Library of Souls I Review #41

“No one can hurt you as badly as the people you love.”



Title: Library of Souls

Author: Ransom Riggs

Pages: 464

Publisher: Quirk Books


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.



I think that as the ending to a trilogy that I enjoyed this book could have probably had a better ending – but that doesn’t take away from the fact that it was still a very good book!

This book starts in a flurry of adrenaline and adventure as the story picks up from Hollow City’s (amazing) cliffhanger. The peculiar children are on their quest to save their beloved Ymbryne, Miss Peregrine before they age forward due to being outside of their loop for too long.

Story and event wise this book was a lot darker and gory compared to the previous novels. The introduction of Devil’s Acre brought a whole new perspective on Peculiarities to the story which I found to be extremely interesting. However, as is needed in most dark YA’s, there was a great comic relief character. Sharon, the satire boatman we meet in this book, provided an amusing juxtaposition to the atmosphere around him throughout the last quarter or so of the book.

The majority of this book was intriguing and fun to read – but when it got to the end I feel like the story fell a bit flat. The way the story ended seemed sort of unrealistic and unattainable it just didn’t seem feasible… I feel like this series would have done a lot better with a different ending and I would have given it a higher rating but I still did enjoy this book a lot!


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