Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, by Ransom Riggs
Review by Ursula
5 out of 5 starsI found this book one day while browsing the best selling YA books and took a look at some of the pictures in it and made the decision of buying it, I was very intrigued by the really creepy girl on the cover and the even creepier pictures on the inside.
This book was beyond anything I imagined it would be. It was unbelievably good and the storytelling was flawless.
After a family tragedy Jacob finds himself heading to Wales to try and make sense of all these stories his grandfather had been telling him since he was 8 years old. These stories had been accompanied by these really bizarre old pictures of children with peculiar abilities that his grandfather had told him he had met and lived with back in the time he had lived in Wales .
When he gets to Wales after digging and digging (sometimes literally), he starts discovering stories and people that were part of his grandfather's life back around the time of World War II when he lived there, and Jacob starts wondering if all these fairy tales were true after all.
Jacob goes on an adventure, and discovers much much more than he ever thought there was to discover in an island where there was only 1 phone, 1 hotel, 1 restaurant and a lot of sheep.
The world and people Ransom created are so incredible! You feel at all times like you are making the discoveries right along with Jacob.The people that he meets in his journey are extraordinary (in every sense of the word).
I was hooked from the first chapter, I was completely enthralled by the mystery and the creepiness of the story (I even had a nightmare or two the day I started reading it lol)
There is a love story, and though its not the main focus it’s important and heart warming. No doubt that best part of this novel is that it makes you feel like you have embarked yourself in a real adventure. Reading this book reminded me of how I felt the first time I watched The Goonies! lol
The photographs were such a huge part of this book, Ransom did an unbelievable job at incorporating them in and give you enough visual stimuli but not to much where it took place for your imagination, they definitely provided the creep factor at the beginning and it was interesting to see how your feelings change about them over the course of the book.I can’t wait to start Hollow City and embark on what promises to be an even more exciting adventure!