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Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
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Apr 25, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: wowzers, reviewed-on-blog

Fresh, creepy and unique.

All those crazy stories Jacob's grandfather used to tell him about going after the monsters could easily be explained by Nazi memories plaguing him, but who'd have thought the monsters his grandfather was referring to were actual monsters? Certainly not Jacob, who saw one in the woods the night his grandfather died and later haunted him in his dreams. Everyone kept telling Jacob that he was simply traumatized, but he began to wonder if there was something more to the stories his grandfather told him as a child about Miss Peregrine and the children that lived on an island off Wales. The peculiar ones that levitated, lifted heavy objects, were invisible, etc. He once thought the old photos had been manipulated, but once he saw a monster in the woods that night, he's not so sure anymore.

Jacob sets out to the little island of mystery, and once he finds the old mansion that was once bombed during the war, his world gets turned upside down as he learns more about his grandfather, the children he lived with at one time, and even the possibility of Jacob being a little 'peculiar' himself, and finds himself in the middle of a war the real world doesn't even realize is going on around them.

I wasn't quite sure what to expect with this when I first started out...possibly something with a little more horror, but I was pleasantly surprised nonetheless. This novel had a little bit of everything - suspense, mystery, paranormal elements and even a smidgen of romance. Old, creepy photographs fill the pages within and offer visuals I'm not sure my imagination could have done any better creating. The approach this novel took was fresh and creative and I'm looking forward to the next installment!


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Reading Progress

April 25, 2011 – Shelved
February 20, 2012 – Started Reading
February 20, 2012 –
page 35
February 24, 2012 –
page 66
February 26, 2012 –
page 139
February 28, 2012 –
page 204
February 28, 2012 –
page 240
February 29, 2012 –
page 284
March 1, 2012 – Shelved as: wowzers
March 1, 2012 – Finished Reading
March 30, 2012 – Shelved as: reviewed-on-blog

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