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 the matter.
No matter the cost.
My Goodreads rating: ★★★★★
Publication date: April 5th, 2016
Many thanks to Tor Publishing for providing me a free copy of this ebook!
“Nobody gets to tell me how my story ends but me.”
I literally have only heard good things about this book since its release, so when I got an email from Tor offering me a free download, I jumped at the chance. And I’m so glad I did! Seanan McGuire’s writing is fantastic, and this novella is so beautifully written. I can’t say it’s lovely because there are some seriously dark moments in the plot that sort of make you go “eugh!” (I’m also pulling a face at this point but I can’t describe it in words!).
I really can’t say anything bad about this book, except I wish it were longer! There’s such a diverse cast of characters as well – an asexual MC and a trans side character among them. This story is about identity and it explores various identities so well; not just Nancy’s but the other characters’ too. I also think the murder-mystery element is done really well! I was really interested to discover who was behind that and why, and I can’t wait to explore more into these characters’ backgrounds soon.