Hollow City by Ransom Riggs

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220px-hollow_city_novel_coverAfter narrowly escaping being captured by the wights, Jacob, Emma, and the rest of the peculiar children travel across treacherous waters with a hurt Miss Peregrine. Their main objective: navigate through war torn London to find a fellow ymbryne who can change Miss Peregrine out of her bird form before it is too late for both Miss Peregrine and for them.

The second installment in the Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children trilogy, Hollow City was just as captivating and entertaining as the first book. Not only does Ransom Riggs continue to paint a story full of lively characters, he expands their stories by having the characters talk about their lives before being taken in by Miss Peregrine, which was probably my favorite part of the whole book. We also get to learn more about Jacob’s peculiarity and watch as he develops it into a skill that saves their lives on numerous occasions. A lot of times I can figure out what is going to occur in a book before it happens, but Hollow City was full of suspense and surprises that weren’t detectable until they occurred.

There were only two small issues I had with this book. The first issue was that I felt several lines in the first few chapters of the book were a bit repetitive. Riggs wrote that the kids were going to do something, and then he had the kids say what they were going to do before they went to do it. But this only occurred twice, I believe, and the rest of the writing made up for the slight hiccups. The second problem I had was I kept mixing up characters. I had the same problem in the first book, but this time around I only mixed up two characters: Horace and Hugh. And I’m pretty sure I only kept mixing them up because their names both start with an ‘H’ and are similar in sound.

If you’ve begun to read Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children but for some reason have been pushing off reading the next installment, don’t wait any longer! You will not regret following the children on their harrowing journey into the unknowns of the 1940s.

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