Hollow City – Review (& Giveaway Winners!)

Hollow City by Ransom Riggs
Book 2 in the Miss Peregrine’s trilogy
Genre: YA horror, historical fiction
Pages: 427
Format: paperback
Source: bought
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The small problems I had with Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children dissolved in Hollow City. It was an amazing sequel; it was everything I hoped for and more. πŸ˜ƒ

the plot

The horror element was still there, but downplayed enough that it was right up my alley. With less focus on that, more could be put on the plot development and the historical fiction aspects. I really liked that. The plot twisted and turned, drawing me in more and more with each long chapter. Along with this, the story also became more emotional; I was desperate, worried, afraid, and determined, just like the peculiar children. And all the while, the haunting, poetic feel the first book had was amplified. Ransom outdid himself with this book. 😍

the characters

Jacob improved a lot in this book, and shed any generic qualities I may have complained about previously. He had the expected doubts and fears, but he was also a much stronger, courageous protagonist. He got the hang of his abilities as the story progressed, and in the end there was a surprising addition to them that I absolutely can’t wait to learn more about in the final book. πŸ˜ƒ

Emma was probably my favorite character. She was thrust into the position of leader, forced to make plans and remain optimistic for the other peculiars. I admired her capability to do so, and the bravery and sass she showed to keep herself and everyone else safe. I also want to say: her ability to think up and weave lies was admirable. πŸ˜†

In this book, the other peculiar children were really given a chance to shine and I loved it. Enoch was probably my least favorite because he was snide and negative, but otherwise I loved all of them. Olive was adorable, and so was Esme for the short time she appeared. Bronwyn was the epitome of a gentle giant, and I loved the motherly way she cared for Olive. Millard was the intellectual source of comic relief, and his quick thinking and puzzle solving saved the group often. Readers also get to know Hugh and Horace better, and some new peculiars are introduced as well. These guys (and girls) are basically a big, lovable bunch of misfits. ❀️

the setting

I think one of my favorite aspects of this story was the historical one. Most of the book took place in 1940, in the midst of World War II. When the children left their loop, they had to be on the lookout for wights and Β hollows, but also soldiers and bombings. I’ve never read a WWII YA book, but it seemed very accurate and was realistic enough to give me goosebumps on occasion. The war-torn cities were described vividly, and I could imagine all the horrors they contained as I read on, enraptured. 😯

the relationships

Another thing I loved was that there were two familial relationships intertwined in the story. One was a sort of platonic, loving family the peculiars formed and maintained while on the run. Their outward attitudes might have shown otherwise at times, but they truly cared for one another. I just loved the bond they had, even if it was partially influenced by the situation their talents put them in. It felt so genuine. ❀️

Then there was Jacob’s real, normal family. They didn’t play a role in the story except in Jacob’s mind until the end, but I liked that they didn’t just disappear for convenience. They were worried about what had happened to Jacob and where he could’ve gone, and they didn’t give up. Jacob never physically returned to them, but in the end he managed to make contact with his dad. It was nice to see this element, one commonly skipped over in YA, acknowledged and made a real part of the story, although minor. πŸ˜ƒ

Lastly, Jacob and Emma’s relationship developed. In the first book, I didn’t mind it but was also unsure whether or not I wanted it to advance. Within thirty pages of this book, though, any doubts I had were erased. I love the idea of them together, and the way their relationship grew. Once again, it was realistic and didn’t dominate the story, but this time it was cuter than ever. Emma was hesitant because of the time gap between them, and Jacob wanted it but wasn’t sure how to go about it. They definitely had ups and downs in this book, but I’m hoping that they end up finding a way to work it out. They’re too cute and my hopeless romantic heart needs it to happen. 😍

the twists

This book had me on the edge of my seat. Even in the first chapter, the children were running for their lives and taking risks to survive. There were a lot of unexpected happenings throughout the story, but the most impactful by far was the twist in the last (or second-to-last) chapter. I didn’t expect it at all, and it and the aftermath of it have me very anxious to read the final book. I NEED THEM ALL TO BE ALIVE AND SAFE AND OKAY. *crosses fingers* (That’s unlikely, but I’m hoping with every fiber of my being.)


Hollow City was one of the best second books I’ve ever read. That slump that some sequels have was nonexistent in this book, and it deserves all the praise. I absolutely can’t wait to see how Ransom tops this and ends the trilogy in Library of Souls. 🌟

my rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Have you read this book? Is it on your TBR? If you have read it, what did you think? I’d love to know! πŸ™‚

I’m off to get my nails done, and will likely start my ARC of And The Trees Crept In by Dawn Kurtagich after that. I hope you’re all having an epic day/night! ❀

My giveaway for three copies of Schism by Britt Holewinski is over! The winners are… Sam, Zainab, and Jacquie! Congrats! πŸ˜€

Until next time…

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10 thoughts on “Hollow City – Review (& Giveaway Winners!)

  1. Hello Olivia! This is irrelevant to your post, but I hope that you will excuse me this once, as I couldn’t find an email to contact you on (And I am not on most social media sites). Anyways, my name is Aya, and I am a fellow book blogger/lover. I was wondering if you’d be interested in participating in a small project that I am doing. I wanted to ask a bunch of bloggers (49, to be exact :p), to give me one of their favorite book quotes. I’m going to compile them all in one post and then post it on my blog on the 22nd of this month. It’d be fantastic if you were to be a part of this. Just let me know by this Sunday, please, so that I have plenty of time to compile and/or ask someone else. Thank you!
    P.S. You are the 38th one to be asked!

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    1. Hi Aya! An email to contact me with is on my contact page, but commenting is totally fine as well. πŸ˜‰
      I would love to take part in your challenge! It might be difficult for me to choose just one quote, and one that others haven’t chosen, but I’ll certainly participate. When do you need the quote? ❀️

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