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.
This book was dark, sad and even heartbreaking yet… It was still a fairy tale! I love this series so much! It reads like a standalone since it’s a prequel, but you will get a lot more impact if you read the first one before.
In the end of the first book, I really wanted to know what happened to the twin sisters Jack and Jill and why they were sent away from their world. And this book is their whole story since they were babies until then and after.
I love how different from the first book this was! I loved to now see one of these amazing worlds that I so much wanted to know more about, and I especially LOVED how dark this was! I couldn’t stop reading it and this is so easy to read in one sitting!
This book follows Jacqueline and Jillian (also known as Jack and Jill) that were born to fit the molds their parents had for them independent of their desires. And after their grandmother went away, they had no choice but to do that. Their mom wanted a princess and so Jacqueline was to be that. A girl that acts more like an adult than a child, that doesn’t make a fuss, wears pink all the time and would never be able to go outside because she would get her dresses dirty! While Jillian was to be their father’s so much wanted boy. Since he didn’t have that, she was meant to be a tomboy. Use short hair, be wild and play outside all the time.
Their parents created them like that, and although the girls didn’t necessarily like it, it was all they ever knew. But as they got older it started to be more difficult to understand why they had to be like that instead of who they wanted to be. Why couldn’ they have both ways like other kids?
And so, they finally found a world where they could be who they wanted to be. They could finally choose! And so they chose to be different. To follow different paths.
I LOVED THE WORLD THEY WERE IN! It was dark, it was mysterious, it was just darkly mesmerizing! And I love how they fit there so well! I loved Jack with all my heart in the first book and this one just made me love her more and more! She is an incredible character! I loved how the girls found their true selves and although their childhood still shaped them somehow, especially Jack managed to use that to her benefit.
And the best part was the moral. To be a girl doesn’t mean to use only dresses or be quiet all the time. There are many ways to be a girl, and what’s important is to be ourselves! Even if you try to shape your kids in the way you want you will never fully change who they are and who they want to be… Just the outside. They are your children, but they are not you. They are themselves!
I love how unique and precious these tiny fairy tales are! They are beautiful and dark and just what I love! The writing is beautiful and the way everything is described is just so strong! I couldn’t possibly recommend this more! I want the next book so bad!!
Have you read this book yet? What did you think of it? Let’s discuss it in the comments below!