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REVIEW: Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children - Ransom Riggs

It's like X-men, but with children.

A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of very curious photographs.

May contain a teeny bit of spoilers.

Jacob is just your regular 16-year old boy. or so he thinks he is. Ever since he was a child, his grandfather's stories would often intrigue him, stories which he really adored. But as he grew older, he would eventually dismiss them as fairy tales.

but after the murder of his grandfather by a mysterious, foul-looking creature, Jacob seeks out the world his grandfather told him, a safe-haven, a child's paradise, a quiet place where he can escape from the 'monsters' of the world. A place, where the peculiar children reside, children who have unique, albeit quirky, abilities headed by Miss Peregrine, a female 1940s Charles Xavier, a pipe-smoking, Nanny Mcphee-esque headmistress. Yet, this strange world isn't free from danger after all, as soon as he discovers who he really is, he finds out the true evils that lurk around the corner, and they are following his every move.

Though not perfect, this book is a joy to read. The quirkiness of it all. The creepy photographs interspersed in the pages add to the reading experience. The first part is a dream, the middle part slows down a bit, but the ending had the bomb, like actual bomb.

The settings are well thought of, from suburban Florida, to the bogs in Wales. The backdrop of World War 2 adds flare to the mystery. The characters are full of personality. This is why I find potential in this book's cinematic qualities. Tim Burton might as well direct the film adaptation of this book.

the errors (often misspelled words) shouldn't bother you, this part-fantasy, part-adventure will lead you to places.................. and nightmares, cause of the photographs.