Monday, June 20, 2016

Every Heart a Doorway - A Beautiful Twisted Tale

TITLE: Every Heart a Doorway
AUTHOR: Seanan McGuire
PUBLISHING DATE: April 5, 2016

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.

I had no idea when I picked up this book that I would enjoy it as much as I did. In addition, I purposefully stayed away from a lot of reviews because the book is rather short and I thought for sure I would accidentally stumble upon some spoilers. I had no idea what beauty awaited between the pages.

Eleanor West runs a home for wayward children. Basically, she takes in teens whose parents think are troubled or disturbed but who in all reality, have traveled through doorways to different fantastical locations and whether by their own choice or accidentally, have returned to the modern world. I honestly expected something sinister from Eleanor when I first started this book and although I don't know why, I'm glad that was not the case. She is truly trying to help these "lost" children and along with her very interesting staff (think 30 year old in an 1o year old body who ages backwards) may be the only ones who can help.

My favorite thing about "Every Heart a Doorway" is the characters. Although Nancy is struggling with her return from the Land of the Dead, and I imagined all along she was a problem waiting to happen, she was very likable and I was honestly attached to her feelings and outcome. However, the other characters are so rich in depth and such an important element to the plot, I can't even say Nancy is really the MC. I adore Kade, a transgender characters and Sumi is my absolute favorite. McGuire's portrayal of Jack and Jill, twins who are not-so-affectionately termed "The Adams Twins" by other residents is spot-on errie, beautiful and rather disturbing.

My only real complaint is that I wish this book was longer. I really wanted to learn more about the West Home for Wayward Children. However, I can appreciate the fact that were it actually longer, it would probably take away from some of the fairy tale-esque qualities and be less lyrical and magical. I basically would recommend this book to anyone and everyone but especially to people who enjoy magical fantastical tales - with a dark twist.



  1. I loved this too! It was definitely one of those ensemble cast stories, where it's hard to pin point the MC. And good news, in case you didn't know, there are going to be at least two more books in the series:-)

    1. I had no idea. I'm glad to hear there will be a few more. Of course, I don't think future books will make much of a difference for my favorite character.

  2. Sounds like a cool book, not heard of it but might have to put it on my list. :)

    1. You really should. It's fairly short and a good quick read! It would be perfect for COYER.

  3. Excellent review! I've heard great things about this one. I'm so glad you enjoyed it! Too bad it wasn't longer for you though. :)

  4. I've heard a lot of really great things about this book. I'm hesitant to read it simply because it's so short and I feel like I won't be able to connect with the characters, but everyone seems to love the characters, so I don't know. It does sound interesting though! Glad you loved it :-)

  5. I really need to make time for this one. I've been kind of gun-shy about her books after I read the horror novels she wrote under Mira Grant, which didn't work for me at all, but I did enjoy the first book of her October Daye series. Maybe her UF/paranormal will work better for me.

    ~Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

  6. Ohh great review Barb! I've been dying too check out this book since I first heard about it a few months ago. It really looks and sounds absolutely fantastic and right up my alley! Thank you for your awesome post Barb.