06. November 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Courtney, Fiction, Mystery, Paranormal

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs, 352 pages, read by Courtney, on 10/01/2013

I’m not even sure how to classify this wonderful book. What I do know is that there are very few people to whom I would not recommend it.
Ransom Riggs has created a magical world within a world aided by the liberal use of vintage photographs which add an otherworldly quality to the narrative. The story opens with a grandfather telling his grandson tales of his youth in an orphanage off the coast of Wales. He had fled continental Europe during World War II and spent the rest of his youth hiding out at said orphanage. Most of the time, stories about orphanages wind up grim and cruel, but this is not the average orphanage. It is run by a lady named Miss Peregrine and is populated by children with extraordinary abilities, such as levitation, invisibility, extreme strength, etc. Jacob loves these stories and the photos that accompany them, but as he grows out of childhood, he begins to doubt the veracity of these tales. But then his grandfather is fatally wounded by a monster that only Jacob can see and murmurs cryptic warnings and instructions, Jacob wonders if there might be some truth to his grandfather’s stories after all. Haunted by nightmares, Jacob decides he must return to the site of his grandfather’s youth: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. He and his father pack up and head off to Wales in the hope of finding closure for their patriarch’s death. And then things get *really* interesting.
I read this book in just a couple of sittings and was completely enchanted. The appeal of this debut novel transcends age divisions and defies genres. The only reason I’m not giving it five stars is because I still haven’t worked out how I felt about the ending. Has it been so long that I’ve read an adult book that I’m not used to all the strings being tied up at the end? Or am I so used to teen books that I’m feeling like a sequel might be in the works?

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