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Come Tumbling Down

(Wayward Children #5)

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  6,421 ratings  ·  1,553 reviews
The fifth installment in Seanan McGuire's award-winning, best-selling Wayward Children series, Come Tumbling Down picks up the threads left dangling by Every Heart a Doorway and Down Among the Sticks and Bones.

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
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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
May 05, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Can this series never end?
Please and thank you.
Mar 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 many more

ARC provided by Tor in exchange for an honest review.

1.) Every Heart a Doorway ★★★★★
2.) Down Among the Sticks and Bones ★★★★★
3.) Beneath the Sugar Sky ★★★★★
4.) In an Absent Dream ★★★★★

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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!
Elena May
Oh, lookie, were back at the Moors! Maybe Im biased because of the whole vampire business, but the Moors have been my favorite of all the portal worlds in this series. Not that Id live there! Oh no, Im perfectly happy observing them from the safety of my couch.

Well, to be honest, this book is not really about the Moors. We dont 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. Its about Jack
Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
The Wayward Children books have turned into such a great series ... and here's #5! A strong 4 stars. Full review, first posted on Fantasy Literature:
Eleanor Wests 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 theyd been cast out of
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 ★★★★★

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 repetitive, but I'm really not sorry at all,
♠ TABI ♠
Mar 06, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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

Emily May
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 didnt 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 ...more
Mar 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 one
Katherine Elizabeth
This was a tough book to rate. One moment I was like, yeah! Im 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 wasnt a favorite of mine, but because the second book in this series was so good Ive pushed forward with
Rachael Marie

CW for Body Dysmorphia, OCD, blood & gore.

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Dec 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a copy of this book from the publisher ( in exchange for an honest review.

Seanan McGuires Wayward Children novellas have quickly become one of my yearly highlights. I love having them to look forward to. Ive been eagerly anticipating Come Tumbling Down since I read the final page of In An Absent Dream this past January. While I didnt adore it as much as I have some of the previous installments, Come Tumbling Down is a fast-paced return adventure spanning two of McGuires worlds
Jan 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, fantasy, ya, 2020-shelf
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.
amy ☂︎
Jan 10, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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

rating: ★★★½
Anna Luce
★★★✰✰ 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
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 wish they wouldn't. 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 #3
April (Aprilius Maximus)
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 ★★★★


No one should have to sit and suffer and pretend to be someone theyre not because its 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.

[trigger warnings are listed at the bottom
Shaun Hutchinson
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 ❀
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
Dare I say this is my new favourite in the series...?

I think this is the first in the Wayward Children series that requires the reader to have read at least books 1, 2 and 3 as it follows twins Jack and Jill and their world of the Moors. I felt the world building is expanded on a lot in this instalment, and we get a bit more information of how the Moors operates, which I appreciated. Its atmospheric and creepy and dark.

I will say Im unsure how I feel about Jack. Shes not a particularly likeable
Sep 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: f-f, read-2019
Thank you to the publisher who sent me an arc in exchange for an honest review.

Honestly Im a little sad that I didnt enjoy this as much as the other books. I think my preference leans more toward discovering all the new worlds rather than returning to old ones with the focus on the plot rather than the beautiful descriptions (tldr: if you liked beneath the sugar sky youll really like this one) Overall, I still really enjoyed this book and will happily be adding it to my collection come January.
May 16, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Son of a- 2020???

I need a damn time machine...
3.5 stars

Come Tumbling Down features the final part of the story of Jack and Jill Wolcott, characters who were introduced in Every Heart a Doorway, and who starred in Down Among the Sticks and Bones (still my favourite in the Wayward Children series).

The writing in this installment was very good, and the story had a good start with lots potential, but I felt it just kind of ended too quickly given all the build up both here and over the arc of the series. I expected there to be some actual
Schizanthus Nerd
Once a wayward child, always a wayward child.
Ive been waiting as patiently as possible for my next quest -
No quests.
Right. So Ive been counting the days until I was finally able to spend more quality time with my fellow Waywards and today we went to the Moors! Whos we? I travelled with the girl with the perpetual sugar buzz, the Goblin Prince in Waiting, the girl with the ocean in her hair, a mad scientist, the boy with the bone flute and the girl with the lightning-powered heart.

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 homes, they'd been heroes once, each in their own ways. And they did not forget.

This series continues to keep delighting - Jack &
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Born and raised in Northern California, I fear weather and am remarkably laid-back about rattlesnakes. I watch too many horror movies, read too many comic books, and

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  • Down Among the Sticks and Bones (Wayward Children, #2)
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  • In an Absent Dream (Wayward Children, #4)
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