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#Review: Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs

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libraryofsouls-coverLibrary of Souls
(Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children #3)

Author: Ransom Riggs

Publisher: Quirk Books

Genre/Themes: YA, Adventure, Fantasy

Release Date: September 22nd 2015

Page Count: 464

Format: Hardcover/Audiobook

ISBN: 9781594747588


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Maria's Rating - 3.5-01


Synopsis

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.


What I Liked

The characters. Although this book mostly focused on Jacob, Emma and some newly introduced characters, these characters are what made me fall in love with this series in the first place. While I wish we could have spent more time with the other original peculiar children from the first two novels, I really did enjoy reading about Jacob and Emma, as well as some of the new characters.

The adventure. This book was filled with non-stop, action packed moments and an extremely fast-paced storyline. While it did feel a little hectic at times, the overall story was pretty awesome. I won’t talk about it too much to avoid spoilers, but I did really enjoy the idea of the “library of souls” and the possibility of visiting other loops in other parts of the world during a variety of time periods.

The imagery. As always, the photographs within these books are the cherry on top of the story. When I came across the first novel for the first time in a random thrift store, I knew nothing about it. It was something about the photograph on the front that made me pick it up. I then quickly flipped through the novel and realized that there were multiple images! These photographs have become a staple in each novel and I absolutely love looking at them as they add a visual aspect to the overall story.


What I Didn’t Like

The overwhelming beginning & middle. There was just so much going on. I didn’t have much time to catch my breath in between all of the action packed moments. For a book with over 400 pages, it sure felt like a lot was crammed into it.

The underwhelming end. While the ending definitely gave us closure, it kind of felt a little underwhelming and I can’t really put my finger on why I feel this way. To be honest, the ending felt a little abrupt and maybe a little too convenient? It’s hard to talk about without spoiling, but everything just seemed to fall into place a little too easily.


About The Author

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Hi, I’m Ransom, and I like to tell stories. Sometimes I tell them with words, sometimes with pictures, often with both. I grew up on a farm on the Eastern shore of Maryland and also in a little house by the beach in Englewood, Florida where I got very tan and swam every day until I became half fish. I started writing stories when I was young, on an old typewriter that jammed and longhand on legal pads. When I was a little older I got a camera for Christmas and became obsessed with photography, and when I was a little older still my friends and I came into possession of a half-broken video camera and began to make our own movies, starring ourselves, using our bedrooms and backyards for sets. I have loved writing stories and taking photographs and making movies ever since, and have endeavored to do all three.


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4 thoughts on “#Review: Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs

  1. I totally agree, I would have loved to have learned more about the original peculiar children. I feel like there was so much potential with them, but I found the books just skimmed over the surface of them, and many of the other characters, leaving them a little flat. It’s a great series apart from that though!

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  2. I felt the same way at the end. To me the book had all the promise and I was SO EXCITED about all the creepy stuff, but then it wasn’t that creepy and it kind of just fizzled out. I never read the rest of them, and I don’t think I will.

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