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Friday, September 30, 2016

A Snippet from Lord of Shadows

Cassie posted this snippet from Lord of Shadows yesterday and it features Aegisdea's beautiful art:

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

By: Ransom Riggs
Publisher: Quirk
Release Date: July 7, 2011
Series: Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children #1
Source: Purchased
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Rating: 4 out of 5 stars - this is one perfectly spooky, suspenseful read

Synopsis: A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of curious photographs.

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.

A spine-tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children will delight adults, teens, and anyone who relishes an adventure in the shadows.

I don't know about you, but I am sooooo late to this party! And I do regret it. What a wonderful, magical, suspense-filled tale.

The story starts off with a grandfather's wild tales of being sent to an island by his family during the Nazi invasion of Poland in World War II. Tales that the narrator, his grandson, grows too old to believe. These are wild stories about levitating girls, scary, twins, a dog with a face of a boy. Are these stories true? As the adults in his life won't believe him, Jacob dives into the mystery his grandfather left behind.

Jacob's voice is so very genuine from the wonder-filled child who listens attentively to his grandfather's fantastic tale to the questioning teen who realized his grandfather's memory may be plagued with dementia. When he stumbles upon a box filled with photos of the very people his grandfather described, he rationalizes them as tricks of photographic illusion. A quick aside to say that these photographs are included in the story and they are very much real (read about that in this New York Times article). The tension is well developed not just with the mystery, but also with a secondary plot that I won't mention because it's much more fun to discover it for yourself as you read.

The ending will leave you anxious for the next volume, which mercifully has already been released. In fact, the series is complete, and this makes it a perfect binge read for the spookiest month of all -- October. Pick up a pumpkin spice drink of choice and dive into a perfectly creepy mystery.