Down Among the Sticks and Bones, Wayward Children 2 (ARC Review)
- Author: Seanan McGuire
- Published: June 13th, 2017
- Publisher: Tor.com
- Ratings: 5/5
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 tomboy. 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 for a life filled with magic in a land filled with mad scientists and death and choices.
This book, this book is such an amazing read no scratch that this is a Fantastic read and you need to read it! The good thing about this story is you don’t necessarily have to had read the first book Every Heart a Doorway to pick this one up but I say pick both of them up, they are both amazing stories.
Down Among the Stick and Bones follow two of the characters from the first book Every Heart A Doorway Jacqueline and Jillian (Jack &Jill) our twin sisters. Jack and Jill were born into a family were everything had to be perfect, their parents never wanted kids until they saw how much praise and attention their colleagues were getting and they wanted that for themselves. The father wanted the perfect boy and their mother wanted the perfect little girl. When the twins girls were born and the parents didn’t each get what they wanted as the girls were growing they were force to play the part of the perfect daughter and son they wanted them to be.
Jack and Jill are not your typical set of twins, they don’t share that special bond and this was due to their upbringing. Jill is the thrill-seeker tom-boy and Jack is the princess. One day the twins decide to go up to the attic and they found a special door that took them to their fantasy world. If you read Every Heart a Doorway you will know their fantasy world was kind of dark and eerie. They both get separated to live with different interesting characters.
I loved everything about this book, we get a vampire, a mad scientist and LGBTQ+ character. The way Seanan McGuire touches the subject of gender by telling a story that was perfectly written.
Overall, this was an amazing short story well written an I just wish it was longer like 700 hundred pages long. If you haven’t picked up Every Heart a Doorway I recommend that you do, like I said before you don’t have to had read the first book to read this one since it reads like a standalone story but you will be glad you did. Tor.com recently revealed the cover for the next book Beneath the Sugar Sky, Book 3 check it out it’s gorgeous!!! and I can’t wait to get my hands on it. I truly loved this story and I have so many feels I just can’t get enough, I need fandom stuff I need to fill my bookshelves with all kinds of bookish stuff of these characters, seriously!
Now, I need you guys to let me know if you read Every Heart a Doorway and if you are planning on picking Down Among the Stick and Bones when it comes out on June 13th, 2017