Hollow City by Ransom Riggs

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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 mistress, 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. 

I read the first Miss Peregrine book last summer and have finally got round to reading the next one. It was definitely worth the wait and I have now gone straight onto the third one because I can’t wait that long again!

This book begins exactly where the first one left off. Jacob and the rest of the peculiar children are fleeing their home in a small convoy of boats, praying that they will reach the safety of land without being captured again. When they finally do reach land, they discover that nowhere is safe anymore and they are going to have to use all their skills and abilities to get Miss Peregrine to somewhere she can be helped.

They journey across England, through multiple loops and meet various peculiar children and animals on the way. One of my favourite loops was the one with Addison, the talking bulldog, partly because he reminded me of my own dog! The children begin to learn a lot more about peculiardom, and the current brink of disaster it is teetering on. The wights and hollowgast are becoming stronger and their hold on the peculiar world will soon be all encompassing. Will the children be able to get to safety and restore Miss Peregrine before it is too late?

There is a brilliant twist near the end of the book, and the suspense throughout keeps you reading. I grew to love the children even more throughout the second book and became really invested in what would happen to them. Hollow City again ended in a cliffhanger; I can’t wait to see what happens in Library of Souls (the third in the series) because the story really could go anywhere, and you never know with Ransom Riggs what sort of twist is just around the corner!

Although I didn’t enjoy Hollow City quite as much as Miss Peregrine, it was still a brilliant read and the pictures were just as creepy and intriguing.

4/5

Strange, I thought, how you can be living your dreams and your nightmares at the very same time.

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