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`Read E-pub Ä Beneath the Sugar Sky Ö 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 common than one would suppose If she can t find a way to restore her mother, Rini will have 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 questsA tale of friendship, baking, and derring doWarning May contain nuts This series just keeps getting betterAdults 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 obviousThis is seriously one of the best worlds I ve ever come across in YA and I want 10,000of these novellas But wow, let me This series just keeps getting betterAdults 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 obviousThis is seriously one of the best worlds I ve ever come across in YA and I want 10,000of these novellas But wow, let me just gush about this series for a little while Maybe my favorite thing is how expansive the worldbuilding has gotten We ve explored so many worlds and so many different people, and I just keep gettinginterested I am rarely this invested in a certain world, but I am so invested in this world This book actually taught evenabout the Worlds For example, now we know it s not just nonsense and logic There s also confection, which is nonsense with rules I don t even want to know what nonsense will be like And of course, there s the loose underworld higher world binary It s all just really interesting I m also really loving the themes presented here Book one talks about women in society, being trans, and being ace Book two talks about gender roles with the added addition of a lesbian character Now we re in book three and we re talking about disabilities and how society treats fat people Early on I wished this series could be aracially diverse, but this novella improved a lot on that aspect Her third mother had been the first to fit her with a prosthetic hand, which had pinched and dug into her skin and done nothing to improve her quality of life The only things she hadn t been perfectly capable of doing with one hand were things the prosthetic didn t help her do anyway, lacking the fine motor control necessary to apply nail polish or thread a needle If she d been younger, maybe, or if she d wanted it , but the way it had been presented, like it was a great gift she wasn t allowed to refuse, had only served to remind her that in the eyes of her adoptive family, she would always be the poor, pitiful orphan girl with a missing hand, the one they needed to help She had never wanted that kind of help She had only wanted to be loved I think we might get a fewof these novellas, actually, considering how open that ending was So, quick recap of everything in this book and all the last for the next time I read one of these MAJOR SPOILERS IN THIS PARAGRAPH view spoiler Nancy s back in the halls of the dead Nadya has made it back to her turtle underworld Kade s in our world, right where he wants to be Sumi isn t out of our world yet, but she s going to make it just fine and have her life with Rini Jack and Jill are back in their world, though I STILL need closure on Jack s girlfriend Are they okay I also need to know that Cora will get back to her beautiful mermaid land and Christopher will get back to Skeleton Girl And there s some great setup for my baker child Layla to show up again in the next book I love them all so much hide spoiler Anyway I feel like I just consistently love these books so much, even though I initially was disappointed by book one They re all so different.Blog Goodreads Twitter Youtube 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 nothingthan to follow Lucy throug 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 nothingthan 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 everso by the gorgeous writing Andthan 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 evenhelpful 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 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 cruelThe 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 worThey 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 cruelThe 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 support each other and survive being away from the unreachable places they call home The book has the same charming weirdness as Every Heart a Doorway, but it s missing the sense of loss and sacrifice.Everything is way too easy In Every Heart a Doorway and Down among the Sticks and Bones, children go to insane lengths to open their portal, and here they are hopping between worlds with minimal effort All the characters struggles are cheapened Travel between worlds is cheapened Even death is cheapened.Many reviewers are praising the book for its amazing representation and diversity, and for a good reason However, I think it s not perfect, and the problems are worth highlighting I m not going to talk about what the author does right it s a lot, and it s been mention by many reviewers I ll just talk about the points that could have been handled better.Nadya and disabilityWe have a child born without an arm, who has no problem with this and rejects useless prosthetics, which arecosmetic than functional Great But then she goes to her portal world and gets a magic arm This sets her apart from all other children we see none of them have their source of difference fixed in the portal world Cora doesn t magically become thin That would have been absurd, and, thankfully, the author knows it But then why does Nadya need fixing Disabled kids reading this story won t be magically cured, so it would have been nice for them to see they can have fun adventures and a fulfilling life just the way they are Cora and fatphobiaOne of the main characters has experienced severe fat shaming She is also extremely athletic and is living a healthy life So far, great But then her athleticism becomes such a huge point that I think it shifts the message in the wrong direction Every single paragraph she appears, we hear about what a great swimmer she is, and what a great jogger, and how flexible she is, etc, etc I feel at the end the message became You shouldn t fat shame people, because they might actually be super athletic and you don t know it instead of staying You shouldn t fat shame people Period Whether they do sports or not is none of your business I was also bothered by Cora spending muchtime angsting about how fat she thinks she is, than she does missing her mermaid world and trying to come in terms with living on dry land The previous two books have established how important the portal worlds are to the kids and how painful it is for them to be away, but it didn t feel this way here.In the end, this isn t a 5 or even a 4 star read for me because I feel it isn t adding anything new Every Heart a Doorway has a great idea, and Down among the Sticks and Bones reveals the backstory and motivation of some important characters, while this book reads like a random adventure set in the same world fun enough, but nothing memorable Still, it is a solid book, and I will definitely keep reading the series 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, SumiThere is kindness in the world,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, SumiThere is kindness in the world, if we know how to look for it If we never start denying it the doorThis 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 worldsNobody promised me a happy ending They didn t even promise me a happy existenceBreathtaking 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 meIt took me years of saving a world that stopped wanting me when I changed my pronouns to figure it outAnd 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 plus sized representation I ve ever read, or even seen, in my entire lifeShe 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 scaleThis 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 nextJust keep getting through until you don t have to do it any, however much time that takes, however difficult it isBlog Instagram Twitter Tumblr Youtube Twitch The quotes above were taken from an ARC and are subject to change upon publication.