Title: Down Among the Sticks and Bones
It should be noted that I'm a bit of a Seanan McGuire fan girl. I think she's a very talented, diverse and interesting author (in all her pen names). You just gotta respect her ability to write things so vastly different from each.
While book 1 was perhaps slightly stronger than this; I must say that Sticks and Bones was absolutely engrossing, enchanting and engaging! (Wow that was a lot of E's!)
The blend of two commonly known classic monster stories, alongside the story of the twins and their odd and frustrating upbringing works beautifully. There is just so much here even though the book is less than 200 pages.
The shortness of these books is perhaps part of their magic. They are concise, pretty without being overly flowery, and all around well edited and written. I've always said that a good short story is often more impressive than a good 1000 page epic. (Which is ironic as I love epics). The reason is that the writer had to work so much harder to get their message across in a short story. To make you understand a setting, character development and enough plot to feel like something started and stopped in less than 200 pages is very difficult. And McGuire does it fantastically here.
If you love fairy tales, stories of children finding their way or spins on classic myths then I believe you will like this book.
I personally loved it and would recommend it to everyone to read. It's just that magical.