Published by Quirk Books on 2014-01-14
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Horror & Ghost Stories, Young Adult
Source: Hardback obtained from Publisher
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.
Welcome to my new feature Up Late With Kate where I share the latest midnight read that keeps me reading past the witching hour! Light that candle, grab a chair, and prepare to read all night!
I read the first book in the series, Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children, way back in August 2011, whilst on vacation. I remember being a bit thrilled by the book- the pictures, the peculiarness (peculiar is one of my favorite words), and the fact that it was a fresh, unique story. Of course, I wasn’t that knowledgeable about book blogging or authors, so I assumed Ransom Riggs was a pseudonym. I also assumed he was old, to have collected so many odd photos. This was long before I shipped him with Tahereh Mafi, whom he is now happily married to, but the book holds a special place in my heart simply because I remember reading it so vividly. I read it on the beach, on the deck, and on the front porch of the house we rent every summer. I remember everyone in my family asking me questions about it (and later, having to loan it out to several of them).
So you can bet I was super excited to read book 2! And to my surprise, I liked it even better than the first book. I like the cover even more, although I know it makes some of you cringe. I loved, loved, loved opening up the book and finding the cast of characters (including their pictures!) from the first book. EVERY SERIES SHOULD DO THIS! It’s been over 2 years, and while my memory of the Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children was pretty good, I had forgotten a lot. Riggs does a nice, seamless job of catching readers up on recent events, and the book picks up pretty much exactly where it left off.
Since the majority of the story takes place in 1940, which happens to be one of my favorite eras and I could practically see Bedknobs and Broomsticks playing in my head once the action switched to London, it contains Nazis. Well, bad guys disguised as Nazis- and seriously, how evil are you if your disguise is a Nazi? Surprisingly this is not the first book this year I’ve read that contained both time travel and Nazis, it’s like I’m a Von Trapp kid.
Riggs style of writing is unique in the world of YA, and it reads more like literary YA- I mean this in a good way. Yes, I love gobbling up the YA literary candy books that can be read in mere hours, but sometimes I enjoy books that you have to take a bit slower as it surrounds you with wondrous sights to see. I think part of the reason that I found Hollow City an even better book than the first was seeing the peculiar kids out and about in the real world. They were on the move, traveling to loops inhabited by animal peculiars (I want one! Yes, I’m aware I sound like a spoiled Veruca Salt, but please?), encountering gypsies (a million times cooler than Nazis), meeting new peculiars and outsmarting the bad guys (who knew bees could be so kick ass?).
And the ending was so good, I can only hope that Riggs and Mafi spend their days doing word sprint challenges so that I can get book 3 that much sooner. 😉
Hollow City (Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children #2) by Ransom Riggs gets a Midnight Book Rating of: