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Beneath the Sugar Sky
Beneath the Sugar Sky | Seanan McGuire
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A stand-alone fantasy tale from Seanan McGuire's Alex-award winning Wayward Children series, which began in the Alex and Nebula Award-winning, Hugo and Locus 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 cant 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 doesnt 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. Warning: May contain nuts. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.
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IamIamIam
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Mehso-so

Not the best so far, imo, but still a fun story. Hard and heavy on the YA topics of body image and gender identity and I hated the way the narrator made the girls sound. I'll stick with it but the library only has 1 book on audio? Haha, it's just random... but an appropriate amount of Nonsense, honestly! 😁🍭🍬

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IamIamIam
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I really like this story & these characters but the narrator is either flat or making the characters sound really petulant.

Linsy This wasn't my favorite of the series, but I loved 1 & 2! 1mo
IamIamIam @Linsy I totally agree!! I feel like when you have a longer series, there's always a couple that are clunkers. It's kind of meh for me... excited for the next one, though! I love the infinite possibilities of characters and doors! 1mo
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Jgacreations
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This series is so much fun. Quick reads/listens about children who are remarkable.

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mklong
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A bit more meandering than the previous two, so it loses a bit in the pacing; however, I loved meeting Cora so much that I will forgive pretty much anything.

All my love and hugs to @monalyisha for introducing me to this series! ❤️

AmyG Beautiful flowers! 4mo
monalyisha You‘re absolutely welcome - & I felt very similarly! Excited for you to read the next one. 🖤 4mo
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AmandaBlaze
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Another good entry to the Wayward Children series. Most of the action takes place in the land of Confections. I like the books were the teenagers work together to help each other's quests better than the ones were there are only one or two of the Wayward Children. Current rankings: 1) Every Heart a Doorway, 2) Beneath the Sugar Sky, and 3) Down Among the Sticks and Bones.
#SeriesRead2022 @TheSpineView

ozma.of.oz I love this whole series. 💙💙 The next one is my favorite! 4mo
AmandaBlaze Looking forward to it, though I'll have to listen to it as there isn't a library ebook available. 4mo
TheSpineView Awesome! 4mo
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AmandaBlaze
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“We're teenagers in a magical land following a dead girl and a disappearing girl into a field of organic, pesticides free candy corn...I think weird is a totally reasonable response to the situation.“

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AmandaBlaze
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Taking a break from Gemina to read this. I like the stories in Wayward Children when more of the children are working together than just one or two like in Down Among the Sticks and Bones.

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DrexEdit
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So many lovely, and appropriate, colors in this cover!

#Pantone2022
@Clwojick

Clwojick 💗 Brilliant!!!! 💙 5mo
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DrexEdit
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I enjoyed this episode of the Wayward Children. Good to get to know some of the characters we haven't seen so much of and to travel to the different worlds!

This my #DoubleSpin for February.
@TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 5mo
DrexEdit I have too many challenges I'm working on for sure. This is also ticks a box for #SeriesRead2022 @TheSpineView.

It's an ebook I own, not a physical book, but I thought it might count for #ReadMyRoom also since I'm reading books I own instead of buying new ones! #TBRCrew @AkashaVampie
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AkashaVampie @DrexEdit yeah that is totally fine sweetie!!! 5mo
DrexEdit @AkashaVampie 😊👍 5mo
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DrexEdit
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The Day of Spinning has arrived! The Spinning Wheel of Book Fate has decided to be kind to me this month; short stories and short books! 👏 😊

I think both of these can be easily done and will put another notch in one of the #bookseries I am reading as well as the #ebookTBR.

#bookspin #doublespin
@TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 5mo
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JuliaTheBookNerd
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#BeginsWith 🥳📚 #Sugar 🍭🍬🍫

#BookNerd 🤓💙📚

Eggs Sugar Sky and sugar snow ❄️ 🤍❄️!! 5mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks So pretty ❄️ 5mo
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SilverShanica
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I am posting one book per day from my to-be-read collection. No description and providing no reason for wanting to read it, I just do. Some will be old, some will be new - don‘t judge me I have a lot of books.
Join the fun if you want. This is day 362.
#bookstoread
#tbrpile
#bookstagram

Bookworm04 This sounds fun added you on Instagram for boookstagram 📚🤗 6mo
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Eggbeater
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I didn't fall in love with this 3rd book in the Wayward Children series quite as much as I did the first two, maybe because it was too sugary and not violent enough. 😂 I did like the new characters, revisitation of the old ones, and exploring other worlds. I look forward to the rest of the series.

2nd book read for #AnyWayYouReadathon @kimmypete1 @MidnightBookGirl

1st book read for #NovelNovember #readathon @Andrew65

Andrew65 Well done 👏👏👏 A good start. 7mo
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LazyOwl
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I didn't enjoy this one as much as the first two books which may be because I didn't enjoy the narrator as much. I found some of the voices a bit annoying which influenced my enjoyment of the story. This was a much fluffier story and didn't include some of the darker undertones of the prior books.

Still a pick though at ⭐⭐⭐

annahenke It‘s so hard when the narrator isn‘t a fit 9mo
BehindthePages The next one will be back to darker tones :) 9mo
peanutnine Yeah this one was definitely *sweeter* than the previous two 9mo
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LazyOwl @annahenke The next book has the original narrator, so I'm pleased 😀 9mo
LazyOwl @BehindthePages I've already started the next one and am enjoying. Love the Goblin market. 9mo
LazyOwl @peanutnine it was a good story, but I guess I was just craving the more serious darker elements of the previous ones. The first book is my favourite 💕 9mo
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peanutnine
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Another wonderful installment in this series! I loved that we got to explore the other worlds that we've been told about and experience them with past characters. Amazing world-building! We learned a lot more interesting backstory about everyone. Plus I'm a sucker for time line manipulation plots.

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Read-y_Picker
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#20in4 #Readathon starts tomorrow! (For me - or maybe today for you, Lucky!)
Hosted by the awesome @Andrew65

Here are my #goals. Got a few books in the works and I figure it‘s a great opportunity to finish some!
I may finish the tagged book tonight though. This series is highly addictive!

Andrew65 Good luck 😊👍 10mo
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Nebklvr
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I loved this book even more than the first. A melancholy atmosphere in this one but a beautiful story.

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swynn
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Third in McGuire's “Wayward Children“ series of novellas about a boarding school for children returned from portal-fantasy worlds. In this one, the daughter of a character killed in book 1 arrives at the school, demanding help to bring her mother back so that she (the daughter) can be born. I love that it doesn't make sense and that's fine because mother & daughter come from a nonsense world. Of McGuire's series, this is easily my favorite.

GondorGirl I love this series so very much! 11mo
swynn @GondorGirl Me too! 11mo
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swynn
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Children have always tumbled down rabbit holes, fallen through mirrors, been swept away by unseasonal floods or carried off by tornadoes.

#FirstLineFridays
@ShyBookOwl

DrexEdit This is such a great series! 11mo
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ErraticElle
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My favorite of the Wayward Children series so far. Quirky & whimsical with a touch of dark & a lot at stake. It's like The Wizard of Oz meets Greek mythology plus CandyLand. There was a little lag in pacing a couple of times, but it was quickly resolved. The characters are intriguing & diverse & I love all of the different ways that McGuire has come up with for them to find their own worlds & discover themselves. This whole series is a lot of fun.

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Emmybird01
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4/5 for this one! I loved getting to see Confection! It gave me such a Wonderland vibe. I loved seeing past characters and meeting new ones. This was such a good book. I will be continuing this series.

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WitBeyndMehsure
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Prepping for Dewey‘s 24 Hour Readathon. My first readathon! I‘m sure I wont get through most of these, but there‘s some graphic novels on here, a novella, poetry, and half finished titles. Primarily posting progress here. Anyone else participating? #Readathon #24HourReadathon

Tagged book will be done before the readathon but I really love this Wayward Children series!

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ParkerFinn
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This book was beautifully written. A great adventure. And an interesting new world explored. We finally get to see Confection in all its whimsical glory. We get to catch up on older characters that we missed. Honestly it was a great addition to this series.

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uwak
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Mehso-so

I still enjoyed the adventuring aspects of the third wayward children book but some of McGuire's writing got especially clunky this time around. while I agree with the anti-fatshaming message surrounding Cora, it feels like the author is beating you over the head with the message instead of letting things run its course. a shame, since I think Cora's backstory regarding her door was interesting. so far, this is probably the weakest of the books.

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Exbrarian
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The third book in the Wayward Children series is still a "pick" but it's my least favorite so far. The characters introduced in this one just didn't grab me as much. I also preferred the traditional horror of the Moors to the Nonsense drama of Confection.

SkeletonKey I was disappointed by this one also, the series has been really up and down for me! 1y
Soubhiville Agreed! It‘s my least favorite, but I did still like it, and I think it was time for us to see one of the nonsense worlds. 1y
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underground_bks
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This third in the Wayward Children series takes us to Sumi‘s world, the sugar-built Confection. Like many, I didn‘t fall in love with this world like I did the grim and gruesome world of the Moors, part of that may be taste but also because we don‘t have a POV kind of character who NEEDS Confection. I think if this book had more of Sumi‘s backstory, I‘d appreciate Confection more. I may not have loved the destination but I still enjoyed the quest!

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ozma.of.oz
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Third book up for download! Both mobi and ePub formats available before tonight, 11:59 PM ET, December 2.

Available only in the US and Canada.

https://ebookclub.tor.com #torbookclub

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alisonrose
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Mehso-so

Like most people, I didn‘t like this one as much as the previous two books in the series. Nothing massively wrong with it, just didn‘t hit the same way. Much more whimsical which can be nice in FUCK 2020, but also made it feel less substantial. The world of Confection was cute but the descriptions of candy got repetitive. Liked all of the characters but wanted more depth from them, tho it is just a novella. Still fun but not as memorable. 3/5 ⭐️

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alisonrose
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She was a strange double-exposure of an impossibility, rainbow skeleton and solemn black-and-white teen at the same time.

[Me 20 years ago as a queer goth]

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alisonrose
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This is how I‘m gonna greet my coworkers whenever (if ever) we go back to the office post-Covid. 👸🏻 🐢

rachelm 🤣 2y
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alisonrose
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If I had the wall space, I‘d want huge art prints of all of the covers from this series.

Prairiegirl_reading I really want someone to make a tv series from these books. 2y
alisonrose @Prairiegirl_reading Ooh that would be amazing in the right hands! 2y
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DustyPages
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I love this series so much! Seriously I can't even pick a favorite because so far the 3 I have read have all been 5 stars!

BehindthePages These books are just so amazing! The creativity behind them keeps me going back for more! 2y
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rsteve388
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This was a cute story and really captures the authors explanation of nonsense, so far in the series we have explored worlds of logic and reason, so this story was a welcome change from all the rules and order. This story reads like an adult candy land.. it was cute and the narrator was excellent at ensuring every character.had a distinct voice and personally. Well done. A short read for a Friday.

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Addison_Reads
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#BoundTogetherJune Day 5
#Sweet
@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @OriginalCyn620

I love this series and this book. 💚

OriginalCyn620 📚👍🏻📚 2y
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melrailey
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I got a pretty good bit of reading done last month. Aiming to do better this month.

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UnRuLee
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FAVORITE SO FAR

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SoManyBooksNotEnoughTime
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Mehso-so

While this was my least favorite of the first three Wayward Children books, it was still really enjoyable & a lot of fun. I loved the introduction of the new character, Cora. And I appreciated the opportunity to visit a nonsense world. Being obsessed with candy & sweets, I thought that candy land would be the world for me, but after reading this book, I'm not so sure. I missed the logic & darkness of the other two stories. Looking forward to #4!

ozma.of.oz Oh 4 is my favorite! I hope you enjoy it! ❤️ 2y
SoManyBooksNotEnoughTime @ozma.of.oz yess glad to hear that, can't wait! 2y
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xicanti
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It felt appropriate to finish rereading BENEATH THE SUGAR SKY while I made peanut butter eggs. Hurray for candy! #audiobaking

BarbaraTheBibliophage Oh yummmm!! 2y
ozma.of.oz 😍😍😍😍 YUM 2y
Blueberry OMG!!! I want. 2y
zezeki Looks delicious! 😍😍 2y
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PaperbackPrincess19
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Listening to the audiobook and while I‘m enjoying the series I preferred Seanan McGuire narrating her books, this is the third book and the first she didn‘t narrate. Did anyone listen to the audiobook of this series? Which narrator did you prefer?

BehindthePages I definitely prefered Seanan reading! 2y
PaperbackPrincess19 @Letora I‘m glad I‘m not the only one that feels this. The new narrator even got one of the accents wrong she was speaking for Cora but had Rini‘s accent/voice (edited) 2y
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danimgill
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I am absolutely loving this series! Each book is on the shorter side and is completely engaging in their own way. It was great to get back to a few favorite characters from the first one here and the peeks into different worlds were all so creative and wonderfully described. Highly recommend this super-bingeable series in these tough times, it's an absorbing escape.

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BacklistReader
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Apparently I got sucked in and went down a rabbit hole.....this is definitely a bingeable series.

ozma.of.oz Oh! The next one is my favorite! ❤️❤️❤️ 2y
BacklistReader @ozma.of.oz I binged the series over the weekend. Just didn‘t get to the 5th one because it wasn‘t available. 2y
ozma.of.oz I just started the last one! I‘ve had it on hold for months! 😂 I hope you get a hold of it soon. 2y
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BacklistReader @ozma.of.oz me too. Enjoy 2y
Aussie_SFF Love, love love this series. Waiting for my reserve from the library for the most recent one. 2y
PaperbackPrincess19 I just finished the first book via audio and didn‘t realise that Seanan McGuire reads it! She does a fantastic job narrating and I‘ve definitely been sucked into this series, finished book 1 today and have already started book 2! 2y
BacklistReader @Paperback.princess19 it‘s definitely a bingeable series 2y
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CaitlinSiem
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These books are so much fun to just swallow whole. Such quick reads/listens but entirely fun and engrossing and entertaining the entire time. Every book gives a glimpse into another part of this universe the author has created, and each gives you something different along the way. These are marvelous and I am adoring this entire series.

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sparrowssavvy
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Another adorable little instalment in this series. This one might be my favourite so far. I loved the candyland setting and the charming cast of characters.

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broughtyoubooks
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Have loved the three Wayward Children books I've read so far, though this one didn't hit me as hard as the previous two - might just be me being petty and wanting a dedicated Kade book.

Soubhiville Ooo, I want a Kade book too!!! 2y
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BehindthePages
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From start to finish, you‘ll be engaged in the beautiful world-building. This new installment of the Wayward Children will show you what a nonsense world is all about. Visit a world where the sea is made of soda, the sky is filled with candy, and the clothes are made from pastries and chocolate. Another great read!
Full review at https://www.behindthepages.org/post/beneath-the-sugar-sky-by-seanan-mcguire

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haileybean
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It‘s not the best of the series, but I still loved this world. The problems I struggled with was that some things seemed a bit disjointed but with these being a series of novellas, I expect the world building to continue through the series.

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Shemac77
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Love these worlds. Brilliant concept.

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Shemac77
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Night shift reading between calls.

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