Books Reviews Young Adult Fiction

Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire

March 30, 2018

I'd been seeing this series everywhere in the book community and it was getting such passionate responses. People either loved it or hated it. Now, I wasn't sure which camp I was going to fall into but I loved the premise. The entire novel is set in a home/academy for children that have gone through portals and ended up in another world. Think Narnia or Alice in Wonderland. This academy aims to help them adjust to life back in the real world and face the reality that they may never find their door again. Then the children start turning up murdered...

I absolutely loved this book. I'm desperate to get my hands on the next ones. The characters were absolutely mad, which fitted the story perfectly. Nancy, who is our primary protagonist in this series is such a joy to read about and also, yay for representation. She's asexual! Nancy had been taken into a place called the Hall of the Dead, where she desperately wanted to return to. I got a lot of Greek myth vibes with the references to pomegranates etc which I of course loved.

The other characters were all equally as wonderful and diverse. Sumi, who if I can recall correctly appeared to be of Asian descent was from a Nonsense portal and as such spoke like she had been. The others described her as a tornado which I think is perfect. It was really sweet how she took Nancy under her wing too. Then there's Kade. The suave gentleman of the house, who used to be a girl. After Nancy I think he might be my favourite. He was so sweet and kind.

My only complaint about this book? I wanted more! I was so sad when I realised I'd finished it! But considering how short it was there was certainly a lot packed into it. I need to get my hands on the other books now...



Name: Every Heart A Doorway

Author(s): Seanan McGuire

Publisher: Tor

Pages: 169

ISBN: 9780765385505

Rating: 4/5

Have you read Every Heart a Doorway?

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Thank-you for reading,

Katie x

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