It’s “just a story.” But in all reality, a story is never JUST a story–it’s imbued with meaning and memories from those who either lived the story or who are told or read the story. It becomes a living thing and a part of you. In the third installment of Ransom Riggs’s Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children series, Library of Souls, Jacob learns how a story can become an integral part of who you are.
Jacob discovers he has an ability to exert mind control over the hollows and sets about finding the limits to his new power while simultaneously traveling through time to rescue Miss Peregrine and the rest of his peculiar friends from the heavily guarded wight fortress. With Emma and Addison by his side, Jacob travels from contemporary London to the seedy alleyways of Devil’s Acre, a slumish hell on earth in Victorian England. Unraveling the mystery of Caul’s desire to capture all the ymbrynes becomes clear as his nefarious plot is laid bare before the peculiar children and determines their fate.
As the previous books expectations dictated, the combination textual and pictorial narrative was well-balanced and intricately accomplished. The story jumped right back into the thick of the action where Hollow City left off and the action kept building until the climax, after which a steady falling and pleasant plateau of not-too-horribly-cliche-or-cheesy resolution was established. Maybe it was due to me devouring the book so quickly in my anticipation to find out what happens next after a (long) year of waiting, but there were several moments throughout the narrative where I was pulled out momentarily because of a consistency issue–prime example of my confusion was in the slaver’s house in Devils Acre, where Lorraine called the same little girl by two different numbers and no reference was made to a different character. Oh, and if you ever have a compunction for reading print books instead of e-books, please take a look at the gorgeous front cover of the book beneath the jacket. It’s beautiful. And it adds a whole new dimension to the book reading experience. Not that I don’t like e-reading, it’s just that some things cannot be replicated on a screen.
Overall, I’d give it a 4.5 out of 5 stars.