Title: Every Heart a Doorway
Author: Seanan McGuire
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Rating: 4 Stars
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 the matter.
No matter the cost.
Everyone needs to read this book. Its under 200 pages and its absolutely magical.I don’t know if there is anything I can say about this little book that hasn’t already been said.The writing is gorgeous and whimsical. I read it all in one sitting, just needing to know more.
This story is about a group of children who have found doorways into other worlds, and have returned to there own. Some of the other worlds include Candyland, full of rainbows, fairies, unicorns and of course candy;other worlds are darker with ghosts,mad scientist and lords of death.Nancy our protagonist found her way through a magic door into what the book refers to as an Underworld, unable to cope with returning to the real world,her parents have sent her away to a boarding school.
The characters are wonderfully diverse,the main character, Nancy, is openly asexual and a trans friend/love interest. There sexuality are not just hinted at, it’s written!! The representation is also explained so well that Nancy is capable of romantic interest that shes just no interested in sexual activities. She talks about the boy’s being attractive and how she would like to hold hands but nothing further than that. There is some transphobia with some of the other character’s.
I enjoyed the mystery, I didn’t know there was a mystery element going into to the book. This book is fast paced and has a beautiful writing style, I will be picking up the second book very soon.
Goodreads: Stephanie Gillespie