Review: Down Among the Sticks and Bones, by Seanan McGuire


Title: Down Among the Sticks and Bones (Wayward Children #2)

Author: Seanan McGuire

Genre: Contemporary Fantasy

Published: 2017

Pages: 187

My Rating: 5/5 stars

Synopsis from Goodreads:

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.

Hello Everyone,

welcome to my review of Down Among the Sticks and Bones, the second installment of the Wayward Children series by Seanan McGuire. The basic outline of this series is that it recounts the story of those children who have been on fantastical worlds, and of their experience when they arrive back on Earth. Each book is connected to the others, and this one is about two twins that were present in the first story. Even though I only gave 2.5 stars to the first book, I ended up giving 5 stars to this one.

  • Plot: the plot of this novella is pretty straight-forward. However, the reader can see how much planning there is behind this series, especially because the books are all interconnected.
  • Characters: the characters are what made this book, especially the two twins. It was heartbreaking to see how far apart they grew, the description of their sorrows, dreams and hopes was extremely realistic.
  • Writing: the writing is my favorite thing about this book. It is whimsical and harsh at the same time, extremely straightforward but also hopeful. The description of the parents and their relationship to their children was so heart braking and realistic that I found myself thinking that many people should read it.

Overall, I highly recommend this series. If you’re worried about getting into fantasy, and wish to ease your way into it, this series is for you. Other than having beautiful writing it also touches upon topics that are very relevant and important today. I could not recommend it more. Let me know if you have read it and what you thought about it.

Until next time,


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