4.5 stars out of 5
Library of Souls is the third and final book in Ransom Riggs’ Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children trilogy. It continues the story of Jacob Portman as he explores Peculiardom and attempts to wrest the power away from those that wish to harm the ymbrynes and the peculiar children under their care.
With the books having gotten a lot of buzz recently because of the release of the film adaptation of the first book, I am assuming that most of you are familiar with the basic premise of the trilogy. If this is all sounding too crazy to you, but yet you’re still intrigued, maybe reading the synopsis of the first book on Goodreads could help.
I won’t say too much about the plot of this book since it is the final book in a trilogy, and I don’t want to spoil it for anyone who might be considering starting the trilogy. I will say, though, that this book was possibly my favorite book out of all three.
The first book was great – I really enjoyed reading it (I gave it four out of five stars on Goodreads). In that book, the reader is first introduced to the world of the peculiars. The idea behind the world in the first book just seemed so fresh and new to me. I have always been captivated by looking at old photos, and I loved the addition of them to this trilogy. I think it was such a clever idea to let a real piece of history have a part in telling the story. That being said, though, there were also some points that I didn’t like as much – the love story was a bit silly, but I guess I expect that from a book that could fall into the YA genre. In the end, I could overlook that.
With the trilogy as a whole, I also thought there were some issues with the aspect of time travel and “maturity”. I’m not sure that this particular aspect of the story is very believable, but then again it’s a fantasy book and when I read a fantasy book I try not to be too critical about the magical ways it comes together. As a result, I was able to put all my qualms aside and just enjoy the book for the fun read that it was.
As I said above, my experience with the first book was great. Unfortunately, I did not really like the second book, Hollow City, as much. The plot just seemed to drag on and on for me. Library of Souls, however, was a much different reading experience, I’m happy to say. This book was exciting from the first page to the last. The ending covers more time than I thought it would, and I really had a sense that the story came together nicely in the end.
If you had a similar experience with books one and two in the trilogy and are perhaps debating about whether or not you want to put the time in to read the final book, I really recommend that you give Library of Souls a go. It’s a really fast-paced and exciting story that continues the creative ideas of the first two books, but is much better written (more action, less aimless running around) than the second book. It’s filled with characters and creatures who will either repulse you, win your heart, or leave you questioning the difference between good and evil.