Beneath the Sugar Sky by Seanan McGuire
Series: Wayward Children #3
Published January 9th, 2018
Genres: Fantasy, YA, Novella
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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.
How is it that this keeps getting so amazing?! The books are all so different and interesting and this is no exception! This one in contrast to the last one is a complete rainbow full of candy. There’s candy everywhere! And I LOVED IT.
This time we mostly visited the world of Confection, which is a world made of cake, candy, soda, and everything you can think of in a sweet-wonderland. I absolutely love candy, so this was already a high success for me. But the best thing about these stories was that they might be tiny but the whole structure is there. It’s detailed, gripping, full of surprises, has an amazing cast and a development that I wouldn’t believe possible in so few pages. It’s impossible not to get attached to the characters: their worlds, their desires, dreams, and the world just makes so much sense in a nonsensical way… It’s just phenomenal and it will make you feel like a little kid again.
Confection was Sumi’s world. We met her in the first book and she died before Rini’s life could happen. Rini is her prophesied daughter who is disappearing layer by layer due to that. In this book, Rin and some of the characters from the first book and a couple of new ones go on a quest to try to bring Sumi back and restore Confection and Rini’s life.
This is quite an adventure… It was emotional, slightly dark, sweet and tense. I really like the concept of being made of layers and constituted by different (nonphysical) parts that make us who we are. And once again, all the diversity these books contain… there’s different races, body types, sexual identity, ethnicity, everything. It’s just so complete, full of important messages and it blends just the way it should.
The writing is also very unique and full of humor, emotion and AMAZING QUOTES – which I have to include some at the end of this review because I’ve seen nothing like it. A thing I also keep loving about these books is that no matter the world there’s always a slight darkness to the story, which I always enjoy and think very fitting in a world full of mysteries and possibilities.
This series is amazing, and I really hope we get to see more of it because they’re the most enchantingly gripping stories I’ve ever come across. If you haven’t gotten into these books yet just go now, really!!
“A cake’s a cake, whether or not it’s been frosted,” said the stranger primly. “You are not a cake, you are a human being, and I can see your vagina,” The stranger shrugged. ‘It’s a nice one. I’m not ashamed of it.”
“That’s why people shouldn’t get too hung up on labels. Sometimes I think that’s part of what we do wrong. We try to make things make sense, even when they’re never going to.”
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