Rating: ***** Suggested Age: 13
Summary: “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children was the surprise best seller of 2011—an unprecedented mix of YA fantasy and vintage photography that enthralled readers and critics alike. Publishers Weekly called it “an enjoyable, eccentric read, distinguished by well-developed characters, a believable Welsh setting, and some very creepy monsters.”
This second novel begins in 1940, immediately after the first book ended. Having escaped Miss Peregrine’s island by the skin of their teeth, Jacob and his new friends must journey to London, the peculiar capital of the world. Along the way, they encounter new allies, a menagerie of peculiar animals, and other unexpected surprises.” (Summary found on Goodreads).
This is one of my new favorite series, no questions asked. This book picks up right where it left off and it didn’t slow down from there. I had a full period to read during school (88 minutes) and spent the whole time reading. I finished the book the next day. Hollow City was amazing and I enjoyed it so much.
It was definitely creepier than the first book, but I loved it. Of course, if you’re not into that kind of stuff, I wouldn’t recommend you read it, but it personally doesn’t bother me. I think it adds a special touch to the book that makes it even more exciting. Ransom Riggs definitely knows how to write and he’s written a perfect fantasy with time travel, peculiarity, and even a bit of history. His characters are so in-depth and creative. Emma is one of my new favorite characters (of all time) because she doesn’t let anything stop her. I also like Jacob a lot and think he’d be a really awesome friend.
I cannot express how unique this series is enough. Nothing is cliché with this series. It’s not like every other young adult book, it’s different. I think that’s the reason why I love this series so much. I highly recommend you give it a try, I swear you won’t regret it.