Published by Quirk Books on September 22 2015
Genres: fantasy, ya
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When I first read, and then listened, to Miss Peregrine’s School for Peculiar Children I was entranced. I have a soft spot for stories when a ‘normal’ child finds out that they are special and head off on an adventure. I dreamed about that happening to me when I was young.
I struggled a bit with the second book. By the time I got to it, I had forgotten some of the complicated back story and spent a chunk of it completely confused. To be completely honest, I happened again this time. That is on me however, not the author.
The story may be about a teenage boy coming to terms with his special powers (and saving the world) but the story took a feminist bent. Caul, our big bad, went rouge because he was jealous of his sister’s power and did not like girls being in charge. Sound about right, doesn’t it?
The series as a whole may not be perfect, but overall is engaging and fun. Riggs did a pretty satisfying job of wrapping up the series and tying up loose ends. It should make a pretty interesting Tim Burton movie this year.
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.