Library of Souls

Library of Souls


Title: Library of Souls

Author: Ransom Riggs

Series: Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children, #3

Publisher: Quirk Books

Release Date: September 22nd 2015

Rating:

Four Stars

The adventures that began with Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children and continued with 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.

– Blurb courtesy of goodreads.com

This review may contain spoilers for previous book(s) in the series.

My Thoughts On…

…The Plot

“Just a story. 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.”

After discovering that the bird they carried from Wales to London was no Miss Peregrine but her brother, Caul, Jacob and Emma find themselves alone in modern day London. Ambushed by the wrights they watched as their friends were taken away, the only reason they managed to escape was because of Addison, the talking boxer dog, who grabbed them in the confusion. However before they can follow their friends they need to escape from the wrights who are still tracking them down.

When the trail comes to an end Jacob, Emma and Addison find themselves at the Thames, and with no other option they follow the wrights path to Devil’s Acre, the darkest and direst of the time loops, a slum where peculiars go when they want to disappear and never return.

“Early in life we recognize certain talents in ourselves, and we focus on those to the exclusion of others. It’s not that nothing else is possible, but that nothing else was nurtured.”

With no clue who they can trust and what streets are safe Emma and Jacob have to rely on the man who brought them through the loop in the first place, but they remain unsure if they can trust someone who is only helping them for money, not out of concern for the safety of his fellow peculiars. The most important thing is to save their friends before it is too late but Jacob and Emma have no clue where to start and no clue how to get into the wrights fort, all their first attempt at investigating does is lose them Addison.

Jacob and Emma see the darkest of the dark; peculiars addicted to ambrosia, peculiars who sell their powers to anyone with money, and peculiars who have been enslaved and are numb to the whole world. Soon they manage to find someone they think they can trust but his help comes with a price they may be unable to pay and, when it comes down to it, the hardest task is still ahead of them; break into the wrights tower and save their friends with no plan other than dumb luck.

…The Characters

“I felt like one of those mythical heroes who fights his way back from the underworld only to realize that the world above is every bit as damned as the one below.”

Jacob says himself in this book that he feels like two different people; Old and New Jacob. New Jacob is brave, willing to run headfirst into danger if it means saving his new family, but deep down he’s still very much Old Jacob who is scared, lost and sometimes craves the safety of his modern day life in Florida with his parents. Most of what is guiding him is the debt he feels he owns to Miss Peregrine. She saved his grandfather and allowed him the opportunity to grow up and have children and grandchildren, resulting in Jacob being born. Now Jacob is willing to do anything he can to pay her back.

His powers have been developing through this trilogy and Library of Souls Jacob really comes into his own regarding his peculiarity . It’s a very steep learning curve he has to master, but at this point it’s either succeed the very first time or die trying.

“To some it might’ve seemed callous, the way she boxed up her pain and set it aside, but I knew her well enough now to understand. She had a heart the size of France, and the lucky few whom she loved with it were loved with every square inch—but its size made it dangerous, too. If she let it feel everything, she’d be wrecked. So she had to tame it, shush it, shut it up. Float the worst pains off to an island that was quickly filling with them, where she would go to live one day.”

With most of the peculiars now locked away it’s down to Emma and Jacob to save the day. Even in the previous two books Emma has always been someone the other peculiars have looked up to, someone they look to for guidance, but Emma has always has Miss Peregrine to look to for guidance and now that’s been taken away. When it comes down to it Emma has her doubts, her hopes and her fears but she pushes them down knowing they will be no use to her, only hinder her journey.

We met a lot of new characters in this book, and some more peculiars as well. There was new depths given to Miss Peregrine’s character and her past with her brothers, and we saw a much more sinister side to the peculiars that hadn’t really been explored in either of the previous books. It was very interesting seeing the darkness that can blight the peculiar world, it added a new depth to the people who, so far, have seemed a little apart from humanity. The peculiars too have their faults and their shades of grey when it comes to morality.

…The Setting

There was, in fact, a street sign to that effect—the first I’d seen in all of Devil’s Acre. ‘Louche Lane’, it read in fancy handwritten script. ‘Piracy discouraged’.
“Discouraged?” I said. “Then what’s murder? Frowned upon?”
“I believe murder is ‘tolerated with reservations’.”

One of the things I loved about this trilogy is how it seems to sets up what aspect of the peculiar world it will focus on in the previous book. We learnt a little about time loops in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children and they were the main focus in the second book as Jacob and is friends journey from loop to loop in order to read London. We then briefly heard about punishment loops in Hollow City and this is where most of this book was set. Devil’s Acre is a place where peculiars can flee to when they’re running from the law. It’s dark, desolate and depressing; the people there have lost all hope and most of the peculiars are addicts willing to do anything for their next fix. It makes it the perfect place for the wrights to set up their grand plan. All throughout this series there have been myths and legends of the peculiars that have basis in reality, and this book is no exception, this time the Library of Souls become more than just a story for Jacob and Emma.


I wanted to love this book but I felt the pacing of the plot was a little off. The first half set up everything for the main events to fall into place, but when it came to the conclusion it felt like there wasn’t enough room left so it was just crammed in. The ending felt rushed and a little out of place. Overall I still enjoyed this book but Hollow City remains my favourite of the trilogy.

What did you think of Library of Souls? Was it a favourite of yours or could you just not get into the story? Let me know.

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27 thoughts on “Library of Souls

  1. I’m so glad you enjoyed this trilogy! I had that same problem with Library of Souls, about the pacing and feeling as if the ending was a tad rushed. I also found it a little predictable, though I was okay with it because it wasn’t a terrible ending. I do think so much more could have done rather than rushing to the conclusion. I always felt like there should have been an epilogue. Great review! 😊

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    1. Yep, overall it’s been a brilliant trilogy, and I’m so so glad I picked it up. No it wasn’t a terrible ending at all, but the pacing kind of threw me off because it felt like a few chapters squeezed into the space of one. I was kind of a little stunned by how much actually happened in the space of those few pages you know.
      And yeah I thought it was little predictable too but I still enjoyed it.
      Thanks, I’m glad you enjoyed my review! 🙂

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      1. I had that same feeling. A lot does happen in such a short span of time toward the end. I enjoyed it as well! Wishing for an epilogue aside, I liked the tad bit of openness at the end. I might be wishing that one day Ransom will do a novella 😂.

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      2. Oh exactly, it almost feels like there could be another book, novella or full length, just with their adventures in the modern day! It would certainly be interesting seeing them all adapt not only after everything they faced but after their years in 1940! 🙂

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      3. Yes! It’d be incredible if he ever did decided to do something as sort of a side thing to show how they are fairing in the modern world. I’d also want to know what ends up happening with Jacob’s parents as that was left open as well.

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  2. I’m glad you enjoyed this, even if the pacing was a bit off! I’ve yet to read this one, but hope to soon. I’ve been reading this trilogy for way too long, it’s about time I finish it! Lovely review 😀

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    1. Yeah overall it was a great series, I just had high expectations for the last book, especially after loving Hollow City. The pacing for Library of Souls just felt kind of disjointed and that ruined it a little for me.
      Ohh that’s a great idea! I feel like this series would be a great one for the theme of creepy/scary books for October! 😀

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      1. I’d say it’s definitely suitable for a Halloween theme if you’re looking for creepy/scary books.
        Also have you heard of the anthology Slasher Girls and Monster Boys. If you haven’t read that I would recommend it for Halloween because it will definitely fit that theme as well (I read it last year and really enjoyed most of the stories in it)

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      2. Yes, I only found out because I was cruising the sale racks in my bookstore. I was a massive R.L. Stine fan. I plan to read it in October just for the nostalgia. 🙂 Most definitely! King is brilliant and by far the King of Horror. No one can scare you like he can and his prose is incredible.

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      3. Ohh, I used to love looking through the sale racks in my bookstores, you can find some great bargins there. I’m looking forwards to seeing your review for some of these books. I take it horror month for Halloween is something you’ll be featuring on your blog? 🙂

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  3. I have to agree, the pacing in this book was really weird. And the ending was VERY rushed. I would have loved for the book to be longer, so that the ending could be more flashed out. Still, this was such a fun trilogy and I’m very much looking forward to whatever Ransom Riggs writes next! 😀 I really can’t wait for The Tales of the Peculiar to come out – I just want to read more about this world.
    Great review, as always! 🙂

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    1. Yeah it would have been much better if the action had started a little earlier and the ending had been given more time. The whole thing with Jacob and his parents just felt really out of place because it was pretty much just thrown in there!
      Oh definitely an amazing trilogy, I’m glad I picked it up and I can’t wait for The Tales of the Peculiar to be released either.
      Thanks Anna! 😀

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