Title: Beneath the Sugar Sky
Series: Wayward Children, #3
Author: Seanan McGuire
Genre: YA Fantasy
My Rating: ★★★
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.
My review for Every Heart a Doorway, book 1.
My review for Down Among the Sticks and Bones, book 2.
I’m so sad to say that I thought this book was just… okay? Don’t get me wrong; I loved the Confection world SO MUCH and just how scrumptious the imagery was. If I could choose any world to transport into this minute, it would be a land of candy and cakes.
But unfortunately I wasn’t quite wowed by the storyline. In this book we meet Rini, who we learn very early on is Sumi’s daughter from another timeline/world. Now it’s up to the Wayward Children to help restore Sumi back to her… alive… state. Because Rini is disappearing before our very eyes in Marty McFly-fashion.
What I truly did love was being reintroduced with our OG characters from book 1. I really missed them in book 2 so getting to go on an adventure with them to another world made me so excited. I loved seeing them work together and finding ways to problem solve as a team (haha I’m making this sound like a corporate retreat.)
I really wish I could say I loved more but overall the plot didn’t quite sell me. I felt like nothing happened and everyone was on a wild goose chase. Maybe I expected more since I was so in love with book 2?
Seanan McGuire still blows me away with her words, though. So I do think this book is a must read if you’re a fan of the series!