Title: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
Author: Ransom Riggs
Publisher: Quirk Books, 2011
Rating: 3 stars
Miss Peregrine’s Home is YA novel about a group of “peculiar” children, or children who have some kind of magical power living together in a time loop. Ok, back up. So there’s this teen boy who has grown up very close to his grandfather. His grandfather has these weird photos and tells him unbelievable stories about the people in the pictures, so much so that folks start to think he’s a bit cray. One day grandpa calls in a panic, and Jacob realizes that there might be more truth to his grandfather’s stories than he thought. Something evil hunted his grandpa and Jacob can’t cope with his grandfather’s death until he figures out what it was.
Naturally, Jacob begins a journey for the truth, which takes him overseas to a mysterious island. He finds an abandoned orphanage that leads him straight to the people in his grandfather’s pictures. They are living in a time loop, in other words, they are living one day over and over again due to a magical manipulation of the fabric of time. They have to live in this loop to stay safe from the evil thing…which is what killed grandpa.
Anyway, this book was pretty entertaining. I don’t usually read Young Adult (YA) novels, but this one was buzzed about so much that I couldn’t resist. It’s kind of weird and a little creepy, which was refreshing. If you’re looking for an easy read that transports you to another place and time (plus magic! and lots of action) this is the book for you.
Please pardon my brief review. I’m at BEA and don’t have tons of time to post :)