Title: Library of Souls
Author: Ransom Riggs
First Published: September 22nd, 2015
Series: Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children #3
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Historical Fiction
Available As: Paperback, ebook
My Rating: 9/10
Let me say, when I read the title, I wasn't expecting a literal library of souls. But that is what it is! I loved the idea of this library and it made me so excited to finish off the book right away.
In this book, we see a lot more of Jacob's powers, especially since he has finally fully developed them. Working with Emma and Addison, they race to find their friends and all the ymbrynes. We also see many more hollows and wights. For me, this book is a bit darker than the previous two (and they were already pretty chilling!) and I think this is because of the characters Riggs introduced. Although we don't see much of Bentham and Caul, I think the author has successfully developed their characters and how they affect Jacob's choices.
*Spoiler alert* The ending was phenomenal. I got pretty emotional when they were saying their goodbyes. Then I realised there were still pages left and I got really worried. What could happen in 8 pages? A lot, apparently. Jacob decided not to erase his parents' memories, which I think was really brave of him, considering what they did afterwards. I was panicking when they betrayed him and decided to send him to get 'help'. But I screamed in victory when Miss Peregrine and the peculiars came back for him. Now that is friendship. *Spoiler over*
How do you feel about Emma and Jacob? I think that they are a cute couple. They watch out for each other, fight beside each other, and are completely loyal. But if you're wondering if their romance is the main theme of the book, it isn't. Sure, they have chemistry, but Riggs doesn't go into that much detail (save the ending). I think that most YA Fantasy books these days focus way too much on love triangles and the romance between two characters because it's 'in' these days. But Riggs proved that it is possible to write a book without romance being its main theme.
Over the span of three books, Jacob has developed a strong bond with not only Emma, but with all the other peculiars as well. Before all this started, he was a normal boy with a boring life, but now? He's a hero.
I can't believe the series is over! I remember when I first picked up Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children and read it. But I guess it was the good length since it didn't drag on for too long. This is definitely a great series and I know I will be rereading it in the future.
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