Title: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
Author: Ransom Riggs
All of his life, Jacob’s grandfather had told him fantastic stories about monsters and the special children he grew up with. When he was young he believed every story, but as he grew older he lost faith as all children do. You see, Jacob’s grandfather was a Jewish child during the holocaust. Who wouldn’t make up stories of monsters and special children to deal with the horrors he saw in real life? Jacob stopped asking his grandfather to tell him stories and life went on… until something horrible happened. Something that left Jacob, and his family, questioning his sanity. What was real?
While this story didn’t turn out to be the Gothic tale of horror I had been expecting (and who doesn’t love a good Gothic horror story?), the tale it does tell is well crafted and tells a very interesting tale. Ransom Riggs has a very unique style of storytelling, using vintage photographs as a way to push his story along. I really enjoyed reading his explanations for each photograph as I went along. This was a quick and enjoyable read that I really enjoyed. I’m looking forward to seeing where it goes next.