Beneath the Sugar Sky

Beneath the Sugar Sky are Book 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

Beneath the Sugar Sky are Book 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 that wardrobe into Narnia, or Harry through the barrier leading to Platform 9 3/4. This universe is brimming with the timeless magic of fairy tales, and it seems I just can't get enough.If you enjoyed the first two books - Every Heart a Doorway and Down Among the Sticks and Bones - I see no reason not to like this. McGuire is back with a new story, featuring some familiar faces and some newbies too. This latest adventure in the portal world sees the characters heading into the land of Confection (Candy Land, in other words), a place described in almost sickening sweetness, from its Strawberry Sea to spun sugar ropes. Given that this is only a novella, I won't give away too much about the story. I will say, though, that it is compelling, made ever more so by the gorgeous writing. And more than this, the diverse cast of characters come bounding off the pages. McGuire writes teens with diverse skin colours, ethnicities, sexualities, gender identities and disabilities. In this book, she also focuses on issues of weight and its accompanying anxiety, through Cora, who has always felt pressure from others to diet and assumptions that her size is due to lack of restraint or laziness.Growing up fat had meant an endless succession of diets suggested by “helpful” relatives, and even more “helpful” suggestions from her classmates, ones that suggested starvation or learning to vomit on command.Lots of authors are trying to break into the feminist fairy tale trend these days, but so far I don't think any of them have been as successful as McGuire. These stories are enchanting and hopeful, but underneath they are extremely important, too.Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Youtube. Beneath the Sugar Sky returns to Eleanor West s Home for Wayward Children At this magical boarding school, children who have experienced fantasy adventures are reintroduced to the real world Sumi died years before her prophesied daughter Rini could be born Rini was born anyway, and now she s trying to bring her mother back from a world without magic.. Good Kindle Beneath the Sugar Sky 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 know how to look for it. If we never start denying it the door.” This series is a portal fantasy, that surrounds kids that have traveled to magical lands, but somehow found their way back to our world. For the most part, the kids want to go back to their magical lands, so they reside at Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children, while waiting and hoping for their door to reappear for them. In this story, we get to see a lot of different portal worlds. And we get to see many beloved and familiar faces, while also learning about some new characters and their different magical worlds. “Nobody promised me a happy ending. They didn’t even promise me a happy existence.”(Breathtaking art by the amazing Rovina Cai!)In Beneath the Sugar Sky we follow five kids on an adventure:➽Cora – plus sized, has anxiety, from the Land Beneath the Lake, which is a Mermaid land! ➽Nadya – missing an arm, from Belyyreka, a Drowned World.➽Christopher – Mexican-American, had cancer, from Mariposa, a skeleton Underworld.➽Rini – Japanese, from Confection.➽Kade – Trans, from a warring Fairyland! (Full disclosure, Kade has been my favorite character since the very first book in this series. His story speaks to the very essence of my heart, and I love everything about him. Kade is one of the best characters in all of literature, and I wish everyone could read about him and his journey, and I just had to emphasize how very important he is to me.)“It took me years of saving a world that stopped wanting me when I changed my pronouns to figure it out.”And even though we dabble in many portal worlds, this story mostly takes place in Confection, which is pretty much a real-life version of Candy Land. It’s sugar, it’s sweet, and it’s downright dangerous. And as you can probably tell from my breakdown above, every book is this series has amazing diversity and representation, and this book is no different. From race, to sexuality, to mental illnesses, to body representation, to physical disabilities, to religious representation, this series has it all. And it’s seamlessly woven and never feels exploitative. And this particular book has the best overweight representation I’ve ever read, or even seen, in my entire life. “She'd heard that sort of hatred before, always from the women in her Weight Watchers groups, or at Overeaters Anonymous, the ones who had starved themselves into thinness and somehow failed to find the promised land of happy acceptance that they had always been told waited for them on the other side of the scale.”This book is a masterpiece that I feel so very privileged and blessed to be able to read. This book is the perfect mixture of whimsical and important. This book is about acceptance and love, and how we all are always on a search for it. And I hope you all pick this book up come January of 2018. This series means so much to me that I feel like I’m at a loss for words. I’ve never read anything like this before, and I can’t sing this series’ praises enough! I love this world, and I recommend these books with my whole heart. Thank you, Seanan McGuire, for writing a once in a lifetime series that means so much to so many! I will cherish this series for my entire life. And I can’t wait to see what’s next. “Just keep getting through until you don’t have to do it anymore, however much time that takes, however difficult it is.”Blog | Twitter | Tumblr | Instagram | Youtube | Twitch The quotes above were taken from an ARC and are subject to change upon publication.

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  1. 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 miragrant , author of Feed and Deadline.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 share my house with two monsters in feline form, Lilly and Alice Siamese and Maine Coon.I do not check this inbox Please don t send me messages through they won t be answered I don t want to have to delete this account.

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  1. 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 than to follow Lucy through that wardr [...]


  2. 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 know how to look for it [...]


  3. 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 books is that it s a slightly less dark tone on top of a quest storyline, and quest story [...]


  4. Re read 2 9 18 So I decided to re read this one already because my hold of the audiobook came through at my library and I have to say that I ended up lowering my rating by one star While I loved the plus size rep and all the characters in this one, I just didn t love the story of this one nearly as much as I did with the previous two novels Womp to the max c Original read 1 22 18 You guys This book was so magical and just plain fantastic Nothing makes me happier than a series I love doing fat gi [...]


  5. 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 it really [...]



  6. On sale now 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 others who believe them and [...]


  7. 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 of these novellas But wow, let me just gush about thi [...]


  8. 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 fiiiiiine [...]


  9. Just keep getting through until you don t have to do it any, however much time that takes, however difficult it is FULL REVIEW NOW POSTEDI 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 muchI actually think I possibly liked Beneath the Sugar Sky the most of the three Even then Every Heart a Doorway But it was just SO FUNNY AND GOOD AND CUTE A [...]


  10. 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 than book 2 [...]



  11. 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 than [...]


  12. 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 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.


  13. I loved jumping around and seeing worlds in this one, just like in the last one we got to see into Jack and Jill s world of The Moors In this one, we get descriptions of a few worlds, and we get some actual action taking place in Nancy s Land of the Dead, Sumi and Rini s Confection, etc.How does Seanan constantly come up with amazing things She s so talented and imaginative I think she needs to be my Patronus P


  14. There is kindness in the world, if we know how to look for it If we never start denying it the door.4.5 stars.I loved that this one had of an ensemble cast and explored another new world The premise is a bit spoilery if you haven t read Every Heart a Doorway, but this story essentially follows several new characters Cora, Nadya, and Rini on an adventure to Confection, a world crafted entirely from sugar They re also accompanied by Kade and Christopher, and Nancy shows up briefly as well Beneath [...]


  15. There is kindness in the world if we know how to look for it If we never start denying it the door.This is the third book in the Wayward Children series that tells of a school full of children that, at one point or another, have all travelled to different magical worlds but are now stranded in our normal one at least until they can find their door back Eleanor West provides a safe haven so they can escape the world and all the expectations that come with it until hopefully they can go back where [...]


  16. 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 trying to su [...]


  17. Oh My God Best of the series so far This part isn t released until Jan 18, so I m going to hold off and post my review closer to the release date THANK YOU Tor Edelweiss for providing me a copy for review For real, I love you Thanks.


  18. McGuire s sequel to her Hugo and Nebula winning novella Every Heart a Doorway is just as charming, and even adventurous A girl named Rini falls from the sky claiming to be the daughter of Sumi, a former student at Eleanor West s Home for Wayward Children But Sumi was murdered as a teenager, and had no children, so how can Rini even exist in the first place A madcap, portal hopping adventure ensues, taking McGuire s heroes from our world to the land of the dead, then to Sumi s and Rini s nonsens [...]


  19. Fantastic Seanan McGuire does it again with a creepy, surreal, heartbreaking return to a world ruled by Nonsense I can t explain the feeling I get when I read these books Like my heart is leaning halfway out my chest That s how much it goes out to these characters.


  20. I loved this but the Audiobook narrator annoyed me She gave the female characters such high pitched voices Ugh why


  21. I just adore this series I don t think this was quite a strong as the first two books in the series Down Among the Sticks and Bones is definitely the strongest , but it was still phenomenal.Sumi was probably my least favorite character from Every Heart a Doorway, so the prospect of a book set in her Nonsense sugar world had me feeling a bit skeptical Luckily, my skepticism was soundly proven wrong Once again, I just loved all of the characters We get to spend way time with Kade my favorite , pl [...]


  22. Section I This has nothing to do with the content of the book but only the pricing of the book Please skip down to Section II for all specific book review information I really enjoy this series but I probably won t buy the next book right when it comes out I say this because I really think they are ridiculously priced Normally I don t throw price considerations into my reviews but lately it seems that I lot of the books authors publishers I like have set their price points pretty high Beneath th [...]


  23. Children have always tumbled down rabbit holes, fallen through mirrors, been swept away by unseasonal floods or carried off by tornadoes We re back at Eleanor West s Home for Wayward Children O As much as I enjoyed the previous novella, it is was with pleasure that I got back to my favourite characters This time however the narration is mainly seen from Cora, a new refugee , former mermaid and former resident of the Trenches, awaiting for her door to re appear However, the daily routine is broke [...]



  24. Actual rating 4.5 5 stars What a weird yet beautiful and unique adventure this was Absolutely loved exploring worlds and going through the story with all of the characters, and Seanan s writing was so detailed and amazing as always.


  25. This was OK, but not great for me I really loved the first two books, and Down Among the Sticks and Bones was a particular favourite of mine I m just partial to the Moors than I am to Confection.


  26. Still Seanan McGuire, so still fantastic She has very few misses, but I will say I didn t like it as much as the previous two That s ok, there s a whole lot of books I don t like as much as this series It s good company to be in We re back at Eleanor West s Home for Wayward Children after the events of Every Heart a Doorway New girl Cora is making herself a home while hoping for her door to find her again so that she can go back to the world where she s a mermaid When Rini arrives from her land [...]



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