Hollow City (#2) by Ransom Riggs
Published by: Quirk on February 24th 2015
Genre: YA, Paranormal, Historical
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.
Review: I was excited to find out that there were two other books in the Miss Peregrine world. I loved how the first story had the accompanying vintage photographs to bring the story together. It had been a while since I had read the first one but it did not take long to familiarize myself as I picked up this one as it takes place right where it left off.
The Characters – I love how each of the children has there own quirk/ability and use them to protect one another. I don’t really get the romance between Emma and Jacob, it’s a little odd in my opinion and if that aspect wasn’t in the book it wouldn’t change much. I feel like this story doesn’t need that romantic aspect. There are some new characters added as well. I was wondering if we were going to meet the girl that’s on the front cover – and you do!
The Plot – It starts off a little slow but then sucks you in to this action-packed adventure trying to find someone who can help save Miss Peregrine. I love how it visits other loops and you get introduced to some new quirky characters. The plot twist at the end was fantastic! I did not see it coming!
The photographs add such a neat aspect to the story telling and I am always excited when I see that one is coming up. I read in the back interview that he finds these photographs and incorporates them in. Sometimes he adds a scene just so he can use them. I find that really cool and probably a helpful tool when writing these novels.
Can’t wait to get my hands on the third one! I hope there is a paperback version out so I can match the rest of the series!