Library of Souls – A Review

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Goodreads Synopsis: 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.

It’s ended! I’ve officially read the end of this series. Excuse me while I go into a deep cave of depression. Also read with caution as there will be spoilers!

Library of Souls is a fantastic conclusion to the Peculiar Children trilogy.  It’s interesting because this book had an almost completely different feel to it than the first two books. For the most part it was the same, featuring delightful and sometimes creepy peculiar people or animals.  A fast paced and intent plot, and wonderful character development. But this book felt a bit darker. We moved away from the time loops and spent time in the depressing and super dark world of Devil’s Acre. Honestly though I liked it.  I liked that the situation was dire and intense. Never once did I doubt that Jacob and Emma and Addison were fighting for their lives and the lives of their friends.

Interesting enough though the end part of the book was almost more whimsical than any of the rest. Finding the Library of Souls was one of my favorite part of the books, as it was almost myth-like in it’s telling.  And the twist with Miss P’s brothers was so surprising! I didn’t see it coming at all.

Jacob’s character goes through a lot of transformation in the last book, and we finally see him becoming the leader everyone needs.  His peculiar ability was so cool! Poor Emma’s character was great and sad all at the same time. The way she let Jacob go and do what was best for his family was admirable.  Speaking of his family the last few chapters in the book were so frustrating! Though believable.  Jacob is of course taken to a mental hospital as everyone doesn’t believe him with what happened. And then the whole thing with the letters. It made me so mad!
For me the end was also a bit long, I felt like it was dragged on. And also the way that they find away around living in time loops was a bit too easy in my opinion. Though I have a hard time deciding what would have been better. Honestly the characters were all happy and that just made me happy.  It was so good and so sad to reach the end of the book.

I gave this book five stars on Goodreads, and it’s probably my favorite of all in the series. I love the way Ransom Riggs writes and I really hope he writes more stories in the future.

Let me know what you thought about this book! How did you like the ending? 

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