Title: Come Tumbling Down
Author: Seanan McGuire
Genre: YA Fantasy
Source: Borrowed (library)
One Sentence Synopsis
The no-quest rule at Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children is about to, once again, be broken when an ex-student stumbles back to ask for aid.
“Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children was an island of misfit toys, a place to put the unfinished stories and the broken wanderers who could butcher a deer and string a bow but no longer remembered what to do with indoor plumbing.”
Last year, I picked up Every Heart a Doorway (the first book in the Wayward Children series) because I had heard quite a few Booktubers talking about how much they loved it. It was short and the premise sounding interesting. I’m a fan of portal fantasy (think Narnia or Wonderland), so I figured it was worth a try.
I ended up reading the entire series within a very short amount of time because I fell head over heels in love. I loved the quick little peeks into this world where children who have returned from portal worlds are trying to learn how to navigate life back in the “real world”. I loved the glimpses into the various portal worlds. I became ridiculously attached to characters that I only got to see for around 200 pages each book. And the characters I found the most interesting were Jack and Jill, twin girls who went to a world filled with monsters. So when I found out that Come Tumbling Down would be featuring The Moors, Jack and Jill’s portal home, I was beyond excited to read it!
I’m happy to report that my excitement was well-rewarded. This book was as deliciously creepy as I was hoping it would be. The world of The Moors is dark and gothic and kind of makes me wish I had waited til spooky season to pick it up. The vibe of this story is perfect for that time of year!
(There was no way I would have made it til fall to read this, though, let’s be honest)
Seanan McGuire has such a magical touch with the written word that makes all her stories so wonderfully atmospheric. You become immersed in this dark tale to the point that you gasp and writhe right along with the characters. You can practically feel the lightning sparking around you as you tear through the pages. I loved losing myself in this novella.
Now, I already loved the characters as we’ve met all of them before, but I appreciated getting to see a different side of quite a few of them in this book. Jack is such a complex person and the situation she is thrown into showcases a much more vulnerable side of her. I appreciated getting to see her vulnerability and I felt as though it was handled extremely well. I will say that I was a bit disappointed that we didn’t get more of other characters’ POVs. I felt like it would have made the ending much more gut-wrenching. Still, it’s amazing how much growth can occur within such a short book.
I could have done with a little less of a certain manic pixie dream girl, though…
Final thoughts: This was another beautiful installment in the Wayward Children’s series! It hasn’t knocked Down Among the Sticks and Bones off the top spot, but it came really close.