Saturday, March 24, 2012

March Book Club: Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Being a little short on time this week, here's the GoodReads description of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children:

A mysterious island.

An abandoned orphanage.

A strange collection of very curious photographs.

It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience. As our story opens, 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.

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Spoilers Ahead! While we don't give too much away, we do talk about the book as though we've read it. Take a look at what we had to say about this month's book, or you can skip straight down to the end to see which book won out for next month's read!

Claire: I loved this book so much. I felt it was so well written, some of the sentences were so expressive and emotional that it blew my breath away. I don't normally read books with male protaganists but this one caught me right away. Even with school I finished the book in three days. I was sad when it ended because I didn't want to leave the characters. I hope that there are more books to come, and it did end with a cliff hanger so there could be more (hopefully)! I am so glad that we picked this book. I loved the way the author combined the old photographs with the story. So different from anything or any story I have read. I can't say enough good stuff! Loved it!

Jenn N:  
Like Claire, I normally don't read books with male protagonists. However, I am so glad I read this book. I found Jacob to be extremely relateable. His emotions were so well written. My heart broke when his grandfather passed away. I loved the depiction of their relationship. I also appreciated that the story wasn't rushed. Jacob grieved and went through obstacles before he even began to solve his grandfather's mystery. I loved how the vintage photos perfectly fit the story and didn't seem contrived at all. This book was unique and brilliant; I can't wait to see what happens next.

Rebecca T: There were a lot of things I enjoyed about this book, but I think my favorite was the home itself. I loved the idea that these people were being held in time and that Jacob could cross over into it. I love when stories play with time and do it well. The thought of being caught in the day before a horrific event is fascinating to me. The uncanniness of the story combined with the pictures made for a very intriguing read and, while it wasn't really one of my favorite books of the year, it was one I couldn't put down.

So what's for next month? We've decided to take a break from Young Adult and take my suggestion to read The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society! We hope you'll join us and stop by next month to see what we thought. And while you're waiting feel free to check out our Facebook or Twitter feeds or deck yourself out in some new Booksellers Without Borders swag over at our Cafe Press shop!

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