I’ll start with the plot. Library of Souls continues on from Hollow City and protagonist Jacob Portman discovers that he can control the monstrous hollowgast. Thanks to this strange power, Jacob escapes along with Emma Bloom and Addison, the talking dog. They continue to search for their friends, caretaker Miss Peregrine and the ymbrynes (women with extraordinary abilities and in charge of Peculiardom) who have been taken away by the antagonistic wights led by Caul.
Following breadcrumbs, Jacob and Emma eventually find themselves in Devil’s Acre, a dangerous and awful dimension, and learn more about these wights especially Caul and his ulterior motive which involves the long-lost (well, hidden) Library of Souls. According to legend, access to the library means ruling over Peculiardom…
Well-written (creating vivid imagery), Library of Souls never misses a beat. There isn’t a chapter wasted on something mundane – the ending is an exception but even that put me on the edge of my seat. Everything’s at stake, living up to the plot and therefore believable. The world of Peculiardom becomes more complex but navigable. The photos included in the book are amazing and really attracts your attention – no matter how creepy some of them are.
There’s one thing that I don’t like and that is the parents. I wish their relationship with Jacob is explored more. I know that they’re wary of him since they think he’s crazy, but they seem to be flat characters and just ridiculous.
As for Jacob and Emma, they brought tears to my eyes, putting me on a roller-coaster of feels :’)
Overall, Library of Souls is a satisfying end to the series but it makes you wish that the story should continue or want Riggs to write another book in the same universe.
I can’t wait for the adaptation of the first book Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (directed by Tim Burton) with Asa Butterfield as Jacob, Ella Purnell as Emma, Eva Green as Miss Peregrine, Samuel L Jackson and Judi Dench. Hurry up, 2016!