Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

In Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, sixteen-year-old Jacob has always had a special relationship with his grandfather, so he’s devastated when his grandfather dies. He persuades his parents to let him go to England to see the orphanage where his grandfather grew up so he can finally escape the depression. When he finds the old house, it’s a bombed, rotted, empty mess… But things aren’t always what they seem…
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

I’ve pretty much drifted away from the horror genre over the past few years, so I probably wouldn’t have picked up this book on my own. (Although I did enter to win it from Goodreads, and I have no clue why.) However, I am so glad I won it and read it. The summary of the book sounds as if you’re picking up a book that will give you nightmares. That’s not the case at all. There are some monsters, so it’s not a book for small children, but it’s not terrifying, either.

This YA Fantasy is one of the best books I’ve read in a while. The pace was great; the characters, who had the potential to be something horrible, were actually fun; and I actually have no complaints about the way the story ended, although it is a bit of a cliff-hanger. This seems to be the first book in a planned series. Apparently, there is also a movie in the works.
 

In my opinion, the best part of the book is the photographs. The author used authentic vintage photos of “peculiar” children. Not that I’d want to sit around staring at the pictures (some of them are pretty creepy), but it’s a special touch that just adds another reason to go get this book.
I received this book for free in exchange for a review. All opinions are my own.

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