Author: Ransom Riggs
Published by: Quirk Books
Publication date: 3rd June 2011
Genres: Young Adult
Source: Review copy from the publisher
When Jacob's grandfather dies at the beginning of the book, he leaves his monster stories (which no one except Jacob believes) and photos of creepy things like levitating girls and invisible children to Jacob. He is always going to psychologists and after a while he goes to a Welsh island called Cairnholm. There, he discovers the most peculiar thing - a portal to a time loop. An entrance to Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children.
This book is possibly one of the most interesting books I have ever read. It contains real unaltered photographs of, I assume, the characters in the novel. They're quite eerie and some are just downright creepy!
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Jacob is really easy to empathise with as he is blatantly an outsider and he has no friends. His naive belief in the tales his Grandfather told him and then his dismissal as he grows older is something we can all relate to. After his Grandfather's death, he feels the only way to escape his own grief is to go to his Grandfather's old refugee home. But he comes face to face with adventure along the way and he needs to solve the cryptic message his Grandfather left behind.
I loved the characters, they were excellent! They obviously weren't your typical book characters and it was all just so original and fun to read. The writing was strange, but good. It wasn't full of emotion or humour or anything, but it kept the book going. Normally I wouldn't like that writing style, but I really enjoyed it!
I did have one problem with this book and that was with the time-travel. I found it really hard to follow the rules of time travel and it just confused me in general. Other than that, the book was brilliant and highly original; I especially liked the photos dotted around the book! This isn't just a book - it is art.