Book review: Library of Souls (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children #3), by Ransom Riggs

The adventures that began with Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children and continued with 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. Goodreads

Finally, the last instalment of the book. Frankly speaking, I was not eager to finish it, not for the fear of probably going to miss the series, I was just not intrigue anymore. I feel like the series had exercised its all power on the first book, only to fell flat by the second book, and I can only left wondering what more could the third book offer. Eventually, my assumption didn’t went as far as I had predicted; not that I’m saying the third book was bad, I just thought for a series that starts really strong, the ending could have been better. What I felt then after finishing the book was as if the author himself has gone bored about the story and he just couldn’t wait to end it. Too bad.

Apart from that, this was definitely a quick read for me. Its simplistic storytelling was very easy to digest, especially after finishing a self-help book before this one, this was surely a nice break. The thing that disappoints me from the third book was the lack of trying to make the adventures interesting. It felt almost something like, “oh well, what do you know, it’s the third book already. Let’s have all things falls conveniently in places and pretend like it’s nothing so the book can end.” Really, it feels incredibly like that. And I feel like, even the author himself grew tired of the oh-so-many-characters-that-he-has-in-the-series-that-he-just-completey-and-easily-delete-the-said-characters-for-the-story-to-move-forward. Really, I mean that.

Also, what’s with the conversation that sort of telling you it’s going somewhere, making you think that finally this story os going to get interesting, only to just vanish into thin air. What’s the whole point? You’re making a subplot in the middle of the last instalment of a series, tricking your reader to think that oh there’s going to be more than what you’ve led on, and then poof, gone. No mention again whatsoever about it. And in case you’re wondering, I am referring to the conversation that occurred between Jacob, Emma, Mother Dust and Reynaldo. Shame, because I think it would have made an interesting plot twist. One more thing, what’s with the plot twist on that Bentham storyline (I really am trying not to spoil the story here)? Really, though, it’s just pointless, useless, and it was not crafted to the best I think.

Oh, another complaint. What’s with the ending? Although it ends with a positive note (because, let’s be honest, if you’ve been reading the series, eventually you’ll be flooded with questions of how Jacob and Emma’s relationship will unfurl, right? I mean, if Jacob chose to stay with Emma then Jacob is a jerk for abandoning his family; if Jacob chose to left Emma then Jacob is also a jerk for breaking a girl’s heart. So, what then will happen to their, now that  think about it, unnecessary storyline?), I can’t help but think that the ending is just too convenient and too impossible for it to happen (yes, I am aware that I am complaining about certain thing to not be possible to happen in a story where its basic premise is already something that is impossible to happen in the first place).

Well, so long that I am here complaining, might as well that I address the upcoming movie adaptation of the first book. Here’s the trailer if you haven’t seen it. Loo, here’s the thing, I get that movie adaptation does not have to be a carbon copy of the book, but do you honestly think, changing crucial details that were specifically mentioned in the book for (what I’m presuming are based on) marketing reasons bode well with the movie later on? We’ve seen several book to movie adaptation that went astray from the book (ignoring crucial details that were specifically mentioned in the book) and then the movie went flop, right? I’m looking at you, PJO movie adaptation! I don’t know about this though, I just saw the trailer. But, if the trailer is any indication of the movie, I don’t think I am going to like one bit, although I am excited for Eva Green, the love of my life 😘.

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️☆☆

Title: Library of Souls (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children #3)

Author: Ransom Riggs

Genre: Fantasy, Fiction, Young Adult

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2 thoughts on “Book review: Library of Souls (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children #3), by Ransom Riggs

    • dilchh says:

      Hey, sorry it took me awhile to get back to your comment. Was swamped at work (lame excuse, I know). Thanks for your comment, I think overall the series were pretty enjoyable although the first was still the best, I think. As for the movie, I’m not sure I wanted to see it, but I think I’ll end up watching it anyway. 😬


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