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Synopsis:

Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children
No Solicitations
No Visitors
No Quests

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.”

Review:

This book is definitely worth the hype that it has been getting around the book community.

I must say that I was very nervous going into this book due to the fact that I have a very love-hate relationship with the more popular books that go around the bookish community. I either love those book or absolutely hate them.

I am so glad that this book happened to be one of the ones that I enjoyed.

I think that all of the characters in this book were interesting to read about. My favorite character, by far, was Jack. I found her to be very relatable to myself. Not only did she share the same name is I do, Jacqueline, but I found that the things that was was interested in similar to things that I find in myself. We are both into the kind of darker side of reality: death, forensics, that kind of stuff. I just loved her as a character.

All of the characters had some sort of aura around them that I found enjoyable. All of their personalities seemed to blend perfectly together and I loved them all. I can’t wait to see the development of their characters throughout  the rest of the series.

The plot, unfortunately, was my least favorite part of this book. While I did find it very enjoyable at times, I found there to be a lot of info-dumping throughout at least half of the book. I also wasn’t the biggest fan of the mystery element included in this story. While I did understand why it was included in the book, I don’t think it was absolutely necessary and I was able to figure out the murderer pretty easily. But other than those things, the rest of the plot was great.

The final thing I want to touch on was the amount of diversity included in this book. There was an amazing amount of it. Our main character, Nancy, is asexual which is something I had never read about. One of the side characters is trans-gender which is something that I am glad to see getting more and more attention in literature these days. I know as the series continues that there is more and more diversity being revealed and I am definitely looking forward to that.

Overall, this book was fantastic. Despite the problems I had with the plot, I think that the story was very creative and original. I can’t wait to read the next 2 books in the series in the coming months!

RATING: 4/5

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