Friday, September 8, 2017

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

"For the king of Babylon stands at the parting of the road, at the fork of the two roads, to use divination: he shakes the arrows, he consults the images, he looks at the liver." -- Ezekiel 21:21 (NKJV)

I was totally charmed by this story in a way that seldom happens when I read juvenile fantasy adventures. Miss Peregrine's ... is that rare book that may be more appealing to adults than to its intended readers.

The use of the unusual photographs is simply masterful and provides an eerie and intriguing context for the story that mere words could not match.

The plot had enough unexpected twists and turns in it to hold my attention and to make me keep reading rapidly to the end, almost as though I were reading an adult thriller.

Normally, I'm quite critical of how natural and supernatural are combined in such stories, but Miss Peregrine's ... seemed to work quite well for me.

I could see a major series being developed from this book ... and I can hardly wait to read it.

Bravo, Mr. Riggs!

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