Peppered with photographs (images credited in the back of the book from a variety of photographers that the author unearthed to further build out the story), you subconsciously know that Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children is fiction, but my imagination kept being pulled in the direction of "what-if"! Author Ransom Riggs has a poetic rhythm about his writing that instantly captivates, even with a coming-of-age main character who has an obvious lack of lust for life (think the male-counter part to MTVs Daria). Well written and fast paced, I finished the book (unsurprisingly on bedrest) in a day- not wanting to put it down. I honestly had been expecting something far fetched with greater emphasis on the paranormal, and was delightfully surprised by the balance between reality& plausability, and that of the unknown.
Looking for something to get you into the Halloween mood that isn't too creepy or a horror story? Pick up a copy of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children! (Note: there are two more books in the series if you get hooked!)