Thursday, May 22, 2014

The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls

This is my third time reading this book. And it just keeps getting better for each time. Sigh. Though how I managed to wait this long before I read it again I don't know. Last read it in February 2013. So it has been way too long. But oh, it felt good to read it again. Because this book makes me so happy. Yet also so sad and heartbroken. It is perfect. Since I have already written a review and a book recommendation post for this book, this post of mine will be a little shorter. Most likely. We'll see, lol.

And oh, how much I love this book. It is such a perfect middle grade book. The writing is stunning. The characters are beyond amazing. And the story is so creepy. So creepy and lovely. And that ending. The ending in this book still kills me. It is perfect. And yet so sad and heartbreaking. And evil. The last page. So mean. I need a sequel. I want a sequel to this book more than I want anything. It would be a young adult book, and it would be beautiful. I have so many ideas to what could happen, hih.

I won't talk too much about this book. As I have already done that twice. But I will mention a few things. Because this book is too good not to talk at least a little bit about it. I love that this book is told from the point of view of twelve year old Victoria. Who is a little bit crazy, lol. She wants everything to be perfect. And she is perfect. In the beginning she was a bit.. extreme about it all. But I loved it about her. And she gets so much better as well later on. Victoria is an amazing character. I love her so much.

I just cannot deal with how beautiful this book is. How amazing everything is. Cavendish is all kinds of creepy and scary and heartbreaking. And I loved every moment. Most creepy parts are in the last one hundred pages or so, but the beginning of the book is just as important. Though there isn't all that much of Lawrence in the beginning. Hmph. But there is a lot of Victoria. And I adore her so much. She's so determined. And I love that about her. And she's so smart. I loved that she went looking for Lawrence.

The friendship between Lawrence and Victoria is the most beautiful part of the book, I think. They are adorable together. And they only have each other. Victoria only has him because she's a bit special. And he only has her because he is a bit weird. But they are both perfect to me. I loved how much Lawrence loved the piano. It was important. Sigh. This book just makes me so happy. I loved how Victoria grew to care more for Lawrence. How she starting knowing what was important. Their friendship is beautiful.

Then there are the creepy parts. The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls. That is run by Mrs. Cavendish and Mr. Alice. They are both so creepy and awful. And yet I loved reading about them both. Hm. It was all just so interesting. And this book is so mysterious and I love it so much. But oh. So many awful things happen in this book. Punishments. Death. Awful things. Like the garden in the home. Shudders. It still makes me so sad. Such heartbreak. But the book was also so honest and perfect at the same time.

I really adore Claire Legrand. She's such an amazing person. She's so kind and sweet. And her books are perfection. Sigh. Her two middle grade books, The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls. And The Year of Shadows. Two books that I love so much. I'm also so excited for her newest middle grade book, The Cabinet of Curiosities. I just know it will be full of creepy and heartbreak and beauty. Then there is her upcoming young adult book, Winterspell. I want that one so much. It sounds perfect. And I cannot wait.

I won't say more about this book. I could probably talk about it forever. But I won't. Because I need you all to go buy it. And then read it. And then love it. And read it again. Like I have done. Because The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls is such a gorgeous book. And I will forever be a favorite of mine. Sigh. But yess. I need that sequel. Please. It would be so perfect. And so evil. And oh. How I want to know what happens next. I need it. But anyway. This book is so good and I'm so glad to have read it.

"Vicky, you're all right," Lawrence whispered, and he hugged her so close
she couldn't breathe, but Victoria had never felt anything so wonderful.


  1. I guess this is one of those middle grade books that I really need to get!
    Thanks for the great review and recommendation, Carina!

  2. WOW, such a high rating! I know how much you love Legrand's books,Carina. I have Winterspell, so that will be my first Legrand read. Wonderful, thorough review, lady!

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

  3. Lovely review, Carina. I know how you feel about books that makes you feel like you're going to burst. :)

  4. i already wanted to read this, now i really need to read it asap!

  5. This sounds awesome, I love the books that get even better on re-read

  6. I can feel how much you love this book leaking off the pages!! I love that you've reread it so often. Is there going to be a sequel or is it a standalone? The combination of creepy with a great friendship is very appealing. I don't read a ton of Middle Grade but this one is for sure on my list. Lovely review!

  7. I can't believe this book is STILL on my list and you have read it three times! Reading this review makes me want to start it right away. It sounds so amazing. I love the cover and the story sounds just as good! Thanks for sharing! :)

  8. It's lovely to re-read books that affect you so profoundly! Wonderful review, Carina! :)


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