Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire

Wayward Children, Book 2

Synopsis: 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.

Review: When it comes to Seanan McGuire, I’m always very curious! I really enjoyed the setting of the world of Every Heart at Doorway. I admit that I did not remember much of the story but I was curious to see what the author was going to propose again.

We thus follow the life of twins in a family and it is not really simple. With parents who want to remodel them so that they have the perfect image they desire, these children will not have the opportunity to be who they really want. It’s pretty sad to watch this in fact… We follow them for a few years until they find their way and flee into a whole new world where they will spend 5 years.

It was very interesting to see them change radically in this place, to understand that they both desire things that have been denied them for a long time. I was also surprised by the end of the story and I would not have said no to a few more pages.

I had a good time again and am curious to know if we will have the opportunity to return to this universe.




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