Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

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Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
Mon, 08-20-2012 - 6:44pm

I posted this in the read-a-thon review folder, but wanted to post it here as well for anyone who didn't feel like digging through the folder...

Here's the summary from b&n.com:

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.

I flirted with buying this book for months.  Finally, I gave into temptation and bought it (after all, it was my birthday) and I'm very glad that I did.  It was well-written and original.  It was also packed with creepy vintage photos that corresponded with the story.  This is actually a YA fiction book, but I would recommend it for ages 13 and up due to the creepiness.  Even though the ending left an opening for a sequel (which I hope is on the way) the story was wrapped up enough that it didn't feel as though you were left hanging.  I highly recommend it.

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I read this a while back when someone on another book board offered their review of it. I hadn't realized it was a YA book, I just know I enjoyed it!

I was really struck by the photos in the book and when I looked up the author on Amazon, I found out he has a new book coming out later this year. It's titled Talking Pictures: Images and Messages Rescued from the Past. According to the site, it's "a haunting collection of antique found photographs—with evocative inscriptions that bring these lost personal moments to life." I love old photos, so I'll probably be on the lookout for it.