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Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children Author:Ransom Riggs A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. And 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... more Ľ 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 who once lived here -one of whom was his own grandfather- were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a desolate 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.ę less
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This is the story of Jacob, the child of wealthy parents and who has a special bond with his grandfather. As a child, the grandfather used to tell him wild and fantastical tales of special children he used to know, children who had special abilities. When his grandfather dies under mysterious circumstances, Jacob goes on a mission to find out what his grandfather's dying words were about. His search leads him to a remote island off of the United Kingdom where he finds a rotting mansion and strange happenings. This is a book where not everything is as it seems. I thought the author was wildly creative in telling this story. There were one or two minor plot points that were unresolved, but the story was very enjoyable. Some vintage, black and white photographs are used to further the story. I really enjoyed reading this and though it started somewhat slowly, by the end I was left wanting more. Fortunately, the author left the ending somewhat open for the possibility of a sequel.
Currently 5/5 Stars.
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A gripping read. Jacob grows up with his grandfather telling him 'fairy stories' and showing him 'fake' snapshots of fantastical persons...an invisible boy, a flying girl, a boy who has bees living inside him. Jacob, and his family too, discount these as ramblings, moreso as the grandfather ages. Then the grandfather dies, and the circumstances involved in and following his death send Jacob on an adventure where nothing is as it seems, and where the benign can kill you.
I read this in a little over an hour. Literally could not put it down. The vintage photos included in the text add to the creepy factor considerably.
Wow.... I really, really loved this book! It is unlike anything I've ever read before and I loved the random pictures throughout. This is a book all ages would enjoy and I really hope there would be a sequel because I didn't want it to end. This was a quick read for me, finished within 24 hours. So glad I found this book!
This was a book I have wanted to read for a long time. I finally got around to reading it, it was just as fantastically quirky I had hoped. It was a fun and mysterious read, also a little bit creepy at parts.
After the horrific death of Jacobís grandfather, Jacob slumps into a deep depression. Itís determined that the only way to get Jacob out of this slump is for him to journey to the mysterious island that his grandfather grew up on. Jacob and his father journey to a remote island off of the coast of Wales. There Jacob investigates a peculiar childrenís home that his grandfather grew up in. Jacobís only clues are some mysterious pictures his grandfather left him and a peculiar note.
This was a fun and quirky read. Itís mainly a mystery about a young man trying to solve his grandfather's mysterious past....along the way he discovers children with strange powers, time travel, and evil monsters.
Jacob is an okay lead character. He is mainly characterized by his obsession to find out what really happened to his grandfather. Other than that, he wasnít a real distinctive character for me.
What really drives this story is the mystery behind Miss Peregrineís Home for Peculiar Children. The mystery unravels deliberately and things get more and more complex as Jacob unravels more and more secrets on this remote Wales island.
I am not going to get a lot more into the story beyond that because I donít want to spoil anything. Letís just say that through some quirks in time, all of these peculiar children that Jacob is so fascinated by may still be alive.
Of course a big draw for this book are all of the strange pictures throughout. I really enjoyed their addition to the story, they made the peculiar children all that more real to the reader. The fact that these are all actually real vintage pictures found in old picture collections makes this book even more unique and special.
The book was well written, engaging, and easy to read. What really drives the story is the mystery and what makes it enjoyable are the quirky pictures throughout. The main story is wrapped up pretty well, but there are things left unanswered for future books in the series.
Overall I enjoyed this book. Itís a very creative idea and implemented very well. The mystery is what drives the story and the pictures are fascinating and interesting. Jacob as a character could have used a bit more depth, but that really isnít what this book is about. I am curious to see what the second book in this series will be about. I recommend this to those who are interested in a YA mystery read with fantasy overtones to it thatís a bit different than anything else out there.
Well, this was a good book. Though, it took me awhile to get lost in it. I felt that the story kind of drags itself. It wasn't a book that would keep calling me back to pick it up again when I set it down. It could have been a little bit better written I think but it was a good read for a first written novel.