By: Seanan McGuire
Rating: 🌟🌟🌟 1/2
Every Heart a Doorway ★★★ 1/2
Down Among the Sticks and Bones ★★★ 3/4
Beneath the Sugar Sky ★★★★
In an Absent Dream ★★★★
Come Tumbling Down ★★★ 1/2
Across the Green Grass Fields ★★★ 1/2
Where the Drowned Girls Go ★★★★
Lost in the Moment & Found ★★★ 1/2
Thanks for the publisher for providing me an E-ARC through Edelweiss in exchange of an honest review.
Lost in the Moment and Found started in the best possible way for me. The first third of the story was very well written and I found myself in awe again of McGuire’s pros and ability to get me into a story. What I noticed is that this third was the “contemporary” or introductory part where we are introduced to the protagonist and how they find their door. In this case, it is Antoinette who is going through abuse and grooming as a child and from the author’s note it seems like these are personal topics for her that she has gone through so beware of that while going into the story.
However, as soon as Antsy finds her door to the shop where lost things are found the story took a different role for me. The writing was not as solid, and it became stagnated in the middle picking up again towards the ending. Looking retrospectively, I think that is a common feeling I got through these stories. For some reason I prefer the contemporary elements over the fantasy ones and that is a weird thing to say in a fantasy series.
If you liked the previous books then there is no reason for you not to enjoy this one. Once again, all the elements from previous books are there including a magical world that shows that everything’s got a price and Antsy discovers that slowly and pays the price with her childhood leading her to finally get out of her shell.
Summary: I immensely enjoyed the first third of this book but then the momentum was lost in the moment and never found (see what I did there). It delves into important topics as mentioned above. Funnily enough, this book made me want to read a full contemporary novel by McGuire without fantasy elements.