Date Published: June 13, 2017
Published By: Tor
Edition Read: hardcover
Dates Read: 7/30/17-8/6/17
Goodreads 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 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.
My Thoughts: I loved Jack in Every Heart a Doorway so I knew I wanted to find out what their story was before they came to the house. I loved this book so much. Seanan McGuire has the most stunning writing I have ever seen. I will read anything else that she puts out in terms of these stories and other characters. I definitely prefer Jack over Jill. Jill is very braty and feels like she is entitled to things and treats people pretty crappy. I like the transformation that Jack went through while in the Moors. I will say that this book addressed something important and that is how parent expect their children to be a certain way and force their expectations on their children. It was address very well in this story. I highly recommend reading this if you have read Every Heart a Doorway.