First, sequels= Nooooooooo! And 2013, what?!!
I've often looked at old photographs and wondered what the story is behind them. Who were the people and what were they doing? There is something eerie about looking at a person long dead frozen in one moment in time. Ransom Riggs didn't just wonder, he made up a fantastical story using old photographs. And what as story Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children is!
I was immediately drawn in by the writing. There is no dallying around; Riggs gets straight to it. The pacing is quick, so quick I read the book over one day. I didn't want to put it down. The world Riggs creates for the children is quite clever and I appreciated the explanation for their powers. This wasn't just, "oh, they're magic." He gives them a reason for existing.
For the most part, I liked Jacob, though he was thoughtless and insensitive after his grandfather dies. He acts as though no one else lost someone important. I just wanted to smack him for the things he says to his father. Later, he does act bravely and redeems himself in my eyes.
The photographs were well chosen and help to tell the story. I spent a lot of time just looking at them. The only ones I didn't really understand were the clown children. I'm not sure what special skill they had other than being super creepy.
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children is just the right amount of strange and a lot of adventure. It's a perfect Halloween read. Now we all have to twiddle our thumbs until 2013 for the next installment.