Monday, January 14, 2019

Book Review | Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire

Every Heart a Doorway is the first book in the Wayward Children series by Seanan McGuire.

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.

My number one take away reading reviews of the Wayward Children series is that it gets pretty weird. I definitely see precursors to that in Every Heart a Doorway. This book had some strange moments.

Every Heart a Doorway was also pretty amazing. It's about what happens to kids who visit fantasy worlds (think Narnia or Alice) and then come back to our world. I absolutely loved the imaginative quality of Every Heart a Doorway.

I'm glad I decided to catch up on this series this year. I know it's going to get weird, but I'm here for it.



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  1. This is a very odd series, but it's full of heart and emotion. This is my second favorite of the 4 so far, and the next one, Down Among the Sticks and Bones, is my favorite!

    1. Yay! I'm hoping to read book two this weekend. :)

  2. This is a series I've seen really hyped these days Jennifer!

    1. There has been a lot of hype, and it's a great premise!

  3. I haven't read this McGuire book yet, but I want to. The premise sounds really fun.

    1. It's a great premise! You will need to read this one eventually!

  4. It always thrills me to see people reading this. I just reviewed the latest, In An Absent Dream, yesterday as I couldn't wait to devour it and read the whole thing Saturday. It was definitely one of the weirder one. The second is still my favorite as it is the darkest but I hope you keep on loving them!

  5. I love that you and Tammy are both claiming book two as your favorite! I'm going to be like you and devour the whole thing this Saturday. :)


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