Book Review
25526296Title: Every Heart a Doory
Author: Seanan McGuire (Also writes as Mira Grant)
Series or Standalone: Wayward Children #1
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy, LGBT+
Publication Date: April 5th 2016
Publisher: Tor
Format: Hardcover
Source: Library
Star Rating: ★★★★☆
I’m glad I stayed away from this series for as long as I could, because this reading experience ended up being a wonderfully weird surprise that I devoured rapidly.

“You found freedom, if only for a moment, and when you lost it, you came here, hoping it could be found again.”

Every Heart a Doorway is about children who travel to magical lands through doorways, only to re-enter the ‘real’ world from their lands, unable to adapt to what no longer feels like home to them. As a result of being unable to readapt, their parents send them to Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children. Where the children must learn how to cope with the fact that their door is unlikely to re-open to take them to where they feel like they truly belong.

“I didn’t go anyplace bad. I went home.”

This book quietly crept up on me, as my enjoyment really increased as the story unravelled. Despite it being slightly predictable, I think I was saved from the fact that I was not expecting what the tragedy to ensue would actually be. It’s a short journey and I think knowing very little about this book is the way to go into it to be honest.

Seanan McGuire’s whimsical prose was enchanting. The author really created something atmospherically menacing for me and I truly felt chills reading the latter half of this book. (Admittedly, I’m very easy to scare.) Her writing style also made me slightly reminiscent of Laini Taylor’s writing style.

“The Wicked doesn’t want people it can’t spoil.”

This book is home to a myriad of interesting and diverse characters that help elevate the story and it’s intriguing premise. The characters and their unique-ness really carried the first half of the story until the catalyst for the plot occurs. More over, I loved the way McGuire wrote about the characters, they were given so much life:

“Sumi was like a small tornado. When she sucked you up, you just tightened your grip and went along for the ride.”

I don’t want to write much more about book, because I think if you’re interested enough by the premise, that’s all you need to know before going into this! I’ll just leave this quote about belonging here because it’s magical:

“For us, the places we went were home. We didn’t care if they were good or evil or neutral or what. We cared about the fact that for the first time, we didn’t have to be something we weren’t. We just got to be.”

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