Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Library of Souls - Ransom Riggs


Ever since I read Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, I have been in love with the Peculiar series.  This book was no exception.  I was drawn in from the first page and didn't want the book to end.

If you're still unfamiliar with the Peculiar series, let me fill you in a bit: The series revolves around Jacob Portman and his peculiar friends.  Jacob gets involved in this world when his grandpa died.  His grandpa told him about this world shortly before he passed.  Jacob then found some photographs that led him on a journey to another country, another time, and a whole new world. 

Library of Souls, the final book in the series, starts right where the second book left off - with the peculiar children facing off against a Hollow.  The kids are led through adventure after adventure in their search to return their ymbryn, Miss Peregrine, to her human form.  Several of the kids get napped, leaving Jacob, Emma, the talking dog Addison to search for them in Devil's Acre.  They kill hollows, save their friends, and meet some new people - including Sharon, the boat driver who takes them to Devil's Acre.  Jacob gets torn from his friends when he is finally reunited with his parents, and Miss Peregrine makes an awesome discovery that affects Jacob and his Peculiar friends in the best way. 

This book, like the two before it, has well written characters, each with their own distinct personalities and traits.  It's easy to tell the difference between each character - and new characters are introduced with ease.  The dialogue in the book is excellent - and their are plenty of funny one-liners throughout the book. There were plenty of times I burst out laughing at something one of the characters said.

The plot flows smoothly as well - each event fits in well and the story moves from one event to the next well.  The things that happened in this book seemed plausible based on the context of the story and the genre. 

My favorite part of the book was what was on the hardcover - take off the jacket and you find all the peculiars signatures on the front of the book.  That's just nifty! 

Overall, if you haven't read this or the rest of the Peculiar series, get on it - they are great books that don't disappoint.

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