Author: Ransom Riggs
Genre: Fantasy Mystery
Released: 4 June 2013
Publisher: Quirk Books
Series: Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children #1
A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of peculiar photographs. It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children, and 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 decaying bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that Miss Peregrine's 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.
Incorporating previously unpublished photographs, Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Child is a very peculiar read that will definitely give you the creeps and make you want to keep reading well into the early hours of the morning.
The first book in the trilogy sees Jacob Portman in awe of his grandfather Abe, who tells him stories about the adventures he had as a child after escaping from the Monsters of World War Two, to the safety of an orphanage on a remote island off the coast of Wales. As a child, Jacob believed every word, but he son grew up and could see through the lies of Abe's imagination. However, when a Monster kills Abe, Jacob is set off on a journey to discover the truth, travelling to the island of Cairnholm where he finds the abandon orphanage that his grandfather spoke so highly of. As he explores the dilapidated building, searching for it's hidden secrets, he begins to realise that the children who once lived there may not have been killed after a Nazi bombing. Jacob soon learns that his grandfather was not only telling him the truth, but also warning him about the dangers he will have to face.
This book certainly lives up to the hype! It's the perfect amount of intriguing, creepy and mysterious, and will have you hooked within the first chapter.
The addition of vintage photographs was brilliant, and I applaud Ransom for thinking outside the box and incorporating them into the story and really pull the reader into the world of the Peculiar Children. Many of the photos were very creepy and added to the mysteriousness of the story. It was also great to see that they weren't overly used, allowing the reader to imagine the story in their own way, but still giving an idea about what is happening.
Ransom's writing style is very easy and interesting to read. He sets the scene really well and his descriptions are very easy to imagine, even without the aid of the vintage photos. The story flows extremely well and I certainly had trouble putting the book down.
I don't know if it was just me, but the plot twist near the end certainly had me 'OMG-ing' as I did not see it coming. It was a really great turn for the story and the ensuing chapters had me gripping to the book as I powered through to see what was going to happen.
Throughout the book, there were parts that I felt were a bit drawn-out, but overall it was very well-paced and kept my interest.
I highly recommend this book and series to anyone looking for a bit of a creepy read. It's a perfect read for October and I am so excited to continue on with the series and see where the story goes from here - it should be very interesting!