The Captain’s Log – beneath the sugar sky (Seanan McGuire)

Ahoy there me mateys!  These novellas keep getting better and better.  This one might be me favourite.  Though I can’t say with any true certainty because I adore them all so far.  In this one a group of kids from Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children go on a quest to save a girl named Rini from being erased out of existence.  They travel through several different doors but the majority of the time is spent in a world that one of me crew called “Candyland.”  I was once again enchanted by the author’s writing style and ability to take me to amazing magical places.  I seriously have spent much time trying to figure out where me door would take me.  It would have to have the sea of course.  I don’t have the wonderful imagination of Seanan McGuire but I wish she could tell me where me door is.  I recommend this with all me heart.  Goodreads claims that there be two more novellas scheduled so far.  I will be waiting for them.  Do read them if ye haven’t.  They be wonderful!  Arrr!

Check out what me crew had to say (click the links for their full reviews):

Melanie @ meltotheany – “every book is this series has amazing diversity and representation, and this book is no different. From race, to sexuality, to mental illnesses, to body representation, to physical disabilities, to religious representation, this series has it all. And it’s seamlessly woven and never feels exploitative.”

Elise @ thebookishactress – “This is seriously one of the best worlds I’ve ever come across in YA and I want 10,000 more of these novellas.”

Milliebot @ milliebotreads – “Rini and Sumi’s world is like Candyland gone mad and while we don’t get to see what it was like from Sumi’s perspective, we are given quite a bit of insight into her past adventures, from the eyes of her daughter. McGuire’s characters continue to be diverse in culture, sexual orientation, body type and personality and I love how inclusive and open-minded her stories are.”

Goodreads has this to say about the novel:

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.

To visit the author’s website go to:

Seanan McGuire – Author

To buy the book go to:

beneath the sugar sky – Book

To add to Goodreads go to:

Yer Ports for Plunder List

Previous Log Entries for this Author

every heart a doorway – book 1 (Captain’s Log – Young Adult Fantasy)

down among the sticks and bones – book 2 (Captain’s Log – Young Adult Fantasy)

26 thoughts on “The Captain’s Log – beneath the sugar sky (Seanan McGuire)

  1. What a wonderful premise! I haven’t recalled reading your others revews (I’ll have to check them out), but this must be a great series to have such high praise! Are each of these novellas more stand-alone stories in the same world? I don’t get the impression that this feels like a real series based on the comment above.

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      1. That’s great. I actually feel like those sorts of series are the most challenging ones for authors. You need to connect the books delicately and lightly– but connect them too much and it feels weird and forced. Redwall is one in particular I’m thinking of here. There are some incredible moments in that series, but once Jacques started thinking of a series order things started to fall apart for me.

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      2. That is part of why I find companion series awesome. I like getting different perspectives of the world and interconnected but standalone stories. Like the Planetfall series. It’s awesome. I only read Redwall. And loved it. I am not sure why I never picked up any others in the series.
        x The Captain

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  2. I love these books! I think the second one is my favorite, since it has more of a gothic feel to it. Still, this one was a great book! The 4th book has a cover now, and is about Lundy and her time in the Goblin Market, and I am SO EXCITED to read it when it comes out in January!

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      1. Lundy is the teacher who was aging backwards in book 1. We found out that it was because of a bargain she made in the Goblin Market, but that’s all we ever really knew. (More details on her would involve spoilers for your mates who haven’t read the first book yet.)

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    1. Ye might just not like the writing style perhaps. It is rather unusual. But most of the crew seems to think they get better as they go so mehaps ye will like the next. They are short so there is that in terms of managing yer time. Thanks for visiting.
      x The Captain


  3. I love this series but this is my least favorite of the three. I don’t know, maybe just too silly? But I’m a huge fan. I know there are at least three more coming out!

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    1. It was silly but I liked all the larger ramifications about the worlds. And the other worlds were so serious that I loved a look at a sillier world. I will be reading all three news ones!
      x The Captain


  4. I Just purchased Every Heart a Doorway not too long ago. I’ actually haven’t read anything by Seanan yet, but the blurb on the back of the book grabbed my attention. Have you read any of her other books, besides this series?

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    1. I haven’t read any of her other books under this name. But under her Mira Grant name she has an awesome zombie series and I read one of her books about killer mermaids which I liked. But I think all things considered, the wayward series is me favourite. So read the first one already! Arrrr!
      x The Captain

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