Come Tumbling Down

Come Tumbling DownThe Fifth Installment In Seanan McGuire S Award Winning, Bestselling Wayward Children Series, Come Tumbling Down Picks Up The Threads Left Dangling By Every Heart A Doorway And Down Among The Sticks And BonesWhen 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 MoorsBut 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 OvercomeEleanor West S No Quests Rule Is About To Be BrokenAgain Yessssss 3.5 Let s state the obvious The fourth book was the best one and nothing will ever compareNow I ve been having mixed feelings about this series I enjoy the ideas, the writing, how diverse the characters are but I always feel like something is missing Probably because the books are so short so there s a lot of And after they saved aka we miss on all the fun adventures This book was different since we do get to see what happens when we go back to The Moors If you enjoyed Jack and 3.5 Let s state the obvious The fourth book was the best one and nothing will ever compareNow I ve been having mixed feelings about this series I enjoy the ideas, the writing, how diverse the characters are but I always feel like something is missing Probably because the books are so short so there s a lot of And after they saved aka we miss on all the fun adventures This book was different since we do get to see what happens when we go back to The Moors If you enjoyed Jack and Jill from book 2, you ll be happy to gethere I didn t love nor hate this book It was a fun and quick read but I didn t connect to it as much as the previous one.The ending leaves some opening for another books that ll I ll read ARC provided by Tor in exchange for an honest review.1 Every Heart a Doorway 2 Down Among the Sticks and Bones 3 Beneath the Sugar Sky 4 In an Absent Dream Youtube Instagram Twitter Blog Spotify TwitchTrigger and Content Warnings death, murder, blood depiction, and panic attacks I read this for OWLs Magical Readathon 2020 Buddy read with Lea Ma lys ARC provided by Tor in exchange for an honest review.1 Every Heart a Doorway 2 Down Among the Sticks and Bones 3 Beneath the Sugar Sky 4 In an Absent Dream Youtube Instagram Twitter Blog Spotify TwitchTrigger and Content Warnings death, murder, blood depiction, and panic attacks I read this for OWLs Magical Readathon 2020 Buddy read with Lea Ma lys Can this series never end Please and thank you. Oh, lookie, we re back at the Moors Maybe I m biased because of the whole vampire business, but the Moors have been my favorite of all the portal worlds in this series Not that I d live there Oh no, I m perfectly happy observing them from the safety of my couch.Well, to be honest, this book is not really about the Moors We don t arrive there until the 40% mark, and no vampires appear until the 85% mark, only to disappear a few pages after But the book is not really about that It s about Ja Oh, lookie, we re back at the Moors Maybe I m biased because of the whole vampire business, but the Moors have been my favorite of all the portal worlds in this series Not that I d live there Oh no, I m perfectly happy observing them from the safety of my couch.Well, to be honest, this book is not really about the Moors We don t arrive there until the 40% mark, and no vampires appear until the 85% mark, only to disappear a few pages after But the book is not really about that It s about Jack getting the gang back together, discovering new friends, having a full rich life while living with OCD, finding love, finding heroism, learning to be a good monster And, in many ways, it works perfectly.I quite enjoyed the extended worldbuilding, seeing how each area in the Moors needs to have two monsters of opposite alignments, balancing each other out Seeing that being a monster doesn t equal being evil.Ultimately, I had the same problems as with Beneath the Sugar Sky Compared to Every Heart a Doorway , everything suddenly becomes much easier Even death itself becomes much less meaningful and characters get resurrected left and right It s true that the book shows resurrection isn t always the solution, and won t work perfectly the second or third time, but still, death is a lot less final than it should be to have any impact It s a bit like a video game where players get multiple lives until they lose them all.Jack getting the gang back together felt unnecessary, since the others didn t really contribute to the final victory In fact, Jack did everything herself, except maaaaybe for the view spoiler dancing skeletons hide spoiler but even that didn t feel decisive Alexis tells the others that Jack couldn t have done it without them, but I don t see it The final battle itself feels anticlimactic it barely starts and is over immediately, with no real struggle and no real stakes Every Heart a Doorway presented an interesting and well developed concept that stood well on its own Some of the future installments felt unnecessary, just random stories with the established characters.I was wondering why Down Among the Sticks and Bones and In an Absent Dream worked for me, and Beneath the Sugar Sky andCome Tumbling Downdidn t I think it s because inDown Among the Sticks and BonesandIn an Absent Dreamwe see something else We see how children find their doors, how they decide to stay, who they were before, what made them want to leave their world, what made their new world perfect for them specifically The other books give us adventures and hopping across worlds with the already established characters It s fun enough, but doesn t add anything new.Overall, if there arebooks in this series, I ll read them, but I hope they ll bring something new and expand the world instead of just playing within the boundaries set inEvery Heart a Doorway 3.7 5 Stars New things are the best kind of magic there is This was a nice addition to the Wayward Children universe But it felt somewhat repetitive to me Like we have seen some of these things before Let me explain.These are 200 page books,like novellas They explore very unique worlds from multiple people s perspectives We have had an entire book of one world why have another one about that same world that can t offer us anything extremely fresh When there are so man 3.7 5 Stars New things are the best kind of magic there is This was a nice addition to the Wayward Children universe But it felt somewhat repetitive to me Like we have seen some of these things before Let me explain.These are 200 page books,like novellas They explore very unique worlds from multiple people s perspectives We have had an entire book of one world why have another one about that same world that can t offer us anything extremely fresh When there are so manycharacters, and new ones added all the time, that we can explore Don t get me wrong, the book itself was really good but it wasn t refreshing This series works best when it gives us new perspectives and worlds and characters and themes and just all around new content And yes, I know my second favorite book from this series is the second one, with Jack and Jill and the Moors, but I didn t needof them so soon Maybe it s because I binged these books in three days Maybe I would have felt differently had I waited a year to read the next You always consume content differently when binging It happens with shows and movie series and all that jazz I can t know what I would feel like if I traditionally waited for this book to come out I just wanted to explorelore and then have the matter that this book talks about be resolved later on Basically, havepast tense personal stories Let s forget the rant and talk about the book itself It was good man It was really good I couldn t expect anything else from this series The writing and the wackiness, it s all there Honestly, these books are getting weirder and weirder and I m here for it But my problem with the general foundation of this book still stands.Overall, ending this long haul of reviews, I just want to tell you to pick this series up It s not a silly middle grade series about kids I m not saying kids series are silly but they are not for some people I also thought that too, because of the size of the books and their subject matter Yes, and maybe the marketing didn t help I guess It seems like middle grade, but it s not There is the world fuck multiple times in them Yes When I first saw that word in that book I was relieved I don t like middle grade a lot haha Anyway, read this series, it s short and amazing and I ll see you next time K BYE This is probably my favorite addition to the series since Down Among the Sticks and Bones and my heart is SO FULL I love these characters so much and it was especially gratifying to spendtime with Jack and the gang from the first book I now DESPERATELY need Christopher s story and I really, really hope that his is next to come The Wayward Children books have turned into such a great series and here s 5 A strong 4 stars Full review, first posted on Fantasy Literature Eleanor West s Home for Wayward Children was an island of misfit toys, a place to put the unfinished stories and the broken wanderers who could butcher a deer and string a bow but no longer remembered what to do with indoor plumbing It was also,importantly, a holding pen for heroes Whatever they might have become when they d been cast out The Wayward Children books have turned into such a great series and here s 5 A strong 4 stars Full review, first posted on Fantasy Literature Eleanor West s Home for Wayward Children was an island of misfit toys, a place to put the unfinished stories and the broken wanderers who could butcher a deer and string a bow but no longer remembered what to do with indoor plumbing It was also,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. Come Tumbling Down, the fifth installment in Seanan McGuire s WAYWARD CHILDREN YA fantasy series, returns to the conflicted relationship between twins Jack Jacqueline and Jill Wolcott, in a some months later sequel to where we left them at the end of Every Heart a Doorway Down Among the Sticks and Bones is a prequel that tells their story in muchdetail, though it s the second book published in the series To recap spoiler alert for the first and second books here as children Jack and Jill had found their way to a portal world called the Moors, where Jack was raised by a if not mad, at least highly peculiar scientist, and Jill was raised by a master vampire to be his daughter and heir, before they returned to our world and spent some time turning the Home for Wayward Children upside down When they returned to the Moors at the end of Every Heart a Doorway, Jill was dead at Jack s hand, but Jack was confident that she could resurrect her sister once they returned to the Moors and, perhapsimportant, that because Jill had died and been brought back to life, she would no longer be able to be turned into a vampire.But Jill is not in the least repentant of her lethal lifestyle, and she and her adoptive vampire father have thought of an ingenious way to get around this limitation What she s now done is beyond the pale not only is it ruining Jack s life, pushing her to the edge of a mental breakdown, but it s likely to lead to an imbalance of power and deadly warfare in the Moors world So Jack, with her girlfriend Alexis, returns to the Wayward Children home to get help from her old friends Did Eleanor say no quests Oh well Come Tumbling Down didn t quite reach the heights of my favorite books in the series, Down Among the Sticks and Bones and In an Absent Dream, but it comes quite close McGuire does a great job examining Jack and Jill s deeply troubled hearts Jack, brilliant but burdened with OCD, has found joy in the mad scientist lifestyle, at least until the most recent troubles She calls herself a monster, and in some ways that s true, but she sor less a good hearted person, if obsessive and demanding Jill, though, is on a whole different level.Jill had always been thedangerous, less predictable Wolcott, for all that she was the one who dressed in pastel colors and lace and sometimes remembered that people liked it when you smiled Something about the way she d wrapped her horror movie heart in ribbons and bows had reminded him of a corpse that hadn t been properly embalmed, like she was pretty on the outside and rotten on the inside Terrifying and subtly wrong.Joining Jack on her quest to set things right again in Jack s life and in the Moors world are several familiar faces, including Kade the one time goblin prince , Christopher who longs for the magical skeleton world of Mariposa , Cora the former mermaid with the blue green hair and Sumi They all bring their unique characters and talents to the story The most delightful was Sumi, whose flighty behavior and off the wall comments conceal a sharp mind She calls the crimson moon in the Moors the sugared cherry on the biggest murder sundae in the whole world and is serenely confident that one day she ll find her way back to the world called Confection, where the gummy worms will eat her body when she dies Come Tumbling Down is a quest type of adventure novel, mixing together friendship and horror It s lifted above the norm by the quirkiness of the characters, by the tragedy of the broken relationship between twin sisters Jack and Jill, and by Seanan McGuire s insightful commentary She muses on what would have happened if Jack had become the vampire s prot g rather than Jill, and the ruthless business tycoon Sumi would have become if she hadn t found the door to Confection as a young girl And she shows us how wayward children can be heroes Sometimes, even, the monsters are the heroes.I received a free ebook for review from the publisher and NetGalley Thanks so much Initial post I HAVE THE ARC does happy dance throws confetti in air Update And I read the whole thing in one evening noregrets Those of you who read my last review of In an Absent Dream know how much I admire Seanan McGuire and her Young Adult fantasy series, Wayward Children In fact, I believe I have given all but one of the previous four novellas in the series a full five stars It s not typical of me, as I tend to be a critical book reviewer and am unafraid to point out a novel s flaws It s also not typical for a long running series such as this one to consistently be excellent.And I do not believe I can give Come Those of you who read my last review of In an Absent Dream know how much I admire Seanan McGuire and her Young Adult fantasy series, Wayward Children In fact, I believe I have given all but one of the previous four novellas in the series a full five stars It s not typical of me, as I tend to be a critical book reviewer and am unafraid to point out a novel s flaws It s also not typical for a long running series such as this one to consistently be excellent.And I do not believe I can give Come Tumbling Down any less than the highest of marks.In this installment, McGuire continues the story of twin sisters, Jack and Jill, whose narrative arc is the focus of the second novella in the series, Down Among the Sticks and Bones The two teens were last seen in Sticks and Bones, leaving Eleanor West s Home for Wayward Children and returning to their beloved home on the Moors But now Jack is back Although, not feeling fully like herself She is in desperate need of assistance from her friends and Christopher, Sumi, Kade, and Cora, as all good friends do, agree to help Jack as she faces what may be the most difficult challenge of her life.I feel it is important to note that, much to my surprise, Come Tumbling Down does not seem to be quite as well received by readers as its predecessors The singular most common criticism being that the story isn t needed It is unnecessary Am I seriously the only reader who has been dying to know what happened to Jack and Jill since their departure for the Moors I mean, really The commonly shared sentiment of the supposed pointlessness of this novella is just so puzzling to me I have been WAITING for this Very patiently, I might add Jack is my absolute favorite of all the Wayward Children, and when I discovered that McGuire was finally giving us a continuation of her and Jill s story, I was ecstatic, to say the least.Apparently, I m in the minority shoulder shrug I won t take too much time rehashing here, all the thoughts contained in my review of In an Absent Dream thoughts about the beauty of McGuire s writing and the magical, fairy tale like quality of these stories Just know that all I wrote in my previous review holds true, as well, for Come Tumbling Down It s gorgeously crafted.And once again, McGuire tackles her favorite reoccurring theme of what it means to be an outsider, to be someone who is struggling to fit in and meet society s standard of normalcy But this time, McGuire seems to also be focused intently on the subject of heroes She uses her amazing story telling abilities to not only define what it means to be a hero, but also to show us that we are ALL heroes and there are manyso very manydifferent ways to be heroicIt s all right, said Sumi, helping Christopher to his feet She kept her eyes on Kade He s a hero too, remember We re all heroes here Sometimes a hero has to fall Just rereading that quote, as I am typing it, punches me in the gut The simplistic beauty and poignancy of it brings tears to my eyes.I don t believe McGuire could ve written it anyperfectly Do you And finally, I would be remiss, I think, to write this review without ever saying much about Jack As I wrote earlier, Jack is, by far, my favorite character in the Wayward Children series She is complex Unapologetic Various labels and adjectives have been applied to her in the novellas mad scientist, heartless, cold, twisted, monster Monster such a harsh, harsh word.But I don t see Jack as a monster To me, she is a young woman who sees black and white there is no gray She is exceptionally intelligent A logical thinker, often to the point of coldness She is bluntly honest She has an extremely strong, innate sense of rightness She s fair She does not allow her emotions to best her But at the same time, she feels She loves fiercely And she will do anythingand I do mean ANYTHINGto do what is just and protect who she loves I like her I respect her I see myself in Jack Does that make ME a monster, too I think not At least, I hope not wink 1 Every Heart a Doorway 2 Down Among the Sticks and Bones 3 Beneath the Sugar Sky 4 In An Absent Dream 5 Come Tumbling Down Hope is a vicious beast It sinks in its claws and it doesn t let go.I ve come to realize that I seem to start every Wayward Children review the same way by gushing about how, no matter how much I think I already adore Seanan, this latest book has made me love her even . Well, I m sorry to be repetitive, but I m really not sorry at all, b 1 Every Heart a Doorway 2 Down Among the Sticks and Bones 3 Beneath the Sugar Sky 4 In An Absent Dream 5 Come Tumbling Down Hope is a vicious beast It sinks in its claws and it doesn t let go.I ve come to realize that I seem to start every Wayward Children review the same way by gushing about how, no matter how much I think I already adore Seanan, this latest book has made me love her even . Well, I m sorry to be repetitive, but I m really not sorry at all, because yet again, this series has wholly blown me away In fact, I think Come Tumbling Down may just be my favorite yet The gates slammed shut behind them with remarkable speed, and everything was quiet, and Christopher knew, with absolute certainty, that not all of them were going to make it home Come Tumbling Down takes us back to the world of The Moors, which is probably my very favorite world in all of the doors with its terrifying beasties and strange scales of balance between them, coupled with its oceanic dark gods and the idea of death as a temporary thing, nothing in this series has made my little horror loving heart quite so proud There s an eerie vibe to the atmosphere in this installment that is never scary but always borderline unsettling in the most delightful ways 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 Of course, if all we talked about was my love for The Moors, it would do a tremendous disservice to the pure reverence I feel for Seanan s masterful character building The poor lost souls in this series are, as far as I m concerned, an absolute gift to the world, in this installment most of all The cast is as effortlessly and wondrously diverse as usual, between Jack s OCD own voices rep, at that , the precious sapphic representation, not one but two gorgeous and brilliant fat girls, andAs usual, it s all approached with such genuine care and thought that it s impossible to miss how much Seanan wants readers to see themselves in her story, and as a reader who saw myself in many of these characters, I m endlessly grateful for it Jack laughed It wasn t a happy sound, not exactly it was the sound of someone clinging to the last vestiges of sanity and stability with all their might It was the sound of slipping Beyond waxing on for ages about how much I needed and loved and cherished and adored every moment of this adventure, this time with these characters in this fantastic and twisted world, and telling you that Seanan s narrative voice is my absolute favorite in the world I m not sure there s muchI can say here without branching out into murky, spoiler filled territories Instead, I ll tell you that I think this series holds everything magical about the world of SFF stories, and that time you spend in Seanan s worlds is never time poorly spent, and that if there were any single series I could convince any of my friends and followers to pick up, it would be this one I m so ecstatic that there are at least 3novellas on the way, and I truly hope they sell well enough that Tor.com will allow this series to go on much longer, because I can t imagine ever getting tired of the Wayward Children All quotes come from an advance copy and may not match the final release Thank you so much to Tor.com for providing me with this ARC in exchange for an honest review

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  • Hardcover
  • 206 pages
  • Come Tumbling Down
  • Seanan McGuire
  • English
  • 23 December 2018
  • 0765399318