on April 5th 2016
Genres: Magical Fantasy
Reaction Upon Reading: Weird and Wonderful
“You’re nobody’s doorway but your own, and the only one who gets to tell you how your story ends is you.”
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.
“She was a story, not an epilogue.”
After the first chapter I was hooked. The description and world building of other realms/doorways enticed me to read more.I enjoyed the quirky characters I had already met and I immediately needed to know if Nancy would ever make it back to the Halls of the Dead.
“You want to go back, and so you hold on to the habits you learned while you were traveling, because it’s better that admitting the journey’s over.”
- A quick read
- Don’t mistake this for being a light read. It was exciting and gritty. It was quick because it was short and I devoured it.
- The Halls of the Dead
- I find the realms they have been to so interesting and captivating.
- I could read stories set in all of the realms. I love the way they are described and different characters fit into each of them.
- She is asexual
- I love the world she came from; the idea of her being a still statue is so intriguing.
- I need to know more about what happens next for her and her time in the Halls of the Dead.
- Kade is the boy who lives in the attic. He went to fairyland and killed a Goblin King. He was once a little girl snatched by fairies and now he is a very good looking boy. The fairies were tricked because he’s transgender. Ummm how can you not love that whole set up?
- This books includes a lot of gender/sexuality expressions
- The book is equal parts comical to serious.
- One minute Sumi is talking about masturbating and the next minute people are dying.
- There is a strong theme of belonging
- All the kids just want to go back to the world they belong to
- All these words are extremely different and tethered to each person’s emotional need/s
- I wonder what my world would look like?
- The ending is open…because there is another book!
- I found the directions extremely confusing – Logic || Nonsense || Virtue || Wicked
- On top of all of that whimsy and wild are like minor directions
- The cover
- I feel like they could have done a much better job on this.
“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.”
Reactions, Questions and Ramblings:
- The school appears to be one thing but its not
- Like Hogwarts and Camp Half Blood
- Can I go?
- The description of Nancy is to die for
- Bone white hair, black pants, black boots, pale ice eyes and a pink daisy suitcase
- Not sure I am a fan of the name Nancy. It isn’t a name that makes me think “Oh she is going to be a badass.”
- I think I would be a perplexed if some strange woman was asking me if I was from another world, but thankfully not the kind with vampires… umm what the?!
- Why is the ‘now’ not real?
- What’s this nonsense about doors?
- Nancy went to the halls of the dead – that doesn’t sound good.
- I am genuinely intrigued by this book. I think the description is bang on. I feel like I am there. I have such a vivid picture of the house and the other ‘realms’.
- I think I would like Wicked and Wild
- What do we think about Eleanor the headmistress of the school…I haven’t made my mind up out this yet.
- What has happened to Sumi?
- Time to start putting together some outlandish theories.
- Do we trust Jack and Jill?
- Which one is telling the truth about their time ‘away’?
- I think I trust Jack more than Jill. Jill seems shifty.
- Who decides who gets to go back?
- Obviously Nancy is going to be different. The chosen one?
- I like how matter of fact this author writes the events that transpire
- “Angela’s scream sent the crow flapping off into the morning sky. It didn’t wake Loriel.”
- We already knew Loriel was dead but the author reminds you in a way the shows finality. I like that.
- Why is everyone dying? Is the lord from the halls of the dead returned and looking for his bride?
- So far this person has taken hands and eyes. Are they building a body to enter all the realms…oh god!
- World Walkers
- I like that analogy
- I’m beginning to suspect Lundy doesn’t want anyone to return through their doors. Do we trust her? I think we have to trust her because Eleanor does.
- Jack was with the mad scientist and slept on a autopsy table while Jill lived with the vampire dressing pretty and killing the town’s children. I don’t know who had it worst?
- Where was Loriel pointing because we all know it wasn’t into thin air!
- And it all clicks into place.
- OMG I need the next book!!!
“Doors opened everywhere. Maybe one day, the children of this world who had gone to that world to save themselves would see a door that didn’t fit right with the walls around it, something with a doorknob made of a moon, or a knocker that winked. Maybe they could still go home,”
This book was so odd and charming.
How do you sum up a book that is equal parts dark and twisted mixed together with rainbows and fairies?
Basically you can’t.
I am so in love with it I have already jumped onto Book Depository and ordered the hardback edition. I am close to giving it 5 stars and I may still change my rating. I’m just so precious with my 5 star ratings. I tend to reserve them for the creme dela creme of fiction.
In a nut shell…I love the world building. I thought the characters were well developed and complex. I want to read more.
Side note: I didn’t know this was a series?! Woooop.
What did you think of this book?
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