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. But in this war-torn city, hideous surprises lurk around every corner. 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 reacting experience.
Beth says 5 Stars...
I loved the first book when I read it a while back and was super excited to get my hands on this one. What's fantastic about this series is that it embraces being different. Peculiar doesn't just describe the characters, it's a fitting adjective for the story itself. The overall structure is familiar since the children have to go on what is in essence a quest to find assistance unavailable except in one specific place. Said place just happens to be located both far(ish) away and in a dangerous area, in this case London in the midst of WWII. The journey and search for aid for Miss Peregrine comprises the majority of the story. The plot moves at a nice, consistent pace save the ending in which all hell breaks (metaphorically) loose. The vintage photographs add a unique and interesting level to the story and serve to bring readers even deeper into the world of the book. They give striking and atmospheric visuals to make imagining what's going on even easier.
The cast of characters is so delightfully odd. Throughout the book the peculiar abilities of the children grow stronger and show new facets. The ending of the last novel marked all of the children and this book allows the development to shine. The relationship between Emma and Jacob is a delight because it's sweet, relatively normal, and not the central focus of the book. It's an important factor in some of the actions the characters take, but it doesn't dominate the story. Most of the individuals the group meets flutter in and out of the story, adding something for the brief time they're important. They find a few more peculiars with different abilities and I'm enjoying the various types of special talents. It takes quite a bit of creativity to keep coming up with them!
I can't recommend this series highly enough. Hollow City is just as good of a second novel as the first book was series opener. The ensemble of characters, brilliant use of vintage photos, and unabashed oddness make it a breath of fresh air. If you're looking for something different, delightful, and highly readable grab this book/series. You shan't regret it.
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So we've decided to join the challenge! This is just a preliminary list, and is definitely subject to change (we'll be doing a lot of adding as books begin to be released in order to get to the 12 we need!). Also, this is no order whatsoever. (if the book is in a color, it means one of us has read it!)
1. The False Princess by Eilis O'Neal
2. Human.4 by Mike Lancaster
3. Like Madarin by Kirsten Hubbard
4. The Emerald Atlas by John Stevens
5. A Touch Mortal by Leah Clifford
6. Angelfire by Courtney Allison Moulton
7. Hourglass by Myra McEntire
8. Never Sit Down in a Hoopskirt and Other Things I Learned in Southern Belle Hell by Crickett Rumley
9. Wither by Lauren DeStefano
10. Entwined by Heather Dixon
11. The Iron Witch by Karen Mahoney
12. Possession by Elana Johnson
Fantasy Reading Challenge
1. Beautiful Darkness by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl 2. The False Princess by Eilis O'Neal 3. Low Red Moon by Ivy Devlin 4. Sapphique by Catherine Fisher 5. Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins 6. Glimmerglass by Jenna Black 7. Tortall and Other Lands by Tamora Pierce 8. Entice by Carrie Jones 9. Hourglass by Myra McEntire 10. Wither by Lauren DeStefano 11. Darkest Mercy by Melissa Marr 12. Shadowspell by Jenna Black 13. Matched by Ally Condie 14. City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Claire 15. Entwined by Heather Dixon 16. The Iron Witch by Karen Mahoney 17. Enchanted Ivy by Sarah Beth Durst 18. The Dark and Hollow Places by Carrie Ryan 19. Possession by Elana Johnson 20. A Touch Mortal by Leah Clifford 21. So Silver Bright by Lisa Manchev
Welcome to "in BetweeN the pages." This is a little project that we've started and we hope that it will allow us to engage in some lovely book talk. Here's a little about us-
Beth~ I have a feeling that I may have a problem. I adore books. I read whenever I can, and most of the time feel that reading a good book would be a much better use of my time than working on anything else. I'm a recent college graduate with a degree in chemistry and love science! I'm currently living in Finland while doing some research as a Fulbright before embarking on my PhD. Hopefully you will enjoy what I say... but I tend to ramble.
Nathan~ For me, reading is the ultimate escape. A good book is so much better than any therapist can ever be. I am, what many might call, a book addict. It may be wrong, but it feels so right to blow off my homework and sit curled up with a novel. It's the ultimate relaxation. Books have gotten me through school and all the drama that accompanies it. I hope that my humble opinions can help you as you continue your literary adventure.