Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

by Ransom Riggs

Goodreads Review:
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

My Review:
If you like the strange and creepy-this book is perfect for you. If you are a fan of horror movies with a lot of build up-this book is for you, too. If you like having photos to increase the believability of what you are reading-well, you get the point. 

A twist of sci-fi and fantasy, with some historical fiction splashed in, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Chiildren seems to have a little bit for all readers. The setting of a creepy island that seems cut off from the rest of the world enhances the feeling of dread in the story. The descriptions of Jacob's surroundings paint a picture for the reader that is hard to shake. 

Jacob himself is kind of a bland character, but the advantage of that is that he becomes easily identifiable to reader. Who doesn't love their grandfather and feel frustrated with their parents? The "peculiar children" also make up for Jacob's unexciting beginning.

The plot is what will really pull you into this story. It takes some time for the author to build up, but the plot is complicated enough that you need that background to understand what happens toward the end.

A definite read for anyone who doesn't get scared too easily!

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