by Ransom Riggs
A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. And a strange collection of very curious photographs. It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience.
As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children who once lived here - one of whom was his own grandfather - were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a desolate island for good reason.
And somehow - impossible though it seems - they may still be alive.
The First Line(s)
I had just come to accept that my life would be ordinary when extraordinary things began to happen. The first of these came as a terrible shock and, like anything that changes you forever, split my life into halves: Before and After. Like many of the extraordinary things to come, it involved my grandfather, Abraham Portman.
Why I Decided to Take on the Read
The black-and-white cover of the book and the eeriness it brings allured me into reading the blurb at the back. (Again, my usual scrutinizing if a book is worth buying.) A couple of sentences from the blurb and leafing through the pages later, I already found myself smiling sheepishly over to the counter. I instantly loved it, although I have been a little bit scared of how my dreams might turn out when I already start to read the book. I heard those reading Stephen King always had nightmares. Okay, so what convinced me to buy the book is that: a.) It is odd. b.) It has vintage and creepy pictures in between the covers and c.) The blurb appealed to me. So lalalala, nightmares or no mightmares, I am buying this book.