Monday, 10 February 2014

"Hollow City" (Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children II) by Ransom Riggs (Quirk Books)

Feeling peculiar? You will after you've read "Hollow City"
Quirk Books have established themselves as the sort of publisher who don't dally with the mundane and everyday stuff. They like to dance in the darkness, embracing a backlist of titles that I'd quite happily stuff my bookshelves with. I reviewed "Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children" a while ago, describing it as a darkly delicious treat that left me craving more.

With book 2 I wasn't disappointed. (Please watch out below for spoilers if you've yet to read the first book...!) Ransom Riggs swaps curiosity and discovery for a hell-for-leather mad scramble into the unknown in "Hollow City". Miss Peregrine's rag-tag bunch of "Peculiars" are left devastated by wight attacks after book one, and Miss Peregrine herself - a powerful Ymbryne - is seemingly stuck in bird form, unable to transform back into a human. Jacob, the teenage boy central to the plot in "Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children" leads the rest of the peculiars to seek out the one remaining Ymbryne left - Miss Wren.

Will she know how to transform Miss Peregrine back, and perhaps also offer safe haven for the peculiars before the wights finally catch up with them? As their journey takes a dark and dangerous twist, Jacob struggles with his own strength of character in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds. But peculiars have a habit of surprising even those allied with them, and soon Jacob realises that Miss Peregrine's loop wasn't the only one...

 Deftly woven, but unfolding at a far more breakneck pace compared to the original book, "Hollow City" pours on tension and excitement with every chapter and like the first book, leaves you craving more. As the complex relationships of the peculiars are teased out more in this book, it's going to be very interesting to see what happens in "Don't Look Away" - Book 3 in Ransom Riggs' superb series. We'll be first in line...rest assured. (Kindly sent to us for review by Mat at PGUK / Quirk Books)

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Monday, 10 February 2014

"Hollow City" (Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children II) by Ransom Riggs (Quirk Books)

Feeling peculiar? You will after you've read "Hollow City"
Quirk Books have established themselves as the sort of publisher who don't dally with the mundane and everyday stuff. They like to dance in the darkness, embracing a backlist of titles that I'd quite happily stuff my bookshelves with. I reviewed "Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children" a while ago, describing it as a darkly delicious treat that left me craving more.

With book 2 I wasn't disappointed. (Please watch out below for spoilers if you've yet to read the first book...!) Ransom Riggs swaps curiosity and discovery for a hell-for-leather mad scramble into the unknown in "Hollow City". Miss Peregrine's rag-tag bunch of "Peculiars" are left devastated by wight attacks after book one, and Miss Peregrine herself - a powerful Ymbryne - is seemingly stuck in bird form, unable to transform back into a human. Jacob, the teenage boy central to the plot in "Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children" leads the rest of the peculiars to seek out the one remaining Ymbryne left - Miss Wren.

Will she know how to transform Miss Peregrine back, and perhaps also offer safe haven for the peculiars before the wights finally catch up with them? As their journey takes a dark and dangerous twist, Jacob struggles with his own strength of character in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds. But peculiars have a habit of surprising even those allied with them, and soon Jacob realises that Miss Peregrine's loop wasn't the only one...

 Deftly woven, but unfolding at a far more breakneck pace compared to the original book, "Hollow City" pours on tension and excitement with every chapter and like the first book, leaves you craving more. As the complex relationships of the peculiars are teased out more in this book, it's going to be very interesting to see what happens in "Don't Look Away" - Book 3 in Ransom Riggs' superb series. We'll be first in line...rest assured. (Kindly sent to us for review by Mat at PGUK / Quirk Books)

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