I know I finished Ransom Riggs' Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children quite a while ago, but I just haven't had the time (or inclination) to write a review, or any review for that matter. So, instead of grading the ever growing pile of essays on my desk, I figured I'd at least get one review, this one, out of the way!
This was a combination of Percy Jackson meets time travel meets sci-fi meets historical fiction meets photography fiction. It's a big mash-up that, sadly, falls short of its goal. While I did find it entertaining at times, I felt that it was trying too hard to be something bigger than it was and trying to accomplish something that others have done better; WG Sebald's Austerlitz comes to mind in terms of history/photographic fiction. The photographs, though a nice touch, were almost distracting in a way. Also, I found that Jacob's dialogue was incompatible to his age. At the beginning it was very lofty, but it deteriorated the further the book progressed. It was strange. Rigg's did leave the ending open for a sequel...we'll see if it happens.