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Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire eARC {3.5 Stars}

Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire eARC {3.5 Stars}

Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire (Wayward Children #2)
Published by on June 13th, 2017
Genres: Dark Fantasy
Page Length: 189 pages
How I got my copy: Publisher
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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.

3.5 Stars

Note: I received an advanced copy of Down Among the Sticks and Bones from the publisher. Some things may have changed in the final version.


I feel oddly about this book. I loved the first book, took a while to get to reading this sequel, was in the perfect mood for this sequel, thoroughly enjoyed reading it, but don’t actually have strong feelings now that I’m done with it.

  • Distance – This very much felt like a fairy tale where you aren’t supposed to really connect with the characters and instead learn a moral. While I did like Jack, I still felt very distant from her.
  • Beautiful writing – Wow. Just seriously wow. This writing is absolutely FANTASTIC. So snarky while also being melodic and whimsical. Worth reading just for the writing.
  • While this backstory of Jack and Jill supports the series and first book well, it really doesn’t stand on its own. I can’t see someone picking this up and being satisfied with the story inside if they didn’t already know about the series.
  • Ladies kissing! McGuire certainly makes an effort to include the full range of human sexualities in her books and I loved how not a big deal it was that there was a F/F relationship.
  • And now I shall read novella three! I’m very excited.


Anya from On Starships and Dragonwings

Have you read this one? What did you think? Are you excited for it if you haven’t gotten to it yet?
– Anya


 Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire

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