Book Review: Library of Souls (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children #3)
The thing I like about Ransom Riggs’ Peculiar series is how he manages to introduce a familiar story without making the reader liken it too much to something else. While his series received multiple praises and even got commended for being “the next Harry Potter”, you can’t help but be thankful for the author’s original take on what a peculiar gang of kids would do if they had weird powers.
I liked books 1 and 2 so it went without saying my expectations from the last of the trilogy would be pretty high. I now realize I expected a little too much.
I don’t have much writing time so here’s a quick rundown of pros and cons
- Dark setting – I love YAs that throw away the old “we live in paradise/utopia” kind of theme. A good 70% or so of the book was spent inside really dark places and it was a good brain workout to try and imagine the settings as vividly as possible.
- Relatable to real life – Not in the way you get to learn a lesson but how the author was able to manifest certain moralities in the story that makes you wonder the difference between good and evil if there’s an acceptable range for the two to co-exist.
- Crazy adventure – It was a pretty wild ride from start to finish and I enjoyed it.
- Good plot twist – You’ll never see who sides with what here.
- Great new characters – I specially liked Sharon
- Moral evolution of the hero – The kid went from some random 16-year old to someone even people in their late 20’s can relate with. Some may see this as a flaw (rushing the maturity of characters can be a sign of lack of imagination) but it fit pretty well knowing Jacob was with kids aged a hundred years more or so.
- Almost became a love story – Not a fan of the cheesy stuff. It helped the plot but I just can’t stand mushy paragraphs.
- Anti-climatic boss fight – I was really disappointed with it and you might be too. It wasn’t even as scary as we were led to believe.
- Convenience more than coincidence – A lot of things in the book were too convenient for the heroes specially with the “email” part. Personally, I think it’s a sign the author rushed the story.
- Villains had bad luck/were stupid – Seriously, the villains in this book were only nasty because of what we were told but they weren’t really an inconvenience to the heroes as far as this book’s concerned.
- Lacks “character” – Lots of new/reintroduced characters and we barely know enough of them to actually care if they die or not.
- “Too happy” ending – Yep, it would’ve been better if the ending was bittersweet but hey, it’s a YA book so I can’t complain.
It’s still a fast-paced book and quite readable but for an ending to the series, I think it was too “mediocre”. My score would be higher if it were the penultimate title but so far Hollow City surpasses this one in terms of overall quality.