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A Bookaholic, Pro-life, Pro-Family, Pro-Oxford Comma, Catholic (with Asperger's) who reads and writes as her obsession. I've been reading over 400 books a year lately. These are my ramblings on some of the books I read. To read about all the books I read and comment on, visit me at LibraryThing or Goodreads.

I've been blogging since 2007 and at this point (July 2015) am trying my hand at turning the theme of this blog towards mystery, thriller, and crime, fiction and nonfiction. I have some special interest topics and categories within this broad genre which include (but are not limited to) serial killers, scandi-crime, Victorian history and historicals, history of the criminally insane and asylums, psychopathology, death, funerary practices and burial, corpses, true crime and anything dealing with the real life macabre, or that portrayed in fiction.

I also read a short story a day from various collections, sometimes anthologies othertimes collections of a single author's work. These reviews are also posted here and while they are of mixed genre the mystery, thriller, horror, gothic and macabre often appear within their pages as well.


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Sunday, March 2, 2014

92. Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children 2: Hollow City by Ransom Riggs

Hollow City by Ransom Riggs (buy)
Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children, 2

Rating: (3/5)

Jan 14 2014, Quirk Books/Random, 128 pgs;

Ages: (13+)

"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."

Received a review copy from Random House Canada.

I just read my review of the first book since it's been three years between the two books and I didn't love it as much as I thought I did.  I did like it a lot though, but enjoyed this one less.  As the first book, it is a slow story, not a page turner, but an intriguing atmospheric story.  The photographs really do enhance and perhaps, even make, the story.  This time around though the photos are much less creepy and weird.  They do fit into the story very well though, and you can tell at times the author probably wrote a scene to match a photo rather than finding photos to fit his scenes.  If the next book is the last in a trilogy, I'll definitely read it, but if it's only the next in a much longer series, I think I'd give them a pass.

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