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Come Tumbling Down

(Wayward Children #5)

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  14,516 ratings  ·  2,885 reviews
When Jack left Eleanor West's School for Wayward Children, she was carrying the body of her deliciously deranged sister - whom she had recently murdered in a fit of righteous justice - back to their home on the Moors.

But death in their adopted world isn't always as permanent as it is here, and when Jack is herself carried back into the school, it becomes clear that somethi
Hardcover, 206 pages
Published January 7th 2020 by Tordotcom
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Kara No, we've seen enough of Jack & Jill. I'd like it to be about anyone else.…moreNo, we've seen enough of Jack & Jill. I'd like it to be about anyone else.(less)
Diya Qaim There will definitely be more. This is supposed to be an 8 book series.
There will definitely be more. This is supposed to be an 8 book series.

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Emily (Books with Emily Fox)
(3.5) Let's state the obvious: The fourth book was the best one and nothing will ever compare...

Now. I've been having mixed feelings about this series. I enjoy the ideas, the writing, how diverse the characters are but I always feel like "something is missing". Probably because the books are so short so there's a lot of "And after they saved..." aka we miss on all the fun adventures.

This book was different since we do get to see what happens when we go back to The Moors. If you enjoyed Jack and
1.) Every Heart a Doorway ★★★★★
2.) Down Among the Sticks and Bones ★★★★★
3.) Beneath the Sugar Sky ★★★★
4.) In an Absent Dream ★★★★★

"Hope is a vicious beast. It sinks in its claws and it doesn't let go."

I’ll be honest, I am still so extremely surprised to be giving a Wayward Children book less than five stars. I had the highest of hopes for this installment, because Jack and Jill’s story in Down Among the Sticks and Bones meant so very much to me. Sadly, this just left like a ve
May 05, 2019 marked it as to-read
Can this series never end?
Please and thank you.
Elena May
Feb 10, 2020 rated it liked it
Oh, lookie, we’re back at the Moors! Maybe I’m biased because of the whole vampire business, but the Moors have been my favorite of all the portal worlds in this series. Not that I’d live there! Oh no, I’m perfectly happy observing them from the safety of my couch.

Well, to be honest, this book is not really about the Moors. We don’t arrive there until the 40% mark, and no vampires appear until the 85% mark, only to disappear a few pages after. But the book is not really about that. It’s about Ja
Mar 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.7/5 Stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

“New things are the best kind of magic there is.”

This was a nice addition to the Wayward Children universe. But it felt somewhat... repetitive to me? Like we have seen some of these things before? Let me explain.

These are 200 page books, more like novellas. They explore very unique worlds from multiple people's perspectives. We have had an entire book of one world... why have another one about that same world that can't offer us anything extremely fresh? When there are so man
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
This is probably my favorite addition to the series since Down Among the Sticks and Bones and my heart is SO FULL. I love these characters so much and it was especially gratifying to spend more time with Jack and the gang from the first book. I now DESPERATELY need Christopher's story and I really, really hope that his is next to come! ...more
Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
The Wayward Children books have turned into such a great series ... and here's #5! Full review, first posted on Fantasy Literature:
Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children was an island of misfit toys, a place to put the unfinished stories and the broken wanderers who could butcher a deer and string a bow but no longer remembered what to do with indoor plumbing. It was also, more importantly, a holding pen for heroes. Whatever they might have become when they’d been cast out of their chosen h
Melissa ~ Bantering Books
May 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Those of you who read my last review of In an Absent Dream know how much I admire Seanan McGuire and her Young Adult fantasy series, Wayward Children. In fact, I believe I have given all but one of the previous four novellas in the series a full five stars. It’s not typical of me, as I tend to be a critical book reviewer and am unafraid to point out a novel’s flaws. It’s also not typical for a long-running series such as this one to
Jul 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
I would like a new brain, please.

There’s nothing particularly wrong with this one. We just don’t get along. Like, for example, there is nothing I love more than reading, but my brain has spent most of this year making be in “”””reading slumps””””, which leads to absurdity and hijinks like “taking three days to finish this book, which is shorter than some school-assigned readings I was expected to do overnight and didn’t because ew, textbooks.”

Nothing says READING SLUMP like taking 3 days to fini
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 ★★★★★

Hope is a vicious beast. It sinks in its claws and it doesn't let go.

I've come to realize that I seem to start every Wayward Children review the same way: by gushing about how, no matter how much I think I already adore Seanan, this latest book has made me love her even more. Well, I'm sorry to be repetitiv
Emily May
Jan 25, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult, 2020
I don't even have enough to say to really write a review about this book. It just felt so... unnecessary? It wasn't bad, exactly, and McGuire's writing was as gorgeous as it always is, it's just... I have rated every previous book in this series five stars, but I felt like I didn’t need this one. I loved Jack and Jill so much in Down Among the Sticks and Bones but it felt unnecessary to return to them in this book. It was almost like a rehash; a filler. Especially after the high In an Absent Dre ...more
Elle (ellexamines)
“No one should have to sit and suffer and pretend to be someone they’re not because it’s easier, or because no one wants to help them fix it.”

Come Tumbling Down is the second of the Wayward Children sequels—the third and fifth book of this series are sequels, while the second and fourth are prequels—and this one again follows Jack and Jill. This book begins when Jack mysteriously appears back at the home and asks for the help of the wayward children to help her take back her land.

Jack has b
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Mar 06, 2018 marked it as to-read
Shelves: netgalley
The pattern has stayed and this is a direct sequel to Beneath the Sugar Sky which means I GET MORE KADE IN MY LIFE OKAY!!!

also this just says "the fifth installment" not the LAST installment so we have hope for more stories

Mar 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
I'm giving this 5 stars because it's an excellent series and the only book I could concentrate on the last several days (tried a few). I won't give it less because it's not Seanan McGuire's fault I don't remember what the fuck I just read. Her writing and imagination are as brilliant as ever, my brain just isn't absorbing much at the moment, something I'm sure a lot of you can relate to.

I'll re-read this another time when I can fully enjoy it. I love these characters and this storyline.
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“New things are the best kind of magic there is.”

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

I think the above quote sums my feelings perfectly! I like this series because it kept bringing new things with each book and it felt magical. Unfortunately, the magic is beginning to dwindle and that could be a bad sign!

I had some expectations for this
This was a tough book to rate. One moment I was like, “yeah! I’m really enjoying this!” Then the next, I was sorely disinterested, even though a lot was going on. There was a lot of back and forth until, ultimately, it stayed around the 2-star range.

This is the fifth installment in the Wayward Children series, and if it continues to book six, this will probably be my last. The previous book also wasn’t a favorite of mine, but because the second book in this series was so good I’ve pushed forward
Jan 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020-shelf, fantasy, ya, sci-fi
I had to jump on this and devour it as soon as possible. I'm sure you other fans of Seanan will understand.

Remember Jack and Jill from Every Heart and Sticks and Bones? This absolutely continues that plotline, and if you wanted to know the fate of that ****ing ***ch Jill after her sister brought her back to life... AGAIN, then you probably shouldn't wait, either.

What a fun, cold slab of fun this was. :) Want a little lightning? I'm sure it will be willing to rouse you.
Mar 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.5ish stars.

There are some things you can count on year after year. Death, taxes, and the Patriots making it to the playoffs no matter how hard you root against them. Fortunately, since 2016, there's something inevitable to actually look forward to. These touching, adventurous, bizarre little books have come like clockwork for five years now, with no sign of stopping.

This is the first book in the series that feels like a proper Adventure (breaking the school rule of No Quests), despite book #
Jul 20, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2020
2020 The Reading Rush day 1: Read the first book you touch.

★★ /5
I liked the idea, but sadly I didn‘t like the story itself.
amy ☂︎
Jan 10, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: buddy-read, 2020
i relate to jack a lot in this book because i too am clinging to the last vestiges of sanity most of the time
Dec 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book from the publisher ( in exchange for an honest review.

Seanan McGuire’s Wayward Children novellas have quickly become one of my yearly highlights. I love having them to look forward to. I’ve been eagerly anticipating Come Tumbling Down since I read the final page of In An Absent Dream this past January. While I didn’t adore it as much as I have some of the previous installments, Come Tumbling Down is a fast-paced return adventure spanning two of McGuire’s wo
Amy Imogene Reads
Apr 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

Returning to the world of Jack and Jill? Say no more. Wait, also body switching?? SAY NO MORE. What will this writing goddess dream up next. I love this series so much.

Writing: ★★★★★
World: ★★★★★
This installment holding up the series' caliber: ★★★★

I feel like every time I sit down to write a Wayward Children review I say the same things. While that's probably extremely boring to read, I can't really help it. I loved this one too, I'm going to gush about the worldbuilding and its endless
★★★✰✰ 3 stars

Although occasionally entertaining, Come Tumbling Down struck me as a rather unnecessary and insubstantial addition to the Wayward Children series.

“Once a wayward child, always a wayward child.”

Don't get me wrong: Seanan McGuire's writing style is as lush as ever. Her prose, with its use rhythm and repetition, echoes that of fairy-tale, lending a certain allure to her narrative. As with the previous instalments McGuire weaves real issues into her fantastical setting (such as body dy
April (Aprilius Maximus)
Jan 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020
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 ★★★★
6.) Across the Green Grass Fields ★★★★


“No one should have to sit and suffer and pretend to be someone they’re not because it’s easier, or because no one wants to help them fix it.”

representation: f/f relationship, trans rep, fat rep, Asian rep (Japanese if I remember correctly?), OCD rep.
may ➹
haha what are you talking about.... I LOVE these books I would never hate on them.......

1.5! 🥰
Shaun Hutchinson
Jan 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Katie Colson
May 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing
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I adore this book. Is this better than the first book? Maybe so. I need a reread to solidify.

We have the band back together again and it feels so good. I adore Jack, Sumi & Kade so much. Also, Christopher and Alexis are fantastic. Cora is a bit of a bore but it's fine. Jill is so horrible but so entertaining. I miss Nancy, not gonna lie.

This has so many relevant and important topics brought in in such a whimsical, hilarious
Such a quick and easy read. Love the audiobooks for this one. Not my favorite in the series but still really good. If that make sense!(:
♛ may
Jan 10, 2020 rated it liked it
i'm not mad, i'm just disappointed,,,,,,,,and for some reason, that's so much worse :c

i absolutely adore this series of whimsical, peculiar worlds, the land of moors, confection, and even christopher's world of skeleton's sounds oddly intriguing.

so when i heard we were revisiting the Moors and we were going to get more exploration of Jack's character, i was SO EXCITED to read this book (not to mention, the cover??? glorious)

but then I READ IT and so much of the book felt underwhelming and repet
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Hi! I'm Seanan McGuire, author of the Toby Daye series (Rosemary and Rue, A Local Habitation, An Artificial Night, Late Eclipses), as well as a lot of other things. I'm also Mira Grant (, author of Feed and Deadline.

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