Tuesday 13 June 2017

#BookReview Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire @torbooks

Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

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 Every Heart a Doorway we get to meet two sisters called Jack and Jill. In this, the sequel to that book does we get the whole background to their story. But, you don't have to have read Every Heart a Doorway to enjoy this book. It can definitely be read as a stand-alone. However, Every Heart a Doorway is an amazing book and I recommend warmly either reading it before this one or after.

So, Down Among the Sticks and Bones tells the tale of how Jill and Jack traveled through a chest to another world. Like the wardrobe in Narnia, however, the land they got to is not like Narnia, there is no lion waiting for them in this land. Only darkness and different paths for them ...even though they are sisters are they quite different...

I liked this story, I did not love it the way I loved In Every Heart a Doorway, but I enjoyed reading the book. It's always interesting to read a fleshed out story of something you learn in another book, to get the full story. Now, I can't wait to read the next stand-alone story; Beneath the Sugar Sky! That comes in January 2018 ... sigh

I want to thank the publisher for providing me with a free copy through NetGalley for an honest review!

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