Library Of Souls by Ransom Riggs | Review

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All three covers of the Miss Peregrine series, including Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, Hollow City, and Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs, surrounded by the vintage photos from the books included in the hardcover boxset

4 stars

“What a beautiful day to go to hell” 

This was a great continuation in the series, this might be my favourite of the Peregrine’s series. This was insanely action packed, lots of twists and character reveals, I was hooked.

When I was reading Library of Souls I thought it was the final book in the series, the ending was nicely wrapped up. However, at the time of writing this a fourth book, Map of Days, has been published, which surprised me. So I’ll be interested to see where the series goes from here.

“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”Summary from Goodreads.

“There was something sweet about holding a tangible thing that had been touched and marked upon by someone I loved.”

I loved watching Jacob’s peculiarity growing and strengthening in ways I wouldn’t have expected. I also enjoyed the dynamic between Jacob and Emma as they handle they’re budding relationship as they fight to free the ymbryne’s and their friends.

Library of Souls was much better in the sense of my issues with the photos in Hollow City. This time it’s a 50/50 balance between random photos that have been included to show scenes recently described and actual photos the characters looked at.

Chapters are quite long, with so much happening. Some chapters felt particularly hard to digest and caused me to pause the book for a couple of days. I definitely prefer shorter chapters as I don’t like to stop reading in the middle of a chapter, so the long ones which stretch over quite a bit of time just made it a little harder to concentrate.

I really liked Devils Acre, it reminded me of Tortuga from Pirates of the Caribbean. A place filled with the outcasts and the worst of civilisation and society to fester. It’s quite sad at times because for the normals this was their life, and they lived in such pitiful squalor. But it showed another side of Pecuilardom, punishment loops, holiday spots to take in ghastly sights. It’s all rather interesting and shows that the author put some thought into the dynamics of the peculiar world.

There were quite a few twists in the later half of the book that I did not see coming. There were so many reveals that just left me shocked.

I am looking forward to seeing where this series goes next. Each book feels unique and fresh, taking a new take on the peculiar world. This is such a great series.

“It had become one of the defining truths of my life that, no matter how I tried to keep them flattened, two-dimensional, jailed in paper and ink, there would always be stories that refused to stay bound inside books. It was never just a story. I would know: a story had swallowed my whole life.” 

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