So this is one of those books that I feel like I have seen all over the place. At some point I put a hold on it at the library and it finally came in. It is definitely peculiar, but I got into it quick and couldn't put it down.
I had known about the crazy photos, which are all a little creepy and look like someone tinkering with trick photography developing. The truth behind the photos is that Ransom Riggs, the author, (that can't be his real name, right?) collects crazy old photos, and he's not alone. In the back he credits which collectors the photos belong too.
The story begins in modern day centered around a misfit rich kid named Jacob who has a grandfather that he has always admired. It's hard not to spoil the story, so I'll just mention that there is a fantasy element to the story, but not the one I expected.
I know I've mentioned before that fantasy isn't my favorite type of book to read, but I did like this one. It was a little scary for me in parts, and there are some elements that just struck me as too weird and unnecessary. But, overall I do think it is a clever and creative book. I loved the thread of photographs that moves the story along. The photos his grandfather had shown him as a child, a collection he finds later and then even later on the island. I think they were woven in nicely.
I recommend this book. There are 3 or 4 crude lines in the book which are so unneccessary and kind of stood out of place. Just a warning. I've seen this listed as YA fiction, but I'm not sure if I want my 12 year old to read it because of those phrases. Dumb.
I'd love to hear what you thought of this book! It's hard to review without giving away the plot twists.