Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs | Book Review

Hello everybody! You’ll be happy to hear, that I’m back today with a review for one of my favourite series. In fact, my review for Hollow City (the second book in the trilogy) was my first ever review here on Miss Abigail, so it has sentimental qualities. I’m a little sad to be finishing with Miss Peregrine and her peculiar children, but I suppose I always have my beautiful copy of the Tales of the Peculiar to dig into when I suffer from withdrawal symptoms.

As a series, I really enjoy Miss Peregrine. I think the combination of the narrative and the Polaroids make a really interesting story told in a very innovative way. I haven’t rated any of the installments lower than a 3/5, which is pretty good in my world.

But today, we’re not here to talk about the series as a whole. We’re here to dig into the last installment. In case you haven’t gotten around to this book, or the series generally, I’ll leave links to my original Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children review, and my Hollow City review – so there should be something for everyone!

But now, let’s get into Library of Souls.

Let’s start at the beginning (a very good place to start). I have said in every review for this series, that I hate the start of Ransom Riggs’ books. They are slow. They are boring. And just generally, really hard to get through. In fact, I started this series 4 times, before I actually made it past page 20. That being said, once you hit page 100, you’re hooked – and this one was no different, once the story got underway, there was no turning back.

I really struggled with this next paragraph, because I’m very conflicted. On one hand, I loved that we got to see more of Emma and Jacob and their relationship as the other characters are absent for most of the story. However, at the same time, I felt like maybe the romance replaced some of the sibling-like qualities that I had really enjoyed in the first two books. I missed the other Peculiar Children, and I wish I could have seen more of them. But like I said, I loved the Emma/Jacob moments and badass heroism too – so really, it just comes down to what you prefer in your novels. If you love meeting new peculiars and seeing their powers, this probably won’t be your favourite, but if you ship Jemma, you’ll be more than okay.

I really enjoyed seeing Jacob harness his new power in this novel. It was so interesting to see him going from chance to total control. This isn’t something we got to see before because obviously you can see Hollows or you can’t – but this control of them took more work, and I liked that. I also really liked the relationship that Jacob shared with the Hollows. He felt them and he loved them (in a way), it reminded the reader that these were people who had been tricked, it was very humanising and very beneficial to the story.

(It’s that time again, spoilers ahead!)

Without getting too much into it, I really didn’t like the way Bentham jumped about throughout the entire book. He was good, but then he left the group, but then he made Hollows, but then he tried to stop them, and then he took Abe’s soul, and then he tried to find Jacob, but he was actually working with his brother the whole time, but he gave Alma the recipe/spell thing – phew. It was just too much for me, I didn’t sympathise and I lost all respect for him (despite the fact he rode a bear, which is pretty cool).

On a similar note – ugh, the ending. The ending was just way too ‘and they all lived happily ever after’ for my tastes. I understand what Riggs wanted to do, but I just didn’t like it. I have would preferred it if he’d either stayed with the children or lived with his parents, one or the other – he shouldn’t have been able to have both. It was just too perfect.

Overall, as the last book in a trilogy, Riggs impressed me. It’s hard to keep a book series like this on a level, and although it did wane a little, I still really liked this book. It didn’t annoy me (overly, and that’s about as much as I can hope for, I’m really picky) and it brought resolution to the characters (even if it was a little far-fetched).

I gave this book 3/5 stars (still no 5/5 on the horizon – I’m really starting to think my English degree has set my expectations too high), it was a good conclusion, but nothing ground-breaking. If you’ve made it this far in the series, you might as well finish – right?

If you guys have read this, let me know what you thought down below, I’d love to hear from you!

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