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Maybe this title isn’t that familiar to you, but what about Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children? Well, this is an action-packed, emotion-filled, much better sequel to that book, and the second book out of the trilogy. Not that Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is bad, this one’s just simply better.

Hollow City is a great teen book. It’s got a good amount of friendship, character development, and plot action to exceed expectations, and nicely satisfy the reader.

The whole beginning is actually a bit of a low for the characters, as they are at a loss at what to do and scared. Tied in with self doubt and some tension between characters, this part is certainly a low, but it’s all kind of beautiful, too. And dragged me into the book. Already I was seeing how much I was going to enjoy this book, from the sense of adventure to the stronger characters. And this was before I came across the plot twist at the end.

First on the list: Adventure. I already knew that there was going to be a good bit of action in this book after reading the first, but this one even more so. Recall how much action was packed into the last scene of Miss Peregrine’s? Well, just think of that exciting pace except for pretty much the whole book. A real page-turner, I must say, and that’s always great. And if you are a fan of really exciting endings don’t worry. The ending does speed up – in a reasonable way; not like some rushed or sudden ones.

In this second installment of the Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children series, Riggs really digs into the characters. This involves relationships – some good and some bad – between the children and how they interact with one another, individual feelings, and self-growth. I really love how Riggs did this, not just the fact that he did further develop the characters but in the way he did it. It made me really see the peculiar children as people, rather than just names that I had a hard time of keeping straight.

All of this is great and kept me happily turning the pages. The ending. What’s so horrible about it? Well, as I said before, it was exciting and contained a plot twist, which was amazing. And then there was a bit of a cliff hanger. How wonderful and painful they can be. The ending really was unpredictable for the most part. When I thought one thing was going to happen, no it went in the opposite direction. It kept on turning and twisting until it stopped right in the middle of something exciting. Some people might not think of it to be a cliff hanger, and maybe it’s not really one.At least for me, I did not think it would end there and was not hoping for it to end there. But alas, it did.

Overall, this book was amazing and a joy to read .Just when I thought that Riggs couldn’t possibly top the things in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, he not only did it, but he did it so beautifully.

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