My last read of the summer!
Book: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
Author: Ransom Riggs
His Blog: http://www.ransomriggs.com/
What I learned:
1. Photos can be used to effectively hook and draw in the reader and help them get a feel for the characters (clothing and looks).
2. Good characterizations, from the MC, a 15 year old boy, to grandfather (Polish immigrant), to the limping Miss Peregrine.
3. An author’s first novel CAN be good! Can’t wait to see more from Ransom Riggs.
What I liked:
1. Great opening! Fun story! Loved the grandfather and monster talk. Loved the island and creepy house. Loved the bog boy and Horace’s Peculiar ability…man that was bizarre, but cool!
2. I liked the whole idea for the book. It was based on old photographs that the author borrowed from different collectors. He used them to weave this fiction story together. What a neat writing exercise that would make!
3. Perfect pacing – good action and it moved along nicely. I didn’t want to put it down! I read it in one weekend.
What I didn’t like: Some of the story is a little far-fetched (time travel loops, Hollowgasts, Wights – with white eyes). I went with it, in the name of fun, though.
Recommend: Yes. If you like MG, odd stories, with a hint of scary, you’ll like this one. The name of the publisher says it all. Quirk Publishing.