I am a fool for fantasy books for children, so after I went to Tim Burton’s movie, I felt the desperate need to read the books.
I was pleased to find out that all the story is created around old photographs, that Ransom Riggs had personally collected (which are frequently shown along the way).
The narrative is about a young boy named Jacob Portman, who doesn’t seem to fit in his family, but who has always been fascinated by the monster stories his grandfather told him. After seeing the old man murdered by one of the creatures from his tales he convinces his parents to take him to the island where his grandpa grew up in the hope to find out more about his childhood and in this way understand more about the evil beasts.
From here, the book transforms itself, more or less, in a Marvel’s X-man for children. The tale contains gifted characters, big wicked monsters, time standing still in a loop and innocent love (which in my opinion, in this particular case, is a bit wrong, but I won’t spoil why).
The saga contains three volumes: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, Hollow City and Library of Souls. All of them are written in the same manner (easy to read for a child, a bit dull for an adult).
I can’t say that I really enjoyed the books (maybe because I read it in my late 20s and not at the age of 14), but I loved the photos. Actually, I think that this is the only case in which I enjoyed the movie more than the original story.
As a personal recommendation, if you are older than 18, there are 90% chances not to appreciate the story at its best.