Is that not the creepiest cover you have ever seen?!
Here is the blurb from Goodreads:
A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. 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 were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.
A spine-tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children will delight adults, teens, and anyone who relishes an adventure in the shadows.
First off, with full disclosure, I can tell you that the above summary is completely misleading. Sure, the story contains elements of everything mentioned in the summary, however it cleverly leaves out any actual clue to what the story is actually about.
I freaking love that.
Usually, I hate misleading summaries. I’m sure I have ranted about it before. But, what Ransom Riggs has done here is less of a let’s-make-the-story-sound-way-better-than-it-actually-is, and more of a holy-shit-this-is-so-much-cooler-than-I-expected-it-to-be.
So much cooler!
I don’t want to ruin the story at all, because I think that it was very well done and I loved that I had no idea what it was really about.
What I can say is that Jacob is freaking hilarious. Snarky-ness is probably one of my favorite qualities in a character, and people in general really, so when you get a main character with a good level of snark, I am very happy with it 🙂
If I had to liken this book to something else, to give you a little bit of a hint without giving too much away, I would just say that it reminded me a lot of A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle. If you haven’t read that, then I am not sure what you spent your childhood doing.
I am excited to start on the sequel, Hollow City, later this month!
Whoop Whoop! Quotes!