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LOST IN THE MOMENT AND FOUND by Seanan McGuire

A young girl discovers an infinite variety of worlds in this standalone tale in the Hugo and Nebula Award-winning Wayward Children series from Seanan McGuire, Lost in the Moment and Found.

Welcome to the Shop Where the Lost Things Go.

If you ever lost a sock, you’ll find it here.
If you ever wondered about favorite toy from childhood… it’s probably sitting on a shelf in the back.
And the headphones that you swore that this time you’d keep safe? You guessed it….

Antoinette has lost her father. Metaphorically. He’s not in the shop, and she’ll never see him again. But when Antsy finds herself lost (literally, this time), she finds that however many doors open for her, leaving the Shop for good might not be as simple as it sounds.

And stepping through those doors exacts a price.

Lost in the Moment and Found tells us that childhood and innocence, once lost, can never be found.


Title : Lost in the Moment and Found
Author : Seanan McGuire
Series : Wayward Children (book three)
Format : eARC
Page Count : 160
Genre : YA fantasy
Publisher : Tordotcom
Release Date : January 10, 2023

Reviewer : Hollis
Rating : ★ ★ ★ ★ 


Hollis’ 4 star review

This story had me in a chokehold the moment I read the dedication and my heart was immediately broken into bits — which reminds me, there is an author’s note and content warning so please be mindful before picking this one up. Due to the one-connected, one-standalone pattern, this particular instalment isn’t part of the main storyline and instead focuses on Antsy, a young girl who runs away from home rather than face the horrors that await her at the hands of her stepfather, and, stepping through a door (which also happens to be a Door), finds herself in a junk shop housing lost things; of which she, herself, has become one.

Unlike most instalments, main plot or otherwise, this doesn’t have a lot going on. It’s a very quiet book which is incredibly fitting considering the subject matter of the beginning and also the themes for the rest of the story. And while I didn’t break down and cry (though I foresee one particular scene maybe being cause for many a tear, though I’m not sure why I didn’t shed any myself!), this somehow still packed a punch.

This series had been on a downward trajectory for me up until the last book and I’m delighted that I’ve loved one of these enough to again award a four star (only the second ever). I hope that means we only continue to go up — though I’d be just as happy to stay steady here! — because I do love the concept of this series, I admire the themes, and often I’ll even enjoy the characters. And yet somehow they never combine into a win. But this time? They did.

As this reads as a standalone, even if you aren’t invested in this series already, I would highly recommend it.

** I received an ARC from NetGalley and the publisher (thank you!) in exchange for an honest review. **

WHERE THE DROWNED GIRLS GO by Seanan McGuire

Welcome to the Whitethorn Institute. The first step is always admitting you need help, and you’ve already taken that step by requesting a transfer into our company.

There is another school for children who fall through doors and fall back out again. It isn’t as friendly as Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children. And it isn’t as safe.

When Eleanor West decided to open her school, her sanctuary, her Home for Wayward Children, she knew from the beginning that there would be children she couldn’t save; when Cora decides she needs a different direction, a different fate, a different prophecy, Miss West reluctantly agrees to transfer her to the other school, where things are run very differently by Whitethorn, the Headmaster.

She will soon discover that not all doors are welcoming… 


Title : Where The Drowned Girls Go
Author : Seanan McGuire
Series : Wayward Children (book seven)
Format : eARC
Page Count : 160
Genre : fantasy
Publisher : Tordotcom
Release Date : January 4, 2022

Reviewer : Hollis
Rating : ★ ★ ★ .5 


Hollis’ 3.5 star review

This is easily my favourite in the series in what feels like a long long time. Since book one, really. And I couldn’t tell you what specifically about this seventh instalment did what the previous five couldn’t. I really have no idea.

Maybe it was finally having a story that featured this other school? The very anti-thesis of the Home for Wayward Children? Maybe it was Cora? Maybe it was all of it.

I’ll admit, I had forgotten most of what preceded this book which was a bit of a problem initially as so much depends on knowing what Cora experienced since returning from her Door. But it is more or less glossed over and hinted at, I just wish I had a better understanding. Regardless, though, the point is less what came before and what Cora wants of her future; mostly, to have one. Which brings her to ask for a transfer to Whitethorn. If only she really knew what she was asking for..

This place hurts people. It makes them crawl into their own hearts to be safe, and then turns those hearts against them.”

Again, I really did love pretty much everything about this one. I’m even almost tempted to round up on it. I don’t imagine we’ll see a continuation of this particular plot/cliffhanger in book eight, as they seem to switch off, but I can’t wait to reunite with these characters and see how they might come back and save those still at Whitethorn. If they do.. who knows!

This has been a strange series for me. One I love in concept but not always in execution; and my relationship with this author, particularly under this penname, has been fraught with this kind of pattern. But it’s books like this one, it’s remembering she’s also Mira Grant, that keep me coming back and refusing to throw in the towel. And I’m so glad for that.

** I received an ARC from the publisher (thank you!) in exchange for an honest review. **