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Where the Drowned Girls Go
Where the Drowned Girls Go | Seanan McGuire
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"Welcome to the Whitethorn Institute. The first step is always admitting you need help, and youve 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 couldnt 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...
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kwmg40
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Mehso-so

I liked the characters (some of whom we‘ve met before), the themes McGuire addresses and the potential of the new school setting, but I found the plot weak and the pacing inconsistent. Not one of my favourites in this series.

#BacklistReadathon @Clwojick @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Great progress!! 3d
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Karkar
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Pickpick

While I still have one more to go in the series, it is pretty safe to say this is my favorite story in the series. I was not sure at first but as I read on I fell in love with it.

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Rachiiebookdragon
Pickpick

An interesting book.

3.75/5

Read for Wayward Children readathon.

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Robotswithpersonality
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Mehso-so

Apparently this type of plot obstacle/conflict creator in stories disturbs me more than I realized. As usual in this series, the book has some good things to say, but it also felt even more rushed than usual. Did anyone else catch the weekly contact (phone call?) vs unsent letters plot hole, or did I read that wrong? I think the story did best in opening up new avenues for this series to explore - looking forward to it! ⚠️ Fatphobia, brainwashing

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Robotswithpersonality
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"Shouldn't someone have found the right answer by now?"
Good point.?

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ErraticElle
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This wasn't my favorite read in the series, but seems to open a lot of doors (pun intended) for future installments. The story did feel a bit rushed & vague & I wanted to understand more. Regardless, the plot was still very intriguing & the characters were highly interesting. Highly creative as always. While this wasn't a 5-star, it was still an excellent & fast read for me & I truly enjoyed it. I can't wait to pick up the next in the series.

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Jgacreations
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Pickpick

I loved this whole series. (Minus book 6 because my library didn‘t have it)

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Shemac77
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Pickpick

Such a beautiful series.

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Shemac77
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Gets me in the gut.

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Shemac77
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Guaranteed to be a hit

kspenmoll Beautiful salmon pink skies! (edited) 9mo
Shemac77 It was gorgeous! @kspenmoll 9mo
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Nelnjali
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I'm quite excited about my #BookSpin and my #DoubleSpin books! The first is a library book I've been super excited about reading, Where the Drown Girls Go, part of Seanan McGuire's Wayward Children series. The other is a bookclub read and a favorite book of mine, Song of Susannah, book 6 of Stephen King's Dark Tower series.

@TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 10mo
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SoManyBooksNotEnoughTime
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Pickpick

These are fairly short books but pack in a lot. The content is fantasy-esque but tends to touch on deeper topics of mental health and/or body image. This one was no different. Body image was pretty front & center. It was done tastefully, as always. This installment introduced new characters but not a new portal world. It was interesting to visit the White Thorn Institute but I really prefer the books about the different worlds behind the doors.

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BarbaraJean
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“They said it didn‘t matter what we thought the truth was; when the truth isn‘t something you can see, it‘s malleable, and because we‘re still legally children, our parents get to decide what‘s true for us. They get to say they want their ‘real‘ kids back, the ones they wanted, and not the ones they ended up with.”

Well, this sounds familiar. 😢

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AWahle
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1. Seanan McGuire/Mira Grant & Catherynne Valente
2. A cozy couch
3. Nope. Weekends are too crazy & I read a lot anyway.
#wondouswednesday @Eggs

Eggs Thanks for joining in 🙏🏻📚🤗 13mo
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archaeolibrarianologist
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Samary
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Pickpick

I‘m biased, I love these books so much. I‘ve said before and I‘ll keep saying it, I want kids just so I can read them these books!

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MidnightBookGirl
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Pickpick

I love this series, and it was nice to explore another school- even if the rigidness is terrifying. I hope this series never ends!

#Readin22 #TBR

RedxoHearts I love your graphic! This reminds me I need to catch up on these books 14mo
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AshleyKorinE
Mehso-so

This was probably my least favorite of the series that I love so very much. Cora decides to go to the Whitehorn institute to get away from evil gods from the twins world and learns it‘s a horrid trap. It was just okay, and we met new characters but I‘m not sure where McGuire plans to go from here and it left this one feeling somewhat lifeless. I gave it my lowest rating of this series, 3 stars.

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MaleficentBookDragon
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Pickpick

This book felt like a bridge to set up future stories/conflicts between the schools and was less about Cora or any of the other worlds. I was happy to see Regan again, but wished things were turning out better for her. This is still a pick for me because the series is a favorite of mine. I also loved the artwork.
My #doublespin selection for January.
#bookspin

TheAromaofBooks That artwork looks amazing! 14mo
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Soubhiville
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This was supposed to be a photo of a book about a mermaid who has been haunted by the Drowned Gods with my husband‘s Cthulu blanket… Igor photobombed. I‘m not mad 😹.

It‘s not my favorite in the series, but it‘s still great. Themes of not allowing anyone else to decide who you are, true friendship, and what being a hero really means.

Aims42 I love your Igor!!! 😻😻😻 14mo
RaeLovesToRead Hi Igor!!!! 😊👋 14mo
AmyG So handsome 14mo
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ShelleyBooksie Igor - he is so handsome!!! 14mo
DinoMom I am sure the book was lovely, but Igor is very dapper ! 14mo
WJCintron 😻 😻 😻 14mo
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GondorGirl
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Does anyone else have a routine for certain books or series?

Whenever a new Wayward Children book comes out I set aside time to listen to the audiobook straight through. Then I give myself a few days to digest before reading the physical book.

This last novella killed me. Between all of the hurt and fear Cora had, the sister school, and finding out how Riley ties in to the story...! The only thing I can BE SURE of is my love for this series.

TheSpineView Great job! 1y
TieDyeDude I don't have a routine, but I like yours! I would love to collect this series, but the only thing I'm buying right now is Murderbot, and I'm behind on reading those, debating between rereading what I've read so far first, or just continuing on. I just got Grass Fields from the library 1y
GondorGirl @TieDyeDude The Murderbot books have been on my list forever. Maybe I should move them up... 1y
TieDyeDude I've heard the audio is good for Murderbot, but I haven't given them a listen yet 1y
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bookwrm526
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I am in love with this series, and this installment was wonderful. I‘ve got to learn to read them more slowly and make them last!!! New in 2022 for #Booked22 @Cinfhen @BarbaraTheBibliophage @4thhouseontheleft

Cinfhen Beautiful photo 😍 1y
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Branwen
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YAAAASSSSSSS! MY HOLD FOR THIS FINALLY CAME IN TODAY! 🎉🎉🎉🎉 I'm so excited! I can barely wait for work to be over so I can run home and start reading it! I am definitely putting a halt on all my other current reads so I can start this asap! 😁💕📚

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khooliha
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Gotta destroy this school

ozma.of.oz Hell yeah! 🔥 1y
khooliha @ozma.of.oz If this series is ever going to get a big bad (and I'll admit that I'm not convinced it will), it has to be Whitethorn. 1y
ozma.of.oz Totally agree. There‘s more to be learned about the Institute, I‘m sure. 1y
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khooliha
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Hey, uh, how did Regan end up in this terrible place???

ozma.of.oz It sounded like her parents sent her, I think. My brain did a record scratch too! 1y
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monalyisha
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Just realized that my calendar page for this month could totally be Cora.

🎨 Art by Walker Mettling & Caitlin Cali (out of PVD).

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monalyisha
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Mehso-so

Barely enough to w(h)et my appetite, this installation in the Wayward Children series left me wanting so much more. Perhaps my least favorite book in the series. It‘s interesting in that it further develops McGuire‘s lore but I missed traveling to another world instead of just another school. Even more than the other odd-numbered books (which I always like less than the even-numbered ones), it felt like a placeholder & was lacking in fullness.👇🏻

monalyisha 1/2: The “headmaster‘s” powers didn‘t seem all that original or unique; he reminded me of lots of other Fantasy characters who came before him (most recently, Mr. Gray in Stiefvater‘s Raven Cycle - but far colder & crueler). While the lack of individuality isn‘t necessarily a bad thing (it‘s sort of fitting for who he is & what he does; a forgettable man who robs others of their identities), it wasn‘t enough to carry the story on its own. (edited) 1y
monalyisha 2/2: I‘m glad Cora got more attention. As the series continues, I can‘t wait to see what happens in her relationship with Kade. Her realization that perhaps she might “be her own door” was lovely. And I‘m eager to learn more about “the nameless girl” — hopefully in the next book! But on its own, this one was a bit of a disappointment. (edited) 1y
Branwen This picture is fantastic! 😍🌊 I'm sorry to hear this one is a bit disappointing. I'm waiting and hoping my library hold comes in soon! 1y
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Prairiegirl_reading The longer this series goes on the more I wish it would have been one 1000 page book. I haven‘t read this one yet but they seem to weakening as they go. 1y
monalyisha @Prairiegirl_reading I understand…but I *love* the size of them. They do need to be better crafted & paced, though. I know she can do it! My favorites are 2 & 4. Crossing fingers for future books. 🤞🏻🤞🏻🤞🏻 1y
monalyisha Thanks, @Branwen! I still think they‘re worth being excited about! 1y
shanaqui Hmm, I don't remember this one well enough... I'm going to have to restart the series just so I remember all the little bits of how the characters act together. 1y
monalyisha @shanaqui That‘s actually how I felt reading this. I knew Regan was from a previous story & I was pretty sure it was “the one with the horses” but I felt like I was forgetting important details from the earlier books. I think adept writers account for this “forgetfulness” on the part of their readers, though, & was slightly annoyed that McGuire hadn‘t. I actually didn‘t love that it was so tied in to the others. It felt like a piece & not a whole. 1y
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Addison_Reads
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#SeriesRead2022 @TheSpineView

I binge read the first 6 in this series again last week so I would be ready for this one when my library hold came in.

This book is a bit of a different set up than previous ones. Normally we're following the Wayward kids through a door to some magical place. In this book though we see what happens when there aren't doors to travel through.

Such a heartfelt story full of great characters. I loved it. 💚

TheSpineView Great job! 1y
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Soubhiville
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They‘re here! I picked up my holds from Book People today. Now to decide whether to set aside my current read or make them wait a little longer. (I‘m probably going to make them wait a few days.)

Addison_Reads I just finished Where the Drowned Girls Go today. I'm excited to see what you think. 1y
AmyG Yay! 1y
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monalyisha
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Good news: the sun finally came out today.

Reading Seanan McGuire on the beach isn‘t so bad.

Home tomorrow. ❄️

PurpleyPumpkin Omigosh that looks heavenly! And sandals! I feel like I forgot what those are now that we‘re in the depths of winter. Glad you‘re enjoying your getaway. ☀️ 1y
AmyG You are just lovely. 🌼 1y
wanderinglynn Great photo! And please send some sun this way! ☀️😆 1y
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Gissy Nice photo! And you look so happy! 👌 🏝☀️ 1y
Chelsea.Poole Beach! 😍 i 1y
monalyisha @wanderinglynn The other folks at my Mom‘s condo kept blaming us for bringing the cold, actually. 😆 Sadly, I don‘t think I have the powers you‘re hoping for. 1y
monalyisha @Chelsea.Poole Right?! Is there anything better than a quiet beach? 💙 1y
wanderinglynn I think you‘re may be mistaken! 😉 The sun finally showed itself today. ☀️ 1y
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thebluestocking
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This is the seventh novella in the Wayward Children series. The whole series, about children who take doors to other worlds and then come back to this one, is delightful. And this is no exception. Cora, who was a mermaid in her other world, is now haunted by the Drowned Gods. Adventure ensues.

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MaleficentBookDragon
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My hold came in! I‘m so excited for the latest in this series. I read Juice Like Wounds the other day and it just made me want to go into this world again.
Where‘s my door?
Harpy just wants her dinner. 🐈‍⬛

GondorGirl My copy is sitting at home waiting for me to get there! I'm so ready for this book! 1y
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jackilynn
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ozma.of.oz
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While the Home for Wayward Children wants you to find your door again, the Whitethorn Institute wants you to forget. When Cora transfers to try and forget what she encountered in the Moors, she discovers a dark side to the Institute.

Loved, loved this. I knew a book of Cora‘s was going to destroy me. The world expansion was great & I have so many questions! I just wish it felt more complete instead of a bridge to something bigger. 🌕🌕🌕🌕🌑

ozma.of.oz Also! When do I get my Christopher story, please and thank you? ❤️❤️ ETA This is also a #SeriesRead2022 book for @TheSpineView ! (edited) 1y
GondorGirl Gah! My copy is sitting at home and I won't get to read it until next week. It's going to destroy me... 1y
Lucy_Anywhere This series is on my TBR for this year - really looking forward to reading more Seanan Maguire as I loved Middlegame! 1y
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Zephsomething
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Y‘all this book is so good. It made me laugh, it made me cry, and mostly it wrapped itself around the door in my heart and brought me home again.

Clwojick Ahhhhhhh! I want to read this one so bad! 1y
Zephsomething @Clwojick it‘s so good!!! I want to scream about it to everyone I know but cannot do this without spoilers unfortunately but it‘s so good (edited) 1y
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ReadingEnvy
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This novella came out yesterday! One of the students at the Home for Wayward Children transfers to another school dealing in a different with children who have returned from other worlds, because she is desperate to forget. But the school has a dark side....

Don't start here, start at the beginning with Every Heart a Doorway. I like how each volume goes down an unexpected path, even if it took me a while to warm up to it.

thebluestocking I love this series, and I think this is a great addition. Each book leaves me wanting more, which used to kind of irritate me but now I just go with it. 1y
ReadingEnvy @thebluestocking I used to get annoyed because she'd veer off on such tangents and I wanted the magic school feeling but it's like I get it more with each novella. Also how fun is a world where you can write endless what if novellas? 1y
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underground_bks
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In this seventh volume in the Wayward Children series, Cora, resident mermaid of Eleanor West‘s Home for Wayward Children, flees the reach of the Drowned Gods of the Moors by transferring to the anti-magical Whitethorn Institute. This is an action-packed, odd-numbered quest book and I find I prefer the immersive, even-numbered books in the series, but I will gladly spend any time in the Wayward Children‘s worlds, even if it‘s my own! Out 1/4/22.

GondorGirl I am so excited for this! 2y
underground_bks @GondorGirl my favorite series! 2y
GondorGirl @underground_bks Mine too! They are perfect little morsels of story. I am going to be so sad when the series eventually ends. 2y
underground_bks @GondorGirl I believe she‘s signed with Tor for at least 4 more after this one! 2y
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