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.




Down Among the Sticks and Bones de Seanan McGuire (VO)

Wayward Children, Tome 2

Résumé (traduction personnelle) : Les sœurs jumelles Jack et Jill avaient dix-sept ans quand elles sont rentrées chez elle et ont dû quitter la maison d’Eleanor West pour Wayward Children.

C’est l’histoire de ce qui s’est passé en premier lieu…

Jacqueline était la fille parfaite de sa mère, polie et tranquille, toujours habillée comme une princesse. Si sa mère était parfois un peu stricte, c’est parce que forger la fille parfaite est synonyme de discipline.

Jillian était la fille parfaite de son père: aventureuse, à la recherche de frissons, et un peu garçon-manqué. Il aurait vraiment préféré un fils, mais vous travaillez avec ce que vous avez.

Elles avaient cinq ans quand elles ont appris qu’on ne peut pas faire confiance aux adultes.

Elles en avaient douze ans quand elles descendirent l’escalier impossible et ont découvert que le prétexte de l’amour n’est pas suffisant pour vous préparer une vie remplie de magie dans une terre remplie de scientifiques furieux, de mort et de choix.

Avis : Quand il est question de Seanan McGuire, je suis toujours très curieuse ! On se retrouve pour notre plus grand plaisir dans l’univers de Every Heart a Doorway. J’avoue que je ne me rappelais pas bien de l’histoire mais j’étais curieuse de voir ce que l’auteure allait nous proposer.

On suit ainsi la vie de deux jumelles dans une famille qui n’est pas vraiment simple. Avec des parents qui veulent les remodeler pour qu’elles aient l’image parfaite qu’ils désirent, ces enfants n’auront pas l’occasion d’être qui elles veulent vraiment. C’est assez triste d’assister à ça… On les suit ainsi pendant quelques années, jusqu’à ce qu’elles trouvent leur porte et s’enfuient dans un tout nouveau monde où elles y passeront 5 ans.

C’était très intéressant de les voir changer radicalement dans cet endroit, de comprendre qu’elles désirent toutes les deux les choses qui leur ont été longtemps refusées. J’ai été aussi surprise par la fin de l’histoire et je n’aurais pas dit non à un peu plus de pages.

J’ai passé un bon moment encore une fois et je suis curieuse de savoir si nous aurons l’occasion de retourner dans cet univers.



The Brightest Fell by Seanan McGuire + Interview & Giveaway

October Daye, Book 11

Synopsis: For once, everything in October “Toby” Daye’s life seems to be going right. There have been no murders or declarations of war for her to deal with, and apart from the looming specter of her Fetch planning her bachelorette party, she’s had no real problems for days. Maybe things are getting better.

Maybe not.

Because suddenly Toby’s mother, Amandine the Liar, appears on her doorstep and demands that Toby find her missing sister, August. But August has been missing for over a hundred years and there are no leads to follow. And Toby really doesn’t owe her mother any favors.

Then Amandine starts taking hostages, and refusal ceases to be an option.

Review: As always, I can not wait to get into each new October Daye adventure. How not to be? This series is really one of my favorite and Seanan McGuire always offers us new ideas that take us away completely!

Everything seems to be fine for October but it’s only the calm before the storm! Indeed, after celebrating her bachelor party with all her friends and allies, her life is turned upside down. Her mother, Amandine, is on the doorstep and summons for her to find her sister (while explaining to her what a disappointment she was). But then, October doesn’t allow her mother to dictate her actions and refuses at once. You can imagine that Amandine does not take it very well and then kidnaps Tybalt and Jazz so that our heroine goes in search of her sister.

I really had a great time with this story. We saw very little of Amandine and I was curious to learn more about her …. But poor October … Her mother is very cruel with her. And then there’s August. I was so eager to learn more about this lost sister and I admit that even if it is different from what I thought, it could not be otherwise. August could not be anyone else. Yet I confess that I am curious to see what is going to happen now because an evil is released and it seems that he wants more than anything for her to fall. But a solution is emerging and it is true that this is what links the whole series. I am therefore curious to see if this resolution will be in the next novel.

In any case, our heroine takes us with her in a new quest that won’t be very simple. Some enemies become allies and allies become enemies. Everything will change and Toby’s life will once again be overwhelmed. She will have to make difficult choices but she is ready to do anything to save her fiancé!




Each book is always better than the previous one for me and I just love all the series, how do you come up each with new ideas for Tobey’s adventures?

A lot of the time it’s a natural consequence of the previous book. For example, after the goblin fruit was introduced, we spent several books cleaning up the effects—and then we had to deal with elf-shot! So while I keep the “big picture” plot moving forward, the structure is generally supplied by whatever’s happened recently.

How do you keep up with the stories of all the characters?

Spreadsheets. Lots and lots and lots of spreadsheets.

I would love the series to go on forever but how many books did you plan to write?

I have been advised not to reveal that number, as it causes people to stare at me before backing away slowly, as if I have said something wrong. But there are quite a few more to come.

Do you already have the ending of the series in mind?

Oh, I’ve always known how it ends.



October 9th, 2013

Angels are bright still, though the brightest fell .—William Shakespeare, Macbeth.


THE FETCH IS ONE of the most feared and least understood figures in Faerie. Their appearance heralds the approach of inescapable death: once the Fetch shows up, there’s nothing that can be done. The mechanism that summons them has never been found, and they’ve always been rare, with only five conclusively identified in the last century. They appear for the supposedly significant—kings and queens, heroes and villains—and they wear the faces of the people they have come to escort into whatever awaits the fae beyond the borders of death. They are temporary, transitory, and terrifying.

My Fetch, who voluntarily goes by “May Daye,” because nothing says “I am a serious and terrible death omen” like having a pun for a name, showed up more than three years ago. She was supposed to foretell my impending doom. Instead, all she managed to foretell was me getting a new roommate. Life can be funny that way.

At the moment, doom might have been a nice change. May was standing on the stage of The Mint, San Francisco’s finest karaoke bar, enthusiastically bellowing her way through an off- key rendition of Melissa Etheridge’s “Come to My Window.” Her live-in girlfriend, Jazz, was sitting at one of the tables closest to the stage, chin propped in her hands, gazing at May with love and adoration all out of proportion to the quality of my Fetch’s singing.

May has the face I wore when she appeared. We don’t look much alike anymore, but when she first showed up at my apartment door to tell me I was going to die, we were identical. She has my memories up to the point of her creation: years upon years of parental issues, crushing insecurity, abandonment, and criminal activities. And right now, none of that mattered half as much as the fact that she also had my absolute inability to carry a tune.

“Why are we having my bachelorette party at a karaoke bar again?” I asked, speaking around the mouth of the beer bottle I was trying to keep constantly against my lips. If I was drinking, I wasn’t singing. If I wasn’t singing, all these people might still be my friends in the morning.

Of course, with as much as most of them had already had to drink, they probably wouldn’t notice if I did sing. Or if I decided to sneak out of the bar, go home, change into my sweatpants, and watch old movies on the couch until I passed out. Which would have been my preference for how my bachelorette party was going to go, if I absolutely had to have one. I didn’t think they were required. May had disagreed with me. Vehemently. And okay, that had sort of been expected.

What I hadn’t expected was for most of my traitorous, backstabbing friends to take her side. Stacy—one of my closest friends since childhood—had actually laughed in my face when I demanded to know why she was doing this to me.

“Being your friend is like trying to get up close and personal with a natural disaster,” she’d said. “Sure, we have some good times, but we spend half of them covered in blood. We just want to spend an evening making you as uncomfortable as you keep making the rest of us.”

Not to be outdone, her eldest daughter, Cassandra, had blithely added, “Besides, we don’t think even you can turn a karaoke party into a bloodbath.”

All of my friends are evil.

As my Fetch and hence the closest thing I had to a sister, May had declared herself to be in charge of the whole affair. That was how we’d wound up reserving most of the tables at The Mint for an all-night celebration of the fact that I was getting married. Even though we didn’t have a date, a plan, or a seating chart, we were having a bachelorette party. Lucky, lucky me.

My name is October Daye. I am a changeling; I am a knight; I am a hero of the realm; and if I never have to hear Stacy sing Journey songs again, it will be too soon.


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The Brightest Fell de Seanan McGuire (VO)

October Daye, Tome 11

Résumé (traduction personnelle) : Pour une fois, tout dans la vie d’October “Toby” Daye semble aller bien. Il n’y a pas eu de meurtre ou de déclaration de guerre, et, en dehors du spectre imminent de sa Fetch qui a planifié son enterrement de vie de jeune fille, elle n’a eu aucun problème réel depuis des jours. Peut-être que les choses s’améliorent.

Peut-être pas.

Parce que soudain, la mère de Toby, Amandine la Menteuse, apparaît sur le pas de sa porte et demande à Toby de retrouver sa sœur perdue, August. Mais August a disparu depuis plus de cent ans et il n’y a plus aucune piste à suivre. Et Toby ne lui doit absolument aucune faveur.

Puis, Amandine commence à prendre des otages, et le refus cesse d’être une option.

Avis : Comme toujours je suis impatiente de me plonger dans chaque nouvelle aventure d’October Daye. Comment ne pas l’être ? Cette série est vraiment une de mes préférées et Seanan McGuire nous propose toujours de nouvelles idées qui nous emportent complètement !

Tout semble aller bien pour October mais ce n’est que le calme avant la tempête ! En effet, après avoir fêté son enterrement de vie de jeune fille avec tous ses amis et alliés, sa vie se retrouve chamboulée. Sa mère, Amandine, est sur le pas de la porte et la somme d’aller retrouver sa sœur (tout en lui expliquant quelle déception elle a été). Mais voilà, October ne se laisse pas dicter ses actions et refuse tout de suite. Vous vous doutez bien qu’Amandine ne le prend pas très bien et kidnappe alors Tybalt et Jazz pour que notre héroïne se lance à la recherche de sa sœur.

J’ai vraiment passé un très bon moment avec cette histoire. Nous n’avons que très peu vu Amandine et j’étais curieuse d’en apprendre plus à son sujet…. Mais pauvre October… Sa mère est très cruelle avec elle. Et puis, il y a August. Comme j’étais impatiente de pouvoir en apprendre plus au sujet de cette sœur perdue et j’avoue que même si c’est différent de ce que je pensais, il ne pouvait pas en être autrement. August ne pouvait pas être autrement. Pourtant j’avoue que je suis curieuse de voir ce qu’il va se passer à présent parce qu’un mal est relâché et il semble qu’il désire plus que tout faire tomber October. Mais une solution se profile et c’est vrai que c’est ce qui lie toute la série. Je suis donc curieuse de voir si cette résolution se fera dans le prochain roman.

Dans tous les cas, notre héroïne nous emporte avec elle dans une nouvelle quête qui sera très simple. Certains ennemis deviennent des alliés et des alliés deviennent des ennemis. Tout changera et la vie de Toby sera une fois de plus bouleversée. Elle devra faire des choix difficiles mais elle est prête à tout pour sauver son fiancé !


PS : Les deux premiers tomes existent en Français chez Pygmalion



Magic for Nothing by Seanan McGuire

InCryptid, Book 6


Improbable, adjective:
1. Not very likely to happen; not probable.
2. Probably not a very good idea anyway.
3. See also “bad plan.”

As the youngest of the three Price children, Antimony is used to people not expecting much from her. She’s been happy playing roller derby and hanging out with her cousins, leaving the globe-trotting to her older siblings while she stays at home and tries to decide what she wants to do with her life. She always knew that one day, things would have to change. She didn’t think they’d change so fast.

Annie’s expectations keep getting shattered. She didn’t expect Verity to declare war on the Covenant of St. George on live television. She didn’t expect the Covenant to take her sister’s threat seriously. And she definitely didn’t expect to be packed off to London to infiltrate the Covenant from the inside…but as the only Price in her generation without a strong resemblance to the rest of the family, she’s the perfect choice to play spy. They need to know what’s coming. Their lives may depend on it.

But Annie has some secrets of her own, like the fact that she’s started setting things on fire when she touches them, and has no idea how to control it. Now she’s headed halfway around the world, into the den of the enemy, where blowing her cover could get her killed. She’s pretty sure things can’t get much worse.

Antimony Price is about to learn just how wrong it’s possible for one cryptozoologist to be.

Review: If you know me, you know that I’m a big fan of Seanan McGuire and I always look forward to each of her new novels. I love her two series either October Daye or the InCryptid one. That’s why I was very curious to get into this sixth volume with Magic for Nothing. It must be said that the end of the preceding volume with the declaration of war by Verity for the Covenant of St. George, nothing could return as it was.

During the novels, we had the chance to follow Verity and her brother Alex and it’s true that it was very interesting to learn more about this family although I still have a small preference for Verity. But here we can discover another character by following the little last of the family: Antimony. She who has not yet decided what she wants to do with her life, will be put on the front of the stage. Indeed, the Price family has been waiting since the announcement of Verity and tries to know how the Covenant will act. The perfect solution would be to send someone to spy on their rank. But for that, they need a person who can not be recognized at the first opportunity and only Antimony corresponds to that profile. Novice in this matter, our heroine is going to be sent to Europe to infiltrate the Covenant while trying to hide her secret, the one she tries to control and which can ignite by a simple touch. Reaching their ranks, she is sent under cover in a traveling circus where she has to flush the creatures hiding there … Yet it seems much more complicated than expected, especially when Annie falls under the spell of the son of the manager.

I did not think that I could really appreciate a character as much as Verity but I confess that I now have a big weakness for Annie. She is a young woman full of freshness, ready to do anything to help her family and to save those she desires to help. It was very touching to see her relationship with Sam and to see her being herself in this circus. But it was also sad to see her torn between the Covenant and her desire to do well. It was really interesting how this organization was ruled, their desire to kill anyone who is different without trying to differentiate between good and evil. Moreover, I confess that I was really intrigued by one of the descendants of the Covenant, Leo, especially with this end and I am very curious to see what will happen thereafter. In any case, Seanan McGuire completely took me into her story that kept me curious throughout the chapters. A series that I can only recommend!




Magic for Nothing de Seanan McGuire (VO)

InCryptid, Tome 6

Résumé (traduction personnelle) :

Improbable, adjectif:

  1. Ne va surement pas se produire. Peu probable.
  2. Probablement pas une très bonne idée de toute façon.
  3. Voir aussi «mauvais plan».

Etant la plus jeune des trois enfants Price, Antimony a l’habitude que les gens n’attendent pas beaucoup d’elle. Elle est heureuse de jouer au roller derby et de sortir avec ses cousins, laissant les voyages à son frère et sa sœur plus âgés alors qu’elle reste à la maison et essaie de décider ce qu’elle veut faire de sa vie. Elle a toujours su, qu’un jour, les choses devraient changer. Elle ne pensait pas que ce serait aussi rapidement.

Les attentes d’Annie continuent de se briser. Elle ne s’attendait pas à ce que Verity déclare la guerre au Couvent Saint-George à la télévision en direct. Elle ne s’attendait pas à ce que le Couvent prenne au sérieux la menace de sa sœur. Et elle ne s’attendait pas à être envoyée à Londres pour infiltrer le Couvent de l’intérieur … mais étant la seule Price de sa génération sans une forte ressemblance avec le reste de la famille, elle est le choix parfait pour jouer l’espionne. Ils doivent savoir ce qu’il va se passer. Leur vie peut en dépendre.

Mais Annie a quelques secrets, comme le fait qu’elle a commencé à mettre le feu à des objets en les touchant, et n’a aucune idée de la manière de le contrôler. Maintenant, elle est envoyée autour du monde, dans le repaire de l’ennemi, où perdre sa couverture pourrait la tuer. Elle est assez sûre que les choses ne peuvent pas être pires.

Antimony Price est sur le point d’apprendre à quel point elle a tort…

Avis : Si vous me connaissez, vous savez que je suis une grande fan de Seanan McGuire et j’attends toujours avec impatience chacun de ses nouveaux romans. J’aime beaucoup ses deux séries que ce soit October Daye ou InCryptid. C’est pourquoi j’étais très curieuse de me lancer dans ce sixième tome avec Magic for Nothing. Il faut dire que la fin du tome précédent avec la déclaration de guerre de Verity au Couvent Saint-George, rien ne pouvait redevenir comme avant.

Au cours des romans, nous avons eu la chance de suivre Verity ainsi que son frère Alex et c’est vrai que c’était très intéressant d’en apprendre plus sur cette famille même si j’ai toujours une petite préférence pour Verity. Mais voilà, nous pouvons cette fois-ci en apprendre encore plus en suivant la petite dernière de la famille : Antimony. Celle qui n’a pas encore décidé ce qu’elle voulait faire de sa vie, va être mise sur le devant de la scène. En effet, la famille Price est en attente depuis l’annonce de Verity et essaie de savoir ce que le Couvent va bien pouvoir faire face à cette découverte. La solution parfaite serait d’envoyer quelqu’un espionner leur rang. Mais pour cela, il faut une personne qui ne soit pas reconnue à la première occasion et seule Antimony correspond à ce profil.  Novice en la matière, notre héroïne va être envoyée en Europe pour infiltrer le Couvent tout en essayant de cacher son secret, celui qu’elle peine à contrôler et qui peut tout embraser par un simple touché. Parvenant à rentrer dans leur rang, elle est elle-même envoyée sous couverture dans un cirque ambulant où elle doit débusquer les créatures qui s’y cachent… Pourtant cela semble bien plus compliqué que prévu, notamment quand Annie tombe sous le charme du fils de la gérante.

Je ne pensais pas apprécier réellement un personnage autant que Verity mais j’avoue que j’ai maintenant un gros faible pour Annie. C’est une jeune femme pleine de fraicheur, prête à tout pour aider les siens et sauver ceux qu’elle désire aider. C’était très touchant de voir sa relation avec Sam et de la voir être elle-même au sein de ce cirque. Mais c’était aussi triste de la voir tiraillée entre le Couvent et son désir de bien faire. C’était vraiment intéressant de voir la façon de faire de cette société, leur désir de tuer quiconque est différent sans essayer de différencier le bon et le mal. D’ailleurs, j’avoue que j’ai été vraiment intriguée par un des descendant du Couvent, Leo, notamment avec cette fin et je suis très curieuse de voir ce qu’il va se passer par la suite. Comment toujours, Seanan McGuire m’a complètement emportée dans son histoire qui m’a tenue en haleine tout au long des chapitres. Une série que je conseille !




Dusk or Dark or Dawn or Day by Seanan McGuire

Synopsis: When her sister Patty died, Jenna blamed herself. When Jenna died, she blamed herself for that, too. Unfortunately Jenna died too soon. Living or dead, every soul is promised a certain amount of time, and when Jenna passed she found a heavy debt of time in her record. Unwilling to simply steal that time from the living, Jenna earns every day she leeches with volunteer work at a suicide prevention hotline.

But something has come for the ghosts of New York, something beyond reason, beyond death, beyond hope; something that can bind ghosts to mirrors and make them do its bidding. Only Jenna stands in its way.

Review: I love Seanan McGuire and when I saw that she was releasing a new story, one about the ghosts, I was really looking forward to read it! Besides, how can we resist a different approach regarding ghosts?

Jenna is dead and yet she always wanders amongst the living, trying to win the years she misses to finally join her sister in the afterlife. However, it is not easy to achieve that and our heroine has to work hard to earn the hours that bring her closer to her goal. But something will upset her daily life when the ghosts of New York disappear and that the remaining two are only Jenna as well as her tenacious Delia. Helped by a witch (usually their enemies), Jenna will try to figure out what’s going on to save all the prisoner souls.

It was really interesting to discover such a story with very different ideas. It was quite touching to see that Jenna’s ultimate goal was to find her sister, who had committed suicide shortly before her death. As I said it was a pleasant story to read and if we take into account the fact that the novel is very short too, it is a story that can be fairly quickly read. I am curious to learn more about the witches and the basics of this world, if it is possible to have more soon.