Book Review: Hollow City by Ransom Riggs

3.5 out of 5 stars

I am a big fan of the book Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Randson Riggs and as that book is part of a series I picked up the second book Hollow City so I could continue the tale. The first book was really exciting and suspenseful. I didn’t feel as much that way about this book. It is like most “bridge books” (you know the ones…the middle book of the series) where you need this info to move on to the next or last book of the series. It doesn’t have the fun of the characters being new and fresh and doesn’t have the fun and thrilling ending.

This story opens where we left off at the end of the first book (if you haven’t finished the first book and don’t want spoilers, stop reading here….you have been warned!). Miss Peregrine has been forced to stay a bird by the Hollows and has been saved by the children. Their home has been completely destroyed and they decide they have to do something since they are in constant danger if they stay. Jacob is trapped in 1940 with his new friends and new love interest Emma. They are rowing to the “mainland” – England. They are off to try and find Miss Wren, the sole surviving ymbryne. They find she has flown the coop and is out, leaving all of her charges – peculiar animals. In the process of making their way Jacob learns more about his powers. The kids are given a short reprieve, some food and clean clothes and concoct their plan to go to the Hollow City to find Miss Wren and any other peculiars so they can try and save Miss Peregrine. They survive the blitz in London only to find themselves entering a very strange new world.

There were exciting times where they met interesting people like the gypsys and the animals. I found the “love story” annoying though and there was just so much internal conversation of worry about the situation.  I would have preferred that being kept more to a minimum for my taste. There are twists and turns throughout the story and I enjoyed the ride. The first was just so good it was hard not to compare this story to the other and it was never going to live up to the original. There are still the fun pictures throughout and I still love that he tells his story with them.

On a side note, I watched the movie “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” and it deviated so much from the first book I wasn’t sure if it was a culmination of the 3 stories. I haven’t had a chance to read the third book yet, but it didn’t ruin the second book for me. I am still not sure if it has given away the ending of the last book, and I am fearful that it has. My husband always jokes that I ruin good movies by reading the book. I am hoping the movie (which I didn’t find they great) doesn’t ruin the book!

This series is not really one where you can pick up the second book without reading the first book in the series first. There is just too much information you would miss out on and would need to know for later. I recommend it, but just don’t expect it to live up to the first.

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  1. I am thankful to hear that the movie didn’t spoil the second book for you – I’ve been concerned about that as well. When I finished the movie I got a little despondent about reading the rest of the series because I felt I’d been spoiled…. well, at least I can now go into the next book with my enthusiasm renewed. Thanks for sharing your review 🙂

    1. My pleasure. I feel like the movie completely skipped over this entire book actually and I am really hoping it doesn’t ruin number 3. Book 2 has so much information and totally different adventure that the movie didn’t touch. Hoping book 3 finishes really strongly though. I loved the first book so much.

  2. I had a similar experience when I read the first book. I read the first one in a couple of days. But when I got to this one I just didn’t like it as much and I never finished it. It just never felt that “page turning” excitement again and I found myself reaching for other books. 😞

    1. I am hoping book three is like so many other series where it finishes really strong. The “bridge” books are necessary for the information but they can be hard to trudge through. I will review the last book once I read it…ave a few others I am trying to finish first! 😊

      1. Maybe if the third book is really good I’ll push through the second one. 🤔 I’m not a big series person, it’s such a big commitment! We shall see. It’s only three books.

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