Happy Halloween! I can't believe it's tomorrow. I hope you all have a fun and safe time. My plans include hanging out with my friend and her family (lots of little ones there) and walking with them and hanging out candy after. Okay mostly I want an excuse to wear one of my masquerade masks. I thought today's review would go with the creepy and spooky vibe of Halloween. Hollow City by Ransom Riggs, book two in Miss Peregrines Home for Peculiar Children series, I reviewed the first book here.
This second book picks up where we left off with our gang of peculiar children so if you haven't finished the first book then you should turn back now and come back after you've finished book one. Also as a reminder I have a giveaway running until December 6th check out the details here and don't forget to enter! Now seriously spoilers again for book one….you've been warned.
We left Jacob and the gang in little boats leaving their home and their loop off in search of a way to save Miss P. The theme of the book is still the same mixing the creepy and interesting antique photos into the story giving it a haunting type feel that again felt totally unique to this story. The crew is on their way to London, the peculiar capital of the world where they hope to find answers. They encounter new allies, new peculiars, and uncover many new facts about their worlds.
Hollow City moves faster than the first book but that has more to do with having the world and most of the rules already set in place and having us gotten to know most of our key players, so we're able to move forward into the story and the quest. We find several different loops and meets lots of new and interesting peculiars. My favorites might be the peculiar animals like what that just blew my mind (but those chickens….nope). Also Jacob gets to develop his power a bit more and figure out what he can do, which is neat and total trial by error since he has no one to really guide him but the unit is pretty strong.
But I kid you not there is a bunch of things happening. They are setting a serious pace. Time loops and travel for a group of kids during 1940s…they have their work cut out for them. Still you do take the time to get to know more about our gang as well as meet some really interesting peculiars along the way. Ransom has a way with the world for sure. He seems able to pull you in and out of different loops without breaking a beat which was nice.
Still with all of this there is still plenty of time to be surprised. Twists and turns in the story and discoveries the kids make. There is always something new to learn in the world of the peculiar. Still how creepy is it to run from something and try to fight it when only Jacob can see them. Talk about fighting blind. I really enjoyed the story and am looking forward to when I'll have enough time to finish out the trilogy with Library of Souls. Tell me in the comments who your favorite new character was in Hollow City or what your favorite time loop was. I'm curious.
Until next time…