Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children - Riggs

Jacob's grandfather has always told him stories of monsters and peculiar children, offering what has to be fake photographs from his childhood. As Jacob ages, he assumes the stories are meant to entertain and scare him.  But when his grandfather is viciously killed, Jacob learns that perhaps there's more to these stories than expected. And when he informs his family, and ultimately his shrink, that there was a real-live monster at the death, they decide that perhaps Jacob needs a vacation.

They send him off to a small island off the coast of Wales to visit the site of  Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children where his grandfather grew up.  Hoping that Jacob will discover that his grandfather was just imaginative (read, crazy), they can not imagine that not only were his grandfather's stories true, but Jacob is peculiar in his own way.  Ransom Riggs shares Jacob's struggle to accept both his grandfather and himself in this young adult fantasy.

Quite the entertaining, spine-tingling novel for young adults, which adults will enjoy as well.  Enjoyed the ride, despite not really being into the whole monster/fantasy thing.

Unfortunately, the end never really tied up all the loose ends and it was ultimately obvious that the book was one big lead up guessed it, more books. I am not at all a fan of series, was very disappointed and felt cheated.

But it was fun until that point anyway.

3/5- Good. Read it, have a good time and move on. Or not.

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