Hollow City by Ransom Riggs
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Earlier this year I heard Riggs speak about his fascination with discarded photographs, something that started when he was young and visiting his grandparents. Taking these artifacts (belonging to whom? why were they abandoned? who are they of?) and creating a story around them is so wonderfully creative! The photo on the cover gets a backstory that fits so nicely with the world that the author has created, so much so that the real story would probably disappoint.
I'm also enjoying this world. Yes, it's fantasy (of a sort) and the "peculiars" are in line with wizards in a Muggle world, not to mention the whole time loop thing, but there's something very original about how the elements have been mixed together.
Can't wait for book three.