miss peregrine ' s home for peculiar children

I just realized that I've finished several books and never reviewed them.  Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children is not a book that I was really planning on reading, but I'm glad I did.  I read a review of it a while back and thought it sounded interesting, then it was on sale on Amazon.com right before I left on my cruise, so I got it and read it on my trip.

photo via goodreads.com

First of all, the author's name is Ransom Riggs...how awesome is that? Second of all, this was actually a really good book.  16 year-old Jacob has a close bond with his grandfather.  Jacob loves his stories about the odd photo collection he has of levitating girls and invisible boys.  Early on in the story, Jacob experiences the tragedy of his grandfathers death, cryptic last words, and a mysterious letter which prompts a journey to the remote island where his grandfather grew up.  On the island, Jacob learns interesting things about his grandfather's childhood and about himself. I liked this book because it was different.  It didn't follow the typical formula for a story about a young boy who goes off to find himself.  The descriptions of people and places were vivid, making the occasional photographs included throughout the book unnecessary. I would recommend this book to readers of all ages, it was a truly enjoyable story.