First thing to know: this book must be the first in a series. I did not know this and was expecting a proper ending, not a wrap-up of the original problem while another half dozen get introduced. It also has the common, it seems to me anyway, young adult novel problem of having too much happening over a too short period of time. Other than that, I really enjoyed this book.
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ranson Riggs is told by Jacob. He's a well off teen whose grandfather used to tell him amazing stories of the place he grew up in. There was a girl who flew, an invisible boy, a teacher who could turn into a bird. As Jacob gets older, he believes the stories to be lies, twisted from his grandfather's experiences as a Jewish teenager in World War 2. When the older man dies from strange injuries in Jacob's arms, Jacob thinks he sees something, which makes him begin to wonder about all the stories.
The characters are great and Jacob's whole personality felt very real. What modern teen wouldn't think he was going crazy in such a situation? The rebel best friend, the underachieving dad, the weird townsfolk, they all seemed like they had their own lives going on off the page. The Peculiar Children also seemed realistic, with several having some pretty random powers that you don't see over in X-men. I liked the originality.
The pictures work really well with the text and the fact that they are all real pictures, not created specifically for the book, was fascinating. When i read that at the end of the book, i immediately went back and pored over the images again. Miss Peregrine's Home is not a place i'd want to live but is certainly a place i want to visit again. a 6 from me and this one counts for the 2011 challenge in the "Willpower? What Willpower?" category as I won it off Librarything's Early Reviewers group.