Can’t Wait Wednesday: Beneath the Sugar Sky by Seanan McGuire

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, which encourages fellow bloggers to spotlight upcoming releases that we’re excited about.  It is a meme that I have  loved participating in for over a year now, but as Jill is no longer actively posting, from now on I’ll just be linking to Can’t Wait Wednesday, hosted by Tressa, which is a spinoff of the original WoW meme.

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My selection for this week is BENEATH THE SUGAR SKY by Seanan McGuire. I’ve not actually started the Wayward Children series yet, so I’m glad the synopsis indicates that this will work as a standalone.  I love books that are set in boarding schools anyway and even better that the setting for this story is a magical boarding school!  The synopsis also grabbed my attention with the idea that main character Rini is on a quest to that involves restoring her dead mother to life, somehow without the use of magic.  As if that wasn’t complicated enough she’s also going to save the world.  Failure is not an option for Rini because if she can’t find a way to restore her mother, Rini herself will never have been born.  Sounds like a pretty wild ride to me!  Oh and apparently this is also a tale of courage, friendship and baking.  Interesting combination and more than enough to pique my curiosity about this book as well as the whole Wayward Children series.




Publication Date:  January 9, 2018


From Amazon:

A stand-alone fantasy tale from Seanan McGuire’s Alex-award winning Wayward Children series, which began in the Alex, Hugo, Nebula, and Locus Award-winning, World Fantasy Award finalist, Tiptree Honor List Every Heart a Doorway.

Beneath the Sugar Sky, the third book in McGuire’s Wayward Children series, returns to Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children in a standalone contemporary fantasy for fans of all ages. At this magical boarding school, children who have experienced fantasy adventures are reintroduced to the “real” world.

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.

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I’d love to hear what upcoming book releases you’re waiting on this Wednesday? Leave me your link in the comments below and I’ll stop by and check out your CWW selection for this week. 🙂

18 replies
  1. Sam@WLABB
    Sam@WLABB says:

    I have been wanting to read Wayward Children series. I love boarding school books, and this one being a magical boarding school just makes it that much better. I hope one of us starts the series. =)

    • Suzanne
      Suzanne says:

      I hope to pretty soon. I placed a hold on the first book at the library a while back and have been impatiently waiting for it to become available, lol.

    • Suzanne
      Suzanne says:

      I love that it’s a standalone too. I still hope to read the first two books in the series at some point, but this one just really intrigues me the most for some reason.

  2. Candid Cover
    Candid Cover says:

    I have yet to read this series and I really should get to it soon because it sounds amazing. I hope that you enjoy this book. I am certainly intrigued by the baking aspect of it! 😉

  3. Greg Hill
    Greg Hill says:

    Love that cover, definitely has an otherwordly vibe. I like the premise too, and magical boarding school= win. I’ve got one by her (writing as Mira Grant) that I’m looking forward to as well.

  4. sydneyeditor1
    sydneyeditor1 says:

    A Tale of friendship, baking and derring do has to be one of the most original taglines to a blurb. And also made me smile unexpectedly at the end of the blurb. It sounds like a dose of humour in this, which I did not expect.

    • Suzanne
      Suzanne says:

      Sounds kind of crazy, right? From what I’ve heard about the series, it sounds like there will be a touch of the whimsical mixed in with an otherwise intense storyline so hopefully it is well done.

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