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(Wayward Children #3)

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When Rini lands with a literal splash in the pond behind Eleanor West's Home for Wayward Children, the last thing she expects to find is that her mother, Sumi, died years before Rini was even conceived. But Rini can’t let Reality get in the way of her quest – not when she has an entire world to save! (Much more common than one would suppose.)

If she can't find a way to rest
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Hardcover, 174 pages
Published January 9th 2018 by tor.com
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Emily May
Jun 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
But children, ah, children. Children follow the foxes, and open the wardrobes, and peek beneath the bridge. Children climb the walls and fall down the wells and run the razor’s edge of possibility until sometimes, just sometimes, the possible surrenders and shows them the way to go home.

It's not often I give books in a series three five stars in a row, but these stories just speak to an inner part of me - the curious, feminist adventurer who longed for nothing more than to follow Lucy through
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Melanie

ARC provided by Tor in exchange for an honest review.

1.) Every Heart a Doorway ★★★★★
2.) Down Among the Sticks and Bones ★★★★★

This is my 100th review of 2017! And I couldn’t have picked a better book! Beneath the Sugar Sky is another amazing installment in the Wayward Children series and it starts out right back at Eleanor West's magical boarding school. And this book heavily centers around one of my favorite characters from Every Heart a Doorway, Sumi!

“There is kindness in the world, if we
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Zoë
Jan 05, 2019 rated it it was ok
I'm so disappointed.
I've realized that I'm more in love with the idea of these books rather than the actual plots, which was never more apparent than in this installment. It didn't work for me from start to finish.
For the past two novellas, I've blamed my lack of connection to the story on the simple fact that they weren't long enough. However, this plot seemed to be all over the place. There were seemingly no stakes!
A large part of this book is set in a Nonsense world. Kade specifically mention
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Emma Giordano
May 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Wayward Children series has stolen my heart yet again. What a wonderful third installment to an already fantastic series!

As always, Seanan McGuire has one of the most eloquent writing styles of which I have ever had the pleasure of indulging in. Her prose is truly magical, allowing you to feel as if you are beside these characters, engulfed in their whimsical worlds. I’m not a writing buff in the least, but Seanan McGuide makes me melt every single time.

I particularly LOVED how we got to see
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karen
Nov 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
oooh, goodreads choice awards semifinalist for best fantasy 2018! what will happen?

"Nobody promised me a happy ending. They didn't even promise me a happy existence."

i love this series so dingdang much. it’s true that i gave this one four stars instead of the five stars i gave to the other two, but it’s a really high four stars. there’s been no decline in writing quality, character development, or worldbuilding, not even a little bit. the only thing i liked somewhat less here than the first two
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Mary ~Ravager of Tomes~
I know, I know. 2 stars? 2 stars!?

Well friends, my expectations for this book were sky high & 2 stars is actually being generous. Considering it took me a whole month of slogging through 10 pages at a time of this 176 page book, I think 2 stars is being very generous indeed.

McGuire largely missed the mark with her third installment of the Wayward Children series. In fact, the only part of this I thoroughly enjoyed was her writing style. She is whimsical & straightforward in the same bre
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Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
Re-read 2/19/19: Yeeaaah, this one is definitely not my favorite. I really love the fat-girl rep and the fact that we get to hang out with some of our favorites from the first book again, but I just do not really jive with the quest aspects of this book. It's still a really fun read and I adore this series endlessly, but this one doesn't do it for me quite as much as the others do.

Re-read 2/9/18: So I decided to re-read this one already because my hold of the audiobook came through at my librar
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Elise (TheBookishActress)
This series just keeps getting better.
“Adults can still tumble down rabbit holes and into enchanted wardrobes, but it happens less and less with every year they live. Maybe this is a natural consequence of living in a world where being careful is a necessary survival trait, where logic wears away the potential for something bigger and better than the obvious.”

This is seriously one of the best worlds I've ever come across in YA and I want 10,000 more of these novellas. But wow, let me just gu
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Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
Oct 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, fairy-tale, arc
A delightful confection! This is the sequel to Every Heart a Doorway and Down Among the Sticks and Bones. Final review, first posted on Fantasy Literature:

In Beneath the Sugar Sky, the third book in Seanan McGuire’s WAYWARD CHILDREN series, we return to Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children, that haven for children and teens who once found their way through portals to other, magical worlds but have been involuntarily returned to ours. At Eleanor West’s boarding school, at least they find oth
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Cece (ProblemsOfaBookNerd)
*4.5/5

I love this series so much. I want a hundred books.
destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
#1 Every Heart a Doorway ★★★★★
#2 Down Among the Sticks and Bones ★★★★★
#3 Beneath the Sugar Sky ★★★★★
#4 In An Absent Dream ★★★★★

Every time I think I can’t love Seanan McGuire any more than I already do, I read another of her stories, and I’m proven wrong. She is such an incredible storyteller, and she portrays the most necessary, important perspectives on the world and on how humans treat one another, and I am so here for it, always and forever.

Day after day, she had learned that “fat” was anot
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emma
as someone who would move to Candyland tomorrow if it was an option, this book is a dream.

review to come

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me: wow, i found a fantasy series i actually like!

also me: *waits over a year to read the third book for literally no reason*
Trina (Between Chapters)
Audiobook Re-read Review (2018):
So I stand by everything I said in my original review (below) about the fat rep being too heavy handed for my preference, but it's either less noticeable in the audio format, or some of the mentions were taken out of the finished copy. I could still notice some instances where it felt pointless and like the character was being reduced to this one thing, but the statements about weight were overall positive and I do feel like positive fat rep is MUCH needed. So f
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Philip
3.5ish stars.

Maybe my most anticipated read of the year. To say I loved Every Heart a Doorway would be an understatement, and I thought Down Among the Sticks and Bones was really wonderful, too. Couldn't wait to get back to the school!

While the world is still enchanting and creative, and while it's often funny and sometimes profound, it also feels like McGuire phoned this one in. It seems rushed and sloppy. There isn't as much character development as I expected there to be, based on the first
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Raeleen Lemay
Apr 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lgbtqia, young-adult, own
Read for Popsugar's 2018 Reading Challenge #34: Read a Book That's Published in 2018

There is just something so magical about Seanan McGuire's writing that makes reading her books feel almost nostalgic, all while being completely original. In this series, tons of different worlds exist and they each have their own set of quirks and rules, which completely reminds me of how I felt discovering the Wizarding World or Narnia for the first time. Mix that with an amazingly diverse cast of characters, a
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Hamad
Jun 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
“There is kindness in the world, if we know how to look for it. If we never start denying it the door.”

🌟 This series simply keep getting better and that is always a good thing although keeping this progression may be hard. My favorite introduction was the one for the 2nd book but this had a good intro nonetheless.

🌟 This takes place after the first book so it is a continuation of the story, but the main character is not Nancy this time and it was the other characters from book one in addition to
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✨    jamieson   ✨
“Just keep getting through until you don’t have to do it anymore, however much time that takes, however difficult it is.”


FULL REVIEW NOW POSTED

I AM SO GLAD I HEAR SEANAN MCGUIRE IS WRITING MORE WAYWARD CHILDREN BOOKS BECAUSE I CANNOT ACCEPT THIS IS THE END God, I love these book soo much. I love this series and this world and these characters so much

I actually think I possibly liked Beneath the Sugar Sky the most of the three? Even more then Every Heart a Doorway?? But it was just SO FUNNY AN
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may ❀
🎉🎉 book #7 done for the booktubeathon ✔ 🎉🎉

this series is so deliciously whimsical and just the right amount of creepy and ughhh i love. its like i want to live in seanan mcguire's head bc it seems like such an imaginative, unrestricted place

just like the physical book, the audiobook was fantastic and very short in length. i had so much fun listening to it.

this book is like basically like walking through a darker version of candyland and i approve

4.5 stars!!

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Buddy read
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Bradley
Jan 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Modern fairy tales. Gotta love them, especially when they take twelve core hearts and totally run with them, allowing an almost meta world-building full of magical doors taking the young at heart (or obsessional) directly to their best dreamland. :)

This third book in the Wayward Children novellas doesn't disappoint. It's Candy Crush land and Mermaids, with a little mix of the skeletal dead and some time travel. Everything a fantasy lover needs, right? Right!

And I think I liked this one a bit mor
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Heidi The Hippie Reader
Beneath the Sugar Sky takes readers back to the world of Eleanor West's Home for Wayward Children, but not to a moment in time before the events of the first book. It is a sequel rather than a prequel.

I found it strangely satisfying in a way that Down Among the Sticks and Bones was not.

"They can be hard for their families to understand, those returned, used-up miracle children. They sound like liars to people who never had a doorway of their own." pg 7, ebook.

And instead of just one world other
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Elena May
Jul 23, 2017 rated it liked it
“They can be hard for their families to understand, those returned, used-up miracle children. They sound like liars to people who never had a doorway of their own. They sound like dreamers. They sound... unwell, to the charitable, and simply sick to the cruel.”

The Wayward Children series continues to be strong, but I felt this book doesn’t reach the same level as the previous two.

We are back at Eleanor West's Home for Wayward Children, where children who have spent time in portal worlds are
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Sara (sarawithoutanH)
Jan 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
I loved this! This may be my favorite in the series. I need more!
Nadia Awadi
May 28, 2018 rated it liked it
Reading this book in Ramadan is a fun way to torture yourself. I mean all those sweets made my mouth water, and I couldn't even drink anything.

Rating 3,75 stars

The Plot
I seriously can't think of anything to write. Sorry.

The Characters
We have a crew to save the day which reminded me of Six of crows:

Kade
I love you! That's all you have to know.

Cora
I liked her a lot. She saved a boy twice which regardless of her personality makes her a bad ass in my book. She is a new student at the school
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amy
Aug 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
fairytales on crack is my new favorite book genre
April (Aprilius Maximus)
Mar 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
Delightful!
Imane
Jan 23, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya
“There is kindness in the world, if we know how to look for it, if we never stop denying it the door.”
―Seanan McGuire, Beneath the Sugar Sky


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Not my favorite of the series but still a very enjoyable read. Seanan McGuire writes beautifully and the ideas within this novel are amazing, the flowery and striking writing fit perfectly the overall whimsical tone, but when it came to the plot, i found it to be a bit boring and felt like it didn't go anywhere or matter much.
Celeste
You can find this review and more at Novel Notions.

It’s sad when a perfectly decent story leaves you disappointed, but that’s how I feel about this little novella. I absolutely loved Every Heart a Doorway and Down Among the Sticks and Bones. They were both deep and meaningful and had important things to say about accepting yourself no matter how different you are and finding your place, whether it’s in this world or another. They spoke about how adults don’t see children as their equals, and un
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Maxwell
Jul 28, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018
[3.5 stars]

Another solid addition to the series. I enjoy these for what they are—fun, creative stories with a great diverse cast of characters—but I also find them a bit forgettable, even as I'm reading them. That being said, they're perfect escapist reads and I loved the 'candyland' aspect of this one.
Sh3lly (grumpybookgrrrl.com)
Every Heart a Doorway: ★★★★
Down Among the Sticks and Bones: ★★★★

Buddy read with the MacHalo group.

This is such a fun and creepy series! I like that they are novella-length, but each one packs a punch and are filled with such great things. They all have a dark fantasy fairy tale vibe. Each story focuses on a different character who has been through a very different door. Some are filled with skeletons, some with mermaids, others with vampires and the dead.

This one focuses on a world made of cand
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Other books in the series

Wayward Children (6 books)
  • Every Heart a Doorway (Wayward Children, #1)
  • Down Among the Sticks and Bones (Wayward Children, #2)
  • In an Absent Dream (Wayward Children, #4)
  • Come Tumbling Down (Wayward Children, #5)
  • Der Atem einer anderen Welt (Wayward Children, #1-3)
“Children have always tumbled down rabbit holes, fallen through mirrors, been swept away by unseasonal floods or carried off by tornadoes. Children have always traveled, and because they are young and bright and full of contradictions, they haven’t always restricted their travel to the possible. Adulthood brings limitations like gravity and linear space and the idea that bedtime is a real thing, and not an artificially imposed curfew. Adults can still tumble down rabbit holes and into enchanted wardrobes, but it happens less and less with every year they live. Maybe this is a natural consequence of living in a world where being careful is a necessary survival trait, where logic wears away the potential for something bigger and better than the obvious. Childhood melts, and flights of fancy are replaced by rules. Tornados kill people: they don’t carry them off to magical worlds. Talking foxes are a sign of fever, not guides sent to start some grand adventure.
But children, ah, children. Children follow the foxes, and open the wardrobes, and peek beneath the bridge. Children climb the walls and fall down the wells and run the razor’s edge of possibility until sometimes, just sometimes, the possible surrenders and shows them the way to go home.”
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