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Hollow City Review by Ransom Riggs @quirkbooks

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You know that moment when you realize a book is going to be AS good as you thought it was going to be? And then you get knee deep into it and it’s BETTER?? Like out of the galaxy better?

Yeah this.  Hollow City you break my heart. To be sure, I loved Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. Convinced myself even, that because my letter from Hogwarts didn’t arrive, that perhaps I might be destined to be peculiar.

Enter Hollow City.  And now I know I’m peculiar because I can’t love a book anymore than I love Hollow City.  I’m back with all of my peculiar siblings and we can now be proud of the peculiar things we do and we revel in how well these peculiar things help us get through the world! Bees?!! Floating little girls!?!

It’s great reading friends. So GREAT that I took my time reading.  My review was scheduled for a different day, but I couldn’t let go of my friends.  I didn’t want to read too much or too far, or too fast lest the book be over too soon.  But alas, and alack, the book came to an end.  My heart is broken for so many reasons, least of all because I must wait to discover what happens next to my friends.

BTW did you see the fun spin off Valentine’s Day cards I made from the ones that Quirk books made?  Check them out:

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Young Adult

Hollow City Valentines with an Unconventional Twist

Need a Valentine’s Day card for the love of your life? Wanna scare the pants off of someone?  Wanna chuckle? No matter your reason, you NEED to check out the Hollow City Valentines made by my besties at Quirk Books.  Hollow City is the much anticipated follow up to Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.  I am in the middle of Hollow City right now and believe me, it does not DISAPPOINT!

So, go over to Quirk Books, grab your copy of Hollow City, then check out their Valentines.

But wait. Before you go, wanna see the ones I’m sending?

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Books Children Reviews

The Bird is Back! Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

The Bird is Back!  I’ve had a love affair with Quirk Books, ever since 2011 when they introduced me to Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children in hardcover.  I’d never read anything creepy before and I was hooked.  It was love at first peek. with my hands over my eyes.  screaming.  But love, nonetheless.

I’ve kept Quirk on my radar and gladly read anything they publish.  Anything! So you can imagine how excited I was to hear that Miss Peregrine aka The Bird, is back in paperback!

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Even more exciting? The sequel comes out next year, woot!

Have you read Miss Peregrine? Tell me about how you LOVED the photos!!

 

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Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children – UPDATE

A while back I read Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.  My review is below. I just discovered two things that I had to share:

1.  Time Burton is thinking about making this into a movie

2.  The book trailer is really kinda great.

Here is a link to it on Youtube.

Here’s my Original Post:

So I FINALLY finished Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs.  It doesn’t usually take me such a long time to finish a book but work has kept me unusually busy and I’ve been too tired to read during my free time.  Excuses aside, here’s what I thought:

I don’t normally read this type of book save for children’s books (Harry Potter, Golden Compass, A Wrinkle in Time, etc) but I thought I’d stretch myself a bit.  I’m glad I did, because I liked it.

The main character is a teenage boy who’s a misfit of sorts.  Who can’t identify with that?  When he investigates his favorite grandfather’s past, he encounters a group of peculiars and his life takes on new adventures both frightening and kinda funny:  Ymbrynes and time loops.  To be sure, the old black and white photographs enhance the story sort of like a graphic novel.  I was emotionally connected to the characters and after a while forgot that this was a fantasy story (can’t everyone make a flame in the palm of their hand?).

I will not spoil the ending but I didn’t care for the ending like I hoped I would, although I figured out what would happen and hoped it wasn’t so.  But it was.  I’m not sure whether I’ll follow along with their further adventures, although I am curious about what happens to them, so I may change my mind.

There was no indication of any multiculturalism at all, unless you count the fact that the peculiars are different and the main character could be Jewish.  There was a little bit of kissing but no sex so it was totally appropriate for teens and maybe tweens (if you like them to read scary things).

Overall I give it 3 paws and recommend it if you like fantasy.  Do check out the photographs they are an excellent addition to the book.