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Library of Souls: The Third Novel of Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children- Ransom Riggs

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“It was never just a story. I would know: a story had swallowed my whole life.”

I finished Library of Souls yesterday afternoon after a long day of laundry and other things that I had put off since the weekend. This being the last book in the series I was looking forward to an epic battle with the wights and the peculiars. I was hopeful that I wouldn’t be let down.

If I’m being honest, this was my least favorite of the series. It was a pretty slow start and when it finally did get going I found it very predictable. I also felt like the end was rushed. So much so that I gave myself false hope; seeing the bar at the bottom of my kindle say that I was only 98% of the way through the book. Alas, the last pages were just information on the photos that are used through out the book.

In Souls you follow Jacob, Emma, and Addison (the brave dog they met in the second novel) on a journey to save their friends and ymbrynes. They make it to Devil’s Acre via a dingy little boat captained by the always cloaked Sharon. Devil’s Acre is home to all of the peculiar rabble and outcasts. Peculiars who have taken too much ambrosia; a drug that was cooked up by Miss Peregrine’s brother to keep peculiars in line. You meet other people along the way who help the children to find their friends. Bentham, Miss Peregrine’s other brother, someone you’re not quite sure if you should trust.

For me, the reason I didn’t quite like this one is because it was slow to start and then when it got moving it was a boulder hurtling down a hill and then it just stopped. Got stuck by a pebble, if you will, until that pebble was dislodged and then it went hurtling to the end. Yes, I was happy at some aspects of the ending, but I also felt it was a bit of a let down, a tad predictable. It felt like they needed to get this book on the shelves by a certain day and just said “ok, that’s it. Done.”

As a series I did very much enjoy it but if I had to put them in order of which ones I liked best I would have to go with publication order. I felt the start and the middle of the series were the most fascinating and the pacing was superb. While the end was satisfying but could have been a little more fleshed out.

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Hollow City: The Second Novel of Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children- Ransom Riggs

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“She had maintained her strength in the face of all this for so long that we had come to take it for granted, but she wasn’t bulletproof. She might’ve been peculiar, but she was also human.”

I finished the second novel in the Peculiar Children series last night with a marvelous glass of wine. I absolutely devoured the first installment and I was excited to get back to the world of the Peculiar’s. I have had this problem before with second novels though. Namely with the second book in the Abhorsen Trilogy: Lirael. It was a book that didn’t really go anywhere but it was crucial to the plot of the story. A story that continued in the next book.

I don’t want to say that the author had  signed a three book deal so that is what they did. I sometimes think that putting all of that content in to one book would just be too daunting. As is the case with the second Peculiar book. It took a little while for it to get rolling, but when it did, oh when it did. The ending had me in chills. The story continues with the children trying to find a solution for Miss Peregrine and their adventures area nothing short of fascinating.

I hope the last book in the series delivers all of the punches that I’m wishing it does. This series reminds me that sometimes you need a good fantasy novel to remind you that there is wonder in everything.


Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children- Ransom Riggs

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“I had just come to accept that my life would be ordinary when extraordinary things began to happen.

I received this trilogy for Christmas this year and was not disappointed. I have seen this series floating around in the book-iverse for quite some time and was always interested in picking it up. But I never quite knew what it was. Is it a young adult novel? Is it just straight up fantasy? What is it? Tell me! It is billed as a young adult novel, though I found some very adult themes running through out and if I had read this as a teenager or “young adult” I would definitely have had nightmares. It does feel somewhere in between Harry Potter and The Magician’s.

The premise is simple enough to follow; a boy, Jacob, witnesses his grandfather’s murder by some monster that only he can see. Then he sends himself on an adventure to find the home that his grandfather lived in before he left for WWII. Jacob remembers his grandfather’s fantastical story of a girl who could levitate, a boy living with bees inside of him, an invisible boy. There were even pictures to accompany his grandfather’s “tall tales”, pictures that are peppered through out the book to accompany the tale that you are reading. Which I find amazing! It lends just a little more to the the fantastical nature of the book, it also makes you feel you may be reading someone’s diary. The pictures are all real, some slightly doctored, which Mr. Riggs makes mention of at the back of each book.

<<slight spoilers ahead>>

 

You meet some fantastic characters along the way, not only the invisible boy and the girl who can levitate. There is also a girl called Emma, whom you find out had a rather romantic relationship with Jacob’s grandfather. This is where things get a little weird for me. Emma and Jacob strike up a rather intimate relationship, one that Riggs does comment on as being strange for Jacob. No mention on what Emma feels as of yet. I’m interested to see where Riggs goes with this sordid relationship. I also  have found myself scared for the safety of every character; it feels very Game of Thrones, he may off one at any minute. Which makes me sad because in the span of 300 pages I have grown to love all of the characters; including Jacob’s dad, who I hope makes a triumphant return in the sequel.

This book is for anyone who wants to get lost in a magical world during these last dark days of winter. It’s a quick read because you can’t put it down. You’re racing against time with Jacob to find out the truth behind his grandfather’s last words and to put the pieces together of his own life as he hurtles toward manhood.

Some of the plot twists I saw coming but that doesn’t  mean I enjoyed it any less. I’m excited to get back to Miss Peregrine’s world and fit some more pieces of the puzzle together.

So, let’s go find some loops.