy quotient. I managed to read it in 4 days and would have been sooner if I didn't have to stop and sleep, cook dinner, entertain children. If you're up for a story centered around creepy kids reminiscent of the side show freaks of the past, with some horrendous killer creatures tossed in, and a good helping of time travel, then you'll rightly love this book. I was sort of sad when I finished it earlier today because I already wanted book 2 to be written, published, and sat in front of me. Accordingly, number 2 is in the works. I'll look forward to it.