Down Among the Sticks and Bones (review)

Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire
Genre: Fantasy | LGBTQ+ | Young Adult
Length: 187 pages
Published June 3rd 2017 by
Purchase: Amazon | BookDepository


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.

As the synopsis states, this is what happened before. It’s a prequel to Every Heart a Doorway. Jack and Jill – or rather Jacqueline and Jillian. You read how they came to be, how their parents decided they should be born, what they expected and how they turned them into what they are now. And then they find a door in a chest that was supposed to contain dress up clothes. Then they find a world where they are scared at first, but find a place where they feel like they belong.

I loved Jack and Jill in Every Heart a Doorway and I was incredibly curious to see how they grew up what they were in that story. This story felt like a mix between Frankenstein and Alice in Wonderland (for obvious reasons when you read the book).

“Hearts that have been stopped without being damaged can sometimes start again, under the right circumstances. When the right circumstances cannot be arranged, lightning can make a surprisingly good substitute.” 

Let’s just say. I was definitely not prepared for the story. Of course I knew most of it, or at least how they ended up. But this was definitely more than what I expected and I loved it. Most of the people that know me and the books I love, know that I am a huge fan of worldbuilding. This book made sure I was satisfied. The entire book is pretty much a huge description of the house Jack and Jill grew up, of the Moors, of the castle they end up in during their second night, of the windmill and of the people. I adore it.

For the first time in week I’m sad that I’m leaving for Italy soon, because I don’t want to take any physical books with me and I already got a couple of e-books. I just really really want to read Beneath the Suger Sky!

“Some adventures require nothing more than a willing heart and the ability to trip over the cracks in the world.” 

There was one thing I didn’t like about the book, though I know it was necessary for the story. And I won’t say it in here because it’s a huge spoiler. So not quite 5 stars, but very very close.

3 thoughts on “Down Among the Sticks and Bones (review)

  1. Isabelle @ BookwyrmBites says:

    I think Sticks and Bones has actually been my favorite in this series so far, I’m definitely super excited to see how their story continues in the next one! honestly I found Beneath the Sugar Sky a little disappointing in comparison (which is to say, still pretty freaking awesome); hope you enjoy it even more than I did!


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