“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.