Friday, May 9, 2014

Book Review: "Hollow City" by Ransom Riggs

Man, was I excited for this book to come out, and it did not disappoint! If you have not read this series' previous book do not go forward. If you are intrigued about "Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children" check out my review here. I'm going to just do a mini review here because if you read the first book you are probably waiting on baited breath for this and you will not need convincing to read this book.

I'm trying to make this as spoiler free as possible, but if you want a completely unspoiled experience please refrain.

We left our Peculiar children and Miss Peregrine as a peregrine in a few small boats, rowing away from their island home and into...well they aren't exactly sure what. They hadn't made much of a plan beyond "We need to get away and go somewhere else" so they are rowing towards where they think land will be. It takes hours and it's a harrowing trip but they arrive on dry land, though they've lost all their supplies in a boat turn over. They think they are safe but the wights are not far behind, complete with blood thirsty sounding dogs.

They eventually get to London, but it is not without a fair amount of trouble.

There are gypsies,war torn London close calls with the bombs during the blitz, unexpected Peculiars, really creepy monsters, killer bees and a freaking crazy plot twist at the end that left my mouth agape.


I love that in their search for Miss Wren they go to St Paul's Cathedral. Christopher Wren designed churches all over London, so I liked that little nod. (Wikipedia has a list, with pictures.) Also the little scene between Emma and the 2 sisters in London broke my heart a little bit, but I liked it.

I give this book 3.5 out of 5 stars. I hope that Ransom Rigg's is hard at work at the next installment. And by hard at work I mean hardly stopping for food and water and bathroom breaks. I don't want some George R Martin, take-my-sweet-time thing happening here. I'll not allow it!


  1. ugh, now I must read this since it's almost been a year since I read Miss Peregrine! I'll get on the waiting list now...

    1. It's a super short waiting list right now! Go for it!

  2. Can you believe I haven't read either of these yet??? Ugh. I need to get on this!

    1. I was late to the party too! They both have a little bit higher page count but it's a really fast paced read.

  3. I thought this book was great... so much in fact I think it's better then the first book in the series. I loved it. I did think this time around the story was written a little bit to squeeze in some of the pictures (like the house on the logs???) but it was still really good!


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