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The fate of peculiardom hangs in the balance in this epic conclusion to the Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children series. The last thing Jacob Portman saw before the world went dark was a terrible, familiar face. Suddenly, he and Noor are back in the place where everything began - his grandfather's house. Jacob doesn't know how they escaped from V's loop to find themselves in F The fate of peculiardom hangs in the balance in this epic conclusion to the Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children series. The last thing Jacob Portman saw before the world went dark was a terrible, familiar face. Suddenly, he and Noor are back in the place where everything began - his grandfather's house. Jacob doesn't know how they escaped from V's loop to find themselves in Florida. But he does know one thing for certain: Caul has returned. After a narrow getaway from a blood-thirsty hollow, Jacob and Noor reunite with Miss Peregrine and the peculiar children in Devil's Acre. The Acre is being plagued by desolations - weather fronts of ash and blood and bone - a terrible portent of Caul's amassing army. Risen from the Library of Souls and more powerful than ever, Caul and his apocalyptic agenda seem unstoppable. Only one hope remains - deliver Noor to the meeting place of the seven prophesied ones. If they can decipher its secret location.


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The fate of peculiardom hangs in the balance in this epic conclusion to the Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children series. The last thing Jacob Portman saw before the world went dark was a terrible, familiar face. Suddenly, he and Noor are back in the place where everything began - his grandfather's house. Jacob doesn't know how they escaped from V's loop to find themselves in F The fate of peculiardom hangs in the balance in this epic conclusion to the Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children series. The last thing Jacob Portman saw before the world went dark was a terrible, familiar face. Suddenly, he and Noor are back in the place where everything began - his grandfather's house. Jacob doesn't know how they escaped from V's loop to find themselves in Florida. But he does know one thing for certain: Caul has returned. After a narrow getaway from a blood-thirsty hollow, Jacob and Noor reunite with Miss Peregrine and the peculiar children in Devil's Acre. The Acre is being plagued by desolations - weather fronts of ash and blood and bone - a terrible portent of Caul's amassing army. Risen from the Library of Souls and more powerful than ever, Caul and his apocalyptic agenda seem unstoppable. Only one hope remains - deliver Noor to the meeting place of the seven prophesied ones. If they can decipher its secret location.

30 review for The Desolations of Devil's Acre

  1. 5 out of 5

    Tucker (TuckerTheReader)

    Holy sh*t it's a saga now | Goodreads | Blog | Pinterest | LinkedIn | YouTube | Instagram Holy sh*t it's a saga now | Goodreads | Blog | Pinterest | LinkedIn | YouTube | Instagram

  2. 4 out of 5

    stella

    *incoherent squealing and jumping, biting nails*

  3. 5 out of 5

    Grim

    Better than the movie

  4. 4 out of 5

    Emanuel Viziteu

    Someone's willing to dethrone Harry Potter🧐🤭🥴 Someone's willing to dethrone Harry Potter🧐🤭🥴

  5. 5 out of 5

    Gildie

    Riggs never fails to create amazing characters, fascinating settings, and plot lines that take so many twists that it's impossible to know anything for sure. One thing I do know, however, is that I'm going to age a thousand years stressing about all this. I've only been into this series for ONE WEEK and not only have I finished all 5 books, but I'm already dying of the wait for the 6th. Someone, help me. Riggs never fails to create amazing characters, fascinating settings, and plot lines that take so many twists that it's impossible to know anything for sure. One thing I do know, however, is that I'm going to age a thousand years stressing about all this. I've only been into this series for ONE WEEK and not only have I finished all 5 books, but I'm already dying of the wait for the 6th. Someone, help me.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    It is no longer 11 PM, so I have had time to process my thoughts. I’m giving this book a 4.5 star rating because I read it in less than two days, and it’s been an eternity since I read a book that long that fast. So props for that. But I did have some issues concerning the resolution, the villain, and handling of one particular character. But frick, I thinking I’m going to have a book hangover from this one. Full RTC .................... After over a year of waiting, this book is finally in my hands It is no longer 11 PM, so I have had time to process my thoughts. I’m giving this book a 4.5 star rating because I read it in less than two days, and it’s been an eternity since I read a book that long that fast. So props for that. But I did have some issues concerning the resolution, the villain, and handling of one particular character. But frick, I thinking I’m going to have a book hangover from this one. Full RTC .................... After over a year of waiting, this book is finally in my hands (!!) and it’s a lot longer than Conference of the Birds (which is a good thing). I don’t remember anything that happened in the last book save the ending—which I have mixed feelings about. I’m interested in how things will *hopefully* end after what has happened. Translation: I’m hoping this is actually the last book and there’s a good resolution and there’s not a spin-off series I’m going to feel obligated to read.

  7. 4 out of 5

    NReads

    I thought this series ended as a trilogy.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Catherine

    1) Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children ★★★★☆ 2) Hollow City ★★★★☆ 3) Library of Souls ★★★★☆ 4) A Map of Days ★★★★☆ 5) The Conference of the Birds ★★☆☆☆ I didn't have high hopes after being disappointed by the fifth book, so I'm no that disappointed. It's not a one star, because I did like a few things. But I can confirm what I said in my review for The Conference of the Birds: I wish it would have stayed a trilogy. The ending of Library of Souls was great and satisfying, and while A Map of Da 1) Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children ★★★★☆ 2) Hollow City ★★★★☆ 3) Library of Souls ★★★★☆ 4) A Map of Days ★★★★☆ 5) The Conference of the Birds ★★☆☆☆ I didn't have high hopes after being disappointed by the fifth book, so I'm no that disappointed. It's not a one star, because I did like a few things. But I can confirm what I said in my review for The Conference of the Birds: I wish it would have stayed a trilogy. The ending of Library of Souls was great and satisfying, and while A Map of Days promised a great second trilogy, perhaps it just became too much. The ending to the series isn't satisfying for me. There are so many characters, and many of them are left out, which means we don't get closure for them. The romance and the characters barely get any development. I wanted - needed - more to like this book.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Kieron

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This one HURTS. Let me start by saying that I LOVE this series. It's my favourite fantasy series of all time and I have a very strong sentimental attachment to it. I grew up with these characters and love them so much. But this, I'm sorry to say, was a major disappointment. I think the main issue is there were just too many things going on. The character count got way too high for any author to control. I needed more character development, which, seeing the amount of characters, is pretty much im This one HURTS. Let me start by saying that I LOVE this series. It's my favourite fantasy series of all time and I have a very strong sentimental attachment to it. I grew up with these characters and love them so much. But this, I'm sorry to say, was a major disappointment. I think the main issue is there were just too many things going on. The character count got way too high for any author to control. I needed more character development, which, seeing the amount of characters, is pretty much impossible to do in depth. Jacob and his reckless self-victimisation I-want-to-be-a-hero vibe just doesn't develop past that, and his relationship with Noor wasn't explored properly at all. Especially in contrast to Emma and Jacob's relationship. With Emma and Jacob, we saw the whole journey of their relationship which was extremely complex with many layers (I mean... she dated his grandfather and when they met she was loop trapped). So I wasn't a fan of Jacob-Noor at all - they barely developed and it felt very forced. Although I do appreciate Noor's representation, I still think we needed more. On the topic of characters... what happened to Horatio and Julius? Sharon? Miss Wren? Addison? Where was the closure? The characters just disappeared off the face of the earth. Fiona - did she get her tongue back? Maybe some mother dust? Enoch, is he okay? How does Emma really feel about Jacob and Noor and why was there no awkwardness? Horace and Julius? Millard was barely in the book... I mean what happened to his invisible army? Enoch's army of dead did barely anything. Surely Fiona would have been more useful in battle... And you're telling me there wasn't a single strong battle-ready peculiar left? Did the Americans all die? Did their war rage on? What about Leo? It was just such an unsatisfying ending. It was so picturesque. Too perfect. You really expect me to believe all powerful Caul and his army couldn't kill a single main character? I honestly wanted someone to die in some kind of unpredictable plot twist. I liked the 'Jacob turning into a hollowgast' twist, but I needed more than that. The battle was so lacklustre - where were the peculiar powers? No where near as epic as Gravehill or library of souls. Also, Noor's power. You would think she'd be more powerful than that. Because yes they can steal light (which is such a cool power) but what does that really do in combat? Not much. Sophie. What was up with her? What was her peculiarity? I wanted to know more. She just kinda made the call and had Penny. WHERE IS THE DEVELOPMENT??? And Sebbie. Where was the projections of light during the battle? Hughs bees? Bronwyn throwing people around? Where were the plot twists? It felt so dead and lacklustre and Jacob-centred. We get it, Jacob can control hollows. I expected more. Onto the writing. It was so slow paced. The fight lasts what, 50 pages? The conclusion is literally about 30 pages long. We had 30 pages after the big fight. To resolve all of the above... which Riggs unsurprisingly failed to do. Also the descriptions of Murnau cracked me up. I mean to me he looked like Jabba the Hutt... The ending felt really rushed and the story felt tired. He had 500 pages to develop the characters, which just... didn't happen. There are a few things I liked. I live for Addison. The plot twist with the prophecy was also clever. Bentham was a nice touch and so was Miss Avocet's death. But there were just so many other minor things that bugged me: V’s ressurection for like 3 seconds... really? Jacob self-obsessed self-pitying behaviour The WWI scene was a bit much Julius and Horace... queerbaiting? I love this series and always will. The first 5 books have a very special place in my heart. But this, this was an astronomical disappointment.

  10. 4 out of 5

    maité

    ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 4.5 / 5 it’s over y’all, can’t believe it. not going to lie, this was my least favorite of them all but i’m going to give it a 5 star rating because it’s the ending and i’m kinda emotional. what a ride it’s been, wow, these characters are now part of me and i will forever remember them. nothing more to say, but stay peculiar folks!! ———————————————————————— I'M ACTUALLY SO SO EXCITED EVEN THO WE DON'T KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT THIS BOOK. i'm calling it now, it will be a 5 star read as always, th ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 4.5 / 5 it’s over y’all, can’t believe it. not going to lie, this was my least favorite of them all but i’m going to give it a 5 star rating because it’s the ending and i’m kinda emotional. what a ride it’s been, wow, these characters are now part of me and i will forever remember them. nothing more to say, but stay peculiar folks!! ———————————————————————— I'M ACTUALLY SO SO EXCITED EVEN THO WE DON'T KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT THIS BOOK. i'm calling it now, it will be a 5 star read as always, these books never disappoint! *update*: Y’ALL WE FINALLY HAVE A COVER AND A DATE AAAAH IT’S COMING TO AN END SOON AND THERE WILL BE LOTS OF TEARS IM NOT READY

  11. 4 out of 5

    Sara (A Gingerly Review)

    Outstanding way to end a series.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Laura ☾

    That was a very very disappointing finale honestly. RTC

  13. 4 out of 5

    Sophia Ioana

    If Jacob and Emma don’t get back togheter, Imma cry. Also imma cry because they deal again with Caul but there’s no Emma 😭😭😭😭🤧😭😭😭😭

  14. 4 out of 5

    Hadie

    This was just... I'm really at a loss for words. This was hands down the worst trilogy I have ever read. It "almost" reaches the star wars sequel level of bad. Yes, really. Not only does books 4,5 and 6 completely undo the original trilogy, it goes off on a completely irrelevant tangent, destroying figuratively all of the original characters one by one, except maybe Hugh, who remains as obsessed with Fiona as ever. I really appreciate Ransom Riggs written style, always, but this trilogy had an a This was just... I'm really at a loss for words. This was hands down the worst trilogy I have ever read. It "almost" reaches the star wars sequel level of bad. Yes, really. Not only does books 4,5 and 6 completely undo the original trilogy, it goes off on a completely irrelevant tangent, destroying figuratively all of the original characters one by one, except maybe Hugh, who remains as obsessed with Fiona as ever. I really appreciate Ransom Riggs written style, always, but this trilogy had an awful plot. I don't understand why these sequels that add nothing to the plot, and do nothing but detract from them are becoming ever more popular amongst authors. I cannot fairly rate this higher than I already have.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Elvina Zafril

    The Desolations of Devil's Acre wasn't the conclusion that I hoped for. However there's a few things that I liked in this book. I liked books that is filled with action and this book is one of them. I'm pretty much loved all the creative vintage photos that the author included in but I didn't really like the plot. As what I've told in my review of the 5th book, this is like a new trilogy because it is completely different. The plot is pretty much the same and it's predictable and at some point I The Desolations of Devil's Acre wasn't the conclusion that I hoped for. However there's a few things that I liked in this book. I liked books that is filled with action and this book is one of them. I'm pretty much loved all the creative vintage photos that the author included in but I didn't really like the plot. As what I've told in my review of the 5th book, this is like a new trilogy because it is completely different. The plot is pretty much the same and it's predictable and at some point I was getting bored because of the same thing was repeated over and over. I appreciate Ransom Riggs writing but I just felt that the plot is repetitive and it wasn't good for my reading experience. They kept sneaking, fighting a bad guy and ended up back at the devil's acre. Too bad they had to face Caul again. The romance part could be better if Jacob has less love interest. I'm so glad that Jacob didn't end up together with Emma. I didn't like Emma much hahaha. I was hoping Noor's character will be better than in The Conference of the Birds, but no I didn't get that. As I'm writing this review, I can feel that I'm slowly forgetting about a lot of characters. Too many characters appeared, sometimes I think they shouldn't be there. Overall, I still think that this is the whole new trilogy. So if you don't want to read book 4, 5 and 6, it's totally fine. Thank you Times Reads for sending me a copy of The Desolations of Devil's Acre in return for an honest review. This book is available at all good bookstores.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jaime Hall

    the 5th books ending was so confusing, so I was searching the ending to try and understand it, then I found out that's another one coming!!!!!!!!!!!!! Oh my GOD, I cant wait till it comes out. im jumping up and down, I cant WAIT ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh the 5th books ending was so confusing, so I was searching the ending to try and understand it, then I found out that's another one coming!!!!!!!!!!!!! Oh my GOD, I cant wait till it comes out. im jumping up and down, I cant WAIT ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

  17. 5 out of 5

    Brandi

    I need this book now! You can't just leave me hanging like that! I need this book now! You can't just leave me hanging like that!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Guylou (Two Dogs and a Book)

    📚 Hello Book Friends! This is it! This is the end of the Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children Series by Ransom Riggs (Well! At least I hope it is!!). I finished reading the sixth book entitled THE Desolations OF DEVIL’S ACRE. It was a great ending to a great series. The book is filled with action, dilemmas, and courageous acts of self-sacrifice. If you have not read this series, I recommend you read the books in order. One thing I loved about this series is the used of old vintage pictures to show 📚 Hello Book Friends! This is it! This is the end of the Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children Series by Ransom Riggs (Well! At least I hope it is!!). I finished reading the sixth book entitled THE Desolations OF DEVIL’S ACRE. It was a great ending to a great series. The book is filled with action, dilemmas, and courageous acts of self-sacrifice. If you have not read this series, I recommend you read the books in order. One thing I loved about this series is the used of old vintage pictures to show what is described in the story. The pictures are so unusual and strange and are perfect for these supernatural novels. “Miss Peregrine” was not conceived or composed with a young-adult audience in mind, but its central premise — about people who are “peculiar” in various ways and must struggle not only to survive but also to save the clueless rest of humanity from violent evildoers — is certainly adolescent-friendly. #bookstadog #poodles #poodlestagram #poodlesofinstagram #furbabies #dogsofinstagram #bookstagram #dogsandbooks #bookishlife #bookishlove #bookstagrammer #books #booklover #bookish #bookaholic #reading #readersofinstagram #instaread #ilovebooks #bookishcanadians #canadianbookstagram #bookreviewer #bookcommunity #bibliophile #thedesolationsofdevilsacre #ransomriggs #duttonbooks #penguinbooks #bookreview

  19. 4 out of 5

    Holly

    3 stars (though Not for the right reasons) The desolation of devils acre is the sixth book in the miss peregrines home for peculiar children series, or as I like to think of it; the third book in the second trilogy of the miss peregrines universe. If we look at the second trilogy (books 4-6) and compact it to the first than I must admit even though I very much liked map of days I found myself being underwhelmed by the last two instalments of the series. The characters spend a lot of time sneakin 3 stars (though Not for the right reasons) The desolation of devils acre is the sixth book in the miss peregrines home for peculiar children series, or as I like to think of it; the third book in the second trilogy of the miss peregrines universe. If we look at the second trilogy (books 4-6) and compact it to the first than I must admit even though I very much liked map of days I found myself being underwhelmed by the last two instalments of the series. The characters spend a lot of time sneaking away behind miss peregrines back, and, whilst as the series has gone on a can’t really stand any of the yembrenes,  she doesn’t deserve that so often. Everything during this point just became predictable. It was the same old, same old.  Sneak off, travel to loop, fight a baddie, come back to devils acre. Even in the conference of the birds I found myself not particularly liking Noor. There’s nothing bad about her but I don’t feel like she’s a particularly useful character through it all, I don’t really like the “chose one for fills a prophesy” trope. she barley even uses her power in the last book apart from the end. Though I understand why Emma and Jacob broke up (let’s act like we weren’t all rooting for that to happen), I don’t think he needed to have another love interest, not so quickly and definitely not with Noor who’s rather bland. Also there has become such a huge cast that half the time I can’t keep track of who’s who and what power they had. On every excursion too many people tagged along when they had no reason to be there. Throughout this book I found myself wishing it would end quicker. I give it three stars mainly for nostalgia because the the first trilogy was so good with setting up world building and though a map of days it had potential. I was disappointed.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Erin

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. All’s well that ends well. I liked this last instalment of this series. Same great pace, same adventure, same absorbing story of good vs evil. Except: it needed a good edit, and there was a multitude of mistakes. Characters had dialogue although they weren’t supposedly present in a scene, Jacob explained a character doing or saying something when in the previous chapter that character had taken their leave from the main story and weren’t actually there. Mix ups with character names. These mistake All’s well that ends well. I liked this last instalment of this series. Same great pace, same adventure, same absorbing story of good vs evil. Except: it needed a good edit, and there was a multitude of mistakes. Characters had dialogue although they weren’t supposedly present in a scene, Jacob explained a character doing or saying something when in the previous chapter that character had taken their leave from the main story and weren’t actually there. Mix ups with character names. These mistakes happened so many times that by the end it was astounding that it hadn’t been picked up. And it seriously detracted from my enjoyment of the story. There’s were also far too many characters to keep a track of, which left not much opportunity for character growth. And also they’re stories just finished at the battle, we didn’t get their endings - which after spending so much time with them was a bit of a let down. I was invested in the likes of Horatio, and Addison, and many others but have no closure for them. In the end, I liked it but didn’t love it.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Matthew Mccounagh

    So anyways... The ship has officially sunk. No Emma and Jacob in this book. Like we had the first trilogy with these couple, but the newest ones replace her with Noor. It is an unsettling feeling.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Cheyenne

    SOOOOO I like NEED Ransom to continue to write beautiful pieces like this series. I'm likely going to bawl my eyes out when i finish this book due to how much i LOVE the series. Ransom Riggs you are truly one of my FAVORITE authors. PLEASE WRITE MORE ADVENTURES FOR US!!!!!!!!! SOOOOO I like NEED Ransom to continue to write beautiful pieces like this series. I'm likely going to bawl my eyes out when i finish this book due to how much i LOVE the series. Ransom Riggs you are truly one of my FAVORITE authors. PLEASE WRITE MORE ADVENTURES FOR US!!!!!!!!!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Sara Lissabet

    I’ve come to the loop late...feeling adrift (like Olive?) after reading the first five books in two weeks. It’s like I’ve hit the Fever Ditch without book #6...

  24. 4 out of 5

    Rinske

    I'm gonna miss going on adventures with Miss Peregrine's peculiars, but I love how the ending has made the series come full circle! I'm gonna miss going on adventures with Miss Peregrine's peculiars, but I love how the ending has made the series come full circle!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Toby Pitts

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. -Ok, here we go-SPOILERS-Spoilers SPOILERS Please remember, I love this series as a whole. Some of my whining feels petty. I'm fully capable of admitting this but not ashamed enough to restrict it. I've sat and simmered on my thoughts like a nice stew. First, I should state that I truly struggled rating this book. It was a low tier three if not a two for me. Mostly because I found much of it to feel like a re-reading grind. The length was unnecessary, flooded with scenes I didn't care about. I di -Ok, here we go-SPOILERS-Spoilers SPOILERS Please remember, I love this series as a whole. Some of my whining feels petty. I'm fully capable of admitting this but not ashamed enough to restrict it. I've sat and simmered on my thoughts like a nice stew. First, I should state that I truly struggled rating this book. It was a low tier three if not a two for me. Mostly because I found much of it to feel like a re-reading grind. The length was unnecessary, flooded with scenes I didn't care about. I didn't mind where we pick up. So much of this book I felt as though 'we've read this before'. It all felt all-too similar, less new and exciting. I loved seeing some of our better gifted peculiars enlisted for help. Such as needing to speak with V and our favorite dead riser doing some magic. I think the relationship between Noor and V was unfortunately lost on me. The trope of Noor finally getting to meet V with V getting murdered almost immediately really angered me. Again, I loved Enoch having such a big purpose, however, we've just spent hundreds of pages attempting to learn about someone that we never end up getting to know. That felt cheap. So I was left divided. Noor, who I adored previously, felt ...annoying? That is pretty petty I suppose, but it is my honest description. I feel like in this book she was more angsty and suddenly whiney. I didn't feel pain for Noor, as intended, I felt annoyed. I realize a lot of fans loath Noor for ending the Jacob- Emma saga. This has NEVER bothered me. Personally, I think it made sense that Ransom wanted his sweet boy to end up with someone who loved him first, without having his grandpas shadow lingering over Jacobs love life for all eternity. That ending would always be cruel. The major issue is that after three books long of Jacob & Noor- they still lack chemistry. I can't put a finger on why Emma and Jacob had such outstanding chemistry- but I always loved reading about them. Their flawed relationship kept me coming back. I appreciated that Emma took a turn in the later series. First love tends to do this. I'm thankful Jacob won't be left in a strange relationship, but unfortunately his normal relationship is boring as a reader. That is an iconic problem with all YA Fiction. The more "normal" a relationship, the less interested we as readers tend to stay. Thus we read about Edwards obsession with Bella and become fascinated. It doesn't make it right. It doesn't even make it a "Better book", but it is easier to write something weird and intriguing than normal and boring. Ironically, the previous two books I was rooting for things to get better for Jacob and Noor. That I would care about 'Them', unfortunately ...I still don't care. I crave brilliant relationships in books where it is a mutual, healthy depiction ...and I care deeply to ship them. IT IS RARE. Speaking of relationships-do you know what I did, do, and will always love- Hugh and Fiona. They are in my top 5 favorite love interests of all time. It is why Map of Days and Conference were so valuable to me. For YEARS I begged ransom for answers and he gave them to me. I.Ate.IT.UP. Any scene with them was perfect. This is probably blind loyalty but I have no shame in admitting that. This book had less of them, which was to be expected, but damn, when Fiona and Hugh get to fight side by side it felt like everything I had waited for over the last 7 years. The only complaint I had was Ransom writing himself out of the plot hole. I don't like that Fiona could suddenly leave the loops. I wanted Hugh and Fiona to make the hard decision together. Hugh would stay. This was necessary. Consequence for her life. Granted- do I want them with the others? Well, yes, they are my favorites. But wants and sense do not go hand in hand. This entire story lacks consequences. I will use that word a lot...be prepared. The light eaters....ugh. Again, plots that are so drawn out for nothing. It felt so weak. I hated their big reveal that all of them weren't necessary and they just needed a bunch in case some died. Needing all of them and lacking some made for a big plot point. The peculiars would need to find another option. I liked that....only to find they only need one. I guess Ransom was going for a sacrificial lamb type of idea, but ...I don't care about any of these new peculiars. I only care about Noor, whose value went down to me. Then add in- no one knowing what was supposed to happen. As a reader I felt like, why am I reading? Ransom himself doesn't know what these kids are supposed to do?! To easily sum up my rambles I can say this. All things felt empty. Consequences never had value. Any time in the series as a whole that we should have lost someone they live. Any time someone should have been unable to come back- they do. In this big, blustery battle at the end.....no one we really know dies. This is the apocalypse. Remember the chilling beginig with BONES RAINING FROM THE SKY!?!? Damn, that was really something. I was READY for that story. I thought, hold onto this chair- we are going to go through it. ...but we don't. We never lose characters that we care about and overall that really hurts the series as a whole. Desolation is in the title, and the magic birds save basically everyone. This makes for a very weak ending. The mild moments of reality feel fake because nothing real is lost. V can't even count because we didn't care about her. The reason the Battle of Hogwarts matters so much, the reason it holds a space in our hearts and minds forever is because Lupin and Tonks will not be back for Teddy. Our hearts tore to shreds when George would be left alone ...forever. That battle mattered because there was real loss. The biggest complaint I would give , but the peregrines series as a unit is that loss is never tangible. Everyone missing or dying basically can be resurrected or saved. If a character does die- it doesn't impact much because we haven't spent time with them to care. I could re-read this a thousand times and never mourn Sebbie. But, Sirius Black's death or Dumbledoors lives rent free in my mind for eternity. (Enoch should have died at battle. I am convinced he was SUPPOSED TOO and Ransom couldn't do it. He has a line about his future and that is always a tell tale sign....but no...lives.) That being said let's talk the ending. I have to say, I was impressed with the writing improvement of battles. I felt like I understood everything going on the last hour and a half of the book. In Library of Souls this was a tangible complaint. I felt like things were muddy and I didn't understand what all was going on. Not only did this book clear up some of that old confusion, but was written very directly. It made me feel very present. I didn't mind any of the final scenes, aside that a lot of it felt....impossible. Impossible things can happen in fiction, but they need to somehow "work" and be grounded in rules. I just struggle to believe that while Jacob was dealing with all the things right in front of him, that he could have also heard how to get back into the Library from Bentham. That entire scene felt so out of reach. I liked which characters Ransom let go in for the final battle, but again- there were no consequences. Things tied up with a bow. WHY. THis was Jacobs chance to shine. This was ANY of their moments. It sounds morbid, but kill Noor and leave Jacob with Emma to work things out. Better yet, let Jacob live as a beast. ...I know, I know- I'm sick. But, for the sake of interest this is what I as a reader felt would happen. NOT A ONE IS LOST. Then we have the aging quickly problem. Our kids can leave the loop but no one else can what a dastardly problem. At the beginning of our novel the ymbrynes haven't solved this problem, which causes a huge interest for the finale. Our most beloved kids could leave behind their world, to be in the present. Miss P, Hugh, Fiona and others lost to them. But wait.... nope, this whole plot is magically cured. The weight and intrigue of all these books is lost by diminishing the ability to leave. Why? My husband listened to the last few hours with me. It was helpful to talk through what I appreciated and really hated. Having heard lots of the other books he commented how "boring" this one felt. I agree. It was boring. I don't want that to be true, however, it is. Then as we kept talking trying to decide our feelings about the ending we came to this- There is something beautiful about the very last scenes. They aren't graduating. They aren't going off into the world as adults. Unlike Potter- which is about a year per book- watching Harry and friends age, Peregrines is an incredibly short amount of time. We as readers have been invested for ten years, but Jacob is still so young. Olive is just a nugget. It's only been months for them. They didn't age with us. Watching a lot of ransoms recaps on instagram was really helpful in reminding me of this valuable fact. These characters are all just kids. The aren't ready to "leave the nest". The most beautiful scene in any of these books is certainly the last memory wiping scene for Jacob and his parents. THIS WAS OUTSTANDING WRITING. Evan and I chatted about it for a long amount of time. Jacobs dad acknowledging and both saying goodbye to his father and his son without entirely comprehending it all was devastating. It was absolutely outstanding and heart wrenching. We paused the audio and re-listened to a bit of it. This was the story telling I was here for. Jacob makes an adult decision for parents who can't cope with his life change. He thinks of them before himself, while also letting himself leave blood for a deeper family connection of friendship. I don't think that scene is for every reader. Not everyone will understand how huge this scene is. But, for those of us who have had to build a family it was huge. Then, symbolically, he leaves them forever, to eat dinner with the family he chose. The place he could be entirely himself. It was really beautifully done. Do I love that the final moments are tied up neatly with a bow? Absolutely not. Do I think Ransom can defend this decision. Yes, but only because of how short this timeline is. I am excited to hear other stories from this world. I adore these characters. They are so unique and beautifully built. I with things could have been a bit more tangible, but I do also love that any time I need to find them, they are safe and sound in Miss P's odd little house. There is something wonderful about that. It is rare to read a wholesome ending. Children typically write their own stories to be "happily ever after", it is what they are taught to do. These characters getting to live that out while finally aging forward is something I can cling to amongst the imperfections. *applauds I also have to note. I received one of Ransoms pre-order maps and it is STUNNING. Of anything bookish I have ever received, this is by far the most special. I can't believe how LARGE it is. Truly, I will forever be a fan. If you haven't read Tales of the Pecuilars, I highly recommend it. I long for more stories just like those. The one about the girl and the ghost is a JOY. Ps... I am holding out for a side story where we get more of Millard and Lilly. I NEED THAT CONTENT. Pss. Enoch and the intern ...I need that content too

  26. 5 out of 5

    Frank

    Yes yes yes yes! I was just scrolling through my want to read section and found that there was now a confirmed release date, title, cover and description for this book. I finished the Conference of the Birds in two days and now can’t wait to get my greasy mitts on the final installation into this killer series. I cannot decide whether I even want this series to end! Thank you Mr Riggs for your amazing books!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Elle Bruce

    I need it to be out already

  28. 5 out of 5

    One Cool Cat

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. An okay ending to an okay series. The premise and world building is pretty great, I think. The author tied in old photographs in the first three books much more seamlessly, and it felt a bit forced and gimmicky to me in the last three. Overall, I felt that the actual execution of the last three books was also a bit lacking. Do I regret reading all six books? No. But also I regret reading very few books in life. This book was definitely interesting and I like following interesting and compelling c An okay ending to an okay series. The premise and world building is pretty great, I think. The author tied in old photographs in the first three books much more seamlessly, and it felt a bit forced and gimmicky to me in the last three. Overall, I felt that the actual execution of the last three books was also a bit lacking. Do I regret reading all six books? No. But also I regret reading very few books in life. This book was definitely interesting and I like following interesting and compelling characters through to the author's conclusion (which is why I often choose not to pick up a series until it's finished). I'm not sure I would have made the same choices in the story had I written or edited this book. The relationships felt a little stale and forced, in general but especially between Jacob and Noor, and I wondered a few times whether some characters were acting unusual or if I just forgot what they were like since I've read the last three books as they were released instead of quickly together. Riggs is good at plot twists-- there's often unforseen turns throughout the book, partly because the world he created is pretty eccentric. Maybe because of this, I felt lost at times in this last book. I felt like he opened up ideas without fully exploring them, at least to my satisfaction. Perhaps there are plans for more books to flesh some of those ideas out, but it felt rushed and incomplete at times. I feel like these books are marketed to the general ya crowd, which is probably the right audience. However, I do think maybe readers should know that there's a pretty high body count in this book, and death and bleak philosophies are at the core of the book. It's not problematic, per se, but also not everyone's cup of tea. I did feel like the author/ Jacob were overly apathetic about how many people died in this one. There was basically no consideration of death and killing, even though there's a lot of it here, and often at Jacob's hands. I had a hard time keeping track of all the characters. I wanted to care about everyone, but the plot moved fast and Jacob mostly spent time with half a dozen people. I still felt I had to keep track of maybe a dozen more characters on top of that, and it was just too much. Also, too many characters have names that start with H. I had to stop and think about which H character was mentioned every time. The ending itself was very neat and tied everything back to the beginning pretty nicely. That being said, everything else is so morally grey that I was not totally pleasantly surprised by the happy ending. I wanted more grit there, but instead even Noor, an outsider to the beginning story, is content to go back to the Cairnholm loop. I usually can sum up the basic idea behind a book or series pretty easily when I'm finished. This series was clearly touching on discrimination, fitting in, being weird, and finding confidence at its core. There's the ww2-esque fight against a clearly evil force that almost wins (with frequent allusions to real ww2). Books 4-6 touch on government and authority, as well as how Jacob's relationships change as he matures, most particularly shown through Jacob's relationships with Emma, his grandpa, and Miss Peregrine. That being said, I'm not 100% that I get what Riggs was really trying to say. It wasn't clear he knew himself and was maybe just exploring ideas without a clear philosophy. Or maybe I just didn't get this book, which made me fall away from the other five, too. I'd give it 2 stars, maybe 2.5. Mostly I was disappointed that the author seemed to lose control of the story. It was very interesting and I would recommend the series to others... But I felt that the story wasn't quite what it should have been. Maybe that's the editor's fault, I guess, but the last three books needed a bit more polishing. Stopping at book three is probably an ok move, though finishing all six isn't a total waste of time, either.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Ashley Daviau

    I was both excited and terrified to read this book. Excited because I’m invested in this series now and I couldn’t wait to see how it all ended. Terrified because I’ve become so invested in this series and these characters and I want nothing but good for my precious babies. I’m glad to say that it was everything I could have hoped for and more as an ending to what’s become a new favourite young adult series. It had it all; it made me laugh and sob and want to throw the book across the room and h I was both excited and terrified to read this book. Excited because I’m invested in this series now and I couldn’t wait to see how it all ended. Terrified because I’ve become so invested in this series and these characters and I want nothing but good for my precious babies. I’m glad to say that it was everything I could have hoped for and more as an ending to what’s become a new favourite young adult series. It had it all; it made me laugh and sob and want to throw the book across the room and hug it to my chest and just hold it close. And it’s just such a visually stunning book, I’ll never get over how good looking it it! Between the chapter headings and the photos, it’s absolutely beautiful to take in. It was an absolutely brilliant and perfect conclusion to an amazing series and I couldn’t have loved it more!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Carter

    I need some time to process my emotions. This book wrecked me

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