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Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children #5

The Conference of the Birds

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With his dying words, H—Jacob Portman’s final connection to his grandfather Abe’s secret life— entrusts Jacob with a mission: Deliver newly con­tacted peculiar Noor Pradesh to an operative known only as V. Noor is being hunted. She is the subject of an ancient prophecy, one that foretells a looming apocalypse. Save Noor—Save the future of all peculiardom.

With only a few bewildering clues to follow, Jacob must figure out how to find V, the most enigmatic, and most powerful, of Abe’s former associates. But V is in hiding and she never, ever, wants to be found.

With enemies behind him and the unknown ahead, Jacob Portman’s story continues as he takes a brave leap forward into The Conference of the Birds.

325 pages, Hardcover

First published January 14, 2020

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Ransom Riggs

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Hi, I'm Ransom, and I like to tell stories. Sometimes I tell them with words, sometimes with pictures, often with both. I grew up on a farm on the Eastern shore of Maryland and also in a little house by the beach in Englewood, Florida where I got very tan and swam every day until I became half fish. I started writing stories when I was young, on an old typewriter that jammed and longhand on legal pads. When I was a little older I got a camera for Christmas and became obsessed with photography, and when I was a little older still my friends and I came into possession of a half-broken video camera and began to make our own movies, starring ourselves, using our bedrooms and backyards for sets. I have loved writing stories and taking photographs and making movies ever since, and have endeavored to do all three.

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Profile Image for Jesse (JesseTheReader).
468 reviews165k followers
March 4, 2021
I'm at a loss for many reasons with this book. I love reading about these characters, BUT dang ransom really put them through it in this book. I'll admit there were a few things that I would've liked to have seen be executed differently and one thing in particular that I'm not a huge fan of. It's something that I've seen a lot of series that have been revived tend to do. I can't really go into detail with that, because it'll end up spoilery. I also had to act like I didn't read the line "he let out a breath he hadn't realized he'd been holding," Y'ALL IT'S 2020 LET'S LET IT GO

Even though I do have some critiques for this book, I still absolutely adored it. It still has lots of peculiar heart at it's core, which is the most important part to me.
Profile Image for Sam.
473 reviews81 followers
January 16, 2020
This was...not good.

I am tired. Tired of these continuations of series that just suck the content from the original series away, undo things that were done. Tired of authors being so lazy they can’t even come up with a new villain.

This book was flat. The characters felt dull and lifeless. The world of peculiars, once so interesting and unique, feels lifeless, like all the magic has been drained from it. The photographs interwoven throughout the story feel cheap, and not overly connected to the story like in the original trilogy.

I’m also really not a fan of the direction of the romance in this. Why did this have to be a thing? Like, literally no one wanted this.

There honestly isn’t a lot that happened in this book and that means there’s a lot of ground to cover in the next one. Which is a yikes. It’ll have to be a decent sized book for it to not feel rushed.

Sometimes a story simply should end when it is supposed to, which in this case, was Library of Souls. That was a fantastic ending. This second trilogy was so unneeded. And now my enjoyment of this series, like that of Shatter Me, is dwindling. I am disappointed, but I suppose I should have seen this coming.
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Author 2 books45k followers
January 20, 2021
LOVED this! I am a big fan of the Miss Peregrine books and this one did not let me down... Only bad bit is that we have to wait to find out what happens next!!
Profile Image for Hannah.
229 reviews21 followers
January 31, 2020
I received a finished copy from Penguin/Random House in exchange for an honest review. My spoiler-free review can be read here: http://twincitiesgeek.com/2020/01/the...

Started from the bottom, and somehow we got even lower than that. It honestly breaks my heart to rate this so low, but I know Ransom Riggs is better than this. This is a pale imitation of what the series once was. This is like a terrible string of TV episode ideas or a fanfiction where everyone's out of character and nothing makes sense. This is not the series I fell in love with.

The American clans were not utilized in an interesting way, and were once again just kind of there for a conflict that went nowhere. What was that about them being ON THE BRINK OF WAR? Turns out they just needed to sit down and talk like grown-ups. Boom, peace treaty signed, Conference of the Bids adjourned. I guess it wasn't too dire if it took little effort to fix things. Leo Burnham harboring ill feelings about Abe Portman and being the most dangerous clan leader? It takes next to nothing to convince him to play nice. I was so ready for him to be the villain of this trilogy, but I guess that's not happening now.

I was willing to give the prophecy a chance, but it's not well thought out and it just makes everything confusing. Caul wanted to be trapped in the Library of Souls loop so he could be brought back to life more powerful than ever? He planned for the loop to collapse so his cronies could resurrect him? WHY IS THIS A THING? There are a ton of variables that needed to fall into place if that was his plan all along, but either way, it's convoluted and makes no sense. But these are wights, and wights are just so smart and have all the luck in the world and are basically invincible. If they weren't, this book would be over in about ten pages.

The ingredients for resurrection soup, I just...what even. That's just one more thing crammed in to the already batshit plot. Why does this recipe exist, anyway? And I just love how Bentham tried to make it difficult to solve but the wights had no problem doing so because, once again, they're superior beings who hardly ever lose. I still cannot believe Jake and Noor fell for that old man disguise, I knew instantly that it was a trap, but if they weren't boneheads, we wouldn't have a climax. And the Panloopticon going down? It's a problem for maybe ten pages before they get a backup generator working. What was the point of the wights shutting it down in the first place if there's no tension and no effect on the plot?

Jake/Noor is absolute nonsense. I was never a fan of Jake and Emma's lustful pining, but this is just ridiculous. They have almost nothing in common and they have no chemistry? And Emma is just sulking about it and is reduced to a background character? Seriously, Noor should just be labeled Emma 2.0, because that's basically what she is now. Why make her an interesting character with her own emotions and wants when she can just give Jake a hard-on instead? And what is this bullshit about Jake and Emma's relationship being so chaste and innocent? THEY WERE MAKING OUT CONSTANTLY AND WERE NOT VERY SUBTLE ABOUT IT. But now that Noor's here, Jake realizes just how much better she is, because their relationship is far superior...for some reason. Emma's "going through something", just like she has been since the last book, because why the hell wouldn't she be? Jake's too much of an ass to actually do anything about it, so his solution is to rebound with the new girl. What a wonderful romantic subplot!

I was so disappointed with the way this book handled the mission to find V. I was gearing up for a buddy road trip, maybe a fine-tuned version of A Map of Days that didn't meander so much. But there's barely anything. Noor suddenly decides it's a good time to mention her past, and it turns out V was her adopted mother, and Abe was always making sure she was safe, because this is information that wasn't relevant until just this second. (Read: it was made up on the spot to fit into this dumpster fire story.) The magical song was honestly just laughable, as if we needed more silliness added. And then the reveal that V is also an ymbryne and she's the one the recipe needs to bring back Caul? I really shouldn't be surprised that there would be a dumb twist at the end.

The only thing I really liked about this book was the fact that Fiona is alive. I'm so sick of Hugh having the personality trait of "FIONA ISN'T DEAD STOP SAYING SHE IS", because that's not all there is to him, and I was genuinely shocked that she was brushed aside so easily and forgotten about. Upon further thinking, however, I do find even this to be kind of cheap. It's obvious that this new trilogy wasn't planned when Library of Souls was written, so it's safe to assume Fiona was going to stay dead/missing without any resolution. I don't like the idea of her being brought back to appease fans as an afterthought, and only because the wights had use of her. (Which begs the question: where was she this whole time? Where were the wights keeping her? How did they find her? If you think about it for more than two seconds, the whole thing falls apart.)

NITPICK CORNER: If Noor wants to go back and get her stuff, why wouldn't she check in on Lilly? Is her best friend not important anymore? The last time we saw her, she was drugged and unable to enter one of the loops. But oh well, who cares about that? Noor and Jake have way more important things to do.

This book sets a new record for the dreaded Second Book Syndrome. It's lazy, it's rushed, it's all over the place, and I feel awful for being so negative. I love this series as a whole and the other peculiar children are what make it so much fun to read, and I hate that this fell short of what it could have been. I'm hoping book six is worth the wait, because it can't get much worse than this. And I'm hoping I don't jinx things by saying that.
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Profile Image for Whitney Atkinson.
909 reviews13.8k followers
May 23, 2021
4.5 stars

This book fell victim to book 5 syndrome where it felt very much just like a bridge between two books, but it was still action packed and I read it in only three sittings. I love these characters so much, and Ransom's writing continues to be gorgeous.
1,022 reviews77 followers
March 5, 2020
Oh wow I loved this book and when I got to the last page I was sad because I knew I’m going to have to wait awhile until the next one and yes, there will be another one thank goodness.
This one was fast paced and exciting and I just wanted to keep on reading it.
I loved all the books in the series so for me Mr Riggs can keep churning them out for as long as possible.
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3,160 reviews2,009 followers
May 15, 2021
This book opens where the last one stopped so the action is immediate and gripping. This sets the scene for the whole of The Conference of the Birds. (what a lovely title that is!)

The way of life of peculiardom is threatened by Wights and evil men, and Miss Peregrine and her team are there to save the day. Jacob's power over the hollowgasts is used to great advantage, and all of his friends use their individual powers as they try to prevent the return of the man they fear above all things.

I read the hardcopy of the book and it was worth it to see all the photos in this format. I think the magic of this whole series is the way Ransom Riggs has selected authentic, old photos and interpreted the images to further the story. The cover picture is a perfect example. As a photo it is beautiful and mystifying. You have to wait until the last page to see how Riggs uses it and it is perfect.

The ending is a giant cliff hanger so we can be sure there will be a book six. I look forward to it.
Profile Image for Catherine.
414 reviews137 followers
January 19, 2020
1) Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children ★★★★☆
2) Hollow City ★★★★☆
3) Library of Souls ★★★★☆
4) A Map of Days ★★★★☆

I'm so disappointed. Like you can see above, I gave four stars to each book in this series so far. Let me be really clear: four stars means I love a book, it's not a favorite but I love it. I know many give five stars when they love a book, so I'm just explaining how I rate books myself. Anyway, like I was saying, I love this series. I loved each book in this series. I thought it was gonna be a trilogy and was really satisfied with the way it ended. When I saw the series was gonna have three more books, I admit I was a little apprehensive, like it can be expected when you loved a book or a series and you're afraid they're gonna ruin it with more books just because it's been a success.

However, I wasn't disappointed by the fourth book, and I was really happy to be back in the universe Ransom Riggs created! I was looking so forward to this new book, it was one my most anticipated 2020 releases. I was ready to love it just as much as the previous novels, and now... Well, now I'm wondering if I wasn't right to be apprehensive when the original trilogy turned into a six book series. Yes, I loved A Map of Days, but it would have been better to keep it a trilogy and live without that last book if publishing more books means the quality is gonna leave near the end. I wasn't invested in the storyline, the characters, the romance, anything. It was just a big disappointment. A Map of Days sounded like the promising start of the "second trilogy" of this series, but I honestly felt like the author lost his inspiration while I was reading this book. Even his writing wasn't as good.

I don't have high expectations for the conclusion, even if I do hope it will be better than this one. I just don't know how it could be a better conclusion to the series than the one we had with Library of Souls after reading this book. You're probably wondering why it's not a one star rating since I didn't like anything, but I just couldn't bring myself to it. Maybe I will lower my rating later, though.
Profile Image for Erin Clemence.
1,025 reviews309 followers
March 18, 2020
THE FIFTH BOOK IS HERE!! Ransom Riggs’ fifth novel, “The Conference of the Birds” that is. The newest installment in the “Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children” series, “Conference” picks up right where its predecessor left off!

Jacob has been trusted with a mission by his grandfather’s friend, H; deliver the new peculiar, Noor, to an operative known as V. Noor, however, is being hunted by those who know her powers, those who wish to change peculiardom forever. With the help of his peculiar friends, Jacob must get Noor safely to V, no matter the cost.

This series intrigued me from the beginning for its mystical, magical, storyline. Riggs’ makes “peculiar” into a goal, something that those on the outside strive to be; those who are different are also extremely talented in supernatural ways, and finding the place they belong brings life-long friendships. The first novel caught my attention, and it began to slowly dip as the series progressed. However, “Conference” has come back full force!

This is a novel you have to read in succession, along with the other novels in the series. There are far too many characters otherwise, and you will get lost in the detailed plot. That being said, it is not a difficult book to read (being YA after all) , and it encapsulates the magic of “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone” with a little bit of the dark and dreariness of “Oliver Twist”.

The characters in this novel are lovable, and I’ve been cheering for them from the start. Riggs’ infamous pictures that started it all are included in this novel too, adding a bit of realism to an obviously unbelievable plot.

Ending the way it does, “Conference” gives a massive hint that it will not be the last in the series. Authors in YA series such as these tend to go to the well too many times (or “beat a dead horse”, or whatever poor analogy can be used) but in this case, I was overjoyed that Riggs’ returned with his ragtag motley crew. Definitely a must-read for fans of Riggs, and followers of this series.
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7,474 reviews857 followers
April 12, 2020
With this book, I feel like we're back on familiar territory. We're no longer exploring American peculiardom so much anymore. The wights are back with a new plot. I was enjoying the different culture in America but the series does seem to have more direction now. Still it was fast based and exciting. Jacob and his friends are a great joy to read about, with Miss Peregrine being the least interesting character in each book. I'm glad the group ditches her at every opportunity. I'm really looking forward to the next book after that ending.
Profile Image for Ashley Daviau.
1,740 reviews750 followers
April 26, 2020
I was a little hesitant going into this book after how the last one turned out to be a bit of a disappointment. I’m glad to report that my fears were unfounded and I absolutely loved this book! Everything about it was perfect, it had just the right amount of action and suspense and character development and it all balanced out beautifully. I was so happy to see the characters return to their normal selves, they had just become so different in the fourth book and it was quite jarring! I also really loved seeing Miss Peregrine our more trust in the children, it’s about time she realizes they can take care of themselves. As usual the photographs and the inside of the book were absolutely stunning but by now I expect no less from this series in that aspect!
Profile Image for Jess the Shelf-Declared Bibliophile.
2,025 reviews580 followers
May 11, 2020
This wasn't the most in-depth or eventful book so far. I also dislike a cliffhanger. I hope he ends the series with the 6th book, these stories simply don't need to be dragged on and on.
Profile Image for Sarah Churchill.
470 reviews1,174 followers
August 15, 2020
Aw man. I really loved the start of this series and the whole idea of creating a world around creepy old photos. It really worked. I also was a huge Supernatural fan until season 6.

I sadly think it's time to let it go.

I didn't hate the book, but it also added nothing to the story for me and I would have preferred the series ended on a high. It was OK, as a filler book goes, and I may even have given this 3 stars if Ransom Riggs... RANSOM FING RIGGS hadn't written those soul destroying words that kills a book fairy every time they're uttered...

"He let out a breath he hadn't realised he'd been holding"


Don't tell me writers, editors and publishers don't know by now. They must. How can they not?! Are they just trolling us at this point? I'm done.
Profile Image for Trisha.
276 reviews112 followers
September 5, 2020
Ransom Riggs, why would you do this to me?

This book was such a DISAPPOINTMENT!! With a mediocre plot and an annoying love triangle, this book was not peculiar at all. As someone who has been following the series (this being the fifth book) devotedly, I wouldn’t defame the book unless it is BAD, like bad bad! All it tried to achieve was building-up for the next book, without adding anything to the plot.

That said, I’m still going to read the last book (of course, once it comes out) because I really liked the previous four books, but this sequel has definitely lessened my enthusiasm.

Peculiars had never been so boring! I’mma cry now!

2.75/5🌟(rounded up).
Profile Image for Dean Ryan Martin.
200 reviews38 followers
March 21, 2021
In preparation for the finale book, I am done reading THE CONFERENCE OF THE BIRDS - Book 5 in Peculiar Children hexalogy.

Author's Writing Style: 5 STARS. Yay - Wow. This sequel is written amazingly that I get no Nays to say. Riggs writes it like a genius. He can vary the pace clearly and cleanly.

This is how a pre-finale story is told without getting too long. This highly entertaining sequel only contains 325 pages with 14 chapters that are filled with vintage photos and a one-page epilogue.

Characters' Development: 5 STARS. Yay - Dialogues are the strongest suit of the book. Their dialogues make these peculiar children grow and improved. They start learning something new about themselves.

Also, the way they talk with each other gives depth to Noor Pradesh. Back in Book 4, she was a new mysterious character and I could not understand who she is. Here, my curiosity is answered. My confusion disappears too.

Another thing I love is the peculiars that I learn to love way back in Book 1. The complete group is back together again but with a twist.

Nay - I got no ideas who that peculiar child in the cover.

Plot: 5 STARS. Yay - This sequel continues how Book 4 ended. The plot is fast. Then, it links the story to the conference of the birds. This conference refers to a negotiation deal between the ymbynes and the notorious leaders of the clans in America.

Miss Alma Peregrine and her fellow sisters organize it to stop a war.

Nay - There is another group of misfit kids in their world. They call themselves Deadrisers. I get that they protect the gate but I don't get the point of having them into the story. They interest me but there is less page time about them.
Profile Image for Truebluedah ♪.
163 reviews20 followers
Want to read
May 30, 2019
Let’s see what I have today..

*check calendar*

Hmm, a massage 💆‍♂️
Ooh, a dinner with my wife.

Oh, and the conference of the birds.
That s**ts gonna be weird.
Profile Image for The Nerd Daily.
720 reviews344 followers
January 16, 2020
Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Ally Maria Gil

The Conference of the Birds picks up right where A Map of Days left off! Jacob left his friends to save Noor (against Miss Peregrine’s wishes) and there he learns from H that there is a prophecy looming and it involves Noor. Prepared to save her from the American clans, Jacob and Noor flee for their lives but are worried how they are going to survive until Hugh and Bronwyn show up and rescue them from being captured by Leo’s lackeys.

The novel felt like coming home to a group of friends that have become family. Even though it has been a year since A Map of Days released, stepping into the world of the peculiars as was simple and easy enough to get into the rhythm of things.

Jacob, in this particular book, has grown into a leader instead of “told what to do” guy. It’s so beautiful seeing his character arc go from a follower to a pretend leader, and now an actual leader that stands up against for himself and sometimes against Miss Peregrine. Once he would never question anything and trusted Miss P along with with his friends 100%, but now he doesn’t take everything as it is. He tries to form his own opinion as Jacob rather than as Abe’s grandson.

With interesting old photographs intertwining in the story to introduce to reader new characters, Ransom Riggs also focuses on the importance of forgiveness in friendships. Jacob screwed up in A Map of Days and this one, but his new family goes to help him (even when they are upset at him). It’s essential to bring these type of relationships to young readers. Don’t get me wrong; some of the peculiar are annoyed at him, but they still love Jacob.

With a big cast of main characters, it is easy to push aside characters and not give them any moment to shine. Riggs gives everyone page time that is more than just being there. Everyone had a role to play, and everyone’s arc continues to grow as they all become a bit more rebellious and willing to go against Miss Peregrine’s demand. Even Miss Peregrine starts seeing her ward as more than just kids and lets them become aware of the problems in the world and she asks for help from the ward to help Noor.

Noor was initially introduced in A Map of Days, but she has a more significant role to play in this novel. As the chosen one ( I know…the MC is not the chosen one!) and as Jacob’s new friend that understands what he’s going through because she’s going through the same thing. She is also Jacob’s new love interest as in A Map of Days, Emma and Jacob finally break up after Emma proved to Jacob that she was not over Abe and was only with him because he was Abe’s grandson. I was proud of Jacob that he realised this and broke off with Emma, but I am also proud of Emma for understanding this and asking Jacob to forgive her because she still loves him, but as a friend! I’m so happy that she was given this path instead of the path of the jealous ex and we need more books showing that some relationships sometimes don’t work, but it doesn’t mean you still can’t care for each other in a non-romantic way. While the relationship with Noor might seem like it’s happening too quickly after a breakup, Jacob and Noor’s relationship has more spark and chemistry, allowing it to feel real. I don’t want to give anything away, but this isn’t a major spoiler. However, at the end of the book, they are still testing the waters and aren’t giving each other labels of girlfriend and boyfriend.

One of the main driving factors of this novel was the fantastic character cast because unfortunately, the plot narrative ended a bit disappointing. Instead of focusing on the Americans clans and the impending war due to Noor. And, instead of new villains or lackeys and evil peculiar, we get the old villain as the main villain from the first three books. Yup Callum is back and the main baddie again. I have nothing against Callum being an antagonist, but I’m just upset that he’s the main one again, instead of the Americans. It makes me a bit worried that the story is going to deviate from exploring this different life of peculiar with its conflicts and become Miss P’s ward versus Miss P’s brother…again.

Overall the book was exciting, and a must-read for all peculiar fans! There are new adventures to be had, new peculiars to meet and new relationships to form. Action, annoying Americans, comedy, heartbreak, and adventure, what else can you want from a book? Dive back into the world of Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children, you won’t regret it!
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882 reviews342 followers
February 22, 2020
Oh I’ve made a grave mistake reading this now when another one could take over a year to release. That ending....

As mentioned in the review for A Map of Days, I’m thoroughly impressed that I’m enjoying this follow up series even more than the OG trilogy. I love being with these characters and just in this entirely new environment. I missed them, but I also love the new characters.

Overall I’m just happy to be back in this world, caught up on another series, and now we wait for the next book.

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I am happy regarding the love interest decisions. The love interest was always my least favourite part of the first three books and I’m happy with all of the developments regarding that in this book.
Profile Image for Veronica Alvarez.
293 reviews15 followers
September 12, 2021
You know what I think about really short books in between a series, hit or miss

This wansn't necessary a really bad book, but at this point I don't know what's the reason to add more books to already finished series, I didn't understand what was going on, I always kept asking to myself questions like, why? is this necessary? And throughout this book I wasn't interested to know what will happen with the plot or chracters.

At this point I'm not really excited to keep going but I really need the final book to be really, really good
Profile Image for A.F. Rose.
Author 1 book50 followers
January 24, 2020
Hmmmmmm. So, I want to start by stating that I enjoyed this book, but I think authors need to stop extending series. This series should have stopped at Library of Souls in my opinion.

I did like this book! But it definitely isn’t my favorite in the series. I felt the pacing was just odd, and I think it was like that because mostly only 3 main things happen in this story, and there just wasn’t much going on. In AMOD there was a glorious mystery element, and codes, and scavenger hunts. This book didn’t have any of the iconic code mystery elements that Ransom Riggs is such a master at in the other books. I’m not entirely sure how I feel about this Prophecy plot, I’m not super into it. I felt like the characters didn’t get much time to shine, we barely got any heart to heart convos or sweet moments. It was mostly just focusing on getting from A to B. The plot point concerning the “Bad Guy Villain” had me disappointed in Ransoms creativity a bit. Which I hate saying! The ending did have a great cliff hanger for sure, and I did like the twist he threw in at the end. I enjoyed the world, the darkness, and the strangeness of it all. It also brings back nostalgia for me. I yet again really love Ransoms writing. This book just felt like it was lacking the substance that the other books had. I liked A Map of Days more for sure, it felt more rich and expansive. This book was a bit “clipped” feeling. I don’t know how I feel about the new romance, on some levels I understand it, but it doesn’t feel very exciting. Ugh, idk. I did enjoy reading it! And at the end I was on the edge of my seat, but it just felt like it fell flat a bit.
Profile Image for Kelly (Diva Booknerd).
1,106 reviews299 followers
January 29, 2020
Journeying to New York City, Jacob Portman is resolved to retrieve Noor Pradesh, an uncontacted Peculiar forsaken to the New York City syndicate and charlatan Leo Burnham. Discovering that Noor is one of seven Peculiars of an ancient prophecy foreseeing doomsday for Peculiardom. Noor is imperative and when Jacob is entrusted to delivering Noor to a mysterious location, to an associate of Jacob's grandfather who can shelter the young woman against the Wight onslaught and Leo Burnham's henchmen.

An uprising against the Ymbrynes is fermenting, Peculiars frustrated with their secrecy and totalitarian leadership. The Council of Ymbrynes are aiding in the negotiations of a treaty in New York City as a young Peculiar is captured, the Wights escape the Devil's Acre penitentiary bringing to fruition The Prophecy of the Seven, when the prisons are blown to dust and chaos reigns.

The Conference of the Birds is a magnificent installment of the Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children series and foreword to a remarkable finale of this endearing and fantastical series. A whimsical narrative of the curious and wonderful. Lyrically beautiful and immersive.
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1,241 reviews15 followers
March 12, 2021
#5 OF MY TOP 10 BOOKS OF 2020

While being shorter than recent entries, the penultimate volume certainly delivers at being so suspenseful as Jacob and the peculiars are on a long search mission to find V, who is someone from his grandfather’s past and might be the key to save the peculiar world from doom. A (100%/Outstanding)
Profile Image for Josh (Beards & Books).
78 reviews34 followers
January 28, 2020
Probably my least favourite book in the series so far (and I love this series).

For me The Conference of The Birds felt flat, it was a filler novel that (in my mind) should have been twice the length to actually close off the story... There are two or three stories running at once, none of which really get any closure or solid explanation and I'm left feeling disappointed more than anything.

Don't get me wrong, my reading tastes have changed over the years, it might just be YA isn't for me anymore. Lowest score of the series so far! 🌟 🌟 🌟
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19 reviews2 followers
January 26, 2020
God. What a damn cliff hanger. I really hope Ransome Riggs comes out with a new book this year. He owes us for giving us a book with 150 pages less than the last novel. I’m so sad right now that I’ve got to wait.
Profile Image for Cisz Geverink - Strasters.
718 reviews31 followers
July 15, 2020
"Ik ga in m'n eentje de held uit hangen tot ik zo diep in de problemen zit dat ik gered moet worden! Dat zal ze een lesje leren." ~ p58.

Het voelde als jaren geleden, dat ik samen met Jacob in de bijzondere werelden mocht reizen, maar wat was het fijn om weer terug te zijn!

"Zeg dat het niet zo erg is. Zeg dat de wereld niet vergaat als ik dit niet kan." ~ p198.

De samenspraak van de vogels is het vijfde boek in de reeks van De Bijzondere Kinderen van Mevrouw Peregrine, en verteld het verhaal van Jacob Poortman en zijn bijzondere vrienden. Een eeuwen oude profetie voorspelt het einde der tijden, waarin duistere krachten opnieuw samen spannen om de bijzondere wereld te vernietigen. Die macht lijkt steeds groter te worden, maar Jacob en zijn vrienden zetten alles op alles om het te voorkomen. En Noor Pradesh lijkt hier een crusiale rol te spelen...
Het blijft een geweldig concept, de oude en bijzondere foto's die het boek weten te verrijken, en waar het verhaal zich omheen weet buigen. Mij gaat het in ieder geval nooit vervelen! Wel moest ik dit keer echt even in het verhaal komen, en voelde ik mij verdwaald in de bijzondere wereld. Ik had echt even geen idee meer waar ik was, er was de laatste keer zoveel gebeurd, en je wordt als lezer gevoelsmatig midden in het verhaal "gesmeten". Maar zodra je weer vaste grond onder je voeten voelt, is het alleen nog maar genieten. Het verhaal blijft origineel, de wereld blijft je verbazen, en het einde komt weer veel te snel en laat je verlangend achter!

"Jullie betekenen meer voor me dan alle vogels in de lucht en hemelen daarboven. Als jullie van me houden, hoop ik dat ik dat heb verdiend." ~ p309.

Ransom Riggs heeft een geweldig concept neergezet met zijn bijzondere kinderen, waarin avontuur centraal staat. Als lezer mag je meegenieten van die wereldse avonturen, en geeft hij je de kans de wereld te zien door zijn fantasierijke ogen. Elk boek geniet ik weer van zijn wereld, en voel ik mij bevoorrecht dat ik er weer even deel van uit mocht maken.

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The Conference of the Birds was good and I did like this book but I think this series should stop at Library of Souls. I liked how this book picks up what A Map of Days left off but I just didn’t enjoy it much. This probably my least favorite book in this series.

I liked Jacob and Noor in this one. Jacob’s character is much better in this book compared to A Map of Days. In this book, he’s not just a follower but he’s now an actual leader. Noor was initially introduced in A Map of Days but she has an important role as the chosen one according to the new prophecy. However, it’s sad to know that other characters didn’t really shine and there were less heart to heart conversation and sweet moments between them.

The pacing was odd. There wasn’t much going on and there were like 3 main things happened in this book. I felt like this book was a bit chill and there wasn’t much mystery like in his other books. There’s a prophecy in this book but I wasn’t excited to know about it. I did like the twist the author threw at the end of the book. I enjoyed the world building, the darkness and the strangeness in this book. It reminded me of those first three books in this series.

I enjoyed seeing all the old photographs even though some of them were very strange. All in all, I think this still a good read. Not bad.

Thank you Times Reads for sending me a copy of The Conference of the Birds in return for an honest review. This book is available at all good bookstores.
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