👻😈Here’s another spooky book for the month of October! 😈👻
Genre: Young Adult/Fantasy/LGBTQ/Mystery/Horror
Publication Date: April 5, 2016
Story Perspective: Alternating Third-Person
Themes: Identity, Acceptance, Friendship
Wayward School is one that is only reachable to certain children and teenagers. When that magical door appears to a child/teenager, he/she enters. The door can appear and reappear just about anywhere, at any time, or never.
One of the things that most students at Wayward have in common is their desire to find the door that will lead back to their home. Nancy is no exception. She enters Wayward School and cannot wait to return back to her Underworld world. To her home. However, very quickly, there’s something else occupying everyone’s mind. Something more sinister. Nancy and her new friends must find out who or what is causing the murders at their school and stop it before the next victim is taken, but will they?
For this book, I participated in a buddy read with a fellow booklover on OnlineBookClub.org. It was the first time that I’ve ever heard of this series and author.
One of the aspects that I really enjoyed was the variety of students that were present throughout the book. For instance, my favorite character, Kade, was once a girl, and I hope the author explores his backstory later on! Also, I found several of the characters very likable. Nancy was quiet and reserved, Sumi was spunky, Kade was sweet and strong, and a number of others. The only gripe I have about this was that I wanted so much more from all these characters. Though we know some of everyone’s background by the end of the book, it wasn’t enough for me.
For most of the plot, I was fairly engaged. To have a bunch of children stumble upon different worlds and end up at one school alone makes the plot engaging. Then, there was more than one murder that occurs. That threw me over the edge because I honestly did not have an inkling on who the murderer was. Kudos to the author for keeping me guessing for most of the book! As a fair warning, some of the scenes were a bit on the bloody, graphic side, but not so much that my sensitive stomach couldn’t handle. There is also a little talk about sexual experiences and masturbation. Nothing graphic about these topics, but they were mentioned.
Unfortunately, there was something in the writing that confused me several times. There was talk about Nonsense, Logic, Wickedness, and Virtue. None of these made any real sense to me. Also, it was extremely difficult to comprehend all the varying worlds (Fairylands, Mirror Worlds, Underworlds, etc.). It was almost as if the author was writing this story to those who are very familiar with these worlds versus to a reader who’s never heard of such things. It was very frustrating to read and to keep track of all the different worlds as they were not described well.
I will say the theme of identity was very prevalent throughout this book’s pages. Between teenagers desiring to be where they feel accepted to figuring where their place is, the book is crawling with characters defining who they are and who they want to be. It’s a theme that I feel young adults (and maybe some adults) struggle with and are constantly questioning who they are.
Overall, I found this to be an enjoyable read and a series that I will continue on reading!
Young adults, who are open to a transgender character and like fantasy, might enjoy this read.
Was this a book of my choosing or one for review?
53 out of 50 books of my choosing for 2018!
Click on the link to see my review of the first book in this series:
- Down Among the Sticks and Bones (Wayward, #2)
- Beneath the Sugar Sky (Wayward Children, #3)
- In an Absent Dream (Wayward Children, #4)