Hollow City (Book Review)

Hollow City begins right where Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children left off, as promised. The kids are trying to make sense of what has happened and what’s to come. With intent to save their beloved ymbryne, they go on an adventure of a lifetime. Discoveries are made of friends and enemies alike, and the future becomes one big, unpromised question mark.
I entered Hollow City over a year after reading Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. It was taunting me from a corner of my room, and I’ll be the first to admit it, I was terrified. Rightfully so, but scared nonetheless. What was to become of my heroes, characters that felt more real than the world I lived in?
Wading headfirst, I embarked on the adventure and had trouble leaving this beautifully detailed world that Ransom Riggs had created. The syntax in this novel was even more enticing than the last. The story was crafted so carefully that I could in no means be a step ahead of the author. I was completely absorbed into the world of the peculiars.

I Crawl Through It by A.S. King (Book Review)

I Crawl Through It is a surrealist novel depicting the differing and often contradictive views of four unusual teenagers. Gustav is building an invisible helicopter. Stanzi dissects things. China is a walking digestive system. Lansdale’s hair keeps growing as long as she keeps lying. Bomb threats are being sent to their school.

This was definitely the weirdest novel I’ve read and also my first surrealist novel. The initial syntax and exposition can be a bit confusing at first, but enticing, nonetheless. I read the first hundred pages in one sitting as I tried to understand and guess what would happen next (and being wrong each time). This book even goes as far as to break the fourth wall(on page 33). Belief and love are recurring elements and this book really makes you think about life and society and guilt.