Book Review: Library of Souls – Ransom Riggs

Book Depository shipped me a terribly damaged spine-Library of Souls. Lucky they are sending me a replacement copy :D

Btw, if you haven’t read book 1 and 2, please head over to my Review page to find the First Book’s review, titled “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children”.


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Name: Library of Souls
Author: Ransom Riggs
Publisher: Quirk Books
Release Date: September 22, 2015

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.


Book Cover Comments

 

Tbh I don’t have much of a comment. Once again it’s an image that will appear in the book, and it plays some sort of significance. Ransom also uses this for his twitter profile pic. I actually really like this image, cus the pillar just gives me the feels of the title, “Library of Souls”.


The Actual Review

 

I have to say, Library of Souls was a really beautiful conclusion. The last three words were extremely magnificent and Ahhhhhhh!!!!!

Like the last two books, Library of Souls (LoS) has an amazing theme to it. Miss Peregrine is opening up the world, Hollow City is exploring the world and grow, Library of Souls being the book where you learn to accept your peculiarity as part of you, something that is with you all the time. As long as you believe in it, you can wield that power freely and protect those you love.

Library of Souls discovers a whole new different world within the world, more different possibilities and miracles within the world. It’s beautiful for the fact that Jacob really grows and learns in this book, to accept who he is, not a replacement for his grandfather, and to accept his destiny as everything happens for his reason. He also accepts and embraces his peculiarity so that he can use it well for what he needs it for, which I’m not going to spoil.

This book mainly surrounds Addison, Emma and Jacob and what they did and their journey to find the other peculiar children and to rescue all the ymbrynes from the wights and hollows, so we don’t get to really see much of the other’s powers. But this time we get introduced to this wonderful building which I will disclose the name and purpose, as well as the wonderful man managing it, once again I won’t tell you what it is. The story of this man throughout LoS is interesting, and I feel a bit sad about his story towards the end, but it’s really up to the readers of whether you want to forgive him or not.

I feel like this book has it’s thrills, but I enjoyed Book 1 and Book 2 slightly more than LoS, since some romantic scenes were lacking, but that’s really my taste and opinion, as well as the fact that the final part seemed a bit forced, I’m sure those of you who read it will understand what I mean.


The finale on the other hand, was interesting with how Jacob makes decisions on what to do with his life, and what FINAL decisions he makes in the end to end all of the mess and chaos that left behind in the human world. The last last pages were extremely funny and amusing, and I can totally imagine what those peculiar children would do, once again disclosing the actual content.


This book mainly sets in Devil’s Acre, a place that actually existed in Victorian England, and it was super interesting to imagine and learn more about this slum, as well as doing some outside of reading research.


And as I said above, the last three words were actually so impactful I had to take a deep breath. For some reason Jacob and Emma’s relationship really reminds me of Ransom and his wife, Tahereh’s, which is super super sweet.


Once again the vintage photos chosen in this book was fantastic, and no one even cares about if it’s scary or not. The photos play such an important and wonderful role for readers to visualise some parts of what is going on in the book, and to see how Ransom combines these vintage photos to his book was really amazing and wonderful.

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