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Down Among Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire



RATING: 🌝🌝🌝🌝🌝 (5/5 moons)


Published: June 13, 2017

Format: eBook

Pages: 189



“Time is the alchemy that turns compassion into love…”



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.



The story of the twins who ventured in a magical world that let them choose for themselves and discover who they want to be.

This is probably the only troupe that I will not get tired of reading. Children entering magical worlds and discovering themselves in the process. With the story of Jack and Jill, even though they ended up in the same world, they were separated by their choices and eventually grew up in a different surrounding.

After reading the first book in this series, I’ve been craving to know the different worlds of each children because they were not fully emphasized or discussed in the story. However, I finally have my answer with this book. The author is probably planning to write each story of every children in the Wayward School and I am here for it.

I really loved Jack and Jill’s story. The character development and the whimsical writing style of the author makes the story as fascinating as it can be. From venturing in the unknown world to choosing their own paths, their life in the real world creates an impact with the choices that they made and you can’t blame them because their parents made them that way. However, I’m not really expecting them to be who they are before they ended up in their magical world. Having read the first book, I already know what would happen to them. I’m not as attached to these characters as I were back then, but thinking about it now it’s quite sad. I love both of them and I understand their actions.

I’m looking forward to reading more from the Wayward Children. Definitely worth the read. Each book can be a standalone but I think reading the second book then the third and so on before reading the first book is advisable because it’s a spoiler of some sort. It’s like reading the epilogue before reading the prologue.


Check out my review for the first book here.


Till next time!

Maria ❤


A reader who becomes a villain, a queen, a princess, a heroine, and a warrior depends on the story that she reads. A dreamer who wishes to dwell in the world that she visited through the pages of her book. A frustrated blogger who wishes to put into words the frustration, boredom, and excitement that she felt throughout her many journeys outside the real world.

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