Author: Ransom Riggs Series: Miss Peregrine, Book One Publisher: Quirk Books Publication Date: June 2011 Genre: Young Adult, Horror, Mystery, Fantasy, Paranormal, Historical Fic Pages: 348 Buy: The Book Depository
Book Description: As a kid, Jacob formed a special bond with his grandfather over his bizarre tales and photos of levitating girls and invisible boys. Now at 16, he is reeling from the old man’s unexpected death. Then Jacob is given a mysterious letter that propels him on a journey to the remote Welsh island where his grandfather grew up. There, he finds the children from the photographs–alive and well–despite the islanders’ assertion that all were killed decades ago. As Jacob begins to unravel more about his grandfather’s childhood, he suspects he is being trailed by a monster only he can see. A haunting and out-of-the-ordinary read, debut author Ransom Rigg’s first-person narration is convincing and absorbing, and every detail he draws our eye to is deftly woven into an unforgettable whole. Interspersed with photos throughout, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is a truly atmospheric novel with plot twists, turns, and surprises that will delight readers of any age.
Book read for Three Nerds and a Book Club February read.
This book has been on my kindle for about a year and with all the hype I was really excited that this book won the poll to be our monthly read. I started it excitedly but my excitement soon dulled. This book is one with a rather slow beginning. It took about four chapters before things started to get really interesting. And then I was hooked.
What I really enjoyed about this book is that everything I thought would happen, didn’t. This book had me completely on my toes and I was shockingly surprised almost all the time. By the last hundred pages, I couldn’t put it down. While Ransom Riggs writing is rather simple, it still very fluid and descriptive. It was so easy to picture myself on that dingy little island with all its inhabitants. And when things got real, I was running besides Jacob and his friends. The end of the book left a lot of things unsolved and I can’t wait to read book two, which sadly doesn’t come out until 2014.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book. I do caution that this book is really slow at the beginning third, but it is well worth the dull parts. I would highly recommend this book to young adults with a fascination with the peculiar and unnatural.
My Rating: ★★★★