Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire


Genre: Fantasy, Horro

Publisher: Tor.Com

Length: 189 pages

Format: audio

Rating: 4.5 stars

Publication Date: June 13th 2017




Publisher’s description

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.


Book Review

Jack and Jill were twelve when they walked down the impossible staircase in their grandmother’s room and they entered a land filled with magic, vampires, werewolves, mad scientist but, more importantly, a world where they can be who they want.

Raised as perfect representation of what their parents wanted as children, Jack, or Jacqueline is the perfect little princess, quiet, polished and pretty while Jill, or Jillian, is as close as the son her father always dreamed of. She plays sports,  is adventurous and the perfect tom-boy. However, behind this facade, Jill just wants to dress like her sister, tired of not being the pretty one while Jack is envious of her adventures and doesn’t want to play the role of princess anymore. Each one of them just wants what the other has.


Down Among the Sticks and Bones is a prequel novella to Every Heart a Doorway but you can read it as a standalone without being confused and it won’t spoil you anything.

I listened to the audiobook just like I did with Every Heart and I would highly recommend this media because it really makes McGuire’s prose shine.  Her writing is gorgeous and has a very distinct feel. I never read something quite like it before. It is both eerie and whimsical, clever and poetic with the right touch of dark humor. It made me feel quite nostalgic for things I never even experienced before!

I loved this book even more than Every Heart because I felt very connected to Jack and Jill and their struggle to fit in. My only complain is that I wished it could have been longer, I would have loved to see more of this world.

I would highly recommend this little book to everyone, I think everyone can find something to love in this series.


4.5 stars.

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