BR: Hollow City by Ransom Riggs


“I wondered if this strange, sweet pain was love.”

  • Writing quality: 5/5
  • Pacing: 5/5
  • Characters: 4/5
  • Enjoyability: 4.5/5 
  • Ease of reading: 4/5
  • Thought-provoking: 3/5
  • Merit and originality: 3.5/5
  • Overall love: 12.5/15

“There was romance in the unknown, but once a place had been discovered and catalogued and mapped, it was diminished, just another dusty fact in a book, sapped of mystery. So maybe it was better to leave a few spots on the map blank. To let the world keep a little of its magic, rather than forcing it to divulge every last secret.”



This book was such a great sequel to Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children! Some people were saying that Hollow City did not live up to par with the first one, but I really disagree. I thought that this one was actually better than Miss Peregrine, because the characters were more developed, and the story was more exciting and fast paced!

“Some truths are expressed best in the form of myth.”

I think that the two biggest things for me with this novel was the writing, which was absolutely beautiful, and the pacing, which was perfect! You can definitely tell when reading Ransom Riggs that he went to a film school, because every single scene is so easy to picture (and that isn’t just because of the pictures!) and the writing is so vibrant.

“Strange, I thought, how you can be living your dreams and your nightmares at the very same time.”

One of the only issues that I had with the book was the fact that sometimes I felt he really moulded the story around the pictures – which was fine, but a few times, the pictures didn’t really have much of a relevance to the whole novel, and he just went off on a tangent to be able to include the picture, which wasn’t really necessary.

“But you can’t feel bad every second, I wanted to tell her. Laughing doesn’t make bad things worse any more than crying makes them better. It doesn’t mean you don’t care, or that you’ve forgotten. It just means you’re human.”

The characters were really fantastic, I thought Ransom Riggs handled the relationship between Emma and Jacob really well – it’s been a long time since I read a book from a boy’s perspective, and I enjoyed it.

“History heals itself.”


“The more I learned about him, the longer his shadow became, and the more impossible it seemed that I could ever matter the way he had.”

Comment below your thoughts! I really want to know whether you guys have read it, or are interested in reading it.

Thank you for reading!

– Catriona


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