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Book Thoughts: Beneath The Sugar Sky (Seanan McGuire)

How much sugar is too much?

★★★★★☆☆

Title: Beneath The Sugar Sky (Wayward Children #3)
Author: Seanan McGuire (USA)
Genre: Fiction / Fantasy
First published: 2018
Edition: Hardback, published in 2018 by Tor

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…

***

I am not entirely sure about this one. I much preferred the second book. This one just felt… a tiny bit flat to me.

I felt I had no interest in the world that the author was building here. It was not that the world was badly built and I could visualize it fine, but I found myself not really that excited to be there. It was sort of an odd feeling. Characterwise, I felt split as well. There were a couple of characters I really enjoyed and a few that just fell a bit flat. I did not quite like the way the author chose to build some of the characters. It just did not work for me.

Generally though, the writing was good and the plot mostly worked, though I felt there were a couple of plotholes that my mind had to fill in. I did not mind too much, but still, I noticed it.

This one just about scraped the 5* mark. I probably would read the next book in the series when it comes on my path, but I am not going out of my way to do so.

5 out of 7 stars

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