Every Heart a Doorway


Every Heart a Doorway (Wayward Children #1) by Seanan McGuire
Genre: Fantasy
Pages: 173
Released: 5 April 2016
Publisher: Tor.com

My Rating: 5 of 5 stars 


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.


Doesn’t that synopsis make you want to pick this up?

A few months ago I read Kindred Spirits by Rainbow Rowell (and loved it) so the whole concept of short stories really intruiged me, I decided to pick up Every Heart a Doorway. It’s been getting really great reviews so I was really excited to actually read it.

Every Heart a Doorway is an amazing short story, right of the bat we’re introduced to this school and it’s mysteriousness draws you into this story – It starts off almost fairytale like then the plot twists and suddenly it’s this creepy, macabre tale. This little book got surprising really dark really fast and you just can’t help falling in love with it.

I really loved Seaman McGuire’s style of writing; it’s dark and morbid yet surprisingly whimsical. If Seanan McGuire writes the rest of her books like this, I’m definitely down with picking them up.

I know a lot of people are looking for spooky fall reads so I really recommend this one.

“You’re nobody’s doorway but your own, and the only one who gets to tell you how your story ends is you.”




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