Book Review: Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs

24120519Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs

Published by Quirk Books on September 22, 2015

Genres: Young Adult, Fiction, Fantasy, Paranormal, Adventure

Pages: 458 Format: Hardcover Source: Purchased

4/5 Stars

Image and Description Credit: Goodreads

A boy with extraordinary powers. An army of deadly monsters. An epic battle for the future of peculiardom.

The adventure that began with Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children and continued in Hollow City comes to a thrilling conclusion with Library of Souls. As the story opens, sixteen-year-old Jacob discovers a powerful new ability, and soon he’s diving through history to rescue his peculiar companions from a heavily guarded fortress. Accompanying Jacob on his journey are Emma Bloom, a girl with fire at her fingertips, and Addison MacHenry, a dog with a nose for sniffing out lost children.

They’ll travel from modern-day London to the labyrinthine alleys of Devil’s Acre, the most wretched slum in all of Victorian England. It’s a place where the fate of peculiar children everywhere will be decided once and for all. Like its predecessors, Library of Souls blends thrilling fantasy with never-before-published vintage photography to create a one-of-a-kind reading experience.

With Library of Souls, Ransom Riggs wraps up the Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children series with aplomb, using his unusual brand of writing. Peculiardom is at the brink of destruction, his friends in mortal peril, and Jacob must now rely on his own strength and powers to be the difference. Of course there are plenty of obstacles to prevent him from doing so.

First off, I would highly suggest going back and rereading the first two in the series, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children and Hollow City, to refresh because I was absolutely lost and confused when I picked up this third installment. Even though it picks up right where the previous book left off, it took me so long to find my bearings and get back into the story.

Once I got into it again, I was right back to being charmed by Riggs’ writing and use of vintage photographs. The images have always been one of the best parts of this series, adding a unique element that fits perfectly with his storytelling. He creates such an eerie, dark setting but still packs a full range of emotions into this book. Plus with time loops it’s possible to travel to so many different times and places.

The characters in this story have always been so fascinating to me and I kind of missed having the whole gang together in this one. For the most part Library of Souls was all about Jacob’s journey, Emma by his side, taking on the the big bad. He’s just discovering these new abilities, but time constraints and peril make him figure them out on the fly. He’s also still trying to find his place in peculiardom as well as with Emma.

For the most part I really enjoyed this story but I felt like a couple things hindered me from loving it as much as possible. The plot became progressively convoluted as the story went on. Saving their friends became tangled up with familial disputes and then the threat of complete destruction. For such high risks and danger, it all seemed a bit easy as the story rolled to its conclusion.

Overall, I enjoyed Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs quite a lot. With the photography and eerie setting, this series has always been a fun one to immerse myself in. Jacob, Emma, and the rest of the peculiar children are such a wonderfully unique cast of characters and going on adventures with them has given me a tumult of emotions. I’m sad that it’s all over, but look forward to reading Tales of the Peculiar upon its release.

So have you read the Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children series? How did this last one pan out for you? Do you have a favorite peculiarity? Let me know in the comments below!


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