Book Review: Come Tumbling Down (Wayward Children #5) by Seanan McGuire

Thank you to Tor.com & NetGalley for the digital copy in exchange for an honest review!

Come Tumbling Down (Wayward Children #5) by Seanan McGuire

Published: 1/7/20 by Tor.com

206 pages

ISBN: 9780765399311

Genre: Fantasy

Rating: 3 out of 5.

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Goodreads Synopsis:

When Jack left Eleanor West’s School for Wayward Children she was carrying the body of her deliciously deranged sister–whom she had recently murdered in a fit of righteous justice–back to their home on the Moors.

But death in their adopted world isn’t always as permanent as it is here, and when Jack is herself carried back into the school, it becomes clear that something has happened to her. Something terrible. Something of which only the maddest of scientists could conceive. Something only her friends are equipped to help her overcome.

Eleanor West’s “No Quests” rule is about to be broken.

Again.

Review:

We were lambs for the slaughter, all of us, and if we survived this long, it’s not because we’re special. Come on. Let’s be heroes one more time.”

Sumi

Characters |

This installment of the series pretty much dealt with a lot of old characters—mainly Jack—who I’m unfortunately not a fan of. I didn’t enjoy reading about Jack and Jill in the second book either. I don’t know what it is about them that just makes my blood boil. The Gothic vibe and I don’t mix well.

On a brighter note, I loved Kade and Sumi. Sumi is just a big bundle of illogical confection and a sense of adventure. She will give anyone a pep talk, as mumbo-jumbo as it may get. I also think I love her so much because book three is my favorite in the series.

Kade just wants to do a good job and be a hero.There’s a scene involving him that actually made me sad. I just want to give Kade a hug at all times. He is supposed to be next in line for the school, since Eleanor is losing her interest after Lundy’s death. I can’t imagine the pressure that puts on him. He also deals with the minute problems that happen at the school. He’s definitely a trooper!

Alexis is a new character in this installment. She comes back to the school with Jack. There may or may not be a little female/female relationship going on there. *Wink, wink* I didn’t really have any issues with Alexis. She was a very average character. I enjoyed how great Alexis and Jack were together. I think they make a great pair.

P.S.: I also loved Pony and Bones—a normal horse and a skeleton of a horse. I’m sure you can guess who is who.

Story |

The story in this one fell flat for me. I just couldn’t tell you why, but I think it’s setting up for the next book or a book further down the line. The ending wasn’t disappointing by any means. I was actually pleased with how this one ended.
It just lacked action. They all go to the Moors—Jack’s world—to get her body back. It obviously goes against Eleanor’s rule: “No solicitation. No visitors. No quests.”

To sum it up in three words: water, vampires, and Jill—of course.
Jack is also trying to revive Dr. Bleak—a father figure to her. He helped her in so many ways that her real father never could. It’s sort of a sub-plot that is going to be the main plot in another book.


This one really shoves heroism in your face, and the fight between good and evil. The Moors really shows that fine line between the two sisters. Not that any of that is bad.

Writing |

I love McGuire’s writing. Even though I didn’t enjoy the book very much, I still felt many emotions throughout it. That tends to surprise me every time. I never have a lot to say about an author’s writing unless I absolutely hated the book or absolutely loved it. If you love McGuire, then you will love the writing style in this one!

Overall |

If you’re interested in knowing whether I’m continuing on with the series or not, then you will be happy to know that I am. I’m just hoping that something changes. I haven’t been the biggest fans of the last two installments. I want to love this series, so I’m going to give it another shot, fingers crossed.

“Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children was an island of misfit toys, a place to put the unfinished stories and broken wanderers who could butcher a deer and string a bow but no longer remembered what to do with indoor plumbing. It was also, more importantly, a holding pen for heroes. Whatever they might have become when they’d been cast out of their chosen homes, they’d been heroes once, each in their own ways. And they did not forget.”


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My Most Anticipated 2020 Releases

Hello! These are not in any particular order. There are also a ton of other books I’m excited for, but these are mostly books by authors I have read other books from—except for Kate Elizabeth Russell. These are authors I look for every year to see if they’re releasing anything new. I’m very patiently waiting for Celeste Ng to write another one.


The Honey-Don’t List by Christina Lauren

Publication date: 3/24

The Book of Longings by Sue Monk Kidd

Publication date: 4/21

Undercover Bromance by Lyssa Kay Adams

Publication date: 3/10

Come Tumbling Down by Seanan McGuire

Publication date: 1/7

Network Effect by Martha Wells

Publication date: 5/5

Home Before Dark by Riley Sager

Publication date: 7/7

He Started It by Samantha Downing

Publication date: 4/28

Cut to the Bone by Ellison Cooper

Publication Date: 7/14

My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell

Publication date: 3/10

Credence by Penelope Douglas

Publication date: 1/14

The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel

Publication date: 3/24

A friend told me that Taylor Jenkins Reid has another one coming out, but Goodreads doesn’t have a release date for it. That’s why I didn’t include it. It’s called Malibu Burning if you wanted to go add it to your TBR.


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WWW Wednesday! (10/30/19)

Happy Halloween Eve! If you don’t celebrate holidays, then I hope you’re having a good Wednesday.

This is a weekly meme hosted by Taking on a World of Words. You answer three simple questions: What are you currently reading, what have you recently finished reading, and what do you anticipate you’ll read next?

Make sure that you link back to the host!

What are you currently reading? 

Middlegame by Seanan McGuire

This Tender Land by William Kent Krueger

Mooncakes by Suzanne Walker and Wendy Xu

I was listening to Evvie Drake Starts Over by Linda Holmes, but I haven’t listened to it in a week or so.

What have you recently finished reading?

The Institute by Stephen King ★★★✩✩

Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell, Faith Erin Hicks ★★★★✩

The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates ★★★★✩ – Blog Review

What do you plan on reading next?

The Secret Commonwealth (Book of Dust #2) by Philip Pullman

Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout


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Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Have Read and Would Like in My Personal Library (8/27/19)

Rules:

  • That Artsy Reader Girl – Posts a topic every Tuesday, and the goal is to come up with answers to that post. You don’t have to have ten answers. It can be 2, 5, 10, 20, 100, etc. It’s whatever works for you. You can also put a twist on a topic.
  • Make sure you link to the host, That Artsy Reader Girl!

Book I’ve read and would like in my personal library:

  1. Miracle Creek by Angie Kim
  2. The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware
  3. The Tenth Muse by Catherine Chung
  4. The Weight of Ink by Rachel Kadish
  5. The Tea Dragon Society by Katie O’Neill
  6. All Systems Red (and the rest of the series) by Martha Wells
  7. Birthday Girl by Penelope Douglas
  8. The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson
  9. Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire
  10. Animal Farm by George Orwell

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*SPOILERS* Beneath the Sugar Sky by Seanan McGuire: ARC Review

Beneath the Sugar Sky (Wayward Children #3)

Seanan McGuire

174 pages (Hardcover)

Publishing date: January 9, 2018 by tor.com

Rating: Image result for 4 out of 5 stars

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I would like to start out by saying thank you to tor.com for allowing me to read an ARC of this for an honest review.

“A good day’s journey is like baking soda: use it well, and the cake will rise up to meet you.”


Goodreads Synopsis:

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.


Oh. my. goodness. This book was a hundred times better than the second book in the Wayward Children series. It was adorable, witty, and just down right fun to read. The title of the novel fits the story very well. I didn’t give it five stars because I did have an issue with it that I will discuss later in the review.

Characters:

All of the characters in this novel were quite fun to read about. There were obviously some of the original characters in there such as Eleanor West, Christopher, Kade, Nancy, and Sumi does make an appearance (SPOILERS). We are also introduced to new ones such as Cora, Nadya, and Rini.

I never really had any issues with any of the characters except for Cora. I can’t begin to describe to you how frustrated she actually made me. McGuire made her out to be a bigger girl supposedly (fat is what they call it in the story), and she lets it be heard that she indeed is a bigger girl. She mentions it at least ten times throughout the entire 174 pages. Do NOT even read the part of the book where the Queen of Cakes comes in. Then they mention that she loved to run and it was somehow impossible for “fat” girls to love running. It just bugged me. That’s the reason I dropped it down a whole star rating.

I continue to love Kade, Christopher and of course Eleanor! She wasn’t really in this one too much unfortunately. You end up learning a lot more about some of the original characters and I loved it. I always want to know more about them. It’s intriguing to know if they want to go back to the world they visited or if they want to stay home.

not a single parent had accused her of wrongdoing, or attempted to launch an investigation into the disappearance of their beloved offspring.

I never really thought about the parents not coming for their children. It never really crosses your mind when you read the books. Most of the kids never want to go back home anyway. I just thought it was interesting.

World:

The world building is one of the reasons I loved these books so much. All the different worlds, and McGuire didn’t just explain everything in one novel. You had to read all three in order to get what you wanted from the world.

In this novel you go into Confection which is a nonsense world. It’s just completely filled with anything sugary and sweet. It’s the world they go to get Sumi back so Rini doesn’t completely disappear. It’s also the world you meet Queen of Cakes and she will make you want to rip your hair out. Beware. You will understand why when you read the book! This world is very well described which makes it really easy to picture in your head.

You also go to Halls of the Dead where they go to pick up Nancy. It’s interesting to know what the people do while they are there. They just stand completely still that it is a form of dance. Their body acts like it is dead, the heart doesn’t beat and the cells don’t age. It graces the Lord’s halls. Hence the name Hall of the Dead. Since Nancy is an original character you are happy to see that she is happy. She wants to be in that world and honor the Lord of the Dead.

The Ending:

Is it really?

Overall:

It’s a great book that will take you on quite the adventure. There is only one aspect of the novel that really grinds my gears, but other than that it was well worth the read. Since I do have an ARC of it I may buy the finished copy later in the future. If you haven’t read the first two novels in the Wayward Children series you should probably do that. You don’t necessarily HAVE to but everything will make more sense if you do. It’s mostly the first one you should read. The second one doesn’t play the biggest roles in the first and third book. Very short read but extremely entertaining.

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