RATING: 4 STARS
Yes, yes, I am late to this trilogy. I have been meaning to read it for forever and I have no real excuse for why I have not yet finished the series. I love the plot, I love the world, and I love the creepy pictures!
Ten peculiar children flee an army of deadly monsters. And only one person can help them-but she’s trapped in the body of a bird. The extraordinary journey that began in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children continues as Jacob Portman and his newfound friends journey to London, the peculiar capital of the world. There, they hope to find a cure for their beloved headmistress, Miss Peregrine. But in this war-torn city, hideous surprises lurk around every corner. And before Jacob can deliver the peculiar children to safety, he must make an important decision about his love for Emma Bloom. Like its predecessor, this second novel in the Peculiar Children series blends thrilling fantasy with vintage photography to create a one-of-a-kind reading experience.
I absolutely loved the plot of this book. While in the first book we got to know the peculiar world and the peculiar children, in the second one there is a lot more action and tension.
Once again, the uniqueness of Ransom Riggs story never ceases to impress me. In Hollow city we get to see a lot more of the peculiar world and I also feel like the characters also develop a lot and start to feel even more real.
(can you guys see im struggling to write this unspoilery part? lol It is the second book in a series after all)
I think that is all I can say really! For more thoughts head on to the spoilery review below!
Aah my favorite type of review!
So we start of this book with all the kids in these boats, trying to escape the hollowgasts who have just taken over their time loop. They dont really know what they are doing or where they are going and Miss Peregrine cant turn back to human form, so they have to carry a bird around with them for most of the book. cool.
I really enjoyed that we got to travel to other places of this world, and we got to see other time loops as well, I thought that was very interesting. The peculiar animals… yeah kinda weird but you just go with it for the sake of going with it lol
One thing I didnt quite like about this book in comparison to the first of the series is that the pictures in this one didnt really feel like they fit the story. Like, in the first book, all pictures fitted perfectly within the plot line and that was awesome. In this book however, some pictures felt kind of forced into the narrative (at least to me!) and that kind of defeats the purpose of having ilustrations in the first place. Still, it wasnt all of them, and they were all still creepy af so me likey
Just another bad aspect of this book for me was the relationship development between Jacob and Emma? Am I the only one who thought this was weird? Like this series to me read like a childrens book, or maybe middle grade (if you exclude the creepy aspects), and that makes sense because most of the characters are (kinda) children! But then in this book we have Emma and Jacob who are kinda sorta together and they sneak around and kiss all the time and that made me uncomfortable? Its weird cause I have no problems with romancey scenes in genera but in this case it felt weird, and awkward like they are children sToP iT. even tho shes like 100. anyway.
Finally, CAN WE TALK ABOUT THE ENDING?
They carry that damn bird throughout all the book and the freaking bird isnt even miss peregrine??
I love me some good plot twists and oh boy, that was a good one. I am so excited for this new villain!! (is that a weird thing to say? idc really) He seems like a very interesting character and I wanna know more about him. Like he can become a bird but he cant travel through time but he can go into the time loops but he wants to eat souls of peculiar children with some white meat and herbal seasong LIKE WTF?? The whole thing just gets better (or worse) when you remember he is Miss Peregrines BROTHER. How fucked up is their family?
Maybe they already explained it at some point but I want to know more about Miss Peregrines family. They said she had two brothers. Where is the other one? who were their parents? were they like normal people? How old is Miss Peregrine anyway?
Again, they might have already answered these questions and I only dont remember. My memory is good like that.
ALSO JACOBS NEW POWER??!?!?
Now, that is a cool power. Absolutely love the fact that now he can control the hollowgasts like they are puppies thats awesome. Though it would have come in handy may times before in the book. What do you guys think triggered it to appear only now? Maybe Jacob is just getting used to the world around him or maybe its something else? Could his grandfather also control the monsters? Or is it just Jacob? Is that why people keep saying hes much more powerful than his grandfather?
Woosh I think that was it for my (extremely) long spoilery review! Not professional at all but pretty fun to write lol I hope you enjoyed it somehow
Feel free to leave a comment telling me some of your thoughts on this book because I love to read them!