IT'S HERE! IT'S HERE! IT'S HERE!
I've been waiting so long and we finally got it at the library. I had the first hold on it so I got the first crack of the spine!
(squeal of delight)
Oh. Sorry, let me compose myself.
I have been impatiently waiting for the third and final installment of Ransom Riggs' Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children to come out. And it's finally here! Library of Souls.
Ooooh, even the title sounds creepy. And with good reason. If the first book of Miss Peregrine's dipped its toe in the waters of horror writing, and Hollow City waded in it, Library of Souls plunges you right into to some pretty creepy and horrific things.
The peculiar thing is... I still wouldn't classify this as a horror book; I would call it fantasy. I think it's because the details and vignettes described aren't done for their shock factor or just to make you shudder.* They are woven into the story and into the action and into the characters' peculiarities to be an acceptable, if unusual for us "normals", part of that world.
I'm not going to go into the plot points but rest assured that Jacob and Emma and the peculiar gang face enormous challenges in this book. And if the end almost feels disappointing and flat--it's really just because it means the trilogy is over and it's back to the normal unpeculiar world we inhabit.
Full salute to this wonderful, creepy, awful, fantastic series! Bird knows when we will ever find another story of this caliber.
*Caveat: O.K. the two words that made me shudder that you will understand after reading the book: Mother Dust