Review: Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs

Book: Library of Souls
By: Ransom Riggs
Edition Published: 2015
By: Quirk
Goodreads description: 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.
My rating: /5
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As I have a lot to say about these books, I’m going to separate this review into two sections, starting with my thoughts on this book, then a bit about the series as a whole.

I loved the first book, I felt the action was severely lacking in the first half of Hollow City, and then I fell in love with Library of Souls.

Completely fell in love. It changed the series for me completely, from love to like to completely besotted.

Library of Souls has got to be my favorite book of this series. Speaking of which…here’s an extract;

One of the gaurds dragged Perplexus out of the crows and up to the door. Since I’d last seen him, his hair and beard had turned albaster white, his spine had curved, and deep wrinkles grooved his face. He’d spent too long away from his loop, and now his true age was beginning to catch up to him. Perplexus seemed about to open the door when he was struck by a fit of coughing. Once he’d regained his breath, he faced caul, drew in a snorting lungful of air, and spat a glistening wad of phlegm onto his cloak.
“You are an ignorant pig!” Perplexus cried.

If words are even enough to explain how much I loved this series, the best way I think to describe it would be to tell you what it proved to me.

It proved that books that have happy endings can still be amazing.

It also proved that it is possible for authors to enter author-dom with a fresh, never been done before, idea, and succeed. Not only succeed, but thrive. Completely thrive.

It mostly proved though, that this type of book can be one of the best series ever. There must have been a reason I purchased all these books with a certain degree of confidence. And I believe I was right to. They are the most strange but most fascinating books I’ve ever read. Definitely up there.

I would normally recommend books of a certain genre to certain people, but I would actually recommend this to any Young Adult readers.

There is a little bit of romance, just enough to keep me happy. There is a lot of action, it just doesn’t stop.

I still don’t have the words for this review, as you can probably tell.

I just can’t explain it with just 26 letters. It’s impossible.

So let’s just finish this review by saying this:

This series is one I am proud to keep on my shelves. And definitely one I will not be removing anytime soon.

-Beth

May your shelves forever overflow with books!


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