Series: Wayward Children (Book 1)
Print Length: 174 Pages
Publisher: Tor.com (April 5, 2016)
Literature & Fiction > Contemporary Fiction > Fantasy
Format Read: Audiobook via Overlook
Eleanor West's Home for Wayward Children
Children have always disappeared under the right conditions; slipping through the shadows under a bed or at the back of a wardrobe, tumbling down rabbit holes and into old wells, and emerging somewhere... else.
But magical lands have little need for used-up miracle children.
Nancy tumbled once, but now she's back. The things she's experienced... they change a person. The children under Miss West's care understand all too well. And each of them is seeking a way back to their own fantasy world.
But Nancy's arrival marks a change at the Home. There's a darkness just around each corner, and when tragedy strikes, it's up to Nancy and her new-found schoolmates to get to the heart of things.
I first starting hearing about this book around the time it came out. For some reason, I never added it to my list of books that I wanted to read. It wasn't that I disliked the synopsis or anything. I just wanted that interested in picking it up or adding it to my already too large of a TBR. Flash forward about a year and a half & guess what... I finally jumped on the Wayward Children bandwagon. All thanks to Overdrive for offering it as an audiobook to borrow.
The first half, or so, of this book was quite enjoyable to me. I found myself quickly falling in love with the characters and becoming emerged into the story. There was a light banter to go with the slightly dark fantastical element. It was nice. However, my excitement started to fizzle out about midway. The story was still alright but for some reason (maybe it was just me but...) it seemed that the second half of the story was rushed. I wanted more than what was given to us as readers. I wanted more of these characters who I had found myself so interested in. It left me feeling, well... sad.
With that being said, I still want to give credit for the amazing diversity in this story. It is this variety in representation that helped me bump up my star rating. And it is also this fact that will eventually bring me to read (or listen) to the following books in this series.
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