Review: Hollow City by Ransom Riggs (no spoilers)

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Hollow City 

Author: Ransom Riggs

Publisher: Quirk Books

Genres: Young Adult, Fiction, Fantasy, Mystery,  Time Travel, Historical Fiction, …

Pages: 396

Format: Paperback

Buy: Book Depository | Amazon

September 3, 1940.

Ten peculiar children flee an army of deadly monsters.

And only one person can help them – but she’s trapped in the body of a bird.

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. There, they hope to find a cure for their beloved headmistress, Miss Peregrine. But in this war-torn city, hideous surprises lurk around every corner. And before Jacob can deliver the peculiar children to safety, he must make an important decision about his love for Emma Bloom.

Hollow City draws readers into a richly imagined world of telepathy and time loops, of sideshows and shapeshifters – a world populated with adult “peculiars”, murderous wights, and a bizarre menagerie of uncanny animals. 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 reading experience.

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The first book is amazing and I loved it but,…

This book in my opinion was even better than the first one guys! If you got disappointed with Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children because it was not horror but other than that you thought it was not a bad book? Give this one a try! IT’S SO GOOD! If you stopped in the first novel because of that, really try it again! This one is for sure creepier! FOR ME I LOVED THE FIRST ONE SUPER MUCH but this one is just such a good sequel ❤

Hollow City is a nightmare. In this one, you will NOT know what will happen next until it blows up in you face.

That said, it has definitely more action than the first one (although it started pretty slow) it had sooo many things happening afterwards that you can’t put the book down; I see the first book as an introduction to everything – the characters that we can actually see in the photos and the world that is so well described; but this one? I can’t even… So many emotions! So many things wrong with the world, so much unfairness, SO much happening.

We had the pleasure to meet the amazing peculiar children in the last novel, in this one we go with them all over the world to try to save Miss Peregrine. We meet a lot more peculiar children and we are introduced to a lot of new cool peculiarities.

There is a quest to bring the group’s ymbryne to Miss Wren, whose first name is

since she is the only ymbryne that is not captured, but it won’t be easy to find! ….

And that ending?? I NEED the third book NOW!

The Things I liked: 

  • The journey through a war torn London was very well done, and I liked the irony of our kids making their way there on the train while so many other children were being evacuated out of the city. I think the decision to continue the story in 1940’s was awesome!
  • The introduction of a few more peculiars were welcomed, whether they be in the book only for a short time, or seemingly joining the group for the rest of their adventure. It’s always interesting to see what wacky peculiarities they have. The main character of Jacob also seemed like a new character, simply because as his peculiarity grow, he tends to be more confident, and less chicken than in the first book.
  • I won’t tell much about this part, but I appreciated that the wights had evolved a bit more to make them a more formidable presence in this entry.

The Things I didn’t like:

✘ Just like the first novel, some of the pictures used in this entry didn’t seem AS connected to the main story (unless they play a part in the next novel) as some of the others.

FINAL WORDS

Hollow City is DARKER and CREEPIER than book one. And it’s AWESOME!!

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What are your thoughts in this series so far?

 

June Wrap-up And July TBR

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Hey guys!! So, this month I read 6 books. I started one more but haven’t finished it yet…

It was a nice month since I manage to pick some books that I was dying to read, and some that wore in my Summer reading list.

– You can check my page: https://bookneeders.wordpress.com/my-2016-reads/ for more information about all the books I read through the year; and about the books themselves through the links to Goodreads!

So, for books I read:

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From all of this, I have to pick 2 favorites. The House of Hades!! It’s was truly amazing!! Unfortunately I can’t say the same about The Blood of Olympus since half of the book I felt really bored, as I posted in my Review. I also loved SO SO MUCH Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children series!! I read some bad reviews on it so I was a afraid I was not going to like, but I loved it!! I loved them all so much and I can’t really decide which one I love the most, but I loved how the story developed, is just so beautiful and I was so NOT expecting it to be like this! It’s lovely!

Also I have reviews for all of this/ coming up, so make sure you check them out!!❤

 

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For my July TBR I’m not very sure since I will be traveling and I don’t know what books more I will have with me yet, but I am aiming to read at least this ones:

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(Anna and the French Kiss I started in the end of June and A Storm of Swords I started before but I am taking my time (a LOOOT of time >.<), but I will for sure end it this month!) 

This month I am super excited to read Anna and the French Kiss since I heard so much about it all over the internet! I will for sure try to end the trilogy but will see!

These are the ones, I know for sure I intend to read this month, since I am traveling a bit, but I hope I can pick some more up but I don’t know yet with ones!

 

QOTD: What was your favorite read of June and also… What are you most excited to read in July??

Top 10 Books on my Summer Reading List

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Summer is here (well kind of, right?), school is done, you have no more worries for some time in that department!

Since my birthday is tomorrow, I kind of made a selection of books to FOR SURE read this Summer. So because of that, I am choosing books that I asked / bought for my birthday or books that I already owned, that I have been wanted to read but that are always being held back, because new books come in the way (and I get to excited! Common problem right?).

Also, for my birthday I prioritized books that I already own some of the collection, and that I want to continue, but I didn’t had; or ones that I wanted for to long. So basically I want to end the collections I already own before starting new ones, to save some re-readings, since some will already happen! And because I wanted to start reading some contemporaries, that I don’t own much. (There is always some exceptions because of my birthday where I can’t hold myself :P)

So, finally the List:

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1. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Starting well, we have the first exception… It’s a birthday present. But I’ve been wanting to read this book ever since I’ve heard of it, so… It’s okay right? :D. I’ve heard lots of great things about it, and plus its a contemporary!

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2. Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

Of course I will continue with the series!… Another book I heard so much about… People love this books, and I just keep seeing them appear over and over in videos, in posts,… everywhere! I NEED to read them. You need to read them.

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3. Isla and the Happily Ever After  by Stephanie Perkins

So pretty much same thing has #2, but in this one I am putting all my hopes! I really hope I love this books has much as everyone, and especially that the last one will be good if not the best! Because it’s the one people most say its amazing, and it’s supposedly where all the girls appear.

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4. Cress by Marissa Meyer 

I read Cinder and Scarlet early this year, but ever since I haven’t had opportunity to buy the rest of the series since I can’t buy them in my country easily (sigh) So finally I will have them and continue this amazing series!

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5. Winter by Marissa Meyer 

Winter.. I have so many hopes for this one!! In one side I don’t want to end this series but for other side, I want so much to see finally what will happen!! And to know more about the characters and that amazing world/ worlds!!

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6. The Storm by Virginia Bergin 

Another book that I have read the previous one this year and that I wanted to continue. This one is only a duology and I really want to know what happens next, since it’s a apocalyptic book! >.<

 

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7. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

I wanted to read this for so long! And a movie is coming up, where the trailer is awesome, and the director of the movie is the amazing Tim Burton. How could I not ask this for my birthday?! So for sure I am super much wanting to read this book since it came out!

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8. Hollow City by Ransom Riggs

Like I said, I will totally make sure I end the collections I start. Since I actually have the books, and since I so much wanted to have them. I am pumped up to read them super badly! hihi

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9. Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs

The last book. Pretty much #8 I have absolutely no idea where this series will go with the end, or the middle or anything really… But don’t they seem amazing??? Hopefully they will be!

 

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10. The One by Kiera Cass

Finally!!!! I read The Selection and The Elite aeons ago!! And I haven’t found yet till now The One, but finally I will read it! And I am so happy about it, because supposedly will kinda end the part I already read (and that I intend to re-read just to make sure I remember, that for sure I don’t, at least half), since The Heir is passed years afterwords.

So, that was my top 10 books for my summer! Hopefully I’ll get to read them all and also start/finish some series. Hopefully?! Nah, I will for sure read all of this and start/finish some series!

QOTD: Have you read any of this books? And… What books are on your top reading list for this summer?