I have chosen to spotlight MISS PEREGRINE'S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN by Ransom Riggs. Again. Yep, it's that good.
5. It's a genius concept. The author, Ransom Riggs, used real vintage photos (real creepy photos) to shape and mold the story of his main character, sixteen-year-old Jacob. And what a story it is.
4. The story. It's well crafted, believable, and, hand-to-heart, it's scary. Not bloody or gory or gross, just scary. I could only read it if my husband was lying next to me. Don't judge.
Here's the back cover copy:
A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. And a strange collection of very curious photographs. It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience. As our story opens, 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 who once lived here—one of whom was his own grandfather—were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a desolate island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.
3. The photos. They're real and they're sprinkled throughout the book. My heart would thud in my chest when I knew the next page had a photo. Again, not bloody, not gory, not gross. All about the creepy.
2. The author's name: Ransom Riggs. I've got author-name-envy in a bad way. I can't think of a cooler name and it seems to match this book perfectly.
1. And the number one reason you should read this book: the writing. It's damn good. Let me explain, Mr. Riggs knows how to pace his story because I never wanted to put this book down. He also knows how to deliver authentic dialogue - his dialogue writing kept me IN the story and never took me out. Everything felt real to me: the characters, the situations, the settings, the writing itself.
Read. This. Book.
Below is a list of my fellow bloggers participating in today's Kick A** Debut Author Spotlight. Click around, meet some new people and learn about some truly kick a** books:
Rachele raves about IMAGINARY GIRLS
Susan is featuring RIP TIDE
Robyn spotlights ACROSS THE UNIVERSE and WITH A NAME LIKE LOVE
Matt loves SOLSTICE
Nicole wants to tell you about POSSESSION
Janet tells why she loves LIAR SOCIETY
Sheri admires IRON WITCH
Jen would like to tell you about WITHER
Shannon celebrates DARK PARTIES
Jon loves MY VERY UNFAIRY TALE LIFE
Michelle tells you about SHIFTING
Susan admires WITH A NAME LIKE LOVE
Natalie gives a shout out to AUDITION, THE FAERIE RING, and MY VERY UNFAIRY TALE LIFE
Katie loves THE UNBECOMING OF MARA DYER
Stina gives you a taste of BAD TASTE IN BOYS
Jessie spotlights SPELLBOUND and BIRTHRIGHT
Willow admires DESTINED
Christine raves about POSSESS
Kristin really really likes CLARITY
Anne features READY PLAYER ONE
Meredith wants to shout about DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE
Amy Rose loves THE NEAR WITCH
Theresa talks about DIVERGENT
Kelly focuses in on EARTHLING HERO and A SCARY GOOD BOOK
Christine gears you up for THE LIPSTICK LAWS
Laura is wild about GIRL OF FIRE AND THORNS
Patti tells you about HEREAFTER
Portia admires THE SECRET OF SPRUCE KNOLL
Ali has plenty to say about POSSESSION
Nisa spotlights ENTWINED
Kelly has a spark for ANGELFIRE
Lindsay is excited about DEPARTMENT 19
Heather gears you up for TWENTY-EIGHT AND A HALF WISHES
Frankie celebrates UNEARTHLY