Thursday, April 24, 2014

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Jacob grew up believing the fascinating tales that his grandfather spun about his childhood and the unusual children he spent it with.  Jacob finds a letter after witnessing his grandfather's death that sends him on a journey of exploration back to his grandfather's childhood home.  When he gets to the island where his grandfather grew up he finds out that things are not as they seem, that the children his grandfather knew actually were (and still are) real and as depicted, and that Jacob might be a bit peculiar himself.

The cover of this book had me from the start, and the awesome photos scattered throughout are just great.  Everyone I know that has read this book has really enjoyed it.  Unfortunately, I only thought it was OK.  I love the concept, but I really didn't care for any of the characters.  I ended up speed reading through the last bit of the book and am not sure I will read the next book in the series.  I wish I liked it more, because this sounds just like my kind of book.  I might have enjoyed the graphic novel version a bit more because I might have been more interested in the images.  That might have helped me connect more with the characters and the story.