Library of Souls

Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs

This is the last and final book in the Peculiar Children series. In this book, we follow Emma and Jacob on a mission to save not only Miss Peregrine and the other children, but all of Peculiardom together. We follow the two to the darkest depths of the Peculiar world, in the corners and crevices where the evil resides and the good have been drained and turned into something that doesn’t even qualify as fully human, Devil’s Acre. Emotions drained, memories drained, and the valued elixir brings everything to higher stakes. Jacob and Emma befriend the unlikeliest of characters, unsavory and intimidating, but see that appearances are not always the clearest reality of what lies beneath the surface.

In this book, Jacob learns to control his power even more and other extents of his power that he didn’t know existed previously. Together, with the help of Emma, he does what he can for this new world that he has just entered into, but will he do it in time to save all the others from aging forward and before another mass experiment is completed. And, what about his parents?

The pacing in the book was good. Some parts were a little slower than others, but when the action was happening, the pace picked up and balanced it out. I enjoyed the insight into the new characters as well as further into some known characters. The pictures included in this book were like the other pictures in the other two books in the sequel. They were exquisite and added to the story in a way that makes it all more believable.

The ending left me satisfied. It tied everything up in neat package that answered most of the unanswered questions and gave a way to let the characters continue on with their lives, without having the need for the story to continue.

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this book and the entire series.

Hollow City

Hollow City by Ransom Riggs

In this book, we continue the adventure of Jacob and the rest of the peculiars. As Miss Peregrine is incapacitated in her current state, the group has to do their best to save her before her time runs out. Running through various time loops and using their one remaining book the “Tales,” the group does their best to find Miss Wren. Led by Jacob, decided by Emma, and gently nudged by Miss Peregrine, the group finds their way through London, the place that peculiars thrive (so to speak). What starts out as a saddened journey quickly turns to one of small hopes that they might make it in time. But when they finally get to the end of their rope to save Miss Peregrine, the group wonders if they did enough and Jacob is left contemplating his future. The ending is one that, though I saw coming, I didn’t see all of it coming.

This book is written in the same manner as the first. The language used and the structure of the writing is amazing. The story keeps you captivated from the first page to the last and the pictures help add to the story in a way you never thought possible. If you liked the first, you will love the second. I can only imagine what the third book holds.

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

This book, already made popular by the movie, is astonishing. I have to say that with this book, I saw the movie first, only because it was on TV and I hadn’t gotten the books yet. It is one of those instances when I am coming into the movie blind and don’t have any literature to compare it too. I will saw that the movie did the book justice and I will leave it at that.

The book, if you read it, read it in it’s true format: paperback or hardback. There are pictures in the book that I find hard to believe that any e-reader, tablet, Kindle, Nook, etc., will be able to do it justice. The pictures come in the story exactly where they are referenced to and this makes it easy to see what the characters are looking at and discussing.

The main character in this book is Jacob and all of the peculiars in Miss Peregrine’s care. Each child has his or her own peculiar abilities, and while Jacob doesn’t believe he has any type of peculiar abilities, he soon finds out that he does. He also finds out that he is very similar to his thought to be crazy grandfather. He sets out to help his new friends, even though his father still thinks he is crazy, as does the rest of his family. The more Jacob helps the peculiars, the more he realizes that the world is not all that it seems. He notices that the people he can truly trust are far and few between and that maybe, just maybe, his timeline needs to change to be of the best help to all involved.

Fighting the hollows and wights gives Jacob a purpose that he didn’t have before, much like his grandfather and he is able to protect, or help protect his new friends in this way. But, when it comes down to it, can he leave his family that he has been living with for years to be with a new family that he has only met a few weeks ago and change his entire life’s direction.

This story is beautifully and hauntingly written, pictures or not. The rhetoric used is powerful and only adds to the powerful story that is being told. I would highly recommend this book. It will keep you entertained for hours.