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Book 63

Library of Souls (Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children, #3)Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I somehow spaced on this one. I wanted to pick it up when it came out. In book one, Riggs captured lightening in a bottle. The second books suffered from sophomore syndrome and honestly the end of the trilogy was good but nowhere near as magical as the first.

It’s a hard one to review without spoiling the ending (you know for people even more behind than me). I will say if you like the ensemble you are going to be very disappointed. In the second book there was almost too many characters but in this it’s Jacob and Emma’s story. Their friends aren’t in it until the last quarter. That’s not necessarily a bad thing.

The wights have captured their friends and the ymbrynes. Jacob and Emma, along with Addison the talking dog, track them via an opportunistic peculiar named Sharon. He takes them to the Devil’s Acre, a loop a lot like Victorian era White Chapel, in other words gross and dangerous. There, they learn some peculairs are being sold by their own kind and many are hooked on a drug called ambrosia.

Jacob is busy exploring his new power, being able to control hollows, something that would be beneficial if he can master it. Honestly the story was a bit slow through all of this, even though they’re in danger at every turn. It could just be me. I find constant fight scenes a bit dull.

Once they meet up with a strange peculiar man, Bentham and his unusual home the plot picks up and it gets very interesting. It answers a lot of the questions that have permeated all three books (Though I’m still wondering why there are even peculiar adults if the ymbrynes are still locking the kids up in time loops for their own safety. I guess they’re the ones who could pass as normal).

I don’t want to spoil the ending. Let’s leave it as it was satisfying even though I guessed at much of the very ending (as in does Jacob stay with Emma or go back to his old life) including the twist which pretty much had to happen if this would have a truly happy ending.

While all the books (especially the latter two) go on longer than necessary so they get draggy but overall, it was a fun series. I’ve always loved old photos so yeah I sort of wish I had thought of this myself. I’m glad I finished the series.

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Tags: urban fantasy, young adult

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