Review: Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs


Publisher: Quirk Books
Release date: September 22, 2015
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 1594748403
Pages: 461
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45 stars

This review doesn’t contain spoilers for the first two books in this trilogy, so feel free to stay if you want to hear my thoughts on what I think of this finale to the trilogy! I also have reviews on Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children and Hollow City. I’ve put the synopsis for Library of Souls at the end of this review so you won’t be spoiled accidentally 🙂

I thought Library of Souls was an amazing finale to the Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children series. There was action on every page and I just found it to be very fast-paced and engaging. I finished this 460 page book in just two sittings. There were so many great things about this final instalment and it was definitely just as enjoyable as the first two books. It wasn’t as creepy and eerie as the first two books – it’s more dangerous and action-packed – but just as good!

First, let’s talk about the plot. Just like the first two books, Library of Souls starts off with a bang. We have an epic action scene from the very first chapter and it was one of my favourite parts of the book. It was extremely exciting to see our main character, Jacob, learn about and embrace his abilities, and it was even more exciting to see him put them to use. As with Hollow City, this third instalment keeps up a consistent level of action and excitement that had my heart racing for most of this book. The climax had me on the edge of my seat and the last 150 pages were so incredibly intense and amazing that I just devoured it. The only thing that I didn’t enjoy about the plot was that the twist was a little bit predictable. The little hints that we received weren’t as subtle as they were in Miss Peregrine’s and Hollow City so I had kind of expected it. It just didn’t have the same shock factor that the first two books had.

Another thing that I missed in this book were our cast of regular characters. I had enjoyed them so much in the first two books and I really missed their presence and their idiosyncrasies in Library of Souls. The novel definitely got better for me when they finally appeared in the second half of this book. I did enjoy the addition of some new characters though and they filled the void I had in my heart 😀

I really loved the intricate world that Ransom Riggs has created. We get to learn a lot more about time loops and time travel in this book and I think some of the lingering questions I had were answered in Library of Souls. I also loved the idea of the Panloopticon and thought it was extremely interesting. The nerd in me was loving the Panopticon reference and I also love that Ransom Riggs incorporated the inventor of the Panopticon, Jeremy Bentham, into his story (as a pretty major character as well)!

As with the first two books, I loved the setting and world. In Library of Souls, we’re taken to the dirty slums of Victorian England, which is one of my favourite, favourite, FAVOURITE time periods. The photographs acted as wonderful visual aids that enhanced the image of the setting in my head. I thought the photographs were so wonderfully used in this book. None of them were unnecessary and I think I enjoyed this set of photographs the most out of the three books (though I really love the photos in Miss Peregrine’s too because that was the start of the whole journey).

I thought Library of Souls was a fantastic ending to the trilogy and Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children is a fantastic series overall. What I loved about this final book was that everything was resolved. We get a proper ending and we get to see what happens to Jacob when all the dust has settled. There were a few things that I thought were too conveniently resolved but I’d rather have a happy and completely resolved ending than an open-ended one. And the ending scene was such a satisfying one.


The adventure that began with Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children and continued with 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.

Have you read Library of Souls? I’d love to discuss your thoughts and feels with you! But try to keep it spoiler-free!!


19 thoughts on “Review: Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs

  1. Lois says:

    I’ve heard so many wonderful things about this series and I am kicking myself for not picking up these books sooner. I’m definitely going to have to bump this series up to the top of my to read list.

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  2. Summer @ Xingsings says:

    Gah, one of my favorite time periods is Victorian England, too!! One of the main reasons why I loved TID so much was the setting. And I love how you made the reviews for this entire series spoiler free! I think this series has been pretty popular since it’s October and with the release of this latest installment recently, but there’s still people like me who have not joined the bandwagon. 😛 And, aww, I know what you mean about missing old cast of characters. Or just missing the world from a book in general. I just finished reading a finale to a spinoff trilogy I really loved (Shadow Falls: After Dark) and now I’m having such awful withdrawal (not as bad as when I finished CP2 though).

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    • Jenna @ Reading with Jenna says:

      Same! I love the setting of TID so much! And all the steampunk elements too. The setting in Library of Souls is really different to TID though. It’s set in the dirty, dirty slums (it’s actually really gross)… but I can still see Will and Jem fighting demons there 😀 And the withdrawal I felt after CP2 was unreal. I was like curled up in my bed for a whole day, dying from the feels.

      I just really missed the personalities of all of our old cast of characters. I still loved what we got, but the characters together made it so magical and fun. I was like.. please, please appear soon.

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  3. J. Bookish says:

    I’m reading it right now! I actually thought it was really really slow for the first 150 pages or so and I was kind of forcing myself to read it. But I’m so glad it picked up after that, I just read like 100 pages this morning!
    I feel like a failure because I didn’t know the panloopticon was a reference to anything.. What’s the panopticon??

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  4. Jenna @ Reading with Jenna says:

    Yeah, I did feel that the whole introduction to and exploration of Devil’s Acre was a bit slow but I thought it was so atmospheric that I didn’t really mind it. It definitely picks up after they find out about the Panloopticon!

    The Panopticon was a kind of prison that was created by Jeremy Bentham and the idea is that from one vantage point, a guard can see all of the inmates but the inmates don’t know whether they’re being watched or not. So I guess, without thinking too deeply about the paralells, the Panloopticon allows you to travel anywhere from one single location. There’s also a photograph of Caul’s tower in the book and it kind of looks like what I imagine the Panopticon to look like (the photo of the hallway and the little rooms/cells).

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