Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Jacob’s life starts out ordinary, parents who barely pay attention to him and a grandpa who spins fanciful tales for young Jacob to be enthralled with. As he grows older he no longer believes Grandpa’s tales of monsters and about the school of peculiar children. Then tragedy occurs and Jacob comes to the realization that maybe Grandpa was telling him the truth. And so Jacob’s new life, a life no longer ordinary, begins on an island in Wales were Grandpa lived during WWII. The first person narration takes a hold of you and you begin to uncover pieces of the story along with Jacob, you find out all the twists and turns at the same time he does, often times you are breathless with anticipation. I experienced sadness, anger, amusement, fear, confusion all at the same time as Jacob. The author also uses some amazing black and white photos that are strategically placed throughout the book which help in pulling you further into the story. Imagine the book as a picture book for adults. An entertaining read recommended highly. However, don’t expect a tidy ending with everything solved, unknown if Ransom Riggs plans on writing a follow up to this story, as the ending leaves many questions and speculations open. A very entertaining read!
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