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Jack and Jill were exactly like their parents envisioned them. Jaqueline the beautiful little girl that looked like a doll. Jillian the tomboy, can keep up with any boy out there. They were everything to doting parents could want, they just never bothered to get to know the twin girls. When a staircase led them to another world the girls are given the opportunity to be who they truly wanted to be.
This is the prequel to Every Heart a Doorway and the origin story for the twins. Jack and Jill were easily some of my favorite characters from the first book.
I liked how this book elaborated on their childhoods. Their parents were so caught up in trying to live their perfect lives that they never bothered to learn about their children. Before the girls were even born their parents already knew how they would raise the most beautiful little girl and their athletic tomboy. The girls were never asked what they liked or what they wanted to do. They were isolated into their own roles.
I really liked seeing how that loneliness changed for each girl once they came to the Moors. This was such a bleak world that reminded me of the gothic romances that I loved reading. It was the perfect setting to describe the isolation that both girls felt for so long.
I greatly enjoyed this book. I gave it a B+
I devour worlds with each new book. I am making up for lost time as a late bloomer of the reading world.