Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Description from Goodreads.com
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.
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.
 So that first picture is kinda freaky right? kids with white masks over their faces brings back memories of a scary film I once watched called The Orphanage. I was of course fascinated with the pictures this book contains as well and a little hesitant on what the story would bring. I was ecstatic when I finally got the physical copy in my hands. Realizing how well this book is actually made I was highly recommending to all my friends to buy the physical book instead of the kindle or audio versions because of how nice this book is made. Under the cover (which fits the book tightly and does not slide off!) the cover is cloth with Miss Peregrine's signature on the cover, the side is made to look like a fancy old fashioned cloth made book. And what I personally enjoyed the most was that the book looks sewn together instead of glued, and you get several of these awesomely freaky pictures throughout.
After immensely enjoying reading the story I decided on a whim to check out the audio while at work one day and found that to be a mistake (maybe in my boss' eyes) because little did I know that I would become so involved in listening to the audio I slacked on my work =0 The narrator did a fantastic job and you can check out a snippet HERE
The story did not freak me out as much as I thought it might and had some surprising twists in it that I never expected (like time travel) and some I did like creepy kids that have paranormal gifts.
It all starts with Jacob's grandpa Porter telling stories of his youth in the orphanage that housed peculiar children. They were watched over by the "old bird" from the dangerous monsters "awful hunched-over ones with rotting skin and black eyes." He would show Jacob photos of the peculiar children who could lift boulders, hover, had mouths in the back of their heads and several more. Grandpa would also get a little scary with his stories, that he would have to fight the monsters and in his old age became very paranoid and dies suddenly and tragically one day. Jacob has trouble dealing with what he saw in the woods after he found his grandfather and he himself has trouble coping. Jacob has to find the answers to his grandfathers life, and his death. Only the orphanage can hold the answers Jacob seeks.
With the intermittent photos throughout the book, it turned out to be a very fast read for me. It was entertaining and surprising. I found myself staring at the photos longer than it took me to read the pages *very fascinating!. It was one of the  most entertaining books I have read this year. A murder mystery with time travel and a little romance? Yes Please!
If you have not seen the trailer for the book I posted earlier today, I highly recommend it.
I have not checked out an ebook copy yet, but you cannot go wrong with the physical copy or the audio in my opinion.
Thank you to quirkbooks....
        Giveaway! (Closed)
I am giving away one copy of the physical book of
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children


All that is required is a comment to this post with and email or twitter handle 
only one entry per person, winner will be chosen randomly. GOOD LUCK =)
            U.S. Shipping addresses only 
You must be 13 or older to enter, or have your parent send me an email
            Giveaway ends JULY 22ND!   
You do not have to be a follower to enter, but followers get an extra entry                                                                       
Discussion/comment topics, do these photos remind you of any scary films or books you have read? 
Do the freaky clown kids scare you a little too?
        The Winner is Marina faith_love_passion01
She has already contacted me and her book is on the way, thank you all again for stopping by my blog

Comments

  1. I don't wish to me entered into the contest. I just wanted to say that that's one freaky cover! Whoa!

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  2. I have been hesitant to try this one thinking that it would creep me out too much, but I'll give it a try. Count me in!

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  3. This book looks awesome! :D Great giveaway Krista!

    my e-mail is: RJdoesBooks (at) Hotmail (dot) com

    Just in case my Twitter handle is @MrRJGonzales

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  4. Thanks!

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  5. Crossing my fingers!
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  6. I've been hearing good things about this book. I just love the old creepy photos.

    Email is: erin.cote@gmail.com and my twitter handle is @ErinSCote.

    Thanks!

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  7. I am afraid of masks, so clowns scare me. I love the cover to this book! Thanks so much for the chance to win Krista!

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  8. Erin H.7/16/2011

    OMG I have been dying to read this book!!! I, too, was a bit sceptical about even beginning to read this book because of all the hype surrounding the pictures, but your review has me sooo wanting to read this! Count me in! erhance1013@yahoo.com

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  9. YAYAYAYAY! I'm scared and ready to read!

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  10. This looks so good,but defiantly a little creepy.

    great giveaway. Count me in at faith_love_passion01@yahoo.com

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  11. I was supposed to recieve this for review but never did, and am dying to read it!! so maybe i'll win your giveaway!! Thanks for Hosting it Krista!!!

    Twitter: Readandmakeup

    I am a follower!! :)

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  12. awesome giveaway krista!
    this book looks soooooo damn good.

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  13. I've been DYING to get a copy of this book. :)

    I didn't know you had a blog! :P I'm finally following.

    @cialina

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  14. Can't believe I almost missed this contest. I so want to read this book. The photos kind of remind me of the class photo my mom has from when she was a kid in England. She can point out all the kids that didn't make it out of school and how they died. Mostly disease. Some from the war. Kind of creepy in its own right, really. My twitter handle is tcanny. My email is timothycanny (at) gmail (dot) com. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  15. Karen O11/03/2011

    Now I want the actual book!! My library doesn't have it...how sad...

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