Library of Souls: The Third Novel of Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children

by Ransom Riggs

Paperback, 2017

Status

Available

Collection

Publication

Quirk Books (2017), Edition: Illustrated, 464 pages

Description

Time is running out for the Peculiar Children. With a dangerous madman on the loose and their beloved Miss Peregrine still in danger, Jacob Portman and Emma Bloom are forced to stage the most daring of rescue missions. They'll travel through a war-torn landscape, meet new allies, and face greater dangers than ever. Will Jacob come into his own as the hero his fellow Peculiars know him to be? (Features more than 50 all-new Peculiar photographs.)

Language

Original language

English

Original publication date

2015

Physical description

464 p.; 8.18 inches

User reviews

LibraryThing member booklover3258
I absolutely loved this book just like the other two. This time around Jacob and Emma go through a lot to try to save their friends. They meet a lot more stranger people, both friends and foes. Jacob finally learns to control the Hallows (which was pretty freakin' cool!). Happy ending? You betcha!
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Although Mr. Riggs tried to finish the series with the ending... the next book is supposed to be coming out soon! Looking forward to reading the next one!
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LibraryThing member feeroberts64
Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs is the third installment of the Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children series. It picks up where the second book leaves off.

I can't say enough about this series. Fun, whimsical, strange, and yes, peculiar. A must read series.
LibraryThing member Berly
Loved this! And I don't see why this has to be the conclusion to a trilogy. I want more!
LibraryThing member lauriebrown54
I LOVED the first two books in the Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children trilogy, so after finishing the second one I got Library of Souls from the library as soon as I could, expecting the excitement to carry on.

I was disappointed. Sorely.

I had trouble getting into the story; I actually found it
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a chore to read it for long stretches. It wasn’t all like that; there were some great incidents. But I felt that the book would have been twice as good if it had been half as long. There just wasn’t enough story and unique happenings to support 450 pages. The villain was a bit of a caricature; he would have fit into a comic book with his manic rule-the-world goal. There are some Deus-ex-Machina moments; some miraculous cures that, done once, were acceptable, but done more than that became just too convenient.

Unlike a fair number of reviewers, I did like the ending; I felt it was well deserved. I loved Addison the glasses-wearing, talking dog. I enjoyed the character of Sharon, the boatman on the horrible river (it wasn’t named Styx, but should have been) just because of some humor- not as laugh out loud as the heads-on-pikes on the bridge, but nice.

If you’ve read the first two books, you kind of have to read this one. I wouldn’t have been able to stand not knowing what happened. I just wish it had been better.
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LibraryThing member DrApple
I didn't find this one as enjoyable as the others. It was a constant series of battles without much character development.
LibraryThing member Beammey
Overall I think the book was good, but I think the ending was contrived and I'm still upset about Fiona, y'all. But it was a good conclusion to the series and in a lot of ways I was really happy with it. You can't have everything you want in a book =). So, 4.5 out of 5 stars. I would recommend this
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book and series.
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LibraryThing member sbenne3
I had to read the last book since I read the first two in the series, but this one was my least favorite. I felt like at this point the pictures were almost driving the story instead of complimenting it (they almost interrupted the flow instead of adding to it). I liked the main idea of the library
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of souls, but would have preferred more on that and less on the adventure to get there.
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LibraryThing member dalzan
Amazon summary: 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
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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.
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LibraryThing member indygo88
As when I read #2 in this series, it took me a little while to reacquaint myself with the storyline and characters in this one. These definitely aren't standalone books, and it certainly wouldn't hurt to re-read the first two before starting in on this last book of the trilogy. Library of Souls has
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a little more of a darker undertone to it than the previous two books. This wasn't my favorite of the three, and I honestly found myself almost bored while reading some of it -- primarily during the first half. It did pick up, although during the second half I kept seeing some resemblance to a particular Harry Potter book (though not as good) and from that point I kept seeing everything adapted to the big screen.

Though the storyline was okay, when all is said and done, the photos are what make this trilogy the most interesting. And the photos -- they're often just downright creepy. Had this been a series without the photos, it would've been merely a mediocre tween/teen book and probably wouldn't have garnered nearly as much attention. But Ransom Riggs did manage to pull off something fairly unique with this series by basing a storyline on a random group of photos, and for that he deserves credit.
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LibraryThing member Sarah_Gruwell
Well this volume was a truly satisfying conclusion to the Peculiar trilogy, if a sad send off. I want more of this world, dang it! LOL It ties up all plot threads, adds more to the mythology of the Peculiar world, gives explanations where needed, and gives us a rousing, nail-biting conclusion that
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had me on the edge of my seat.

My particular favorite of this book was how much it built of the Peculiar world and its various “peculiarities”. The bit with the souls, how they’re stolen, and their ultimate uses especially made me shiver. They actually physically disturbed me. Seeing how this aspect of Peculiar life impacts everything else was eye opening. It determines how Peculiars live and survive now, what their various ultimate fates could be, and how they eventually die.

I also loved all the depth we get to Peculiar history and folklore. We learn all the answers for how Hollows came about and get to see into the stronghold of them and the Wights. The actual body that is the title of the book, the Library of Souls, was a very intriguing idea. What could really be called a religion for Peculiars gave the overall story such body and depth. It adds a mystical element to the story and world that I loved.

The characters were just as vibrant and real to me as in previous volumes. I loved exploring all our established characters. Getting an eye into Jacob’s powers as they grew and expanded was especially interesting. His powers play a pivotal role in the book’s ending but not in a way that one would expect. I was very pleasantly surprised. I also loved getting to explore Emma’s and Alma’s pasts more as well.

I also enjoyed meeting some new faces who would play big roles in the overall story. Bentham and his gray view of the world kept me intrigued; I loved exploring the Peculiar conflict through his eyes, siding with whomever could give him the better deal. Sharon was also a fun addition. I loved his special blend of humor and guts.

The whole book was filled with intense action, constant chases, frantic escapes, and a final showdown that blew my mind. Even when things slowed down to give some exposition or background, the tension level was still ratcheted up by overlying danger or from action sequences that bracketed those wordy sections. The finale to the book was mind-blowing. The reader never expects the alliances that are struck, the friends that betray, and the format in which everything is won.

This is truly a gem of a book, definitely being added to my best of 2015 shelf. It wraps up a world truly unique in fiction, not something that can be said every day. We say goodbye to characters both old and new, seeing them resolve all plot threads and predicaments by book’s end. The story overall is incredibly tense and suspenseful, keeping the reader flipping page and page in rapid succession. I’m sad to see the world end but satisfied as well. That’s a strange cocktail to feel and not one I feel after every read. Highly, highly recommended, not just this book but the whole series.
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LibraryThing member Beammey
Overall I think the book was good, but I think the ending was contrived and I'm still upset about Fiona, y'all. But it was a good conclusion to the series and in a lot of ways I was really happy with it. You can't have everything you want in a book =). So, 4.5 out of 5 stars. I would recommend this
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book and series.
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LibraryThing member acargile
This is the final book in the Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children trilogy. These novels are unique because of the use of the vintage photographs. I listened to the book, so I’m not sure if the photos were as utilized in this novel as in the first book.

The novel picks up exactly where book
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two ends, so you may want to refresh your memory a bit. Without revealing too much, I”ll just say that those who prey on peculiar children must be stopped, so the peculiars have a lot of adventures and the possibility of death constantly awaiting them. If they succeed, what happens to Jacob? Does he stay with his kind or return to his world?

I enjoyed this novel although I still think book one is the best of the three. If you’ve read books one and two, you definitely need to read book three.
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LibraryThing member KEFeeney
A rip roaring ride of horror and courage, with a little bit of sass thrown in. Slightly predictable, but fun never the less.
LibraryThing member KEFeeney
A rip roaring ride of horror and courage, with a little bit of sass thrown in. Slightly predictable, but fun never the less.
LibraryThing member KEFeeney
A rip roaring ride of horror and courage, with a little bit of sass thrown in. Slightly predictable, but fun never the less.
LibraryThing member KEFeeney
A rip roaring ride of horror and courage, with a little bit of sass thrown in. Slightly predictable, but fun never the less.
LibraryThing member MinDea
Library of Lost Souls was the best book of the trilogy, in my opinion. Loved the adventure, the new characters, and how the story ended.
LibraryThing member benuathanasia
I've come to the realization that the reason these books are at once fascinating AND forgettable to me is that the books *themselves* suck and are boring. Cookie cutter characters copy and pasted onto a run-of-the-mill teens-save-the-world-from-certain-doom against an evil villain that is
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"shockingly" connected to an integral character in relative (familial) way - it's nothing new and certainly not written in an exceptionally literary style. It's not even particularly "fun." It's the pictures. The pictures are far more interesting than the text and help create the illusion that the series is more remarkable than it has any right to claim.
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LibraryThing member jshillingford
The first book of the Miss Peregrine trilogy set up an interesting premise and introduced the colorful cast of characters, but not much more. Readers didn’t even meet Miss P until mid-way through, and there was no plot. The second book was mostly filler as the kids spent the entire book trying to
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elude capture by the bad guys and having a series of encounters built around more vintage photos. So, I was hopeful that the conclusion would have an actual plot. And it did, sorta.

Jacob and Emma finally reach London only to discover they’ve been lead into a trap by the main villain. There antagonist is searching for a way to become immortal (and rule the world, naturally) – that secret lies within Abaton, the Library of [peculiar] Souls. He needs the ymbrynes to open the library’s loop. The story then involves prison loops, breaking into a stronghold, a daring rescue, and some fast-paced action sequences. I really enjoyed discovering what the wights wanted with the peculiars, and the nature of their souls. And the battle scenes were exciting. The idea of Abaton was great; too bad it’s a blink and you’ll miss it pit stop. The book hints about the rich history of the peculiar society. But that is all it does...hint.

Since the first two books had no real plot (and few details), everything of import had to be introduced in this book. The result was that most of the story felt contrived, with no surprises. And aside from Jacob, readers never really get to know any of the other characters beyond their peculiarity. They all remain two-dimensional. The author had a great idea to use vintage photos, but they should have complemented the story, not have the story written around them. There were some brilliant concepts, such as the time loops, that were under-used, as was the full nature of Jacob’s peculiarity (how was it used before the wights existed!?). I love a happy ending, but it needs to be earned, not forced by deux ex machina.

Overall, I felt the whole Peregrine trilogy was sadly underwhelming. However, I did enjoy the film adaptation and hope that gets a sequel. Burton took a great idea and have it a great execution.
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LibraryThing member aurorapaigem
It's always sad to finish a series and this one was no different. This book did a great job of filling in the details of being Peculiar that the other books had left out. For the final book in a series, I was impressed by the number of new characters introduced and the amount of storyline that was
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covered. There were parts that seemed a bit rushed, but I feel like that is typical of most final books/movies. I hate to leave these characters behind, but hopefully the movie will do the books justice.
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LibraryThing member NeedMoreShelves
Oh, good gravy I loved this series. From the first time I picked up the first book I was hooked. And, for me, Library of Souls was a beautiful ending for these characters I've come to love.

As usual, Riggs has his motley crew struggle through a good number of harrowing situations, and Jacob and Emma
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must use all the wits at their disposal to figure out a way to rescue Miss Peregrine and save the world. I appreciated that a happy ending wasn't a foregone conclusion, and the author didn't tie up all the loose ends in a neat little bow. I feel like I spent the last 1/4 of the book just holding my breath, and didn't feel safe to let it out until the very last page. And what a lovely, meaningful phrase to end the series - "We have time."

I know these books won't be for everyone, but for me the combination of storytelling and pictures worked to make this series a unique and fully engaging reading experience. I know these will be books I return to, and I'm excited to introduce my kids to Jacob, Emma, and Miss Peregrine, and watch them take this journey too. Highly recommended.
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LibraryThing member wearylibrarian
The book started slow but I quickly fell into it and it became as interesting and fun as the first two books. I got so involved that I found myself when Mother Dust's dust began to fall at one point in the book.
LibraryThing member KrystleLow
I actually finished reading it last night, but am only just writing the review now. I'm giving this 5 stars due to the humour and shocks throughout the book. I thought the second book (Hollow City) was great already, but the third book is amazing. Absolutely hard to put down, and truth be told, I
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had more than one 'aww' moment.

I wished this wasn't the end of the trilogy, but I think Riggs stopped at just the right time. Rather than drag a story out just because it was received well and eventually becoming boring, I think the Library of Souls ended at just the right note.
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LibraryThing member JenW1
Overall a good read. Not nearly as captivating as the first in the series, but a decent ending. If you enjoyed the first one, you'll want to read this one to see how it all ends.
LibraryThing member thejohnsmith
An exciting ending to a cleverly written series. Interesting plot, likeable characters and plenty of action, it kept me entertained throughout.

Lexile

820L

Pages

464

Rating

½ (732 ratings; 3.9)
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