Trigger warnings for this book: violence, death, shootings, Emetophobia
I don’t know why I’m so intrigued by such disturbing subjects, but for some reason, I was really excited to read this particular one, about a school shooting. Partly because the cover and the naked hardback are beautiful, partly because the author is Dutch, partly because I had its book launch and signing event on my schedule.
The setting was a bit hard for me to picture, as a non-American. I would have thought the author, being Dutch and all, would have described the place better. All I knew was what I’ve seen in those terrible teen shows set in high schools. I actually had to Google what a high school auditorium looks like, and even then, the image in my head kept changing.
As Marieke Nijkamp is a member of the We Need Diverse Books campaign, it’s no surprise that her 4 main characters are wonderfully diverse. We get characters of colour, disabled characters, LGBTQ+ characters, and all of those combined. With some characters it felt a bit forced, with others it was so subtle that I almost didn’t notice.
Some characters I really grew to love. I was even a bit sad when things happened to some of them, but it wasn’t quite cry-worthy to me. They just weren’t as developed as I need them to be for me to cry at their pain and suffering. I felt like the characters often did stupid things that were portrayed as brave rather than actions that might make the situation more dangerous. Sure, the things they did were brave, but also really fucking stupid.
Overall, I would recommend this book if you like reading contemporaries about tough subjects, or if you want to pick up more diverse reads. It was good, but it wasn’t mind-blowing and didn’t make me emotional, so that’s why it’s getting 3 stars....more
This review is spoiler-free for all the books in this series.
This may just be my favourite Miss Peregrine book. It was action-packed, hilarious, and exciting.
It was a bit difficult to get into, as the plot was quite slow in the beginning, but that may have been just me because I was in the middle of a reading slump. Luckily it picked up around halfway through the book and I managed to fly through the second half.
I usually have a hard time picturing things while I’m reading, and I often picture them completely different from the description anyway, but because Ransom Riggs’ descriptive writing is so damn good, even I managed to get a clear image in my head of what everything looked like.
What attracted me to the first Miss Peregrine book was, like most people, the real vintage photographs incorporated into the story. This was done amazingly in the first book, alright in the second, and just kinda meh in the third. It didn’t add much to the story for me, so that was a bit disappointing.
Library of Souls seemed to be a lot funnier than the previous two books, for some reason. Addison was featured heavily in the beginning of this book, and he was HILARIOUS.
I’m really happy with the way it ended. The epic conclusion was a bit weird and hard to picture, though. If there is ever going to be a Library of Souls movie, this scene will probably be what I look forward to most, because I just can’t imagine how they’re going to make that look good on the big screen. *shakes head* So weird…
Thanks to Quirk Books for providing me with a physical copy in return for an honest review. In no way does this affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review....more