Wednesday, January 9, 2013

January Book Review - Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children

The first book I read off my TBR pile was "Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children" by  Ransom Riggs.

"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."

description from Goodreads

This book starts off very strong.  I was instantly drawn in by what was going on with all the stories and cryptic messages from the main character, Jacob's, grandfather.  The vintage pictures shown throughout the book (which are authentic pictures the author found, with only a few being slightly altered) makes this book different and gives it a somewhat creepy vibe without making it a horror story, which this is not.  I went through this book fairly quickly and enjoyed it.  The only thing I could not get into is the romance that comes along when Jacob travels to the island.  It didn't ruin it for me but it didn't add anything, either.  The ending also leaves plenty of room for a sequel but it doesn't make you feel like you're being left hanging.  All in all, I'm very glad that this challenge came along and gave me a reason to make time to read it.

Next I will be reading Uglies by Scott Westerfeld!

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