Recommended Book of the Week

Wherever you’re going, whether it’s local or exotic, please avoid the Coast of Wales, particularly the mysterious island where Miss. Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children resides. By all means, disregard our usually sage advice – if you don’t mind fire-wielding girls, boulder-lifting boys, or clothes walking about with no one visibly wearing them.

Miss. Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is receiving major buzz right now for its haunting premise of children with abilities inspired by very creepy vintage photos. Did I mention that debut author Ransom Riggs collected all these photos himself? No? Well, he did. Way to go above and beyond. Here’s how we’re rating this chilling novel:

+20 for keeping true to the nature of QUIRK Classics (Pride and Prejudice and Zombies; Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters; Meowmorphosis) with its, well, quirkiness.

+50 for having Fox outbid everyone else for the rights to your movie…before the book even hit stores.

-30 for how the story is very much like X-Men. Granted, Miss. Peregrine isn’t bald and bound to a wheelchair, but c’mon – it’s orphans with powers under one roof.

-100 for photos of clowns. CLOWNS ARE NEVER OKAY! *shudder*

+250 for standing out in today’s overcrowded genre by using creepy photos instead of drawing creepy pictures. Illustrations are so 2010 – collecting vintage photos is the new today trend.

That adds up to a grand total of 190 points! So while we don’t think you should become a resident of Coast of Wales, we strongly encourage you purchase Miss. Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children and add it to your collection. There’s a sequel in the works too – even more creeptastic photos on the way!

5 thoughts on “Recommended Book of the Week

  1. Hmm, I’ve seen lots of posts about this title. The cover never appealed to me so I just passed it by on the internet. Now that I know a bit more about it, and I agree clowns are NOT okay and I will on pins and needles with each page turn!

    Thanks for the recommendation! I’ll look into this! 🙂

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