Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
Sixteen year old, Jacob is very close to his grandfather who was a polish refugee during WW2. During their time together Jacob’s grandfather, Abraham, tells him stories about his childhood and the life he lived in an orphanage on an island off of England. He even shows him very strange old pictures of the other children who lived in the orphanage with him. He told him stories of these children, their unique abilities as well as countless stories of the monsters they were hiding from.
For years, Jacob just assumed these unique pictures belonging to his grandfather were just camera tricks and the stories of “monsters” were just euphemisms for the Germans. After Abraham dies suddenly, Jacob is on a mission to visit the island and find out just what kind of childhood his grandfather really lived. When he arrives and finds the old orphanage in ruins, he’s about to lose hope of finding any real answers…until he meets a girl that he immediately recognizes from some of his grandfather’s old pictures. He soon finds that everything he thought he knew about himself and his family might not be quite accurate.
I quite enjoyed this book! While I was expecting more of a creepy, spooky ghost story (this really isn’t that), I was pleasantly surprised with the more fantasy type twist it took. I can’t say too much more without giving away the main story line, but if you tend to shy away from scary books…this isn’t overly scary or creepy, so you should be good.
There is also the addition of very cool vintage photographs throughout book that add a unique little something. I love old pictures and the ones included here were pretty interesting and quite fun to look at. The storyline was unique and interesting, I also enjoyed the characters in this book. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is the first in a three book series…Hollow City & Library of Souls are the next books that follow this one. As much as I had fun reading this story, I’m not sure I’ll jump right in to the next book, but I’m sure I will read it eventually.
My review: 4/5 Stars