Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

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A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collections of peculiar 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 it’s decaying bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that Miss Peregrine’s children were more than just peculiar. They may have even 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.

My friend, Stephanie, was the first person to actually recommend this book to me. I had been wanting to read it for some time and since I trust Stephanie’s judgement, I asked her to bring me her copy. With all the schoolwork I have, it took me about a week to read the book. There were times when it took all of my self-control to put this book down so that I could do what I had to do. It is incredibly well written, but the photographs are what make this novel special. Ransom Riggs did a miraculous job at entwining this story with those pictures, even if some of them really give me the creeps. And another thing: for a paranormal novel, these characters are incredibly real. They are very relatable and almost seem “normal”, which is strange because they have some of the weirdest powers and peculiarities you’ve ever read about. This is a book you want to crawl inside of and wander through. It’s funny, it’s suspenseful, it will reel you in from the start. Jacob is a totally awkward, absolutely regular teenager who has more curiosity than anything else. One thing that really struck me is the fact that he seems to keep a cool head when you know any actual person would be flipping the hell out; but otherwise, I see no flaw. I am having trouble waiting for The Hollow City, book two of the series.

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