“I USED TO DREAM ABOUT ESCAPING MY ORDINARY LIFE, BUT MY LIFE WAS NEVER ORDINARY. I HAD SIMPLY FAILED TO NOTICE HOW EXTRAORDINARY IT WAS. – Ransom Riggs”
“Miss Peregrine’s School for Peculiar Children” by Ransom Riggs is hauntingly fun and delightfully creepy. The almost nightmare inducing photos that are scatter throughout throw an interesting curve ball and bring all of these very unique characters to life in a way that words can’t always convey. While reading this book, I saw that it was going to be made into a movie, director by none other than the creep master himself, Tim Burton. I not only can’t wait for the movie but I can’t wait to read the rest of the series. Ransom Riggs’ use of imagery and incredible descriptive capabilities sent goosebumps down my arms more than once. He is truly a genius with words when it comes to building and sharing the image that is in mind.
The story begins with the main character is Jacob Portman who is a rich, albeit awkward teenager who hates his job, has only one friend, and thinks just about everyone in his family is crazy for one reason or another. After a life changing event, Jacob travels from Florida to a small island off the coast of England to solve a riddle left behind by his grandfather. Jacob experiences loss, questions his sanity, fights for his life, and learns impossible and unbelievable things about himself and the world around him. More than once, the bigger message of this book tells us that we should pay close attention to what’s around us and to never assume we have it all figured out. Weird exists in this world and sometimes that weird is awesome.
This book pairs perfectly with the Michters American Unblended Whiskey because it too travels to time’s long past with it’s pre-Revolutionary War flavor and surprising sweetness. Much like books, it is sometimes okay to judge a bourbon by its cover. This bourbon is easily accessible in regards to drinking and price; averaging around $40.00 a bottle. I finished the last chapters of this haunting book on a stormy night -bourbon neat in hand – and ended up leaving on the hall lights when I went to bed.
Happy reading and sleep tight 🙂