Series: Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children #3
Published by Quirk Books on September 22nd 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Time Travel, Supernatural
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A New York Times #1 best seller 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.
Warning: This article may contain spoilers. Such spoilers are hidden where applicable.
I read the first book in this series, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, long before I started my blog and even before I joined Goodreads. I gave that and Hollow City a 4 star. If I had the time I’d go back and read them both and let you know why I decided they were a 4 and not a 5. Crazy, because I loved this series from the first book. But I must have had my reasons.
One of the biggest reasons I love this series is because of the way that Ransom has taken old random pictures he’s found, and used to them create a story. It was fascinating in the first book but I have to admit it must have gotten harder as the series continued. I mean, these pictures are seemingly random if you just look at them all together. He either had to find pictures to go along with his story, which I think is the lesser likely option, or create a story around the pictures.
In this book, we’ve gone from a larger list of characters to only a handful View Spoiler »now that most of the peculiar characters we know have been captured by the wights « Hide Spoiler. We’re really just with Addison, who joined us in book two, and Emma and Jacob who remain from our original characters, for most of the story. Of course we meet new peculiars but, not so much as we did in the first two books.
Jacob, Emma and Addison travel to Devil’s Acre to attempt to rescue their friends, or die trying and we eventually find out the true nature of Jacob and his grandfather’s mysterious ability to see and control hollows. This is pretty interesting because I had wondered how they even had this ability when hollows had only existed for about a hundred years.
Anyway, of course there’s a plot twist, which I will not get into for the sake of preserving that secret for those who wish to read the book(s).
I wish I could get into more details about the entire story to convince potential readers to grab this series. The best thing I can say is that, if you like the supernatural, magic, and ‘freakshows’, get this! Also, the series is complete so you won’t be left pining for years like my fellow A Song of Ice and Fire fans. Check out the first two book in the series on Goodreads, here and here.
About the Author
Ransom Riggs grew up in Florida, went to Kenyon College in Ohio, then film school at USC in LA, where he still lives. He writes books and screenplays, blogs daily for mentalfloss.com, and makes short films.