Review: Hollow City by Ransom Riggs

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Hollow City by Ransom Riggs
Series: Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children #2
Published by: Quirk Books on January 14th 2014
Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal, Young Adult
Pages: 396 (Hardcover)
Source: Purchased in hardcover


My Rating: 4.5 stars

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.

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.

Complete with dozens of newly discovered (and thoroughly mesmerizing) vintage photographs, this new adventure will delight readers of all ages.

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This was a fantastic sequel! It picked up right where Miss Peregrine’s left off and took off running. There was so much more character development that we didn’t really get to see in the first book because Ransom Riggs was setting up the world and everything that was going to start happening. So getting to see how these characters developed and changed throughout the course of this book was fantastic!

Miss Peregrine’s left off on a huge cliffhanger, we didn’t know if these peculiar children were going to survive or not. If they are able to find another loop or just shrivel up and die from time change.

I will admit I had a little trouble getting back into this world. I read Miss Peregrine’s back in October so I’ve read quite a few books in that time period. I had to try and refresh my mind a little to remember exactly where it ended and where this picked back up. Yes, I knew mostly what happened at the end, but some details were a little blurry. So my advice to those of you that want to start this series, either read them back to back or don’t let too many books go in between these. Unless your good at remembering details.

This is seriously a fantastic sequel and so much happens in just 400 pages! Be prepared to be sitting on the edge of your seat wanting to know what happens next.

favorite quotes


“What I believe is that when it comes to big things in life, there are no accidents. Everything happens for a reason. You are here for a reason — and it’s not to fail and die.” — page 46


“Strange, I thought, how you can be living your dreams and your nightmares at the very same time.” ― Ransom Riggs, Hollow City


“Laughing doesn’t make bad things worse any more than crying makes them better.” ― Ransom Riggs, Hollow City


Challenges This Belongs To:

summer of 50 challenge

Top Ten Tuesday: My Bookish Bucket List

top ten tuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.


This week’s theme is ‘Top Ten Things On My Bookish Bucket List’. This is from last weeks T10T. Current top 10


This is in no particular order.

the fault in our stars1. Read The Fault in Our Stars! I’m like the ONLY human being that has not read this book yet! But, I have a reason! I’m not ready for insane tears and huge heartbreak just yet. I did buy the book in January. I am VERY excited to read it because I’ve heard nothing but absolutely AMAZING things about it, I’m just not ready yet! Give me time!!! :)

2. Read 100 books this year! As of March 11th (I write these posts in advance) I have read 24 books and I’m 6 books ahead of schedule. I’m doing pretty good!

3. Complete all my 9 challenges I’m participating in this year!!! I think I’m doing pretty well so far. Not doing to great on the vampire challenge, but I haven’t forgotten about it.

4. Catch up on my series/trilogies. Guys, if I actually show the series/trilogies I’ve finished it’s going to be embarrassing! … Well here it is..

  • The Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyer
  • Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
  • The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  • Vampire Kisses by Ellen Schrieber
  • Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
  • Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James

If I post the series/trilogies I’m in… We will be here all day. Embarrassing right?! I know…

a game of thrones5. Read the Game of Thrones series! Guys, I’ve been watching the show since like season 2 was either over or just starting. I LOVE that show!!! I recently found out (like in August) that this was actually a series! I then saw how HUGE these books were and how slow they are to get through–because they are so big–it’s really intimidating. It’s kind of scary honestly..

6. Participate in a blog tour! I have yet to participate in one! Well, then again I’m not sure what to do honestly. I keep seeing people participating in them, but I never really understood what to do. They sound like a lot of fun and I really want to participate, I just have no clue what I’m supposed to do!

7. Go to more book events! I’ve only gone to the Ransom Riggs book signing which I think was in January? I believe… Here’s some pictures! :) I’m the one on the far right next to Whitney (if you guys watch BookTube videos.)


But anyway, I really want to attend more book related events! I had so much fun at the signing! I REALLY wanted to go to BEA this year. But, unfortunately I can’t go. :( Maybe next year?? :(

8. Read Harry Potter! I never grew up with Harry Potter as a kid. I’m like one of the very few kids that didn’t grow up with it. I did however, watch the first movie when I was younger and honestly… The MASSIVE spiders freaked me out.. I never really was interested in reading them. I’m not going to be really disappointed if I don’t read them this year, it would be a great accomplishment, but I’m not going to beat myself up for it.

9. Make more book friends! I don’t really have many honestly. Maybe none. I’m not sure.. That’s bad… But I like having friends that have similar interests.. Books!? :)

10. Try and save money and not blow all my money on books–which BTW I don’t–. I always find books for at least half off. I haven’t paid full price for a book in a very long time. I’d rather have a used, pre-loved copy, than have a brand spanking new copy and spend $19 when I can get like 4 for the price of 1. It’s a better deal to me. :)

Top Ten Tuesday: All Time Favorite Books in the Paranormal Genre

top ten tuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.


This week’s theme is ‘Top Ten All Time Favorite Books in X Genre’.


This is in no particular order.

Some of these books can fall into other categories other than “paranormal” but I went ahead and made it the major genre. :)

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1. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs: I think I would more categorize this as fantasy more as paranormal (well at least that’s how I have it on my shelves). But, this book was fantastic! The pictures make the story just that much more creepier. The story is so engaging and it was so so hard to put the book down!

2. The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare: I’m still in the middle of reading The Infernal Devices, so I can’t count it. But, however I am caught up on TMI and I absolutely love this series so much. I’m not looking forward to the end. This series includes any and every paranormal/supernatural creature you can possibly think of! That’s why I love it!!! The characters are so amazing and can vividly picture in your mind!

3. Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead: It’s been like 5 years since I’ve read this series, but I remember loving it so so so much. I absolutely love vampires to death (no pun intended). I went through a Twilight/vampire phase in high school when I saw Twilight. That phase lasted around a 1-1/2 year(s). Despite the cheesy covers and bad titles, this series is so definitely worth the read!

4. The Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyer: Okay, stop with the hate. I’m pretty sure almost everyone loved this series at one point. I know for dang sure I did! This series means the world to me and it holds a big place in my heart. I literally have a Twilight shrine on my bookshelf. The only things on that shelf are Twilight related. While all my other shelves are getting overstuffed, my Twilight shelf is all neat and has plenty of space. :) I don’t understand why now this series is getting so much hate? I love this series so very much and I will continue to love it until I die.

5. Darkest Powers trilogy by Kelley Armstrong: I’ve had The Summoning and the sequel on my shelves for about 4 years now. In January I FINALLY picked the book up! Why did I wait soo long to read it? I’m not sure.. Because it was FANTASTIC! Is it about witches? No.. Don’t fool yourself like I did for 4 years. This series may be very predictable, but the characters and the story are fantastic! The creepiness/scariness is what sold me on it!

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6. Mara Dyer trilogy by Michelle Hodkin: I don’t even need to explain my recent love for this trilogy. I can’t even explain how FANTASTIC Michelle Hodkin’s writing style is. Your constantly wondering what’s real and what isn’t! Maybe it’s all a dream?! Maybe it’s real! But I know for a fact, Noah Shaw is real. ;)

7. These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Megan Spooner: This book was absolutely AMAZING! I read it in December and absolutely fell for the two main characters! It’s not a normal love story that is centered around the love. It’s centered around the two main characters trying to survive on a planet by themselves with nothing but a small backpack and each other.

8. The Lux series by Jennifer L. Armentrout: Okay… Seriously. Jennifer L. Armentrout is a queen! I’m not joking. I absolutely LOVE her writing style and the male characters she writes about! She makes the world’s best swoon-worthy, extremely sexy, and HOT men EVER! *cough* Daemon Black *cough* ;)

9. the Sweet Evil trilogy by Wendy Higgins: I adore this series so very much. It’s freaky how similar I am to the main character, Anna. I find myself in many ways just like her. It’s a little weird.. This series is so fantastic and I LOVE the angels/demons aspect of the story! Ohh, not to mention Mr. Kaidan. ;)

10. The Host by Stephenie Meyer: I read this book last summer and I absolutely loved it. It is a pretty big book, but totally worth it! Stephenie Meyer is one of my all time favorite authors, wait, she is my all time favorite author. Her stories have such a special place in my heart (as I’ve mentioned about Twilight above). After my Twilight phase, I stopped reading up until this last June. The book I picked up was this and that’s what got me back into reading again. Coincidence that it’s Stephenie Meyer that brought back my love for reading? Maybe.

Top Ten Tuesday: New-To-Me Authors I Read In 2013

top ten tuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.


This week’s theme is ‘Top Ten New-To-Me Authors I Read In 2013’.


This is in no particular order, just selected from when the pictures were uploaded to my blog. :)

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1. Rainbow Rowell– I’ve only read Fangirl so far by her. But, I do plan on reading Attachments and Eleanor and Park as well as Landline when it comes out in 2014. :)

2. Tahereh Mafi– Okay, I love her… This series is definitely one of my favorites. I’ve never been so torn between two guys before.. Wow..

3. Wendy Higgins– I just love the Sweet Evil series for so many reasons.. My biggest reason is Kaidan.. <3

4. Ransom Riggs– I LOVED Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children! I’m so excited for Hollow City!

5. Susan Ee– I don’t think I’ve read any or many angel books before, but I LOVE what Susan Ee has done with these angels!

love's second chance the darkest minds the selection city of bones obsidian

6. L.P. Dover– I LOVED Love’s Second Chances so much! I wasn’t expecting to love it as much as I did. I definitely had a lot of tears while reading this!

7. Alexandra Bracken– This series…. Wow. LOVE it.

8. Kiera Cass– I’ve only read The Selection so far, but I did really enjoy it and I’m super excited to read The Elite and The One when it comes out.

9. Cassandra Clare– I can’t believe I waited this long to start The Mortal Instruments and that I have STILL yet to read The Infernal Devices… What is wrong with me!?

10. Jennifer L. Armentrout– Wow… I’ve only read Obsidian so far in the Lux series. I own all 4 including her contemporary, Wait For You. She’s definitely a favorite author of mine for sure.

Top Ten Tuesday: 2014 Release I’m Dying To Read

top ten tuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.


This week’s theme is ‘Top Ten 2014 Releases I’m Dying To Read’.


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1. Ignite Me (Shatter Me #3) by Tahereh Mafi– Oh my gosh… Hurry up February!!!

2. Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge– Okay, a Beauty and The Beast re-telling!? Do I need any further explanation!?

3. White Hot Kiss (The Dark Elements #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout– I LOVE Jennifer L. Armentrout… Enough said.

4. Landline by Rainbow Rowell– This book doesn’t come out til July, but she’s one of the biggest authors in YA today.. Am I wrong? :)

5. Uninvited (Uninvited #1) by Sophie Jordan– I’ve been hearing a lot of great things about this book!

hollow city the one after the end Alienated_cvr city of heavenly fire fanmade

6. Hollow City (Miss Pereguine #2) by Ransom Riggs– LOVED the first book! Super excited for the second! Can’t wait to get my hands on it!!

7. The One (The Selection #3) by Kiera Cass– Still haven’t read The Elite, but I love this series! :)

8. After the End (After the End #1) by Amy Plum– I own her first book in the Die for Me series, but just haven’t gotten the chance to read it yet, but it sounds amazing!

9. Alienated (Alienated #1) by Melissa Landers– I’ve already talked about this book in a W.O.W post. :)

10. City of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments #6) by Cassandra Clare– Guys… I’m TERRIFIED for this book! All of Cassandra Clare’s tweets are freaking me out!!! :(

Top Ten Tuesday: Sequels I Can’t Wait To Get My Hands On

toptentuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.


This week’s theme is ‘Top Ten Sequels We Can’t Wait To Get Our Hands On’.


Sorry that I didn’t post my Top Ten last week. I completely forgot that it was Tuesday and that I needed to do a post. By the time I realized that I forgot it, it was too late to do it.


Considering that I’m so far behind in reading, I’m going to post books that have already been released, but I haven’t read yet. There is a couple that aren’t released yet though.

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1. World After (Penryn & the End of Days #2) by Susan Ee– I LOVED Angelfall! It was soo creepy and I COULD NOT put the book down!

2. Hollow City (Miss Pereguine #2) by Ransom Riggs– If there weren’t pictures in Miss Pereguine’s Home for Peculiar Children, I probably wouldn’t have enjoyed it as much as I did. I’m so beyond excited to see what happens next!

3. Never Fade (The Darkest Minds #2) by Alexandra Bracken– I just finished In Time (which is the novella) yesterday and I’m DYING to know what happened. There’s a major cliff hanger in both The Darkest Minds and In Time. I’m absolutely OBSESSED with this series.

4. Sweet Peril (The Sweet Trilogy #2) by Wendy Higgins– Okay, I can not stress how much I am in love with this series… Anna– the main character– is my clone. Not joking! I’m DYING to find out what happens and I’m surprised I haven’t already read it yet!

5. Onyx (Lux #2) by Jennifer L. Armentrout– I read Obsidian a few weeks ago and I’m still obsessing over this series… Enough said!

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6. Insurgent (Divergent #2) by Veronica Roth– I’m so late in this series! Everyone has already finished Allegiant and I still haven’t even opened Insurgent yet…

7. Trusting You (Second Chances #2) by L.P. Dover– I LOVED Love’s Second Chances and I’m really excited to read this story!

8. Flawless (Pretty Little Liars #2) by Sara Shepard– I’m obsessed with Pretty Little Liars. I’ve been watching the show ever since it premiered and I finally started the series. I read the first book back in July I believe but just haven’t gotten around to the second one yet.

9. The Elite (The Selection #2) by Kiera Cass– I LOVED The Selection. Such a great book! I read it back in July I believe but never got around to picking up The Elite yet. I’m really hoping to pick it up soon though.

10. Unravel Me (Shatter Me #2) by Tahereh Mafi– This series is just.. WOW. I can’t even process how I feel about this series! It’s amazing!

Waiting on Wednesday (#6): Hollow City

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Waiting on Wednesday is a meme created by Breaking the Spine in which on Wednesdays you post a book that you are waiting to be released.




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Hollow City by Ransom Riggs
Series: Miss Pereguine #2
Publishing by: Quirk Books on January 14th, 2014
Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal, Young Adult
Pages: 352
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In 1940 after the first book ends, Jacob and his new Welsh island friends flee to London, the Peculiar capital of the world. Caul, a dangerous madman, is Miss Peregrine’s brother, and can steal Peculiar abilities for himself. The Peculiars must fight for survival, again.

I’m so beyond excited for this one. #1: I LOVE and want to visit London. #2: Caul- who is Miss Peregrine’s brother has the ability to steal these peculiar children’s abilities (No I’m not spoiling anyone, it’s in the summary). #3: This cover is GORGEOUS! I really don’t want to wait around 3 months to get my hands on this book!

My reactions:



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January needs to hurry up and come!!