Friday, November 22, 2019

The Friday 56 (166) & Book Beginnings: Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire

The Friday 56 is a weekly meme hosted by Freda's Voice where every Friday you pick a book and turn to page 56 or 56%, and select a sentence or a few, as long as it's not a spoiler. For the full rules, visit the the page HERE

Book Beginnings is a weekly meme hosted by Rose City Reader that asks you to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you're reading.


31450908Synopsis 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 choices...


Beginning: "People who knew Chester and Serena Wolcott socially would have placed money on the idea that the couple would never choose to have children."

56: "Jacqueline ran like she had been saving all of her running for this moment, for this place where no one could see her, or scold her, or tell her that ladies didn't behave that way, sit down, slow down, you'll rip your dress, you'll stain your tights, be good."


Comments: So far I'm really enjoying Seanan McGuire's Wayward Children series. Down Among the Sticks and Bones was great, and I'm looking forward to the next book in the series, Beneath the Sugar Sky. What are you reading this week?

30 comments:

  1. I have heard great things about this series! I think that Jacqueline sounds like a fantastic character. I hope that you enjoy it. :)

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    1. Jack is one of my favorite characters from this series, and I really enjoyed Down Among the Sticks and Bones. Thanks for stopping by. Have a great weekend!

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  2. Love the cover and those snippets!! Sounds like a good read! I added you to the linky. Happy American Thanksgiving weekend!

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    1. I'm really enjoying this series so far. Thanks for adding me to the linky, and thanks for stopping by. Have a great weekend!

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  3. I've only read the first two books of this series but really enjoyed them. This one has been my favorite so far. Happy Friday!

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  5. I loved this one! Hope you have a great weekend! :)

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    1. I also enjoyed this one. It's one of my favorite stories from the series. Thanks for stopping by. Have a great weekend!

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  6. I've been interested in reading this author. I should add this series to my list.

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  7. fabulous cover and it makes me want to grab it for myself. :-)
    sherry @ fundinmental

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  8. I agree with my fellow commenters that the cover is very intense, but that style of theming very much dominates both this and the authors' other series of books, very dark and brooding!

    The family relationships definitely sound as though they come under some pretty microscopic scrutiny, with the girls parents being rather odd, to say the least

    This is a new to me author, but one whose name is heading for my own list, so thanks for the feature and have a good weekend :)

    Yvonne
    xx

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    1. Family was something that was explored at length during the first couple of chapters of Down Among the Sticks and Bones. It really put some aspects about Jack and Jill into perspective, and it was actually one of my favorite parts of the story. Thanks for stopping by. Have a great weekend!

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  10. I've heard a lot of great things about this series and I've been meaning to grab the first one - thanks for sharing!

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  11. I haven't heard of this series. What number in the series is this book? Hope you are enjoying it. My Friday quotes

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    1. Down Among the Sticks and Bones is the second book in this series, and I really enjoyed it. Thanks for stopping by. Have a great weekend!

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  12. I loved the first book in this series. I need to keep going. :)

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  13. I really enjoyed this series! I think this one was my favorite book (though, I definitely related more to the protagonist in book four, In An Absent Dream). I hope you enjoy it! Happy reading.

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    1. I like the first four books in this series. That being said, Down Among the Sticks and Bones is my favorite so far (Beneath the Sugar Sky is a close second). Thanks for stopping by!

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  14. I have loved everything I've read by Seanan McGuire so far. I haven't yet tried this series, but I hope to. I am glad you enjoyed it! I hope you have a great week!

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  15. I like the quotes, especially the 56 one. Enjoy!

    Ronnie @ Paradise Found

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