I discovered Ransom Riggs' first novel as often by stumbling from book to book in the Free Library of Philadelphia. The cover looked creepy and carried a gold sticker claiming " A New York Times Best Seller". A quick search on Goodreads and the book 25,768 reviews ranging from utter hate to burning passion achieved to convince me. This was the perfect novel for Day 1.
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar children is a delicious book. Delicious because it is a strikingly unconventional book which mixes happily humor, magic and suspense.
Jacob Portman, a 16 year old teenager suffering from an acute stress reaction after witnessing his grandfather's death, travels to a Welsh island to learn more about the deceased youth, He will stumble upon an orphanage and meet some very strange children.
The author's writing is extremely lively and easy to follow. Some old-fashioned black and white photographs appear between certain chapters complementing Jacob's impressions and guiding the reader through the story. Do not expect to be scared, but expect to laugh, smile, and enjoy the tale.
Author: Ransom Riggs
Publisher: Quirk book