Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs Review

This is the third and final book in the Peculiar Children series and this is the 6th series finale I have managed to read this year. Anyway, it is time for a review.


The Story

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.

Taken From Goodreads

My Opinion

This is a series I have loved reading from start to finish, I loved the idea behind the story and how the people with powers are the ones who must keep it a secret in case the normal people don’t like it. It reminds me a lot of Harry Potter and Skulduggery Pleasant and those are two of my all-time favourite series and I can see this series belonging right up there as well.

I will say that the beginning part of this book I did find to be a bit of a struggle to read and get into to. The second book took me less than 2 days to read while this one took me almost a week and a half, but as soon as I got past half way I finished the last 250 pages in one night. I was just struggling to get into the first half a lot and I think that is due to the lack of photographs compared to the first two books. When we got into the second half of the book then the pictures were back and making the read a lot more interesting.

The descriptions were good but when you have basically been given pictures to give you a better idea of what everything looks like your kind of end up depending on them for a better experience. I wanted to see what the actual jars looked like but all we got was a picture of a window.

I was a little disappointed with the ending as well, we were told throughout the whole of the series that because the children had been in a time loop that was in the past then they couldn’t last more than 3 days in the present but when it all comes to an end it turns out thanks to some unknown thing with a closed loop their ages are reset to what their bodies are and are now able to age normally in the present. I liked the idea of the Jacob having to go back and forth to see his friends but now they are all able to live in the same time? That just ruins it for me.

The story is good and when you get into it then it is a good read and you do want to find out more about all the powers that are on display and what every peculiar can do but you only get to find out about the main characters which is a bit of a shame.

If you want a good series to read then give this one a go especially if you are a fan of the Harry Potter and Skulduggery Pleasant series as they are familiar in some parts but different enough to make for a great story.

Aaron Morrsi

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