Every heart a doorway, by Seanan McGuire
Published by Macmillan-Tor/Forge, on April 5 2016
Genres: Sci Fi & Fantasy
*I was provided a digital copy of this book by the publisher and Netgalley in exchange for an honest 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.
This is my first Seanan McGuire book, and I was pleasantly surprised. What an incredible story this was!
What appears to be a magical tale quickly becomes a murder mystery that will break your heart. I was so emotionally attached to the story that it kept me up at night thinking about its characters and the magical world that McGuire has masterfully created.
This book has played with my emotions, has plucked at my heartstrings. It's been a week since I finished reading it and I'm still drawn in by this world... I even miss it!
The writing has a very nice flow, but at some points of the story it gets a little tedious. However, the hard-hitting emotional content allowed me to overlook that, making this read unputdownable.
Nancy, the main character, has a strong personality and is very quiet. She quickly adapts to her new school and makes some friends. Sumi is one of them. She used to live in a world full of rainbows and colours and is really carefree. Kade has also turned up to Nancy's life. He was a girl in his formerly world and is very mysterious.
Every Heart a Doorway is more than a simple fantasy story, it is an allegory of growing up and leaving childhood behind. The kids in this book are devastated and they struggle to go back to the door that will lead them to their original world, where they belong. However, they soon realize this won't be easy and they have to mature in order to take care of themselves and survive.
Every Heart a Doorway is a heartbreakingly sad read that will keep you up at night and won't allow you to put it down. I really recommend it, I wish it had more pages... I keep looking for my door to go back to McGuire's world!