Title: Hollow City
Author: Ransom Riggs
Genre: Supernatural Fantasy / Sci-Fi Fantasy / Historical Fantasy
Series: Yes; Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
Short Review: A tale of intriguing adventures of peculiar children mixed with time travel, war and romance told with unique historical pictures.
Quotes from Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
“When someone won’t let you in, eventually you stop knocking.”
“We cling to our fairy tales until the price for believing in them becomes too high.”
“Strange, I thought, how you can be living your dreams and your nightmares at the very same time.”
“..what an unchallenged life it would be if we always got things right on the first go.”
“…slow and drunk is no match for fast and scared shitless.”
“Just because they knew it was lost didn’t mean they knew how to let it go.”
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children was the surprise best seller of 2011—an unprecedented mix of YA fantasy and vintage photography that enthralled readers and critics alike. Publishers Weekly called it “an enjoyable, eccentric read, distinguished by well-developed characters, a believable Welsh setting, and some very creepy monsters.”
This second novel begins in 1940, immediately after the first book ended. Having escaped Miss Peregrine’s island by the skin of their teeth, Jacob and his new friends must journey to London, the peculiar capital of the world. Along the way, they encounter new allies, a menagerie of peculiar animals, and other unexpected surprises.
Complete with dozens of newly discovered (and thoroughly mesmerizing) vintage photographs, this new adventure will delight readers of all ages.
Hollow City does a good job of creating a captivating, magical world and accompanying the plot with finely selected vintage photos.
The photographs in Hollow City are just as bizarre and outlandish as the ones in the first book. I love the way the photos tie into the story and how each photo seems to tell a story of it’s own.
It was exciting to see the world outside of Cairnholm and to read about the Peculiar children who are traveling to London. The first novel in the series had a very closed environment to it and it was amazing to see the expanded world of the Peculiar. The world-building in Hollow City is thorough and readers will be brought to new loops where there are peculiar animals and other unexpected creatures. I loved visiting so many varied locations and reading about the distinct Peculiar locals.
There was however, a lot of repetitiveness, with all the kids on run and wights catching up every other chapter. I also felt it was dragged unnecessarily and wanted to skip thru some chapters but I didn’t (Yay me!)
I was constantly told not to continue the series as it gets worse, well it didn’t. Again, I didn’t enjoy the writing as much but the vintage pictures made up for it. The trilogy is still a better option than many other fantasy out there.
Read Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children to find out!
Other Books from the Series
- In the Shadows of the Blackbirds by Cat Winters
- The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff
- Asylum (series) by Madeleine Roux
- The Night Circus by Eric Morgenstern
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