win 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.
This story gave so much insight to the events in book one. It is Jack and Jill beginnings, and amplifies the terror in the events of Every Heart a Doorway.
It’s a magically tragic tale of twin sisters told so poetically, I felt every heart beat of the characters. The story is woven together with all the elements that made me fall in love with the first book, and I’m excited at the prospect of the books to come.
While the worlds were only described in Every Heart, this book gives a deep look into the world they discover, telling us the innerworkings of the places/people, and law of the lands. Reading the childhood of Jack and Jill, followed by their teen years gave me chills to what became of them. It also gives so much depth to the idea of identical twins, and the done like world some people live in. My heart broke for Jack all over again.
Like with the first, this installment layers in more social commentary, and I’m here for it.
I also just realized the author is the narrator and wow. That made it more magical. I was going to rave about the narration, but it makes so much sense, all the emotion behind the words. A must listen, if you’re able.
If you love The Ten Thousand Doors of January or The Starless Sea you’re going to LOVE this book. Has the same whimsical fantasy air about it.
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