Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs
Published by: Quirk Books
Series: Miss Peregrine’s Home… (#1) | Hollow City (#2)
Where to Find: Goodreads | Amazon
Library of Souls is the final book in the Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children series, it wasn’t one of my high anticipated reads, but I’d read the other two, so why not! I was mostly disappointed, which is pretty much how I felt about Hollow City too. If you’re a fan of the series, then you’ll definitely appreciate the series, but I just don’t think it was my thing.
Unfortunately – and this was my biggest concern – the majority of the book only focuses on Jacob and Emma. Where are all the other peculiars? I really felt their absence, because the secondary character are what makes this series fun to read, but in Library of Souls they are definitely lacking in prominence until the very very end.
The enemy also seemed to come out of nowhere, maybe because I didn’t marathon the series and instead had pretty big gaps in between my reading I felt there were chunks missing, but there are definite leaps between the hollows as the enemy in the first book and where the final book remains. I also though the idea of the Library of Peculiar Souls was out of the blue, as I’m pretty sure it’s not mentioned anywhere else.
Now, I understand that obviously we can’t learn about all of peculiardom in a single book, and Hollow City also introduced new elements to the world, but something about the world building in general didn’t sit right with me. I hate to say it, but the ending seemed like a convenient out; the tension didn’t work quite how it was supposed to, in my opinion.
Maybe the problem was that I was underwhelmed. I cared for Jacob and Emma’s relationship, and the conversations they had about their future were my favourite – I’d like to point out that they were handling the situation extremely well for 15/16 year olds in a YA novel. But new characters were still being introduced in the last book and I don’t think I cared enough about the story to feel, well…anything when it was over.
The ending was super cute though, so at least that’s something.