The Wayward Children series has been such a rollercoaster for me so far. Every Heart a Doorway is basically perfect, Down Among the Sticks and Bones was infuriating and disappointing, and Beneath the Sugar Sky was a good read but nowhere near as great as the first book. I was so apprehensive about reading the fourth instalment in the series, In an Absent Dream, but I knew I had to give it a try because I love the concept so much. I’m so pleased to say that In an Absent Dream really turned the series around for me and is such a beautiful book.
The Wayward Children series has been quite a rollercoaster ride for me. I absolutely adored Every Heart a Doorway and despised Down Among the Sticks and Bones. I wasn’t entirely sure how to feel when I picked up Beneath the Sugar Sky, the third book in the series. Would I be delighted? Disappointed? Underwhelmed? The first two books felt like they were written by two different people -- would I get the writing style I loved so much in Every Heart a Doorway back again?
If you have seen my review of the first book in this series, Every Heart a Doorway, you’ll know that I absolutely loved it -- I thought it was perfection. So I naturally had high expectations Down Among the Sticks and Bones, the second book in the series. It features more of the weird and wonderful worlds McGuire created in the first book. It tells the back story of two of my favourite students at Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children. What could possibly go wrong?
I didn’t really know what to expect from Every Heart a Doorway, but I liked the concept well enough. I didn't actually read the synopsis because from what I had heard around the bookish community, this weemed like one of those books that you should just tumble into. I asked for it and the two sequels for my birthday and started right away. Oh boy, oh boy. I never, ever, EVER say this, but I feel like this book was written for me.