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Lost in the Moment and Found by Seanan McGuire
Series: Wayward Children #8
Published by Tor on January 10, 2023
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
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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 is the 8th book in a the completely unique Wayward Children series. The series explores the lives of children who don’t really fit into this one and the magical doors that find them. Doors to worlds that fit them better, places they can be themselves whatever that is and while the worlds aren’t completely nice or perfect, they are perfect for each child who finds a door. Antsy is one of those children.
Antoinette was deeply loved by her father who she lost at a young age. When her mother remarried, something was just off about the new man she is supposed to think of as her daddy. Over the course of year, that feeling towards him never changes until the day she is sure she must flee. She expected to run away to her grandparents, but Antsy walked through a door and said she was sure and ended up in the shop for lost things.
She belongs here in this shop; she feels at home in it with the talking crow and the other woman that follows her though the doors. Other children have come to this shop and found the doors to other worlds to trade in to bring items back to this unique place full of shelves and shelves of lost items. But there is a cost to every door Antsy goes through, nothing is free in a place this full of magic.
I really enjoy the Wayward Children series. There are so many unique and interesting worlds the children visit. Antsy’s story is blended with her life before the door and after. While there are some tough topics in this, I think McGuire does them very well and knew exactly were to draw the lines in her story telling.
This has been one of my favorites in the series as Antsy was a really interesting character and I liked her ability to find the best deals and bargains. I also loved her journey at the store and how she became more there. It will be interesting to see glimpses of her in future stories as I’m sure we will. This was one of my favorites stories of the series so far and I love how all of them eventually tie back to the school for Wayward Children in some way.
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I am determined to start this series this new year, So many bloggers I trust rave about it.
A really creative series. I like some stories more than others but they are all very unique and interesting.
I really need to get back to this series. This one sounds so good!
One of my favorites of the entire series.
This series DOES sound pretty good.
It is different and unusual to be sure and so was right in my wheelhouse.
I had not heard of this series, but it sounds good. I like that you say the worlds are very unique.
Some are crazier than others. The one made completely of candy was one of the craziest.
I’ve read mixed reviews about this series, but Robin and I seem to have similar tastes and so I’m hopeful I will enjoy the series when I get to it. I love the sound of all these different worlds they visit!
I can see the mixed reviews. I think you just have to remember that every kid in this doesn’t fit into our world and so sometimes it is hard to connect to them. I have loved some books more than others and I think there was only 1 I didn’t really care for in the entire series.
I really enjoyed this too. I also love the way she ties the books together in various ways, and I do love the different issues and how the kids overcome them.