Where the Drowned Girls Go Review

*SPOILERS AHEAD*

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.

Cora’s character is just so complex. I love that we get a brief background on her and her experiences in childhood with her weight and how ostracised she was by her peers. I think it’s quite tragic that she thought the only way she could escape would be to try and commit suicide but I’m glad she found her way through her door and to the trenches. I thought it was quite brave of her to approach Eleanor and request the transfer, she obviously knows how to advocate for herself and through her experiences recognise when she’s had enough.

I’m a little miffed at Eleanor for her reaction to Cora’s decision to go to Whitethorn. I think she definitely took it too personal and reacted when I think she should of tried to be a bit more compassionate and try to reason with Cora. I just feel like when she was aware of how serious Cora was she kind of shut her out and sent her on her way.

I was very much invested in Cora’s time at Whitethorn and how they try to break the girls and reset their minds. We are introduced to a few new characters and revisit some old characters which was fun to see. I almost didn’t recognise Regan at first but I loved that we get to know what happened to her when she came back through her door and her new abilities. The other characters weren’t as memorable to me, they all kind of blended together a little bit but I’m hoping we learn more about them individually as the series continues.

I think this book in particular is one of my favourites in this series. Cora feels a lot more relatable as a character and overall the plot and pacing were still quite fast but highly engaging. I would of loved if this was a full length book that could of delved a lot deeper into Whitethorn and the Headmaster and his decisions. But for being a novella I think there was the perfect amount of context, mystery and thrills!

โญ๏ธ4/5 stars One of my favs from this series so far!

Buzzword Reading Challenge

The Buzzword Readathon is a monthly readathon created by BooksandLala on booktube. It’s run the first week of each month (1st through 7th) with each month having a designated word/word theme and you have a week to read as many books as you like with that word in the title. You can however use it as a year long readathon and read just ONE book each month featuring the monthly buzzword until you complete the whole challenge which is what I am going to do again this the year. 

With January you can pick a book with any of the 5W1H (who, what, where, when, why, how) and my options are:

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Anticipated Releases 2022

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday prompt is my most anticipated releases for the first half of 2022!

Gallant by V.E. Schwab (expected publication March 1st 2022)

House of Sky and Breath by Sarah J Maas (expected publication February 15th 2021)

There the Drowned Girls Go by Seanan McGuire (expected publication January 4th 2022)

The Paris Apartment by Lucy Foley (expected publication February 22nd 2022)

Siren Queen by Nghi Vo(expected publication May 10th 2022)

League of Liars by Astrid Scholte (expected publication February 22nd 2022)

Echoes and Empires by Morgan Rhodes (expected publication January 4th 2022)

Reckless Girls by Rachel Hawkins (expected publication January 4th 2022)

The Monarchs by Kass Morgan & Danielle Paige (expected publication January 11th 2022)

Locklands by Robert Jackson Bennett (expected publication June 21st 2022)