Published by Quirk on 6/7/2011
Genres: Mystery, Young Adult
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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
Let me tell you how amazing it was to read a paranormal book that had nothing to do with vampires, werewolves, witches, yada yada yada!! Please don’t misunderstand me and change the link back to Facebook. I’m a HUGE Twilight fan so l love me some vampires whether they sparkle or kill but hear me out. Have you noticed that ever since Twilight hit it big, all the books you started seeing were about vampires, werewolves and witches?! What about changelings, time loops, and mutants??? Now I am not the type of person to judge a book by its cover or get all excited about books covers but I must admit, there was only one reason I picked the book up to read it. The book cover was so WEIRD, (AND I LOVE WEIRD) that I had to at least see what the book was about. Then I read the book flap. I got as far as “an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience” and the rest is history!! That was all I needed to know I had to get this book! My hobbies are movies, reading and photography! HOW COULD I NOT READ THIS BOOK!!!
The story starts off with telling us about Jacob, giving us small little snippets about his upbringing and the fact that he idolized his grandfather. Abe loved telling his grandson Jacob all about his “peculiar” childhood. As the years progressed, Jacob struggles with the possibility that the stories his grandfather told him are about as real as Santa Claus and the tooth fairy. That is until Jacob, at the age of 16, witnesses the brutal death of his grandfather and is unable to get the image of the killer out of his head. Plagued with Night Terrors, Jacob lands in therapy where the physiatrist convinces him to explore his grandfather’s childhood. This is where the book goes from normal to weird and it was great!
Another favorite line in the book:
And that is how someone who is unusually susceptible to nightmares, night terrors, the creeps, the willies, and seeing things that aren’t really there talks himself into making one last trip to the abandoned, almost-certainly-haunted house where a dozen or more children met their untimely end.
The book was very refreshing and easy to read. The thing I loved most about the book was the character development of Jacob. The writer has a very good way of making the reader bond with the main character like you two grew up together. The writer created the perfect awkward, snarky, witty, smart ass 16 year old that I hope I have one day. I giggled all through this book. Another cool thing I liked was the pictures and how the author got the pictures and wrote the story with them. In the back of the book the author lets us know that the pictures where lent to him from the personal archives from 10 collectors. Now these are not your ordinary collectors. These 10 wonderful people send their time at yard sales, flea markets and antique stores, gathering these specific kind of photos. He then proceeds to list all the pictures and owners.
This is the authors first novel but he is not new to writing and the weird. I look forward to reading more books by Ransom Riggs. So go out and get weird! Trust me, it’s the in thing to do now!
The impact must’ve jarred something loose in my brain, because suddenly the directions came rushing back to me. “Right at the flamingo orgy! Left at the multiethnic roof Santas! Straight past the pissing cherubs!!”
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