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A FRAGILE PEACE. AN APOCRYPHAL WARNING. CHAOS WAITING IN THE HEART OF THE STORM. 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 loo A FRAGILE PEACE. AN APOCRYPHAL WARNING. CHAOS WAITING IN THE HEART OF THE STORM. 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.


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A FRAGILE PEACE. AN APOCRYPHAL WARNING. CHAOS WAITING IN THE HEART OF THE STORM. 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 loo A FRAGILE PEACE. AN APOCRYPHAL WARNING. CHAOS WAITING IN THE HEART OF THE STORM. 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.

30 review for The Conference of the Birds

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jesse (JesseTheReader)

    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 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.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Sam

    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 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.

  3. 5 out of 5

    The Burning Rose (Jess)

    Sweet Lord, this is totally my favorite book cover from the series 😍😍

  4. 4 out of 5

    Harley

    This was super disappointing. All books before this one were a five stars for me (at least for when I last read them), but I actually felt agitated whilst reading this because I just wanted it to end. It's easier to talk about what I didn't like so get ready for a ramble. So. With A Map of Days, the plot was slow and steady, introducing you to this new side of the peculiar world, and it was detailed and felt well thought through. This book was a mess in comparison. Firstly, I'm not into the prop This was super disappointing. All books before this one were a five stars for me (at least for when I last read them), but I actually felt agitated whilst reading this because I just wanted it to end. It's easier to talk about what I didn't like so get ready for a ramble. So. With A Map of Days, the plot was slow and steady, introducing you to this new side of the peculiar world, and it was detailed and felt well thought through. This book was a mess in comparison. Firstly, I'm not into the prophecy storyline whatsoever. It feels like such a waste of time. We spent the original trilogy defeating the bad guy (maybe minor spoiler to come) for the bad guy to make a comeback through a prophecy, which literally just involves a list that the wights have to follow. That was put vaguely but anyway, I found it so boring. Also in A Map of Days, I was intrigued because I felt like all the characters were about to grow. We've been through so much with them, surely Jacob will act or think differently, but he felt exactly the same, and he felt so flat. The romance too, felt so flat. The writing felt so flat. It was just flat. I don't know if my tastes have just dramatically changed or something, but this just wasn't enjoyable. Yes, I still love the peculiar world, and enjoyed being back with most of the characters, but it's never a good sign if you actually want a book to be over. I am hoping the final book changes my opinions :(

  5. 5 out of 5

    Alayne Emmett

    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.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Hannah

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. 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 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.

  7. 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 ★★★★☆ 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 i 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.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Erin Clemence

    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 pecu 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.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Ashley Daviau

    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 real 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!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Chad

    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 f 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.

  11. 5 out of 5

    The Nerd Daily

    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 lackey 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!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Truebluedah ♪

    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.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jess the Shelf-Declared Bibliophile

    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.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Lauren

    I love this series so much - EURGH that ending! Next one comes out next week, right? Right??

  15. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Churchill

    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 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.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Mel

    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. A 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. A spoiler will follow this message: 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.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Trisha

    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 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).

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kelly (Diva Booknerd)

    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 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.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Angela Magic Art

    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 d 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.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Josh (Beards & Books)

    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 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! 🌟 🌟 🌟

  21. 4 out of 5

    Marah Marina Al Achkar

    Hi 👋🏼 I can't wait to read this book. Bye 👋🏼👋🏼

  22. 4 out of 5

    Larry Thomsen

    Abandoned story The author starts so many interesting story lines and then throws the away without a second thought. It feels forced.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Temi Panayotova

    There will be another one after this?! I tought this was the last. OMG

  24. 4 out of 5

    Sofia

    The quality of these sequels is deteriorating. Hollow City was great, and I actually forgot the names of the next ones because they were extremely bad. The charm of the original book is completely gone here. The peculiar world is no longer intriguing, the new characters are exact replicas of the old ones, the gang isn't even together anymore, Miss Peregrine does nothing except yell at the kids - I am so tired of this all. All I wanted was another good sequel!! Just one more!! And now Ransom Rigg The quality of these sequels is deteriorating. Hollow City was great, and I actually forgot the names of the next ones because they were extremely bad. The charm of the original book is completely gone here. The peculiar world is no longer intriguing, the new characters are exact replicas of the old ones, the gang isn't even together anymore, Miss Peregrine does nothing except yell at the kids - I am so tired of this all. All I wanted was another good sequel!! Just one more!! And now Ransom Riggs just sounds like he's writing this for the money. But anyway... The Conference of the Birds has two main problems - the characters and the plot. Oh wait, that's basically the entire book. Whoops. First of all, the characters are so humdrum. Noor is an exact copy of Emma. Poor Emma does only one thing, and that's sit there and be jealous. She deserves more than that. The American peculiars are whiny and willing to start a war over a single peculiar. A single peculiar!! And since when was there a war about to happen in America? And then... there's this train wreck of a plot. Besides the random American war, what's all this about a prophecy? And a Chosen One? Did I miss something? Are we reading Percy Jackson or Harry Potter now? This "prophecy" is only mentioned a tiny bit and never explained, which means we'll have plenty of agonizing sequels to come... 😫 Which I will not read. Apparently, Caul wanted to get stuck in a collapsed loop so he could break out? What? And the ingredients to get out are so random. Why would a beating heart and a worm open a loop? That makes no sense. This book is starting to sound like an early reader's chapter book about a witch going on an adventure on Halloween night. And these ingredients were written on the back of a grocery list in a desk drawer. Maximum security, indeed. Plus, this entire book revolves around the bad guy escaping and plotting some nefarious scheme. He was already defeated. This is getting old. MAKE A NEW VILLAIN!!!!!! PLEASE!!!! DON'T BE LAZY!!! JUST DO IT!!! It actually sounds a lot like The Rise of Skywalker, if you think about it - villain coming back from the dead? No? And all of a sudden, Caul is sending out dream messages because he can do that now. He can do anything, apparently. There is one good thing that happened, though - they found Fiona! Finally. I was so mad because they just forgot about her and gave up on searching, despite her being their friend and also having the most amazing peculiarity. I sympathized with Hugh here - Noor walks in and suddenly everyone's searching for her Mama V, but absolutely no one was trying to find Fiona. That is despicable. Overall, this book lacked any of the charm of the original. It felt cheap, almost like 300+ pages of trash. Unfortunately, it made me kind of think badly of the original, which is a crime. Anyway, it was horrible and I never want to see it or Noor again.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Elvina Zafril

    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 ha 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.

  26. 4 out of 5

    ~Sofia~

    Ahhh How exciting that we get another book in this fabulous series! I was ecstatic to read this one, even though the last wasn’t the best it pains me to say. However I was still excited and pre-ordered a signed copy as soon as I could. So, we continue with Jacob and his peculiar friends. This book does not disappoint. It has everything that you would expect from this Fantasy series. There are explosions, revelations and despair. Ransom Riggs creates a masterpiece by entwining vintage photographs Ahhh How exciting that we get another book in this fabulous series! I was ecstatic to read this one, even though the last wasn’t the best it pains me to say. However I was still excited and pre-ordered a signed copy as soon as I could. So, we continue with Jacob and his peculiar friends. This book does not disappoint. It has everything that you would expect from this Fantasy series. There are explosions, revelations and despair. Ransom Riggs creates a masterpiece by entwining vintage photographs he has found on his travels and weaving them into this captivating storyline. All the usual subjects feature in this adventure including many new faces. The characters are just as witty and charming, you will instantly feel part of the gang once again. The pieces of the puzzle slowly come together and I was pleased to see the storyline progress naturally. I was kept on my toes throughout. I’m so impressed how much was packed in this book. I just have to wait now for the next in the series. I’m so glad Riggs is back on fine form and bringing it all together!

  27. 4 out of 5

    143048

    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.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Abby

    Jacob is trying to get Noor out of New York and into the safety of a loop. There, they meet back up with the other peculiars and Miss Peregrine. Noor is a part of an ancient prophecy predicting the end of the world. The question is, who are the other seven? War is looming with the wights and time is ticking as the peculiars and ymbrynes learn of a list of items the wights are gathering, one that makes things all the more dangerous. And Jacob gets closer to finding V. While this book wasn't quite Jacob is trying to get Noor out of New York and into the safety of a loop. There, they meet back up with the other peculiars and Miss Peregrine. Noor is a part of an ancient prophecy predicting the end of the world. The question is, who are the other seven? War is looming with the wights and time is ticking as the peculiars and ymbrynes learn of a list of items the wights are gathering, one that makes things all the more dangerous. And Jacob gets closer to finding V. While this book wasn't quite as good as others in the series, I was still entertained. Noor is a great addition as a character and it was cool to see a bit more of the American loops along with spending more time in the present day.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Shog Al Maskery

    I love this series and I am excited for what is yet to come!

  30. 4 out of 5

    MissBecka Gee

    I did not enjoy the direction the author took this in. I did not enjoy the direction the author took this in.

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