Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
As Joseph was growing up his grandfather would tell him bedtime stories of monsters and magical things. He would tell him of the island where he was sent to escape those monsters and of the "bird" who watched over himself and all the other "peculiar" children who lived on the island. But as Joseph got older, he soon found himself doubting those stories of his grandfather until the day he gets a frantic phone call from his grandfather.I really enjoyed this book. It was fresh, which for me is saying a lot. Yes it is a teen book with "monsters" but this one was very new and innovative. The monsters are not your ordinary vampires, werewolf, zombie kind of monsters. And the heroes are not your everyday slayers, hunters or even superheroes with extrodinary powers that help them through. I have already been recommending this book to everyone I can and will continue to do so. "They're coming for me..." were the last words Joseph hears from his grandfather. And the words that started a long journey for Joseph, because from that time on, there was only Before and After.
I really, really enjoyed this book. It was has a fresh feeling. Yes, it is a teen book. Yes, it does contain "monsters" but these are not the very popular vampires, werewolves, zombies we read about in other teen books. And yes, there are heroes but they are not hunters, slayers or even superheroes with extrodinary powers. I found this book to be very innovative which caught and held my interest where I have been just skimming through other "monster" books of the teen variety because they are starting to blend together. I am now anxiously awaiting a sequel (which I heard will be coming!)
I recommend this book for ages 12+ due to the intense nature of some of the scenes with the "monsters." But adults will love this book too.
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