Book Review – Hollow City

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Title: Hollow City: The Second Novel of Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children

Author: Ransom Riggs

Synopsis: The book, as the second in the series, picks up just after the wights have ransacked Miss Peregrine’s time loop. The monsters captured the children’s caretaker ymbryne, but the kids rescued Miss Peregrine from the wights. The book begins with the children paddling through the sea between Wales and England while the wights pursue them in submarines. Although they were able to rescue Miss Peregrine, she remains stuck in the form of a peregrine falcon.

Rating: 4stars

 

I recently finished the second novel of Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children, and I can’t get enough of this trilogy. I will try to limit spoilers in this review, because it had some twists and turns that I was not expecting!

I’ve heard mixed reviews about this book – some people seemed to love it while others thought that it was boring. I am in the first category, because I thoroughly enjoyed it. The reader is thrown into the adventure right away in Hollow City as the peculiar children try to save Miss Peregrine and help her turn back into a human. I thought this book was full of action and mystery and I was hooked right away.

I really liked getting to know the characters better and I feel like there was a lot of character development and some of them got to shine a bit more in this book that had a more minor role in the first one. It’s so hard to write this without spoiling things!

I felt deeply invested in the characters and the story, remaining nervous but hopeful that their mission would succeed. This book took the characters into and out of various loops where they made some friends and met some enemies. The majority of the book takes place in a war-torn London, and I was on the edge of my seat as the characters tried to beat the clock to help Miss Peregrine.

The ending had a twist that I did not see coming at all. I felt a mix of shock and horror after reading it, and also a ton of curiosity as to where the third book in the series is going to lead.

All I can say is I highly recommend this book if you liked the first one in the series. If you haven’t read the first book yet, I highly recommend that you do so! It’s such a fun adventure and full of moments that will leave you on the edge of your seat. I can’t wait to read Library of Souls to see how the story concludes.

Have you read Hollow City? How did you feel about it?

 

 

Summer Must-Reads: Top 5 Favorite Books

Yesterday I wrote about my 5 Summer Beauty Favorites, but I wanted to change it up and talk about books today. I have always loved reading, ever since I was really young. When I was a kid, I would always have my nose buried in a book. It’s a little harder to find time to read nowadays, but I always try to make some time for it because it’s really relaxing.

Here are my favorite summer books:

Top Five Summer Books

1. Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling – I love Mindy. I think she’s hilarious and talented. This book is a really fun read about her life, which feels very much like a best friend talking to you. It’s a quick and entertaining read.

2. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass by Lewis Carroll – This book always makes me think of summer with the garden and flowers. It’s definitely an interesting read, and I’m sure many have already read it, but I’d say it’s worth a reread.

3. The Very Best of Charles de Lint by Charles de Lint – Charles de Lint has been one of my favorite authors since I was a young teenager. It’s so hard to narrow down my favorite book of his, so a “best of” book is a perfect introduction into his writing style and the characters I’ve grown to love. His books are urban fantasy and add a touch of magic to everyday life (a common thread in my favorite books).

4. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling – Honestly, you could sub in any Harry Potter book because they’re all amazing, in my opinion, but definitely start with the first if you somehow haven’t read the series yet! Though I think the Harry Potter series is perfect for any time of year, the books generally start in the summertime and will take you on an immersive experience the whole way through.

5. Lost Lake by Sarah Addison Allen – I can’t get enough of this author’s books. They combine whimsical magic into everyday life and always have a very eclectic group of characters that are lovable and entertaining. Lost Lake is the perfect summer read as it takes place at a lakeside cabin retreat and is filled with summer activities like cookouts, dancing, romance, and a bit of mystery. I highly recommend it.

Which books are you looking forward to reading this summer?

January Favorites

January went by really fast for me! Did it for anyone else? I put together a quick selection of my favorites for the month of January.

January Favorites

Curly Wurly Shampoo from Lush – Once I learned how to use this (as it doesn’t lather in your hands easily, and is a different consistency than any other shampoo I’ve used before) I was hooked! It smells like delicious coconut, and it keeps my curls looking very nice.

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Istanbul – This is a gorgeous light pink shade. I normally rock a bold lip, but this is a nice muted color, perfect for everyday wear.

First Frost by Sarah Addison Allen – I normally only include beauty products in my favorites, but why not change it up a bit? My favorite author, Sarah Addison Allen, released a new book in January and I have been instantly hooked, just like on every one of her other books. It perfectly combines modern living with a whimsical and magical touch. I highly recommend it to anyone looking for something new to read.

What products have you been loving lately?