Author: Ransom Riggs
Published: June 7th 2011 by Quirk
Genre: YA, Paranormal Fantasy
My Rating: 4/5 Stars
Description from Goodreads:
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.
I purchased my copy.
I have been meaning to get around to reading Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs for what seems like forever now. Well, I’ve been missing out for quite a while now because I really enjoyed it. Paranormal fantasy can be a bit hit or miss for me, but this novel had a lot more hits than misses.
Jacob’s Grandfather has always told him fairy-tales, but these stories were a lot different from the usual run of the mill children’s stories. They were full of monsters and magical children who lived at a home run by Miss Peregrine that Grandpa lived at as a child when he lost his family from Nazi Germany. He even had photos to prove it.
When Grandpa seems to be killed by the monsters from his stories Jacob travels to the isolated island in Wales to find Miss Peregrine and discover truth about his Grandfather and the monsters that were now haunting Jacob.
He discovers that his Grandfather was telling the truth after all and that Miss Peregrine and her peculiar children were still there, living in a kind of groundhog day situation called a loop. To protect themselves from the monsters that eventually killed Jacob’s Grandfather the children were forced to hide in their loop, living out the same day on earth over and over again and never aging.
Of course the monsters turn up eventually, but I shouldn’t get too far into that at the risk of spoiling the story. Unless I’m the only person who hasn’t already read this novel? That could be a distinct possibility!
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children had quite a dark and Gothic feel to it and that feeling was enhanced by the inclusion of original photographs. I highly recommend purchasing a physical copy of this novel to truly appreciate the creep factor of them. Its also fascinating to note that ‘photoshopping’ images is such an old practice. I think its something that a lot of people consider to be a new thing, but people have been photoshopping weird things into their photos for a long time! I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and am eagerly anticipating the sequel, Hollow City.
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