Hollow City – A Review

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Title: Hollow City
Author: Ransom Riggs
Genre: Supernatural Fantasy / Sci-Fi Fantasy / Historical Fantasy
Series: Yes; Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐

Short Review: A tale of intriguing adventures of peculiar children mixed with time travel, war and romance told with unique historical pictures.

page-breakhQuotes 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.”

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Synopsis

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.

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Review

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!

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Other Books from the Series

#1  Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children – June 2011
#2  Hollow City – Feb 2015
#3  Library of Souls – September 2015

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A Thousand Pieces of You – A Review

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AUTHOR:  Claudia Gray YA Author

GENRE: Sci-Fi & Romance

RATING ⭐⭐⭐

QUOTES FROM A Thousand Pieces of You

❤“I would love you in any shape, in any world, with any past. Never doubt that.”

❤“I fell in love with his unchanging soul.”

❤“We can’t begin to learn until we admit how much we don’t know.”

❤“I have no need for a world without you in it.”

❤“Every form of art is another way of seeing the world. Another perspective, another window.”

❤“My hate is stronger than the dimensions, stronger than memory, stronger than time. My hate is now the truest part of who I am.”

Review

The books in the Firebird Trilogy have no doubt the best covers and well, for me (like many) it was a mere cover buy. I took my own sweet time to finish it but I wouldn’t call it a waste of time at all.

A Thousand Pieces of You is an interested merge between Romance and Sci-Fi. Lucky for me, the Sci-Fi doesn’t go too technical in Book#1 and lays basic just like the romance part. I’m hoping the same in the rest of the trilogy but the book hints as I suspect, it might involve more tech and science.

In short it’s a story about a scientific device; Firebird, that allows travel through dimensions in this world. While it is a breakthrough in science, it may be used by some for more evil than good. While the scientists, unaware of their enemies schemes, develop the firebird flawlessly, Marguerite, daughter of the inventor of the device learns about her father’s death and follows the suspect through and beyond her own world. The suspect is none other than the person she was once closest too, while she is baffled with shock, her decisions must be made with precaution if she is to save her family from the inevitable.

You may expect a few smiles and giggles on your way and maybe a few tears as well, I liked the plot and the concept and eagerly waiting to read the second part, the writing however is mediocre and sometimes I felt the author tried too hard to build the chemistry between characters but failed. Nevertheless, the story is fascinating and would hook you up despite the average telling.

Does Marguerite travel in Dimensions?
Who kills her father?
Does Marguerite falls for her Father’s Killer?
What if the Firebird gets into the wrong hands?

Read the series to find out!

 Books from the series

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#1  A Thousand Pieces of You (2014)
#2 Ten Thousand Skies Above You (2015)
#3  A Million Worlds With You (2016)