Every Heart is a Doorway by Seanan McGuire Reviewed by Sarah!!
Published by Tor.com on April 5, 2016
Genres: Young Adult, fantasy
Format: Hard Back
Source: Physical Copy
I would give this book 4 for a review.
Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children
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 things.
No matter the cost.
I really enjoyed this book. I thought the concept of the story was original and fun. The book is short, less than two hundred pages and the writing is well done, it is jam-packed with so much for a novella. I thought the main character Nancy who is the point on view we mainly follow was relatable and I enjoyed her perspective. Some of the side characters were also given some back story and personality. I wish she had fleshed out the characters more. I think the mystery in the book was enjoyable, but mainly there to move the plot along. I think the story would have been fine without it. I would have like to just learned more about the school and it’s inhabitants. I have heard the books follow other students, in the school and their stories and I am looking forward to finding out more of these students back stories. I think anyone who wants to know what happens to someone like Alice when she returns from Wonderland might enjoy reading this book. A warning that is a dark tale and does not shy away from blood and gore.