When we last left peculiar children (well teenagers), Jacob and Emma, in Hollow City, they were on the brink of death. Jacob, in particular, had a hollow tentacle wrapped around his neck. When all of a sudden, a calm surrounded him and he was able to speak command in hollow-tongue. And the hollow obeyed. Wth?!?!
And that’s where Library of Souls: The Third Novel of Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs begins – the moment Jacob realizes that his gift is not just to sense or see hollows, but to control them.
The review continues below, but also check out the book tour dates and Ransom Riggs video below.
The couple (twinges of romance but a platonic love that does not take away from the adventurous narrative), along with peculiar talking dog Addison, are in pursuit of the kidnapped Ymbrynes, including their precious Miss Peregrine, and their other peculiar friends. That is Addison’s other specialty – his nose can sniff out peculiars. These three chase Caul, whose mission is to control the Library of Souls, long thought of as a myth, but it is real.
Of course, a Riggs staple are the creepy vintage-looking photographs of peculiars, spread throughout the book. They are particularly haunting, especially on page 443 (go look). This is what bridges the gaps of these books between YA and adult literature. The story is simple and complex enough for the enjoyment of young (the brave young) and old alike. I say brave because this fantasy realm dives into horror more often than not. There is quite a bit of violence and hopelessness strewn about.
The theme of familial ties, explores the “what makes a family” question over and over again. Although we know the answer because we know these characters well, it is enjoyable to continue to explore them. Also trippy are the various loops traveled to. Riggs could really write 377 novels about different loops and peculiars, and it would never get stale.
My favorite parts are when Jacob explores his power over the hollows. There’s a slight redemption feel in there that is bittersweet, both for him and for us.
I enjoyed reading this book so much, the cliched, “I couldn’t put it down,” doesn’t suffice. I had to put it down, because… life. But it was one of those books that was so good, I got annoyed when I needed a glass of water or one of my kids wanted a snack, because it ripped me away from my precious story.
I really cannot wait until the first movie is finished.
Library of Souls official synopsis:
Time is running out for the Peculiar Children. With a dangerous madman on the loose and their beloved Miss Peregrine still in danger, Jacob Portman and Emma Bloom are forced to stage the most daring of rescue missions. They’ll travel through a war-torn landscape, meet new allies, and face greater dangers than ever. . . . Will Jacob come into his own as the hero his fellow Peculiars know him to be? This action-packed adventure features more than 50 all-new Peculiar photographs.
TOUR ANNOUNCEMENT and PECULIAR TRIP CONTEST!!!
I’m going on tour for Library of Souls!!! The book comes out September 22 and I go on a five-city tour starting Sept 28. Info below!
*** Note! All events are either ticketed or require a wristband. Every ticket purchase includes a copy of Library of Souls. The earlier you buy your ticket, the better your spot in the signing line! ***
STOP 1: NEW YORK
WHEN: Monday 9/28 at 6pm
WHERE: Barnes and Noble Tribeca, 97 Warren St, NYC
WHAT: LAUNCH EVENT!!! We’ll talk all things Miss Peregrine & Library of Souls, we’ll have book and movie swag giveaways, and I’ll premiere an exclusive, not-available-on-the-Internet behind the scenes video I shot on the set of the Miss Peregrine’s movie. Come out and freak out!
HOW TO GET TICKETS: a wristband is needed for the event, call the store for details: 212-587-5389
STOP 2: HOUSTON
WHEN: Tuesday, 9/29 at 7pm
WHERE: Stratford High School auditorium (hosted by Blue Willow Bookshop)
WHAT: me in conversation with the lovely and talented Tahereh Mafi
HOW TO GET TICKETS: they can be purchased in advance online from Blue Willow books HERE (http://www.bluewillowbookshop.com/eve…) or you can call the store (281) 497-8675
STOP 3: CHICAGO
WHEN: Thursday, 9/30 at 7pm
WHERE: Wentz Auditorium (hosted by Anderson’s Bookshop)
171 East Chicago Avenue, Naperville, IL 60540
WHAT: Me and Ryan from SLEEPING AT LAST (who will perform live!!)
HOW TO GET TICKETS: they are available from Anderson’s Bookshop’s website (http://www.andersonsbookshop.com/even…) or you can call the store at (630)355-2665
STOP 4: ATLANTA
WHEN: Friday 10/2 at 7pm
WHERE: Exact location TBA, hosted by Little Shop of Stories
WHAT: A peculiar costume ball hosted by three excellent BookTubers: Jesse the Reader, XtineMay and Katietastic!! Come dressed as your favorite peculiar or make up your own peculiarity. (Costumes encouraged but of course not mandatory. Oh and there will be a PRIZE OF SOME KIND for most excellent costume!)
HOW TO GET TICKETS: you must CALL the bookstore (like ON THE PHONE) or go there in person: (404)373-6300.
STOP 5: LOS ANGELES
WHEN: Saturday 10/3 at 2pm
WHERE: Barnes and Noble at the Grove
189 the Grove Drive, LA, CA 90036
WHAT: An event featuring special surprise guests who I cannot name just yet! We’ll also have book and movie giveaways and show behind the scenes video from the Miss Peregrine movie set!
HOW TO GET TICKETS: You need a wristband for entry. Wristbands can be picked up on the day of the event only, starting at 9am. To claim a wristband you must buy a copy of Library of Souls from the bookstore, OR have already bought one from a Barnes and Noble or barnesandnoble.com (be sure and bring your receipt to get a wristband). For more info call the store at (323)525-0270.