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Beneath the Sugar Sky

(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 throug
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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 wor
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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,
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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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Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
Re-read 1/3/20: I still feel pretty much the same I've felt during all of my previous reads of this one. It isn't my favorite, but I do still love everything about this series and honestly? I'll take any opportunity I can get to hang out with these characters so it is what it is lol

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
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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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Maria
Mar 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.8/5 Stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

“There is kindness in the world, if we know how to look for it. If we never start denying it the door.”


This is definitely my least favorite from the series, apart from the first one of course. Something about changing perspectives in a single page bugs me. I can't feel close and personal to a character when it changes POV all the time. In 200 page books like this one, it doesn't need that.

I truly think I have a problem with the books that talk about the school in this serie
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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~
Jul 06, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2-star, year-2017, arc, lgbt
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 breath, and
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Elle (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
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emma
THIS BOOK IS SET IN CANDYLAND.

That’s both the single biggest positive of this book and about the only thing I remember from it.

Even though this book is teeny-tiny, it managed to drag a bit. It felt weirdly paced - maybe the fact that it was so short made the plot feel half-baked. (Pastry pun semi-intended.) I did not exactly fall in love with the characters, and Every Heart a Doorway remains far and away my favorite installment of this series so far.

However - and I cannot stress this enough - C
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Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
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 ★★★★★
#5 Come Tumbling Down ★★★★★
#6 Across the Green Grass Fields ★★★★★

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
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April (Aprilius Maximus)
Mar 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018, 2019
1.) Every Heart A Doorway ★★★★
2.) Down Among The Sticks and Bones ★★★★.5
3.) Beneath The Sugar Sky ★★★★.5
4.) In An Absent Dream ★★★.5
5.) Come Tumbling Down ★★★★

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Delightful!
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
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megs_bookrack
Jun 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Beneath the Sugar Sky, the third installment of Seanan McGuire's beloved Wayward Children series, returns the Reader to Eleanor West's School.

At the beginning of our story, a girl, Rini, falls from the sky into the little pond behind the school. Students observing her arrival are shocked by the dramatic entrance, but what she has to tell them shocks them even more.



Rini comes from the land of Confection and she is searching for her mother, Sumi.

But how is that possible? Sumi died years before, at
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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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Bradley
Jan 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Re-Read 1/4/20:

Gotta love it when you can break causality. Sometimes, going to a batshit insane reality is the smart move. :)


Original Review:

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
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Merphy Napier
Apr 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, four-stars
3.5 ish?

I mostly read these books for the world and they do that SO well. The characters aren't anyone I'm attached to and the plots rarely interest me (book two did) but they're short and the worlds I get to dive in are always absolutely perfect
Raeleen Lemay
Apr 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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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Warda
Apr 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobooks
[Completed my Potions exams for the OWLs Readathon! 🧙🏼‍♀️✨]

These stories are like crack to me. I need to disappear into one of these worlds.
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 r
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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
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ALet
Jul 25, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2019
The Reading Rush day 4: Read a book with purple on the cover.

★★★½ /5

It was quite a surprising and refreshing read. This short, little story was very engaging and easy to process, but didn’t lose its meaning, wasn’t too preachy, everything in the story was beautifully balanced out. So far this is my favorite book that I read for The Reading Rush.

Of course, because this was so short, it felt a little bit rushed and hadn’t as much impact as it could have. From my point of view, this little story fo
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amy ☂︎
Aug 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbtq-rep, 2018
fairytales on crack is my new favorite book genre
Heidi The 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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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 th
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Wayward Children (6 books)
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