Down Among The Sticks And Bones by Seanan McGuire
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Rating: 4 stars
Summary: 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.
My opinion on the book:
First of all, the way the author writes… it’s beautiful. When i read the first book in the series i fell in love with the way she writes, it’s just so creepy and interesting, she really takes you places with the way she describes everything.
The story was unexpected. To be honest, i thought we would move forward from where we left in the first book but we are taken back in time to the days when Jack and Jill became who they are today. At first, i was a little disappointed by this, but the story was interesting enough to keep me reading all day long until i finished it.
The new world created for this book is absorbing and creepy. The author does a great job showing us this new side of the girls, the life where they come from and where they went.
As much as i liked the twins in the first book, i fell in love all over again with them in this one. They have some much character and even though their story is told in a mysterious and an uneasy way, they are palpable and even relatable characters in some ways.
Though overall the book is really great, i found the fact that many times the what was going to happen next was very predictable a little disappointing and boring. As we already know the endgame of their adventure, you could guess what was gonna happen in the big picture more than once or twice.
But even knowing at times what was coming, the book is written in a way that will keep you reading even then.
Overall i’ll say it was a fun reading, even if i was expecting the continuation of the previous book it was a nice addition to the story to go back and see what happened before. The fact that we went back in time to see their story really made me wish we could also see some of the others’ background stories.
I cannot wait for the next book; Beneath the Sugar Sky which is expected to be released at the beginning of next year. I’m really looking forward to meeting again the characters from Every heart a doorway.