Book Review: Hollow City by Ransom Riggs

Book 2 in the Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children series

Published in 2014 by Quirk Books

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Page Count: 396

My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Goodreads Sypnosis:

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 mesmerising) vintage photographs, this new adventure will delight readers of all ages.

My Review:

I remember enjoying this book when I first read this second installment a few years ago, but then realizing that I had some issues with it, somehow getting it in my mind that the plot lagged and not much happened, albeit I still loved reading about my favourite gang of peculiars.

After this re read, I felt like I enjoyed this much more the second time around, although I feel like I’m fed up with Jacob and Emma, I felt like they were a tad melodramatic in this one, I mean Jacob willingly left his home and family and wanted to help and join the gang, he felt like he belonged, but I felt like he was doubting himself a lot, which I guess I can understand, after everything everyone had gone through, but still, I couldn’t put this down!

I love the addition of all the new characters, we have a talking dog, as well as reading about other ymbrenes and the history of our favourite peculiars. I feel like I love the supporting characters more than Jacob, truthfully, from Millard to Bronwyn and Hugh, even grouchy Enoch! I felt their despair and worries as they rushed to save their dear Miss Peregrine, and I found myself on the edge of my seat throughout, having completely forgot the wicked twists at the end! I mean, they were so cruel, after everything they’d all been through!

I felt like Ransom Riggs’ writing was all the more eerie and intense, not to mention addictive, throughout this book. I felt like I was on the edge of my seat throughout, and had goosebumps all the way through! Even though I found Jake a bit frustrating at times, I still found this book to be so much more enjoyable and entertaining and atmospheric the second time around, and I can’t wait to start Library of Souls!

Happy reading,

Brooklyn. ✨

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