Beneath the Sugar Sky

Beneath the Sugar Sky

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....

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Title:Beneath the Sugar Sky
Author:Seanan McGuire
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Edition Language:English

Beneath the Sugar Sky Reviews

  • Melanie

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    ★★★★★

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    ★★★★★

    This is my 100th review of 2017! And I couldn’t have picked a better book!

    is another amazing installment in the

    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

    , Sumi!

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    ★★★★★

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    ★★★★★

    This is my 100th review of 2017! And I couldn’t have picked a better book!

    is another amazing installment in the

    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

    , Sumi!

    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.

    (Breathtaking art by the amazing

    !)

    – plus-sized, has anxiety, from the Land Beneath the Lake, which is a Mermaid land!

    – missing an arm, from Belyyreka, a Drowned World.

    – Mexican-American, had cancer, from Mariposa, a skeleton Underworld.

    – Japanese, from Confection.

    – 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.)

    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

    . 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 plus-sized representation I’ve ever read, or even seen, in my entire life.

    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.

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  • Emily May

    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

    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.

    If you enjoyed the first two books -

    and

    - 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.

    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.

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  • karen

    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

    thing i liked

    less here than the first two books is that it’s a slightly less dark tone on top of a quest storyline, and quest

    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

    thing i liked

    less here than the first two books is that it’s a slightly less dark tone on top of a quest storyline, and quest storylines can be a little predictable: go here, get this, locate this other thing, go here, add this. it’s like a recipe, which is very fitting, considering that this time, we are (mostly) in the nonsense/reason world of Confection, where everything is made of cake and candy and soda and cookies. i’m not usually into quests, but i am VERY into candy, so i love this world, with its butterscotch insects and candy corn fields. and by “slightly less dark,” i mean

    less dark. bad things can happen even in a world with chocolate quarries. and they will.

    but wonderful things also happen here, like the return of some characters from

    , plus new characters and new worlds to look forward to visiting in future books (RIGHT?), and the perfectly balanced blend of humor and melancholy so much a part of this series, along with some dialogue you’re not gonna find elsewhere:

    as always, the concept of many doorways/many worlds is an ancillary approach to the diversity theme, where characters who are all drawn to worlds with different magical attributes themselves have different real-world attributes: race, ethnicity, sexual or gender identity, body type, number of limbs, and in this one - basic corporeality; one character fading out of existence, one being built back into existence layer by layer.

    rini is wonderfully fierce, and full of reasonable nonsense:

    and overall, it's another bizarre, surreal, fun, unexpected book in a series i love more than any other.

    may it go on and on and on and on and on

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    tor just posted excerpts and interior illustrations here:

    here is one:

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    i just want to capture this for posterity, because while i know this is just a teasing, placeholder synopsis:

    i kind of love it.

    GIVE TO ME THIS NONSENSE!!

  • Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)

    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

    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 girls justice. God bless. What a story. Also: MERMAIDS!

  • Emma Giordano

    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

    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 the world of the Wayward Children develop in this story. For such short novellas, the past two books have amazed me with how well developed the magic system and the endless variety of worlds exist in tandem. In book three, the story expands beyond that introducing new worlds, new methods of magic, and greater political relations. I’m thoroughly impressed with the way each installment builds upon the last and continues to add more unique elements to this magical universe.

    is probably my least favorite of the three novellas, but that’s not to say I don’t still adore it. In my opinion,

    doesn’t share the same amount of darkness and wickedness in books one and two (though it is definitely still present in books three!) and is more whimsical than it’s predecessors. I just personally prefer the darker installments.

    Overall, I really loved this story and I will continue to recommend this series to anyone looking for fun, dark, imaginative fantasy stories with a diverse cast of characters and impeccable writing. (What more could you need in a book, am I right?)

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