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Sunday, August 21, 2016

Playing Catch Up! Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Playing Catch Up has really been helping me through my ever growing TBR list. I'd like to welcome all other blogs to participate too! If you do, be sure to post your links in the comments section. I'd love to see your Playing Catch Up Reviews, and I'm sure others would too!! *wink*

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Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children #1) 
by Ransom Riggs
Genre: Young Adult (Paranormal/Fantasy)
Date Published: June 7, 2011
Publisher: Quirk

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. 

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children is the first book in the Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children series by Ransom Riggs. I'll be honest, I never planned on reading this book. The cover grabbed m attention when I fist saw it, but the blurb? Not so much. Recently, I saw they were making a movie out of it, and I have this weird obsession with reading the book before I see the movie, and since I wanted to see the movie, here we are. I don't know what I was thinking before, because I'm really glad I read it. It wasn't at all what I expected, and the pictures that are throughout the book add to the haunting feel and completely fit the book. Some of the children's abilities were a little on the hoaky side, and that brought me back out of the book a time or two, but there is so much going on in this world that it's hard not to get sucked right back into it. I'm curious about the other books in this series now, and I'm definitely going to check out the movie when that time comes.

I grew up in Florida, went to Kenyon College in Ohio, then film school at USC in LA, where I still live. I write books and screenplays, blog daily for, and make short films.

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children is my first novel. I'm really excited about it -- it was challenging and rewarding and I hope people like it. If you read that and like the found photographs in it, you might be interested in a book comprised entirely of found photographs that I have coming out January 2012 from HarperCollins. It's called Talking Pictures. You can find sneak peeks by doing a search for "mental floss talking pictures" (I included a number of images in blogs there) and I made a kinda-sorta book trailer for it, which is on my youtube page:

Also, watch out for a Miss Peregrine book trailer, which I'm working on right now! I get to go to Belgium and film inside creepy abandoned chateaus, which I'm *really* looking forward to.

To learn more about Ransom Riggs and his books, visit his website.You can also find him on Goodreads, Facebook, Tumblr, Instagram, and Twitter.

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