Though I’m ahead of my Goodreads reading goal for 2014, I’m incredibly behind on my Historical Fiction Reading Challenge. The third book I’ve read this year for Historical Tapestry’s book challenge is Hollow City by Ransom Riggs. This novel is the second book in his Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children book series.
The sequel picks up right where the first one ends. The Peculiar Children have fled their home and are being hunted by Hollows. Not only that, but Ms. Peregrine has turned herself into a bird and can’t seem to undo it and return to her natural form. The children’s only help is to find another Ymbryne to turn Ms. Peregrine back, but as they are being kidnapped left and right, their situation seems futile. And the clock is ticking… In the synopsis according to Goodreads:
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.
Hollow City took me some time to get into as it’s been a year since I read the first novel and forgot a bit of what happened. Once I did manage to slip back into this world of Peculiar Children, Hollows, and Ymbrynes I was completely captivated. What I love about this series is how author Ransom Riggs weaves real photographs throughout his novel. These photographs not only enhances the story, but sets it apart from others in supernatural young adult fiction. This book was fun to read, and kept me guessing from beginning to end. If you are looking for something a little bit out of the ordinary and fun, than this is the book for you!
This is my third completed review for the 2014 Historical Fiction Challenge