Reviewing the Pages: Library of Souls

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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.

The last novel in the trilogy of Peculiar Children from Great Britain, Library of Souls does a great deal about tying together plot points and explaining loose ends that may not have been exposed throughout the course of the previous two books. What stands out here is the growth of Jacob, not only as a peculiar child, but as a person in general. Mainly having to be on his own with Emma and Addison, he had to take charge, and therefore, finding a part of himself that he embraces. Library of Souls takes you on a ride full of suspense and deceit, and ultimately, ends on a happy note. If you enjoyed the first two novels, you’ll be very pleased with the final installment in this trilogy.

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First off, let’s look at the naked cover, shall we?

I really love it when book covers are not just one color.  Gives a break to the monotony, if you will.  It’s also lovely to see the handwriting for each of the characters, for it gives us a different look into them, if you will.

Anyway, on with the tale.  Now, unlike CatacombLibrary of Souls keeps the relationship between our two main characters in sight, rather than hiding it and keeping it vague and confusing.  We know where both Emma and Jacob stand on their relationship, even at the end where, for at least a brief moment, it had ended.  I felt for Jacob in that moment, and it made me smile when they reunited, if even on a much slower pace.

Speaking of pace, the pacing swings back and forth between quick action scenes and slower rest scenes.  And yet, every scene is equally as important as the one preceding it.  Which makes it nice.  Whether the characters are going somewhere, or their relationships are strengthening, I’m rather pleased that there are very little dead spots in the read.

What I didn’t like was Caul, and how he was portrayed.  He was only just there, either in mention or as a voice over a loudspeaker, and when we finally meet up with him, he has become incredibly ruthless and made it rather uncomfortable to read.  I wasn’t so thrilled with Bentham, who I had originally trusted, and yet, I was thrilled with Sharon, who started out as an unsavory and somewhat untrustworthy character, and turned out to be alright in the end.  Also, I wasn’t so thrilled with the ending with Jacob’s parents wanting to have him committed for the entire ordeal that he had went through.  I know that it sounds crazy, but, at least his mother anyway, seemed WAY too quick to jump at getting her son put away.  I don’t know, but that just left a slightly sour taste in my mouth for that.

In all, I really enjoyed the series, and I do recommend it for those who want to read something a bit more…peculiar in their lives.  There are some of you that aren’t going to like it, but that’s all up to your tastes in reading.  For those of you who like peculiar reads, this series is for you.

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