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Monday, February 10, 2014

Hollow City by Ransom Riggs

Hollow City
by Ransom Riggs
Quirk Books (Random House)
ISBN: 978-1-59474-612-3
Ages: 14+
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Description: 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. But in this war-torn city, hideous surprises lurk around every corner. Like its predecessor, this second novel in the Peculiar Children series blends thrilling fantasy with never-before-published vintage photography to create a one-of-a-kind reacting experience

The Good Stuff
  • Not stop action. Big change from the  first story which I found quite slow at times.  I was on the edge of my seat and didn't want to put the story down
  • Some good surprises that I should have seen coming but didn't
  • Deliciously strange and truly unique
  • Fabulous cover and the use of antique photographs is fabulous
  • World building is out of this world - Mr Riggs you have a hell of an imagination
  • Great to see more development into what seemed to be more caricatures in the first installment
  • Appreciated the Personae at the beginning of the book, helped to jog my memory since I had read the first book so very long ago
  • Got a kick out of the scene where Jacob longs for the comforts of home like toothbrush and deodorant
  • Heck of a cliffhanger - how long do I have to wait now for the next book

The Not So Good Stuff
  • Creepy Clown picture and I thought Tim Curry as Pennywise was creepy LOL!
  • Felt the ages of the characters were off  at times felt like middle grade with teen scenes added in - hard to explain - not a bad thing really, just kind of jarring for me personally

Favorite Quotes/Passages

"It was dead,  of course: wet, chargeless, and fifty years from the nearest cell tower."

"But you  can't feel bad every second, I wanted to tell her. Laughing doesn't make bad things worse any more than crying makes them better. It doesn't mean you don't care, or that you've forgotten. It just means you're human."

“Do you ever find yourself climbing into an open grave during a bombing raid and wish you'd just stayed in bed?”

4 Dewey's

I received this from Random House in exchange for an honest review

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