📚 Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs 📚
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.
Sixteen-year-old Jacob Portman’s life is about to change. Currently, He has to endure a dull job at the family business. He doesn’t connect with his bird-obsessed father or show-off mother. He used to find comfort in his grandfather’s fantastical stories of World War II through a Jewish refugee and soldier’s eyes, until one day while sharing the stories, none of the children believed him, thus labeling him an outcast fairy boy.
Then just as suddenly everything Jacob thought was a fable was actual might really be the truth.
Grandfather Portman whom everyone believes to have dementia is mysteriously murdered after a haunting phone call. Jacob’s parents send him to a psychiatrist after the nightmares about the monsters keep him up at night. Then, a trip to a small, secluded island in Wales intended to allow Jacob to close the book on his grandfather’s perplexing death and past gets him wrapped up in time travel, young love, new friends, centuries-old secrets, and undiscovered superpowers.
There are several elements that drew me into this book, like the peculiar powers of the peculiar children, mind-bending time travel “loops” and villainous “hollowgasts and wights.” There are various plot twists and vivid settings. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children will leave you turning every page to see where Jacob’s journey of self-discovery and chasing down evil will take him next and will leave you clamoring for the sequel. I found this book while out shopping and was immediately drawn in with the title and cover. Riggs use of vintage photographs enhances the overall reading experience. I wouldn’t recommend it on kindle. I’m adding the rest of the series to my reading list. 4 Stars