Wrap up: April

I can’t believe that April is over! It honestly flew by. As reading months go, I wasn’t super happy with how many books I read in April. I did manage to finish 3 smaller books before April was out and the 4th book I was reading throughout the month I managed to finish on May 1st, so I will include it in my May wrap up.

The three books that I did finish were all part of the same series AND I managed to get reviews up for all of them before the end of the month – I know I’m shocked too!

I officially started and got up to date of the Wayward Children series and oh my gosh was it worth it. I hadn’t really heard of this series until people started raving about ‘Beneath the Sugar Sky’ but from that I knew I needed to read the whole series.

They were all incredible.

To see more of my thoughts, feelings and ratings for these books check out their reviews.

Even though April was a bit of a slower reading month, I am trying to stay positive and work towards having an improved, more productive May.

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What books did you read in April?

Review: ‘Down Among the Sticks and Bones’ By Seanan McGuire

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Down Among the Sticks and Bones
Seanan McGuire
Book #2 in the Wayward Children Series

Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
Publish Date: June 2017
Pages: 187
Series: Wayward Children Series (Book #2)
Fiction/Non-Fiction:  Fiction
Genre: Young adult Fantasy
Purchase Locations: Book Depository
 Amazon & Kindle Audible QBD Dymocks Booktopia

Synopsis

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 pretence 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.

My Thoughts

I started ‘Down among the Sticks and Bones‘ immediately after completing ‘Every Heart a Doorway’. I knew the series wasn’t like most and didn’t continue on with the same story but instead looked at different characters and told their individual stories. I loved this. I wasn’t sure about it at first, but when I finished ‘Every Heart a Doorway‘ I just wanted more information about these worlds the different doorways lead to and how and why each character was drawn to their respective door and the world it led too.

In this way ‘Down Among the Sticks and Bones‘ did not disappoint. We follow the lives of Jack and Jill, characters we meet in ‘Every Heart a Doorway‘ and discover more to their story. Following them of their journey of discovering themselves, their doors and how they ended up at Miss West’s School.

There was so much detail and amazing description that throughout the story I was left feeling very strong and intense emotions, along side the characters as they experienced them, from the beginning to the very end. The development of the characters was incredible. I loved how much you are able to see them grow into the people they are during the story. It was also great to see how they trusted different people.

The world building was really good. There weren’t any holes in ‘The Moors’ where the two girls end up. I found it easy to picture the moors as girls arrived and experienced them.

I was so sad when the story finished I wanted more!

My Rating

Plot: 8/10
Ease of reading: 9/10
Character Development: 8/10
World Building: 9/10
Quality of Writing: 8/10
Stars:  5/5

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Have you read ‘Down Among the Sticks and Bones’? Are there any books you’ve read lately that you absolutely loved?