Every Heart A Doorway


Written by Seanan McGuire

Published by Tor, April 5, 2016

My star rating: 4.5 stars


Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children
No Solicitations
No Visitors
No Quests

Children have always disappeared under the right conditions; slipping through the shadows under a bed or at the back of a wardrobe, tumbling down rabbit holes and into old wells, and emerging somewhere… else.
But magical lands have little need for used-up miracle children.

Nancy tumbled once, but now she’s back. The things she’s experienced… they change a person. The children under Miss West’s care understand all too well. And each of them is seeking a way back to their own fantasy world.
But Nancy’s arrival marks a change at the Home. There’s a darkness just around each corner, and when tragedy strikes, it’s up to Nancy and her new-found schoolmates to get to the heart of the matter. No matter the cost. Find it on Goodreads

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This book has been consistently everywhere and I’ve been consistently refusing to read it. I can be stubborn sometimes. The synopsis sounded weird and a little too close to Alice in Wonderland. And practically every reviewer uttered the words “mystery” and “magical realism”. Those are 2 genres that I almost never relate to so….. basically everything about this book scared me. I assumed that I wouldn’t like it. But you know what they say about assuming and what it makes you? Yup. I’m an ass and I admit it. This book was short and I had some free time on a Friday afternoon so I went for it. And I regret nothing!

This was a little hard to get into. It started off a info dumpy and confusing, but the confusion didn’t last too long. Once we were introduced to the main character and we figured out what the whole point of the school was, the story took off at a consistent high energy pace. There was a great balance between mystery, intrigue, and the release of information. I felt as though I was always looking forward to what was on the next page and never wondered when we were going to figure something out.

The character building was phenomenal! This is a short book at less than 200 pages, and what the author was able to do within those pages was impressive. I felt so connected and involved in every single character. We had the main character Nancy, but she never really felt like a main character. The entire cast came together as one large group and they all felt equally important. I loved the differences in their personalities, how they interacted with one another, what their past experiences did that brought them together…. it was just wonderful. Each character brought something completely different to the table.

The world building was also great but, I have to be honest, I wanted SO much more! Like the synopsis says, children pass through doorways to a magical place and then sometimes they come home. These magical lands are different for everyone, and as we learn about the characters, we also learn about the worlds they fell into. It seems like each world is tailored to them completely. Some worlds are similar, but no two worlds are completely the same. I absolutely loved learning about the subtle differences and intricacies! I loved learning about the rules of the worlds as well as the rulers. But – I WANTED MORE! This book was so short and so well done that it pushed me to want all the information. We did have descriptions of a few of the worlds but I wanted more detail. I wanted to feel like I was in the worlds and experience them first hand. I have a feeling that this will come in the sequels within the series, which makes me SOOO excited!!!!

I will say though that this was very predictable. I figured out what was happening and who very early on. I don’t know if the clues were just that obvious or if they were obvious only because I knew what was happening, but it felt like there were neon signs around every revealing detail. I didn’t mind too much though. It was still a really good book!

In fact, this is one of these books that you devour SO quickly because you’re enjoying it so much, you suddenly realize it’s over, and then you spend the next week thinking about what you just read. This book has created a bit of an obsession in me. I didn’t expect to like it, now all I can do is think about it and think about how badly I need the sequel in my hands!! This book was such a surprise and now I can’t wait for more!!!

Until next time, happy reading!

28 Comments Add yours

  1. i am glad you that you liked this book, i want to read the next 2 in this series and i gave it the same rating that you did

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    1. I have the second book on hold with the library. I can’t wait!

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      1. nice i need to get them soon to read them

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  2. readctbooks says:

    I loved this book as well and yes the world building! The next two books are so amazing as well. This series is just so good and it covers really important topics as well.

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    1. I can’t wait for more world building. That’s what I crave most for the sequels 🙂

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  3. Justine says:

    Ahhh! I cannot wait to read this! I’m saving buying this for my birthday because short hardbacks just don’t seem worth the cost (and my local library doesn’t have it). I have only heard good things about the whole series so far — I’m happy to hear you enjoyed it!

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    1. I borrowed them as well. I can’t justify the 23$ for a book that’s less than 200 pages. If they would just print them in paperbacks then it would be cheaper and I would be interested!!

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  4. Dorine says:

    I am so glad that you gave this book a chance! The next two books are really good as well and there are even 2 more new books coming :D. Just beware though, the second book isn’t a direct sequel to the first book, it’s a background story. The third book is more the direct sequel 🙂

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    1. That’s what I’ve heard. I’m excited for book 2 but book 3 is what I really can’t wait for! Book 2 is more central to Jack and Jill if I’m not mistaken?

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      1. Dorine says:

        Yes! It really gives you more insight in where they came from (not to plug myself, but I did a little spoiler free review about the second book if you’d be interested 🙈)

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        1. I hope to check it out sometime soon!!

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  5. I love this book – I can’t wait to read the next two!!

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    1. Enjoy! I’ve heard this series only gets better!

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  6. You’ve completely sold me on this. Never heard of it before but going to check it out now!

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    1. Oh I hope you do! I didn’t like I would like it at all but I haven’t stopped thinking of this world since I turned the last page. Enjoy!

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      1. I took a sample for now. Book budget! Lol. It was kinda pricey for such a short book. But I still want it!

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        1. I didn’t buy it. I borrowed from the library. I couldn’t justify the 23$ for a hardcover with less than 200 pages. I hope they publish them in paperback so it’s cheaper. Then it would buy them!

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          1. Yup. Even on kindle it’s ten dollars. I’ll check around for second hand copies too.

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  7. This is on my TBR list! Can’t wait to read it! Thanks for the review!

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    1. Enjoy! It was wonderful!


  8. paperbackdreamer says:

    I want to read this sooo bad!!
    I’m such a scrooge with money though, they are so expensive for such a little/short book, I just keep annoying the librarian by asking her all the time if she has a copy in yet, she probably hates me 😛

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    1. Oh I didn’t buy this book either! There’s no way I can justify spending 23$ on a hardcover that’s less than 200 pages. Now if they printed them in paperback so it was cheaper – that would be a different story! I was just at the library annoying them for my hold on Book 2 😂


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