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Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire || Book Review

Every Heart a Doorway

Title: Every Heart a Doorway

( Wayward Children #1 )

Author: Seanan McGuire

Published: 5. April 2016

Edition: Tor

Hardcover, 173 pages

Genre: Fantasy | Young Adult


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.

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◄ 5 OUT OF 5 STARS ►

Wow. Just wow. This book was fantastic and I completely fell in love with it!

Now with that out of the way lets get into the actual review, where I will explain why exactly I loved this book so much. (Though it might be more of a gush than an actual review.)

The whole premise of this story intrigued me. Children returning from other worlds and then trying to adjust to a “normal” life – it’s a topic that I didn’t know I needed to read about until I heard about this book, but now I just want more and more! Growing up the series that actually got me into reading was The Chronicles of Narnia and I always wondered what it was like for the Pevensie siblings to return to their everyday life. This book answered some of those questions that I had.

The characters within this story were definitely my favourite part of it. I found all of them fascinating and I wanted to know more about them. That doesn’t usually happen, especially which shorter books like this one. The characters within this story are very diverse, which I appreciated greatly. One of the characters was asexual and I found the representation of it amazing! I have never encountered a character within a story that explicitly stated they were asexual. Finding this representation made me especially happy, seeing that I’m asexual myself. (Not sure if you were aware of that fact or not.)

The plot of the story was interesting, but not the strongest aspect of this book. The mystery, which I won’t mention in any detail because of spoilers, was rather predictable. I just don’t think that there was enough time to build and develop the plot more, as this book was rather short (which I keep mentioning for some reason). Still, I enjoyed it a lot – some things were unpredictable and I enjoyed the darker and more gruesome aspects of this book a lot.

Overall, this book was fantastic and I would highly recommend it to everyone! I can’t wait to get my hands on the other books in this series, I just NEED them in my life. Hopefully I will be able to get them soon!

Have you read Every Heart a Doorway? Did you enjoy it? What was your favourite moment in the book? Do let me know!

Thank you very much for reading my review. I hope you have a wonderful day!


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9 thoughts on “Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire || Book Review

  1. Great review! I also was a little disappointed with the plot but the characters definitely made up for it! I love the strange, and kind of dark, twist the author put on portal fantasy. And I also need to get to the rest of the series. 🙂

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    1. Thank you! 🙂 Yeah, the plot wasn’t the best. The characters definitely made up for it, I was intrigued by all of them. I love the strange and dark twist of this story as well. I hope you get the rest of the series soon! 🙂

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  2. Great review for this book Anna, and I am so so glad you loved this one too. I read Every Heart a Doorway a while back now and thought it was incredible. I loved that the main character was asexual, I think this may have been the only book I’ve read with an asexual character in it let alone as the main character, and I loved the concept as well. I do think overall this was too short, but have you read the second in the series yet? Do you plan to?
    Again great review. 🙂 ❤

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    1. Thank you Beth! 😀 This is the only book that I have read with an asexual character, or at least one that identifies as asexual (there are some books in which you can interpret it as such, but it’s not really stated). I think it was too short as well, I definitely would have liked it to be a bit longer. I just got the other two books in the mail today! 😀 I definitely plan on reading them soon.
      Thank you! ❤

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