Review: Down Among the Sticks and Bones



Title: Down Among the Sticks and Bones
Author: Seanan McGuire
Series: Wayward Children
Book #: 2
Publisher: Tor.com

My Rating:




Twin sisters Jack and Jill were seventeen when they found their way home and were packed off to Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children.

This is the story of what happened first…

Jacqueline was her mother’s perfect daughter—polite and quiet, always dressed as a princess. If her mother was sometimes a little strict, it’s because crafting the perfect daughter takes discipline.

Jillian was her father’s perfect daughter—adventurous, thrill-seeking, and a bit of a tom-boy. He really would have preferred a son, but you work with what you've got.

They were five when they learned that grown-ups can’t be trusted.

They were twelve when they walked down the impossible staircase and discovered that the pretense of love can never be enough to prepare you a life filled with magic in a land filled with mad scientists and death and choices.






In this instalment of the Wayward Children we follow the story of Jack and Jill and what happened to them when they went through their door (trunk actually). It acts as a prequel to the previous book. I actually really liked this idea and thought it was well executed.





This book takes place in the Moors which is a place no child should ever be. It was creepy but also very interesting. It was fascinating to see how people were always in a sense of constant fear and could still manage to live there.

Even though this is a novella I believe the world building was really well done here.





Jack - The little princess who didn't like to be one. I really loved her character, she was hard working and strong.

Jill - The tom boy who just wanted to be a princess like her sister. She was annoying, didn't have a correct concept of reality and she always wanted to be the center of attention and at the end of the day, loved.

The Scientist - He wasn't all that bad, I actually liked him but to a point.

The Vampire - Can they actually be good? Not in this book.

Jack and Jill's Parents - Absolutely hated them.




This book was a pleasant surprise, even though it took me ages to finish it because I was going through a book slump and I simply did not want to read anything at all.

It explores parents expectations and what they do to force their children to be in order to meet those expectations. But that doesn't often work the way they expect doesn't it?
This book also features a homosexual character and it was the cutest thing ever... until it wasn't *sobs*.

Have you read this book? What are your thoughts on it?

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