Beneath The Sugar Sky by Seanan McGuireBeneath The Sugar Sky by Seanan McGuire

Beneath The Sugar Sky

bySeanan McGuire

Hardcover | January 9, 2018

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A stand-alone fantasy tale from Seanan McGuire's Alex-award winning Wayward Children series, which began in the Alex, Hugo, Nebula, and Locus Award-winning, World Fantasy Award finalist, Tiptree Honor List Every Heart a Doorway

Beneath the Sugar Sky, the third book in McGuire's Wayward Children series, returns to Eleanor West's Home for Wayward Children in a standalone contemporary fantasy for fans of all ages. At this magical boarding school, children who have experienced fantasy adventures are reintroduced to the "real" world.

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 restore her mother, Rini will have more than a world to save: she will never have been born in the first place. And in a world without magic, she doesn't have long before Reality notices her existence and washes her away. Good thing the student body is well-acquainted with quests...

A tale of friendship, baking, and derring-do.

Warning: May contain nuts.

The Wayward Children Series
Book 1: Every Heart a Doorway
Book 2: Down Among the Sticks and Bones
Book 3: Beneath the Sugar Sky
Book 4: In an Absent Dream

SEANAN McGUIRE is the author of the Wayward Children series, the October Daye urban fantasy series, the InCryptid series, and other works. She also writes darker fiction as Mira Grant. Seanan lives in Seattle with her cats, a vast collection of creepy dolls, and horror movies, and sufficient books to qualify her as a fire hazard. She w...
Title:Beneath The Sugar SkyFormat:HardcoverDimensions:176 pages, 8.59 × 5.69 × 0.69 inPublished:January 9, 2018Publisher:Tom Doherty AssociatesLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0765393581

ISBN - 13:9780765393586

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Read as a Series or Independent Can be read independently of the other 2 books in the series or with them. They're all standalone and do a great job of orienting the reader each time (i've read 1 of the other 2). Great diversity of characters and the ending was really solid.
Date published: 2018-05-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Addition to an Outstanding Series Loved seeing more of certain characters in this installment, as well as the new ones! Some very important topics were broached. The only reason this isn't a full 5 star is because the plot was somewhat lacking (everything was too convenient). Side note - the author can sound a little preachy at times, but I felt it was alright here.
Date published: 2018-05-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! This is a fantastic series that examine the classic fantasy genre in a different way. The protagonist are not the cookie cutter girls that is so common and that is not a problem they need to overcome but something to be embrace. It is great to see characters like this.
Date published: 2018-02-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it!! Well I loved this. But that is not really a surprise. Seanan McGuire and I seem to have some sort of shared soul most days (lol). I love that she is such an amazing writer that under her pseudonym for horror/thriller books (Mira Grant) she is just as successful. So fair warning, I'm a bit of a fan girl. :) Wayward Children #1 was one of those books (well, novellas as these are short books in this series) that felt like it had been pulled from my own subconscious/imagination. And so the continuation of this series in Beneath the Sugar Sky (BtSS) was highly anticipated for me; and I'm glad to say it didn't disappoint. What was nice about BtSS in comparison book 2 in this series is that we went back to the Wayward House and met up with some characters we had met in book 1. All the while we got to meet new characters and visit some new dimensions very different from our own. Characters Our lead gal is a "fat girl" (as she calls herself), Cora (who was in a mermaid world) who has a real self esteem problem. This is a leading theme in the book as she struggles to deal with people's immediate thoughts about her, or the irony of a "fat girl" being in a candy filled land, for example. This is a sad little story and yet I know so many people will connect with it. I myself should be a million pounds but am instead one of those annoying high metabolism people (so I look skinny without really trying). That is until I have to run more than one city block, and then it's shown that I'm not fit at all. I like that McGuire's lead gal is a runner and talks about her love of it, as well as the stigma people have about larger women running. The whole time I just wanted to yell "you go girl!" to her. McGuire portrays Cora as having an anxiety problem... but I gotta say (as someone with anxiety) her attempt to portray anxiety here is a bit cliche and weak but it didn't bug me enough to be annoyed and certainly not offended by the portrayal. There is a slew of characters (new and known) that end up together in this story and a few other interesting points of view that we see besides our lead gal. In all of these Nancy is my favourite. I just love how her world is still and quiet and seems like death without being death. I was very, very happy to see her appearance in BtSS. We are also shown more into the world/life of Kade, the resident 'doesn't want to go back to his world' kid. This may seem like a normal thing but he is the ONLY child at Wayward that doesn't want to return to his world. He also happens to be trans and came from what appears to be a terrifying fairy world. I really hope we see a lot more of him in the future!! Plot The overall story in BtSS takes us through a number of the worlds/dimensions that our children have been to, or are similar to the ones they have visited. I really enjoyed experiencing more of the dimensions that McGuire has thought up. And I really, really hope this series goes on forever; as I feel like the number of doors into interesting worlds we could go into is unlimited. That said the overall plot is actually the part I cared about the least (ironically). I didn't much care about Rini and her mother. But was more than happy to be taken on the adventure with them. It may seem weird to give 5 stars to a book and not really care about the main plot; but this series is one of those special ones where I'm just glad to be in the world McGuire has created no matter what we are doing or following in it. Forever and Ever Some series go on forever and ever when we don't want them to. Just in a quick thought I can name a dozen that I wish had ended long before they did (or that are still going on). However Wayward Children is a series I feel is so unique and has such diversity of worlds via doors, with so many interesting children that can be products of them, that I think it could go on infinitely. So while this may be book 3 I'm really just hoping to another one, or maybe thirty. There is also something to be said for these snippets of stories that are short. A lovely way to take a 1-3 day break to visit these worlds and find some doors to get lost in. Perfect books for a quick break in the middle of a 1000 page tome or that horror book that is scaring you (check out Mira Grant, she's really good! lol). Really all I can say is that while I can find flaws with this I just don't care. For no other reason than this world is brilliant and McGuire always knows how to keep my attention. As has been with this entire series, a hard copy of this book will go to my print bookshelf. The absolute highest honour I can give any book is to buy it in print after having already read it. I'll leave you with this quote (that everyone seems to have put in their reviews) that really struck me as an honest way of looking at life and it's often cruel reality: “Just keep getting through until you don’t have to do it anymore, however much time that takes, however difficult it is.” Please note: I received an eARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley. This is an honest and unbiased review.
Date published: 2018-02-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another Great Story! This is quickly growing into one of my favourite series! Loved it.
Date published: 2018-01-29

Editorial Reviews

"Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire is one of the most extraordinary stories I've ever read." - V. E. Schwab, New York Times bestselling author of A Gathering of Shadows"With Every Heart a Doorway, McGuire has created her own mini-masterpiece of portal fantasy - a jewel of a book that deserves to be shelved with Lewis Carroll's and C. S. Lewis' classics, even as it carves its own precocious space between them." - NPR"McGuire's lyrical prose makes this novella a rich experience." -Library Journal starred review"This gothic charmer is a love letter to anyone who's ever felt out of place." - Publishers Weekly"Seanan McGuire once again demonstrates her intimate knowledge of the human heart in a powerful fable of loss, yearning and damaged children." - Paul Cornell, author of London Falling and Witches of Lychford"This gothic novel is ideal for fantasy fans who have longed for a world of their own, as well as readers looking for books with diverse casts." -Bookish"Girl Interrupted meets Grimm's Fairy Tales. Let it in and it will touch your heart and open your mind." -Geek Syndicate