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🎃Spooky Book Review🎃: Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire

👻😈Here’s another spooky book for the month of October! 😈👻

Wayward Children, #2

Pages: 187
Genre: Young Adult/Fantasy/LGBTQ/Horror
Publication Date:
June 13, 2017
Story Perspective: Alternating Third-Person
Themes: Siblings, Identity, Gender Roles, Friendship, Relationships


Jacqueline and Jillian were raised for a specific reason, according to their parents. Jacqueline is meant be the pretty, little princess. Not meant to run around or get her dresses dirty. Jill is meant to be the tomboy. Short-hair, adventurous, and always playing with the boys.

One day, when the twelve-year-old girls find an unexpected staircase in their grandmother’s trunk, their curiosity gets the better of them. Following the staircase down, down, down, they enter the world of the Moors. There, they learn a lot about who they truly are, their desires, and what they are capable of doing.

my review

For this book, like its previous one, I participated in a buddy read with two fellow booklovers at 

Another world, vampires, mad scientists, rising from the dead? Seems pretty spooky, no? In some ways yes, and in some ways not really. The author does such an amazing job in introducing the fantasy world, the Moors, inducing intrigue and curiosity rather than fear. Though a fairly short read, I felt I was right there with the characters.

Speaking of characters, I found the protagonists, Jack and Jill to be realistic and very well-developed. Their complicated relationship and fondness for one another was written so well that I felt for both the girls. The two definitely had some damage from their upbringing, and it was intriguing to see some of those psychological effects. Looking at the secondary characters, they were also developed well enough that I felt as if I knew them, too.

There was not a single moment that I was bored. It was exciting to read about the Moors and the absorbing characters in this novella. I loved meeting the love interest of one of the twins (no spoilers!) and the men who end up raising the girls, the Master and Mr. Bleak, during their time in the Moors.

One of my favorite aspects of this book was the theme of gender roles and identity. Jack and Jill’s parents try to establish the roles of each twin without getting to know their daughters first. This, of course, was frustrating, but it added depth to the story, and I’m happy the author explored these concepts.

If you couldn’t tell, I absolutely loved this book! I was a little worried after some of the first book’s confusion, but there was no confusion here and I simply enjoyed myself throughout.

My Rating5 stars


For those who enjoy fantasy-based young adult reads, I would highly recommend Down Among the Sticks and Bones!

Was this a book of my choosing or one for review?
55 out of 50 books of my choosing for 2018!

Click on the link to see my review of the first book in this series:

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