Thank you to TOR and Netgalley for the review copy in exchange for an honest review. This does not change my opinion in anyway.
Book: Lost in the Moment and Found (Wayward Children 8) by Seanan McGuire
Release Date: January 10th 2023
Tags: Young Adult Fantasy | Alternate Dimensions | Dimension Hopping | Menstruation | Innocence Lost
Trigger/Content Warnings: Death of a Parent | Grief | Childhood Trauma | Gaslighting
Other books in this series I reviewed
Book 2 & 3 | Book 5
Welcome to the Shop Where the Lost Things Go.
If you ever lost a sock, you’ll find it here.
If you ever wondered about favorite toy from childhood… it’s probably sitting on a shelf in the back.
And the headphones that you swore that this time you’d keep safe? You guessed it….
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 tells us that childhood and innocence, once lost, can never be found.
Lost in the Moment and Found is a story about the loss of innocence. It is a story that packs an emotional punch.
I’ve missed a few books here and there in the Wayward Children’s series but that isn’t important to read this story. This is the back story of Antionette or better known as Antsy. As a young child she lost her father to a heart attack as they were together in a store. One can imagine how traumatic that is. Now imagine adding an another man after 8 months that you don’t trust in your house.
It is a lot to deal with for Antsy. And when it becomes clear that as the is growing up, the man has other intentions with her than just being her stepfather she runs away from home. I really appreciated Seanan McGuire’s trigger warning page before the story where she promises the really bad things don’t happen because she runs. And I’m so glad she ran.
She runs straight into the shop Where The Lost Things Go. And while it initially might seem like a refuge, there is something not quite right there either. She runs from one thing right into a place where she gets used too. Where she gets betrayed.
It was interesting to get a bit more on the doors as they door hop in this story. And it was great to get a good idea on how the shop was created and who did that. Mostly this story makes me want to return back to the beginning and rereread the start.