Down Among The Sticks And Bones by Seanan McGuire (non-spoiler review)

Book: Down Among The Sticks And Bones by Seanan McGuire

Rating: 4 stars


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.


I ended up really enjoying Every Heart A Doorway and was excited to hear that the stories of other characters were being written. Plus, the third book just cameSince this out, so I decided to read the second.


So since this one only revolved around two main characters, it was able to put a better focus into the story + I ended up enjoying this one more then the first!


I loved the writing once again and the story just flowed really well for me. That sense of wonderment and just the mystical atmosphere was created again in this book and I was so for that.


I loved that we got to see Jack and Jill’s story. The development of their characters, their growth, change and differences (despite being twins) was something so interesting for me to read about.

A shorter, bullet-point review can be found on my Goodreads here.


Talk To Me

Have you read Down Among The Sticks And Bones? Is it on you TBR? What about Seanan McGuire’s other books? Are your opinions the same as mine? Or are they totally different?

Until next time,



3 thoughts on “Down Among The Sticks And Bones by Seanan McGuire (non-spoiler review)

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  1. Personally I enjoyed the first book more than this one, *but* I do agree with what you said about seeing the development and changes of Jack and Jill, it was very interesting and gave insight on the motives in the first book, so I loved that. I can’t wait to read the third, but I have to wait until I either a) see it at the local bookstore or b) ask the library to get it in.

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    1. Hm yeah I think mostly for me it was just because the first book spent that time introducing us to the world and it’s workings where as this one I was already familiar with the idea of the doors and such + I hope you enjoy it! I just finished it today and I adored seeing more of the old characters (and new!)

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