Where the Drowned Girls Go by Seanan McGuire Publisher: Tor Dot Com Publication date: 04 January 2022 Genre: Fantasy Page count: 160 pages Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This review is spoiler-free. Welcome to the Whitethorn Institute. The first step is … Continue reading Book Review: Where the Drowned Girls Go by Seanan McGuire
My interest in Into the Drowning Deep can be summarised in two words: killer mermaids. Add on the fact that Mira Grant is a pen name for Seanan McGuire, the author of the Wayward Children series, and I knew this was a book I had to read. Ultimately, I was left a little disappointed -- while Into the Drowning Deep had fantastic bits, the overall book just didn’t quite work for me.
I have a funny relationship with the Wayward Children series -- two of the books are my absolute favourite fantasy books, one I really hated, and another left me feeling very ‘meh’. I was very excited to read Come Tumbling Down, but also very cautious due to my mixed feelings on the series so far. Ultimately, this book was just fine, although I think I have now figured out what works and doesn't work for me with this series.
The Wayward Children series has been such a rollercoaster for me so far. Every Heart a Doorway is basically perfect, Down Among the Sticks and Bones was infuriating and disappointing, and Beneath the Sugar Sky was a good read but nowhere near as great as the first book. I was so apprehensive about reading the fourth instalment in the series, In an Absent Dream, but I knew I had to give it a try because I love the concept so much. I’m so pleased to say that In an Absent Dream really turned the series around for me and is such a beautiful book.
The Wayward Children series has been quite a rollercoaster ride for me. I absolutely adored Every Heart a Doorway and despised Down Among the Sticks and Bones. I wasn’t entirely sure how to feel when I picked up Beneath the Sugar Sky, the third book in the series. Would I be delighted? Disappointed? Underwhelmed? The first two books felt like they were written by two different people -- would I get the writing style I loved so much in Every Heart a Doorway back again?
If you have seen my review of the first book in this series, Every Heart a Doorway, you’ll know that I absolutely loved it -- I thought it was perfection. So I naturally had high expectations Down Among the Sticks and Bones, the second book in the series. It features more of the weird and wonderful worlds McGuire created in the first book. It tells the back story of two of my favourite students at Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children. What could possibly go wrong?
I didn’t really know what to expect from Every Heart a Doorway, but I liked the concept well enough. I didn't actually read the synopsis because from what I had heard around the bookish community, this weemed like one of those books that you should just tumble into. I asked for it and the two sequels for my birthday and started right away. Oh boy, oh boy. I never, ever, EVER say this, but I feel like this book was written for me.