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Oct 09 2015

The Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs | Book Review

9/22Rating: ★★★★★

Review: There will be no spoilers here so read on as I attempt to review this third book by Ransom Riggs without divulging anything pertinent.

I’d first like to start by expressing some sadness and disbelief because the rumors that the Peculiar Children books are a Trilogy as opposed to a series appear to be true! I thought there would at least be 4 if not 5 books in total? I remember when after the 1st book there was some question on whether or not there would be a 2nd. But, let’s not dwell on an ending. Instead let’s look forward to what we can expect from future Ransom books! I’m sure where he takes us next will be great! Oh, and of course there will be 4 movies (we all know that’s the formula for trilogies these days) to look forward to as well! With Tim Burton as the director I have no fear that they won’t be just as amazing as the books!

Now, onto the Library of Souls! We left off from Hollow City with many unanswered questions. If you recall, the peculiar children got captured, that is, all except Jacob and Emma, who, in this book, will stop at nothing to rescue them. They aren’t the only ones they’re after, however. The reason the peculiar children were in a situation that caused their capture in the first place was because their headmistress, Miss Peregrine, was captured. She’s an Ymbryne that can turn into a bird and looks after a group of peculiar children. Hollow City involved rescuing her from Caul, who it turns out is her brother! This book answers the question of what exactly he wants with not only his sister but many other Ymbryne’s he’s captured.

The Library of Souls is exactly what it sounds like. It’s an actual place, a library, that contains the souls of peculiars, all different levels of greatness. Caul is on a mission, a journey, to find them. He’s amassed an army of Wights to fight for him against anyone trying to foil his plans. Meanwhile, Jacob discovers his powers of persuasion and control of the Hollowgast! Was that a spoiler? Boy I hope not! If it was I apologize. He uses this connection with the Hollow to his advantage when battling Caul to rescue his friends and the dozen Ymbryne that were captured.

Along the way to rescuing his friends he meets strange and peculiar people, mostly all accompanied by the iconic images that helped to make this Trilogy as popular as it is.

I won’t tell you how it ends because then that would be divulging some spoilers. All I will say is that I enjoyed it. I read it fairly quickly and would recommend it to Young Adult readers of all ages.

Synopsis: Time is running out for the Peculiar Children. With a dangerous madman on the loose and their beloved Miss Peregrine still in danger, Jacob Portman and Emma Bloom are forced to stage the most daring of rescue missions. They’ll travel through a war-torn landscape, meet new allies, and face greater dangers than ever. . . . Will Jacob come into his own as the hero his fellow Peculiars know him to be? This action-packed adventure features more than 50 all-new Peculiar photographs.

Library of Souls
The Third Novel of Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children
by Ransom Riggs

464 pages
Quirk Publishing | 9/22/2015
Teen Fiction / Young Adult
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