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.
No matter the cost.
- Every Heart a Doorway
- Down Among the Sticks and Bones
- Beneath the Sugar Sky
- In an Absent Dream
I finally did it! I tried out Seanan McGuire and am SO happy I did! LOVE her style and creativity and am very much looking forward to more.
I listened to the audio book of this version and first of all, I have to admit, that I was NOT a big fan of the female narrator. Her voice was a bit annoying and I hated the Oklahoman accent she used for Kade. Almost made me dislike him as a character.
I love the whole setting, which is a school for kids and teenagers who went to a magical world and for some reason got back to their own one. They don’t feel like they belong anymore and want to find their way back. The school helps them deal with their feelings and also tries to help them get back. Sometimes doors open again, sometimes they don’t. The owner of the school, Eleanor has been to a magical world herself and knows how the kids are feeling.
Every person has unique experiences and their worlds can be very different to one another. They are separated into high logic or high nonsense worlds and can be as colourful as the care bear world above the clouds and as dark and scary as the Underworld. I loved reading about the different worlds that the characters went to and how it affected them.
Every character is unique and distinct and it was easy to feel for them and to understand their longing for the worlds they no longer have access to.
For us, places we went were home. We didn’t care if they were good or evil or neutral or what. We cared about the fact that for the first time, we didn’t have to pretend to be something we weren’t. We just got to be. That made all the difference in the world.
This is not a happy & fluffy story and definitely darker than I thought. Which is a good thing though, as it reminds me of a fairy tale.
I don’t want to say too much about the action and especially the ending, as there are a lot of surprises waiting!
I was so invested in the characters in the end and will pick up the next books in this series for sure. Not decided yet whether I choose the audio books again..
You’re nobody’s rainbow.
You’re nobody’s princess.
You’re nobody’s doorway but your own, and the only one who gets to tell you how your story ends is you.
4,5/5 Stars. I took half a star off, as I didn’t like the narrator. But apart from that it was really perfect. I almost cried in the end & books that make me that emotional are GOOD books.