Hollow City (Graphic Novel) by Ransom Riggs | Spoiler-Free Book Review

Hollow City (Graphic Novel) by Ransom Riggs | Spoiler-Free Book Review

Hai Cuties!

Chatting about my two favourite things!

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children and anything Shadowhunters (as you may know), are two of my favourite series. Both series have been illustrated by the wonderfully talented Cassandra Jean. 

I’m not truly sure what it is about her art – could be it was the fact that she was the first art of the Shadowhunters I saw and thus the first to bring my favourite characters to life – but I am absolutely in love with it!

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After fleeing an army of terrible monsters, Jacob Portman and his peculiar friends find themselves lost at sea, but the only person who might be able to get them ashore safely, their illustrious headmistress Miss Peregrine, is stuck in the form of a bird! Hoping to find a way to get Miss Peregrine back to normal--or as normal as a peculiar can get--the children journey to London. But no matter where they go, trouble lurks after them... Cassandra Jean's evocative visuals once again work seamlessly with Hollow City's vintage photographs and Ransom Rigg's twisting fantasy narrative to make for a wholly immersive reading experience for fans of the original novels, fans graphic novels, and fans of reading great stories alike!

This is the graphic novel of the second book in Ransom Riggs’ Miss Peregrine’s series, illustrated by the amazingly talented Cassandra Jean.

This is not a review of the Hollow City novel, rather a book-talk about the graphic novel as I had read Hollow City as a novel almost two years ago.

I assumed I had reviewed Hollow City on this blog, but turns out the only review of a novel in this series is Library of Souls. I’ve linked that review if you want to read it. Maybe you’d like to catch up before you read A Map of Days (also linked 🙂

If you haven’t seen my posts, I am participating in the O.W.Ls Magical Readathon which means my TBR is 3 books tall and totally achievable!


I finished A Map of Days (the second book on my TBR) and rewarded myself by reading Hollow City. A quick read and a wonderful addition to my TBR.

I knew this would be a quick read, even for my slow ass, but I didn’t think it would take me half an hour to complete!

Reading the graphic novel after having read and experienced the Hollow City novel was really fun as it enabled me to accurately visualise the characters, landmarks and scenery in my favourite graphic artist’s style. This, combined with Riggs’ photos really brought the entire story to life.

I’d really like to think that this series is written so perfectly that it can be directly adapted into a movie or series if the creators were dedicated to doing it well. By that, I mean accurately, as I know it can be done. I find that if something can be translated artistically, then it can be translated on-screen just as easily especially with the SFX technology we have at our disposal.

As I said, the fact that the story as Riggs had told it in writing was so well translated visually meant that the graphic novel just enhanced the story as it was. If you love the story then do check out the graphic novels as they just add that little but extra to your reading experience.

For those people who haven’t read the novels, the graphic novels are also a good and efficient way of consuming the story. I love that people are able to consume the story in different formats and still find enjoyment from it.

I loved having something quick and reminiscent to add to my wrap-up. Knocking another book off of my physical TBR feels so liberating!

★ Rating ★

★★★★☆ (4/5 stars) because I was able to visualise the characters and see them really live out the story in front of me instead of in my head. Although, graphic novels miss out on so much of the writer’s beautiful descriptions and style that build and add character to the story.


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