Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
The physical book is handsome with beautiful end papers and illustrated throughout with vintage photographs, which inspired the story to the author, Ransom Riggs. (You certainly don't want to read this on a Kindle, if in fact you want to read it at all.) The story is a bit contrived and it seems obvious there will be a series. Other reviews reveal a lot of enthusiasm for this story of a teen who learns that his grandfather's fairy tales may actually be real. In his search for answers, terrible things happen.
And I think that is a major problem: on one hand the story is charming and whimsical while on the other, it is dark and extremely violent.
But I loved the following quote at the end of the book:
"I used to dream about escaping my ordinary life, but my life was never ordinary. I had simply failed to notice how extraordinary it was."
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