Library of Souls: Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Tuesday, August 30th 2016

“An opportunist disguised as a friend can be every bit as dangerous as an outright enemy.”

Published by Quirk Books on September 22nd 2015
Pages: 458

A boy with extraordinary powers. An army of deadly monsters. An epic battle for the future of peculiardom.
The adventure that began with Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children and continued in 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 to create a one-of-a-kind reading experience.


Library of Souls, is the most imaginative book out of Ransom Riggs vintage photo inspired book series. Which s saying something since the fist and send book continue to keep a stead pace of slow events throughout the Peculiar Children’s adventures, an attempt to rescue their headmistress.
The world that Ransom Riggs is interesting, however it was never complex nor interesting enough for me to want to relocate myself into that world like many readers would when reading J.K.Rowling’s Harry Potter series or Taran Mathru’s  The Summoner series. Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children series, can give a read the urge to dream living in the characters world! Once you entered the Wizard World, you’re always dreaming about living in the Wizard World, yo!
The plot within his novel is wasn’t very engrossing, but it was very simple. This is actually the reason why a lot of books that do not have engaging plot points manage to earn their spot within New York Bestsellers list, because the books are highly popular as well as easy to read. The book is no different, since the characters the action scenes, and the twist or turns of the plot reveal held no true surprise the interactions with the various Peculiar adults/children where very entertaining to read. I have to say the most entertaining action scene were Sharon and his three cousins, with their songs and hammer battle techniques.

Jacob and Caul were the only two characters that I was disappointed in when the action pack fight scene came to fruition. When were first introduced to Jacob, he speaks so highly about the bravery of his Grandpa Abe, that I felt that the fight scene was going to show case some hidden ass kicking techniques, that didn’t happen. I feel that Jacob was human, meaning that he did what an person would have done when facing all this odd events when only weeks ago, the people you were fighting besides you believed to be fictional characters from you’re Grandpa’s imagination. I feel that Jacob with no military training, not having a loop of years to master his peculiarity did the very best a 16 year old boy could do when constantly facing certain death. I just really love how mundane and normal Jacobs reaction were to facing certain death. That being said, I felt that since Jacob, who spent most of his life being “normal” was reacting like a “normal” during these events, while also discovering his peculiarity during stressful war times turned great, what the devil was wrong with Caul.

Caul was not a villain, nor was he an anti-villain. Caul was mad, that’s it. He created such stress, heartache, and struggle for all peculiar people, yet he was never anything more than overly ambitions! I felt that with all the events that occurred during this series, I needed Caul to be more than just a flashy over dressed overambitious character. I wanted to hate, loath, sympathized, and scoff in disguise with Caul’s actions. I wanted to feel about Caul the same way fans of Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instrument series love, hate, and regret all the things that happen to Sebastian. Unfortunately, Ransom Riggs did not create a character that even I could connect with, and I’m always rooting for a good villain to win.

Miss Peregrine

The love that Miss Peregrine’s children have for her is nothing more than extraordinary. No matter what the odds were, they were ABSOLUTELY determined to get their headmistress back. However during the events of “Library of Souls” I started to feel that miss Peregrine, this mature, motherly, female character, with this incredible power to create loops was Ransom Riggs Princess Peach! O-M-G. After just minutes of rescuing her, she was then captured A-G-A-I-N. One moment she was being captured by her mad, but not evil, brother, then she was rescue. Then she fought beside her beloved Peculiar children only to be captured again by her other brothers pet bear. Then recaptured by the original mad brother, to only be rescued by the children again. Miss Peregrine, for all her strength, wisdom and ability to love each and every child under her care, is a walking hostage waiting to be captured if she didn’t have her Peculiar children’s love.


“Maybe,” she said. “Maybe. But now you’re making promises you might not be able to keep, and that’s how people in love get very badly hurt.” 

The romance in Library of Souls, was amazingly mature. The love felt between these two characters was probably the most contemporary, meaning the most realistic relationship advice, I ever read from a book that suppose to be haunting. But I ask you, readers, what is more haunting than a heartache? This book series was not my cup of tea, even though I wanted to love the book just as much as die heart Ransom Riggs can do. I found the characters to be interesting but the events that surrounded their adventure to be hard for my imagination, my heart, along with my logical brain to understand. Even with all those events occurring my heart really felt the love between Emma and Jacob, and Jacob and his Grandpa Abe.

Emma and Jacob really needed to be with each other. Emma and Jacob both deserve to live healthy peculiar lives together. Without the fear or being haunted, scared, or having their entire life being lived in one single day over and over again. I love the way the love for Jacob was so strong that the Peculiar rescued him from the his own family. I feel that Jacob and his Grandfather probably connected the most in that moment, since it was Jacob who was helping to convince his Grandfather who the monsters weren’t real, and possible be taken to an home.

Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children, to me is about the love between a family of odd characters through extraordinary events. I found the characters to be very imaginative even though they weren’t eventful. I really love the characters but I’m also hoping that Ransom Riggs created a story that better explains the story of Fiona. I hate to believe that she’s just dead. After reading all of what a group of characters have gone through, I can’t believe she’s just simple dead. If that were the case the Peculiar Children should be dead a thousand times over.

I really love the fact that the Peculiar children can just int me to rescue Jacob the same way he came and rescued them. I also am extremely impress on how Emma and Hugh managed to understand an e-mail while my mother believes that email, text messages, and FaceTime are all the same thing. This makes me  really wonder about my mother.

The ending of this series was a huge cliff hanger, which I did not appreciate. I like my book series to end with my heart feeling enlighten, swollen with pride of how the cast of characters that I have fallen in love with have endured so much yet managed to keep the best part of their personality, their humanity, and their  love interest safe despite all the dangerous they encountered.
This book really didn’t do that for me but I found the book series very entertaining to a degree.

That is my review for this book.
Have a marvelous day!

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