You might pick up Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs b/c it has a cool photograph for its cover, plus the name of the book is intriguing. You might then flip through the book and see the many other odd and old photographs throughout the book. The photographs are fun and most definitely odd, but they also help tell the story. The photographs are actually all real photographs. Riggs initially found the photos at a swap meet or flea market of sorts. He wanted to make a picture book with them, but his editor, or someone along those lines, convinced him to write a novel using the photographs to help tell the story. Riggs had several pictures but not enough for a novel. It was a good thing he was able to use the pictures of several other people to complete the story. If you are interested you can see the picture credits at the end of the book.
Riggs spent more than 3 years, if my memory serves me correctly, writing this novel. The way Riggs ended the novel the reader is led to believe that there will be another one. However, it might be a while until we see it with the pace Riggs is at; though, the second book does have a tentative release day for January 2014. I know having to wait may bug some people, but I would rather an author take his/her time to write a really great sequel, rather than have the author rush to write a mediocre one. Quality of literature is always more important.
Besides writing, Riggs also makes movies. You can see some of his movies on YouTube; they are weird, but so is his writing. That's just the way he is. One of the movies on YouTube is a book trailer for Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, as well as a movie about his trip to make the book trailer. Check out the book trailer below, it reminded me of The Princess Bride. Please tell me you see the connection too.
Amazon had the following book description:
"A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of very curious photographs.