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Hollow City (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children #2) by Ransom Riggs – Spoiler Free Review

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Title: Hollow City
Author: Ransom Riggs
Series Name: Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children
Genre: Fantasy/Young Adult/Mystery
Publication Date: February 24th, 2015
Pages:  Actual story 396 (including interview with Author and preview of Library of Souls: 428)
Publishers: Quirk Books
Rating:
5 Star

Goodreads Synopsis:

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children was the surprise best seller of 2011—an unprecedented mix of YA fantasy and vintage photography that enthralled readers and critics alike. Publishers Weekly called it “an enjoyable, eccentric read, distinguished by well-developed characters, a believable Welsh setting, and some very creepy monsters.”

This second novel begins in 1940, immediately after the first book ended. Having escaped Miss Peregrine’s island by the skin of their teeth, Jacob and his new friends must journey to London, the peculiar capital of the world. Along the way, they encounter new allies, a menagerie of peculiar animals, and other unexpected surprises.

Complete with dozens of newly discovered (and thoroughly mesmerizing) vintage photographs, this new adventure will delight readers of all ages.

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I am absolutely loving this series, I was in a kind of mini reading slump throughout October, so it took me awhile to read it, but that wasn’t because I didn’t like it!

If you have read my Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children Review, you will notice that some of this review will be very similar as my opinion has not changed when it comes to certain aspects of the books.

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children Spoiler Free Review

Writing:

I loved the writing style. I love books that when reading you can easily visualise the place they are talking about and that was the case for this book. I also loved the addition of the pictures. It added to the effect of the book and I thought it made it a little creepier, which I loved. This isn’t a scary book, just putting that out there, at first, I thought that’s what it was meant to be. However, it’s no scarier than any other fantasy novel I have read. The quality of writing was consistent between Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children and Hollow City, which is good as there is nothing worse than when the first book is written amazingly and the second seems like a half ass job!

Plot:

Now, as this is spoiler free I will not be talking about details of the plot as that would ruin this book and give away details of the first book. However, I loved the plot! It had so many twists and turns and it wasn’t a book where you are like ‘I bet this is what happens in the end’ because no matter what you guessed, you would have been wrong! It was so well done and there was tonnes of suspense which just heightened the plot.

Characters: 

If you want my initial opinion on Jakob, Jakobs Grandfather Abraham, Jakob’s Father Franklin, Emma, and Millard than check out my review for the first book here!

I’m not going to go into details about each character, but I loved that we actually learnt about each of the characters and found out what their personality is like!  There was also the addition of a few new characters that join them and some they had to leave behind! LITTLE BIT OF A SPOILER: A loved that Peculiar Animals were added! I found that so fascinating and I just loved it! TINY SPOILER PART OVER (not even sure that’s considered a spoiler, but to me you should go into this story with an open mind and knowing nothing like I did and this book will just blow your mind!

Overall:

I loved it! I can’t express it any other way! This book was equal to Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children and I will be picking up Library or Souls by the end of the day!


Highly RECOMMEND!

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Book Travelling Thursday – Book That Brings You Warm Feelings

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I really need to stop finding memes that I want to do that are on the same day as memes I already participate in!

I’m also cheating as it is 2 hours into Friday, no longer Thursday but oh well!

Book Travelling Thursday is a weekly meme created by Danielle and Cátia. All you have to do is a pick a book that is related to the theme, the themes are announced on the Goodreads page. Once you have chosen a book you need to find the original cover, the covers from your country, your favourite cover and your least favourite cover.

So this weeks theme is: Fall is just around the corner: A book that brings you warm feelings


So I’m not normal, that as simple as it gets. The book I chose is Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, all the HP books end on a kind of good note compared to the really bad thing that has been building up all book, but out of all I loved Prisoner of Azkaban the most, everything you learnt about Sirius and how everything turned out just makes me so happy!


Original Cover:

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I’m pretty sure that this was the original cover, so if I’m wrong I’m sorry!

The copy I own is similar to this but slightly different as it is the UK Bloomsbury Celebratory edition.

Cover from my country:

I tried googling it with no success, I live in Australia and most of the time with just get the UK edition of books!

Favourite covers:

Left is the new UK Bloomsbury Children’s Edition.
I love that they added the stag to the cover of this edition and the illustration is just beautiful! I also really like the colours on this edition.

Middle is the UK Bloomsbury Celebratory edition, which is the one I own.
I like that this one is basically the same as the original (which I really like) but it just has that bit more, I also like the gold on the spine, which you obviously can’t see in this photo but that what it has on my real copy. I wish I had the full set in this edition so the spines would be metallic.

Right is the iBooks/Kindle edition.
I really like this cover! My favourite thing is that when the image is smaller or further away the island looks like a wolf howling, I’m guessing this was on purpose and I love it!
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Least Favourite:

Left is the Bloomsbury Adult edition
To me if you removed the words from this book it looks like the cover of a murder mystery or something, there is nothing to refer it to Prisoner of Azkaban.

Right is the American Original Scholastics edition.
I just don’t like the illustrations! The faces of Hermione and Harry are really chubby and Harry is meant to be the opposite of that! and Buckbeak looks like a bird that has just smacked into a glass door.


Well, that’s it! Which cover for Prisoner of Azkaban is your favourite! Also, comment a link below to your Book Traveling Thursday or just tell me and I will check it out!
It’s interesting seeing different covers for books, I don’t really think about it as I just buy what available to me, so I probably haven’t seen half of them!

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Top Ten Tuesday – ALL TIME Favourite Fantasy Books

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Top Ten Tuesday is a monthly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish and you can find all the info and upcoming prompts here.

This week’s prompt is Top Ten ALL TIME Favourite Books of X Genre and I am choosing the Fantasy genre as this is my most read genre and I have read enough books to actually have a top 10! Also, some of these will be series instead of just a single book.
These are no in order except 1 is my top!


1. Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

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I absolutely adore this series and it is my top series of all time! Within this series, my favourite book is Order of the Phoenix, which is funny because it’s my least favourite of the movies. They just missed so much!! D:


2. Vampire Academy and Bloodlines series by Richelle Mead

I consider these two series’s one series. I enjoyed them equally and they are defiantly one of my favourite series! I loved the world building in these series and it had a lot of world building in 12 books! I really enjoyed the characters and how the story progressed and never got boring or repetitive over the 12 books.


3.  The Trylle Trilogy by Amanda Hocking

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This series was amazing, I did read it a long time ago and I really need to reread it and get a refresher of it!
I also really enjoyed its companion series


4. The Kanin Chronicles by Amanda Hocking

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This was also an awesome series and it held my attention just as fully as the Trylle Trilogy did. I loved exploring one of the other Tribes of Trylle in this series and we also saw a bit more of the other tribes which was awesome!


5. Miss Peregrine’s home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

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I’ve only read the first book in this series so that why it is the only one mentioned, but I’m sure that the rest of the series will make it here too. This book is so interesting and nothing like I have ever read before!

My spoiler free review can be found here.

 

 

 

 


6. The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

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I really enjoyed The Raven Boys and just like Miss Pregrine’s I have only read the first book and hopefully when I do get to the rest of Thr Raven Cycle that it will join The Raven Boys on my top 10

My Review can be found here.

 

 

 

 


7. The Watersong Series by Amanda Hocking

Can you tell I like Amanda Hocking!? I really enjoyed this series and I had never read anything about a siren or really even knew what one was until this series so it was an interesting as well as fun and exciting read!


8. Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

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This book was defiantly a page turner and I can’t wait for Traitor to the Throne which is the second book in this series. It left me wanting more and I loved this book and how it was different to most of the fantasy I have read.

My Review can be found here.

 

 

 

 


9. The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien

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I feel ashamed of myself that I have only read the first book in the Lord of the Rings series but they are such beautiful and full books that they take me alot longer to read than most other books the same size. I hopefully will finish the series and The Hobbit by the end of the year!

 

 

 

 


10. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

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I have only just finished reading this book in the last couple days and I am now reading City of Ashes and this series is quickly becoming part of my favourite books! I really enjoyed City of Bones and I’m so keen to finish the rest of the series!

My Spoiler Free review can be found here.

 

 

 

 


That is my top 10 Fantasy books! Let me know if you share any of the same books in your favourites!!

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City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments #1) by Cassandra Clare – SPOILER FREE REVIEW

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Title: City of Bones
Author: Cassandra Clare
Series Name: 
The Mortal Instruments
Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy, YA
Publication Date: March 27, 2007
Pages: 505
Publishers: Walker Books
Rating:
4 star

Goodreads Synopsis:

When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder― much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It’s hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing―not even a smear of blood―to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?

This is Clary’s first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It’s also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace’s world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know…

Exotic and gritty, exhilarating and utterly gripping, Cassandra Clare’s ferociously entertaining fantasy takes readers on a wild ride that they will never want to end.

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I really enjoyed this book and the only reason I gave it 4 and not 5 is because I was expecting a little bit more from it due to hype that surrounds it and I have heard people on BookTube saying it changed their life and things like that, for me that wasn’t the case but it was an amazing book.

I am not taking into account that I already knew what was happening as I have seen the tv show and most of the main events stayed kinda the same. That was my fault that I watched the tv show before reading the books so I’m not taking points away for that.


Writing:

I love Cassandra Clare’s writing style, it kept me intrigued and I never wanted to put the book down, I also like that she added a whole chapter that felt like was from Lukes point of view and was just Luke talking, if she had done that in the same way the rest of the book was it would have been boring or she would have had to cut half of it out, so I’m glad it was done the way that it was. I love the world building and character development so far and I’m keen to see how much further it goes in the rest of the series.

Plot:

I enjoyed the plot but like I said earlier I knew most of what was happening thanks to the tv show, but there were still some things that were done differently as always happens in a book to movie or tv shop adaptations. It has been a little while since I watched the show and I didn’t really remember all of it and I’m still confused as to how some things fitted in as I thought the tv show was just the first book, but it must be more as there are things in the tv show that haven’t happened in the book yet. The plot was done really well!

Characters:

I really enjoyed the characters! I love Clary’s fiery personality but sometimes I wanted to slap her for some of the things she said and did in the book. Most of it got sorted out in the end, though. Jace was also and interesting character and the character development for him so far has been a bit of a rollercoaster, you will know what I mean if you have read it. I really enjoyed Isabelle as well, her bitchy personality is great and I also loved how she let her guard done a bit in the end when it came to Clary. Alec was hard to read at the beginning but by the end of the book you get a bit of a feel for him and I am starting to enjoy him as a character, at first I thought he jus needed to chill a bit but it’s getting better. Luke was a really good character, in the start, you have to hate him but in the end, you learn his true story and why he did the things he did.
Valentine is one of those evil characters that you literally don’t know how someone could be such an ass. That’s the only way I can describe him.

Overall:

I really enjoyed this book, just a tip is don’t go into this book thinking it’s going to be the best thing you have ever read and it’s going to change your life.


Let me know if you have read City of Bones and what you thought of it!

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