Book Review: “Library of Souls” by Ransom Riggs

***Warning: This review contains spoilers. If you wish to not know what goes on throughout this book, read the synopsis (so long as you have read the first book, Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children), and don’t read any other part of this review.***

Synopsis:

“A boy with extraordinary powers. An army of deadly monsters. An epic battle for the future of peculiardom.

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 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. Like its predecessors, Library of Souls blends thrilling fantasy with never-before-published vintage photography to create a one-of-a-kind reading experience.”

Characters:

Jacob Portman: the main protagonist of the story; he can see, sense, and control Hollowgast.

Emma Bloom: the love interest of Jacob; she can control and manipulate fire. She’s really the leader that everyone looks to for answers.

Sharon: he is the man who brought Emma and Jacob into Devil’s Acres and becomes quite important. He helps them with their task (despite really not liking them) and he is the one who originally introduces Emma and Jacob to Bentham.

Bentham: He is Miss Peregrine’s brother. He originally does want to help Emma and Jacob, but when Miss Peregrine rejects him, he turns on them and joins Caul’s side. He is one of the creators of the [Insert Device Name Here]

Caul: A wight, Miss Peregrine’s brother, and the one who started all this crap. He kidnapped the peculiars and the ymbrynes. He has been taking the souls of peculiars and trying to find the Library of Souls.

There were other characters (read my review on Hollow City here), but they were not very prominent until literally like the last 100-150 pages. These were the ones who were seen the most throughout the novel.

Plot:

The book starts right where the last one left off. Addison, Emma, and Jacob are all in the train station and Jacob is controlling the hollow. They have to move past it and they do. They find the folding man dying in the train station and they take him with them as they go in a train. They’re chased by a wight and they somehow escape (the folding man dies) and long-story, short, they end up following Addison (who is trailing the peculiars’ scent) and they end up at this shady (as in super suspicious and makes a person feel wary) pier where they meet Sharon.

He is the one who tells them (without really telling them) about Devil’s Acre and hints that that is where the other peculiars and ymbrynes are being held. So he takes them there. It’s really disgusting and just awful (it used to be a prison loop; I will not be going into detail; you’ve all read the book!) and they’re attacked by pirates and Sharon’s ship is damaged.

They talk him into helping them (after MUCH persuasion) and while he’s talking to some lawyer, they see the different shops (where Peculiars are selling their abilities; their selves, really) and they meet Lorraine who shows them her Peculiars and Emma and Jacob force her to tell them where the wights are hiding out.

She does obviously and they set off.

They get to the bridge and see a bunch of people (loyal to the wights; addicted to ambrosia; it heightens peculiar abilities. It is a drug and once you start, it is difficult to stop. It also contains a small portion of a peculiar soul in every vial) laying around, waiting for the wights, so they move past those people and notice a gigantic hole in the bridge. They try to make a bridge, are attacked by a hollow, and then the wights come. Addison goes after the truck (with Miss Wren inside) and Emma and Jacob go after him. The wights don’t give the people anything.

The people blame Emma and Jacob for that so they beat them nearly to death until Sharon arrives with worker friends who force the people to scatter. Jacob passes out and wakes up in Bentham’s house. He eventually tells them about his machine and Jacob needs to get a hollow for it to work. So he goes to the fight scene and fights one (the one he controlled in the train station, actually), nearly kills it (it nearly killed him) and they bring it home, Miss Dust heals it with her powder (it comes from the stump of her arm) and they attach it to the machine.

They go through one of the portals in the house (in Siberia) and end up in the tower. They go in, find the peculiars and they tell them where the ymbrynes are. They go in there and Caul has been expecting them (he talks to them through a speaker on the wall) and they go (eventually) find the ynbrynes (are trapped) and Jacob has to fight a hollow. It nearly kills him and he thinks about taking ambrosia (I was about to strangle him in that portion), but Miss Peregrine tells him that he doesn’t need it and he takes the finger Miss Dust gave him and shoves it down the hollows throat.

It causes both him and the hollow to pass out. The other hollows who were coming pass out as well. When Jacob wakes up, he untangles himself from the hollow and when all of the hollows wake up, he discovers he can control all of them. They see the other peculiars and Horace gives Jacob a scarf he knitted while in there.

They set out, killing tons of wights. When the hollows go forward to a trap (building with bombs), the hollows all die except for the one that Jacob is on. They leave the tower and are on the bridge when a bunch of wights try to ambush them. Sharon and his workmen friends try to help them, but when Caul captures miss Peregrine, he forces Jacob to make the hollow commit suicide, the workmen let the wights go, and Bentham (who had come in to help them) suddenly switches sides and goes to Caul’s side.

They are all captured and forced to go with Caul to the Library of Souls. They get there and Jacob is the only person who can see the jars with the souls. They pass through several of them before they find the room with the oldest and strongest of the peculiar souls. One guard tries to consume a soul, but dies.

Caul shoots Jacob, but the bullet-proof scarf that Horace knitted for him saved his life. Caul merges with a soul and becomes a giant. The other peculiars find them. Bentham merges with another soul after consuming the portion of Grandpa Portman’s soul that he stole and he starts fighting Caul. They get out of the Library and the ymbrynes cast a spell to collapse that loop and everyone gets the hell out of dodge.

Jacob ends up deciding to go home back to his family, but Emma and him write each other. His new psychiatrist steals his letters, finds out about everything, and they try to take him to a mental hospital. He had earlier emailed (despite Emma not knowing how to work an email) Emma about what happened and on their way to the hospital, Emma, Miss Peregrine, and all of the other peculiars stop the car to rescue him (I think it was Horace who figured out the password?).

They all stay with Jacob (when the loop collapsed, it turned back their clock since they were inside of it so now Emma and Jacob will be aging at the same rate. I hope they get together soon (they said they were taking it slow now that they had time). And that was pretty much the end of the book.

My Thoughts:

Firstly, I’d like to apologize for the scatterbrained plot discussion. I like consumed this book and finished it in two days. I was about to be very mad at Ransom Riggs when I thought the parents and the mental hospital was going to be a thing (I was clenching my fists so hard, my nails were digging pretty badly into my palms), but then the end happened and it was fabulous. That was a pretty fabulous way to end the series and I am so glad that I decided to pick up Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. This book was plot twits after plot twist and I could not put it down. It was just a fantastic end to the series and I am really sad that it is over. 5/5 hearts.

9
5/5 hearts

Love You All to Luna and Back,

Allie

Side Note: I am currently reading The Wicked Will Rise by Danielle Paige and will be posting the book review as soon as I finish it. It’s pretty short, so it should be up within a few days.

 

 

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