January 24, 2014

Book Review: Hollow City

I stumbled upon Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children at a library book sale last summer and started reading it in the fall. I couldn't put it down. It was hands down, the best fantasy book I've read since Harry Potter. I loved the book and quickly turned to the internet to find out more about Ransom Riggs, the author. I was pleasantly surprised to learn that the sequel to Miss Peregrine's would be out in January and I pre-ordered it from Amazon.

My Synopsis (since I don't really like Amazon's or Goodreads'): Jacob Portman grew up listening to fantastic stories that his grandfather told him about his childhood - about a girl who can make fire, a boy who is invisible and another who can control bees with his mind. At 16, just as he starts to become skeptical of his grandfather's stories, his grandfather is murdered and Jacob sets off to Wales to learn more about his grandfather. There, he discovers that the children in his stories are not only real, but are still very much alive despite assertions that they had all been killed in a bombing during World War II. As Jacob begins to learn more about his grandfather, he suspects that he, and the children, are in danger...the same kind of danger that killed his grandfather.

In the second novel, Jacob, along with the children journey to 1940s London, in the middle of the war, where they realize that they are involved in their own war against those that are determined to destroy the peculiar world they live in.

Using vintage photography to tell the stories, both stories come to life in a way that many novels are unable to.

The author, Ransom Riggs is a filmmaker and he created this wonderful trailer for the first book:

Intrigued? Hollow City, the Second Novel of Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children is just as good as the first one.

What I Thought: I can't get enough of these books. I devoured the second one just as quickly as the first. At times, I thought it was lulling, only to have the story pick up again in some unpredictable plot twists. As I neared the end of the book, I thought the series was going to end, only to uncover yet another plot twist and...at the end of the book, a page stating that there would, in fact, be a third installment.

Even more exciting than a 3rd installment is the news that Tim Burton has acquired the rights to a film adaptation, set to be released in July 2015.

So, please, do yourself a favor and go read these books. If you were a fan of the Harry Potter series, I promise that you will not be disappointed. When you do, please come back and let me know! I haven't found anyone else whose read these books and I'm dying to discuss them with someone!

It's going to be cold this weekend!
Pick up the book, some hot chocolate and stay warm!
Happy Friday!

PS: I was in no way compensated for writing this glowing review of these novels. I purchased the books on my own accord, fell madly in love with them and want everyone in the world to know how much I loved these books. 

1 comment:

  1. I'm reading Hollow City right now...so in love already! I can't wait to spend some alone time tearing through it tomorrow!


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