I try to limit my fantasy to the YA variety. Fantasy isn’t my favorite genre and all the adult fantasy writers seem to think that series containing 12 books are where it’s at. They also take several years between books. I am looking at you George RR Martin. With so many other great books out there, I frankly don’t care enough to invest. With YA fantasy, books come out more quickly and series are typically shorter. I don’t have to re-read the whole thing when a new book comes out. Hence, this Ransom Riggs book.
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children stands out due to its interesting use of photographic images to propel the narrative along. Jacob Portman, our main character, is a teenage boy just trying to find his place in the world when his grandpa dies in a horrific accident. Jacob and his grandpa had always been close, and as a child Jacob loved his grandpa’s stories about a home where he lived as an orphan, Miss Peregrine’s Home. He has pictures of all the other children, and though Jacob describes these images and how he reacts to them, it is nice to have the actual images and form the opinion of a reader. Jacob’s version of the accident does not jive with official accounts and his family thinks he is crazy. With the encouragement of his psychologist, Jacob travels to Wales to see the place where his grandpa once lived. Let me just say, that is when things get crazy as you know they will because this is a YA book and it is a fantasy.
Jacob is a fun character. He makes typical teenage mistakes, and he is just moody enough to seem realistic. At the end of the book, we also get set up for a sequel and unravel some of the mysteries of Grandpa Portman’s life. I enjoyed the mystery and I am curious to see where this one will go.