Book Review: ‘Library of Souls’ by Ransom Riggs

 

I first picked this series up eighteen months ago – although I’ll admit I had wanted to read it for far longer. “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” by Ransom Riggs is the first book in this series, and with a picture of a levitating little girl on the cover, I’d always thought it had to be in the horror genre. Or at least in the so-scary-I-wouldn’t-sleep-for-a-week genre. I finally decided to pick the book up and see what it was about, and to my surprise, it was exactly the kind of book I love! It quickly became one of my favorites of 2014, and I eagerly grabbed the second book that had just been released, and gobbled it up. Fast forward to a few weeks ago, when I obsessively checked the local library every. single. day. (a.k.a. stalked) until they got the newest book. I was doing cartwheels that I got to borrow it first! Woo hoo! “Library of Souls” is the third and final book in the series. Ok, enough about that – on to the review!
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Synopsis:

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.

Like its predecessors, Library of Souls blends thrilling fantasy with never-before-published vintage photography.

The Short: 3 out of 5 stars Continue reading

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Missing Imaginary People

An occupational hazard as a lover of books is becoming attached to the characters.

Lately I’ve been thinking about a few specific characters from the book review I gave last week (‘Never Never’ by Hoover and Fisher). Silas and Charlie have been bouncing around inside my head, driving me crazy. I just want to know what’s next!

So I got to thinking about characters from my past. Lots of them actually. Throughout the years there have been plenty of series I’ve read where I’ve counted down the months and days for the next book to be released. (‘Under the Never Sky’, ‘Legend’, ‘The False Prince’, ‘Delirium’, ‘Wither’, pretty much anything ever written by Cassandra Clare, to name a few.) Many have come to a conclusion, bringing the characters and their journey to a close. Some are still ongoing.

Here is a list of a few of my favorite books whose stories have yet to end. And yes, I’m still counting the days until I can read them!

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* ‘Nil’ by Lynne Matson – Technically this shouldn’t be on the list, since the story of Charley and Thad did actually come to a close at the end of book 1. I knew there was a prequel being released, before I even finished it, though. Does a prequel mean I’ll get to see Charley and Thad again? No. But I can always hope! I loved these characters and the world of Nil that Ms. Matson created. ‘Nil Unlocked’ has been released but I haven’t had a chance to read it yet. Can’t wait though!

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* ‘Drowned’ by Nichola Reilly – Talk about ending this book on a cliffhanger! Not only are Coe and Tiam separated, but we’ve been clued in to some pretty extraordinary abilities she possesses that leave a bunch of new questions. Ms. Reilly has announced that she has the prequel AND sequel to this series written already! I can’t wait for the rest of these books to come out so I can get some answers!  Continue reading