Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire | Book Review

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The following is from Goodreads:

“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 


I had read the first book in this series at the end of last year and really enjoyed it, so I knew that I wanted to read this one at some point in the near future. I don’t normally review sequels, being that I don’t want to spoil anything that’s happened in previous books, but I figured while these books are technically a series, they also can be read independently of each other.

This one follows twins, Jack and Jill, who find their way down an impossible staircase where they are faced with mad scientists, dead, and choices that life could never really prepare you for.

So one night, I decided that I wanted to pick up an audiobook. It had been a while since I listened to one, and I figured it was time. I had this already downloaded from Audible, and had been meaning to pick it up since I finished the first book. These books are short, less than 200 pages, so the audiobooks are pretty short too. I knew it wouldn’t take me long to get through, but what I wasn’t expecting was to get through it in one sitting. Granted, like I said, the book is short, and since I listen to audiobooks on 1.5x speed, a 4.5 hour audiobook wouldn’t take me long to get through. I just didn’t expect to finish it in one night.

Besides the length, I think what kept me interested was the fact that these girls, whose parents really didn’t show them any love and didn’t truly know their personalities, went to this other world where they could finally be themselves. I don’t think I ever really hated parents in a story until this one. These parents didn’t deserve to be parents. They only wanted children to have a better social standing.

But I was engrossed in these girls’ stories once they got to the other world. They went their separate ways once they got to the other world, one with a mad scientist and the other with the Master of this world. In such a short book, I felt so much for these kids. I wish that it was longer because I wanted to keep reading once I was done.

I’m definitely going to pick up the next one in the series though. From what I know, there are five books so far that are published, and each one follows different characters that were introduced in the first book. They go into the characters’ backstories from when they were in the other worlds that they discovered before they were sent to the Home for Wayward Children.

I would recommend this book, and the series as a whole, if you’re a fan of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by CS Lewis. It definitely gave me those types of vibes while I was reading, and I think my only gripe would be that it wasn’t long enough.

Published by The Reading Addict

I am a twenty-something-year-old who is an avid reader. I love anything from young adult fantasy to adult fiction to young adult contemporary. I also love to play video games and draw and watch movies and TV shows. And this is my safe space where I can gush about everything I love.

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