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Miss Peregrine's
Home for Peculiar Children
by Ransom Riggs
(Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children #1)

Kindle Edition, 352 pages
Published June 7, 2011, by Quirk Books

GoodReads Summary:
A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of curious photographs.

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.

My Review:
I gave this a four-star rating for the quality of the writing and author's ability to make his world come alive and become real. However, I didn't like the book. It's too creepy and too alive for me. I don't wish to ever read this book again. Nor do I wish to read any of the other books in this series.

Mr. Riggs takes an unusual boy with his stories from his peculiar grandfather (recently deceased under violent circumstances) and sends him looking for a world that he's only partly prepared to cope with. It's a world full of strange and unusual things that are dangerous and deadly. And there's no guidebook for visitors. You have to know the right people in this world or it could be the death of you, literally. And even they may be a little hazardous to your health and continuous existence. 

A flip through the book will show you a bunch of old photos scattered throughout.  Initially, they seem innocent enough, then you realize that the little girl is holding fire in her two hands, that little girl is floating in the air and tethered by a rope, and that picture shows the front and back of a little girl's head. Other pictures show some even stranger things that you just can't explain. Mr. Riggs explains them in lots of creepy detail at the scariest times. I kept feeling like things were jumping out of the book at me while I was reading this and I had to read it in daylight. I'm not a big spooky book reader, to begin with, but this one is intended to creep you out. And it does. At least it did me!

So, if you like the creepy ones, this is for you! I purchased this from Amazon for nothing and am providing an honest review. I am not being compensated in any way. All opinions are fully my own.
~ Judi E. Easley