Friday, May 30, 2014

HOLLOW CITY - THE SECOND NOVEL OF MISS PEREGRINE'S PECULIAR CHILDREN - REVIEW

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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.


My Review / Thoughts:

This has been kind of a fun week for me in the reading department.  I have put aside all "required reviews" and just read for myself.  It's been awesome!!!  I have really enjoyed reading this series.  Although to me this one was not as creepy as the first one, but it is still pretty darn good.  This book is action packed, and has a lot going on.

I love the peculiar animals in this book.  I LOVE the photos that go along with the story.  It just makes it seem so "real" to me.  I know I have said this before but I HATE HATE HATE Clowns.  There is one picture in this book, that I had to cover up while I was reading because Clowns TERRIFY me.   I honestly will never, ever, ever understand why people think that clowns are "fun" or "cool".  No, they are evil. Period.  Okay, anyway, that was probably the creepiest thing about this book.  "Clown Boy".  Even though he is one of the peculiar, he is the scariest thing to me, because of the photo.  Every time they mention him it sent a chill down my spine.  Clowns are EVIL.  Period.

Jacob learns how to use his "talent" a little better in this book, and it's quite interesting.  I love all the things these kids can do.  Although I think floating would probably be the scariest one.  I don't think I would like to feel like I would float away if I wasn't wearing weighted shoes...hehe.

The journey these kids go on in this book is non stop.  They never seem to catch a break.  Poor kids.  They are trying to save Miss Peregrine in this book, and lets just say that what happens was like "WHAT"?????  I don't want to ruin it, but I was NOT expecting what happened.

I like how they meet other peculiar during their travels.  I am hoping that they will play more of a part in the next book.  Which will not come out soon enough, in my opinion.  I need to remember to NOT read series until they are all out.  It drives me mad.  :).  

This book is so interesting.  It's exciting, and action packed.  I enjoyed it from beginning to end.  The only wish I had for this book, was that I wished it was a  little more scary.  The first one had me on the edge of my seat the whole time, but this one was more action related, than creepy.  All good things, I just thought it would be creepy as well.  :).

My Rating:
4.5 out of 5

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About the Author:

Ransom Riggs
image and bio taken from Goodreads

I grew up in Florida, went to Kenyon College in Ohio, then film school at USC in LA, where I still live. I write books and screenplays, blog daily for mentalfloss.com, and make short films. 

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children is my first novel. I'm really excited about it -- it was challenging and rewarding and I hope people like it. If you read that and like the found photographs in it, you might be interested in a book comprised entirely of found photographs that I have coming out January 2012 from HarperCollins. It's called Talking Pictures. You can find sneak peeks by doing a search for "mental floss talking pictures" (I included a number of images in blogs there) and I made a kinda-sorta book trailer for it, which is on my youtube page: youtube.com/ransriggs.

Also, watch out for a Miss Peregrine book trailer, which I'm working on right now! I get to go to Belgium and film inside creepy abandoned chateaus, which I'm *really* looking forward to.