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Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward ChildrenNo SolicitationsNo VisitorsNo uestsChildren 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 em This was definitely not what I was expecting it to be but it was a fun read I lik

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Every Heart a Doorway

Erging somewhere elseBut magical lands have little need for used up miracle childrenNancy 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 se FOR THE WICKED Best dedication ever This creepy little novella is stunning an Lost Innocence person The children under Miss West’s care understand all too well And each of them is se FOR THE WICKED Best dedication ever This creepy little novella is stunning an

Seanan McGuire ☆ 9 Summary

Eking a way back to their own fantasy worldBut 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 matterNo matter the co This is hands down my favorite book of all time I have read it 6 times now and I


10 thoughts on “Every Heart a Doorway

  1. says:

    “We went down and at the bottom there was a door and on the door there was a sign Two words ‘Be Sure’ Sure of what? We were twelve we weren’t sure of anything So we went through This book is exactly my kind of weirdI have to try and explain Every Heart a Doorway somehow but it isn't easy It's a kind of dark creepy fairy tale about all those children who slipped through the cracks a wardrobe a rabbit hole or a simple doorway and found themselves somewhere else; somewhere no one would believe they'd been No one that is except Eleanor WestEleanor West's Home for Wayward Children is where despairing parents send their troubled kids The ones who claim to have been to a different world Eleanor West promises to help them and she does just not in the way the parents imagine Because Eleanor has been to her own world and she knows the sadness and loss these children experience when they are dragged back to the real world She offers them a place where they can be believedVery atmospheric and strange but also full of wit and humour this story is just damn near perfect I loved the eerie style of writing and the diverse cast of characters that included an asexual protagonist and a boy who is transgender There's also a whole lot of creepy murder going onIt's such a strange little book and I genuinely enjoyed both the writing and the insights into human behaviour For example Lundy's response to Nancy's uestion about why there are girls than boys “Because ‘boys will be boys’ is a self fulfilling prophecy” said Lundy “They’re too loud on the whole to be easily misplaced or overlooked; when they disappear from the home parents send search parties to dredge them out of swamps and drag them away from frog ponds It’s not innate It’s learned But it protects them from the doors keeps them safe at home Call it irony if you like but we spend so much time waiting for our boys to stray that they never have the opportunity We notice the silence of men We depend upon the silence of women” There are many often subtle nods toward gender issues And there's a rather hilarious moment when Nancy's roommate asks if she minds that she masturbates I love how the book manages to be comical and serious dark and light fairy tale and psychological thriller all at the same time Many of these kids just want to get back to their home their real home the place where they truly feel like they belong How hard it is to live in this world while knowing that somewhere out there is a doorway that leads to where you're supposed to be But as Nancy finally comes to realize Nobody gets to tell me how my story ends but me Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Youtube | Store


  2. says:

    I bought this book as soon as I read the premise and the novel exceeded my high expectations What happens to all those children in fantasy novels who come back from fantastic worlds — when Lucy emerged from the wardrobe or Alice from the looking glass or Max from the Land of the Wild Things? Surely that’s got to be a traumatic re entry into mundane reality Every Heart a Doorway takes that idea and runs with it introducing us to Miss West’s Home for Wayward Children where such young folk are given a safe place to recover and recuperate after their otherworldly experiences Some of the children have been to lands of order some to lands of chaos some to dark some to light But all have been kicked out and forced to return home and now they long to return to their fantasy realms Miss West tries to console them and convince them to accept the grim reality that they can never return The home is part school part orphanage part addiction recovery center Each child has been permanently marked and changed by their experiences Our protagonist Nancy still yearns for her time in the realm of the dead where everything seemed peaceful ordered comfortable She misses the silence and the shadows She knows the lord and lady of death would welcome her back if she could just find the way Then shortly after Nancy’s arrival children at the school begin to be brutally murdered Who is the killer and why are these deaths happening? The story is poignant and sweet — a breath of fresh air in the fantasy genre while also serving as a great mystery It is a short read but powerful and I especially appreciated the way Nancy was represented as romantic asexual I just don’t see many characters like this in fiction and I found her portrayal believable and well done I am glad this book is the beginning of a series


  3. says:

    This was definitely not what I was expecting it to be but it was a fun read I liked the mystery aspect of it and I enjoyed getting to know the cast of characters and the different worlds they had come from I did want a little of a punch with the ending but it was overall satisfying


  4. says:

    FOR THE WICKED Best dedication ever This creepy little novella is stunning and absolutely unforgettable Children have always found doorways into different words – rabbit holes wardrobes magic mirrors But what happens to the children who come back? Read this book to find outThe story touches on so many topics What is home? What is it like to be different and misunderstood and how does it feel like to finally find others who understand you? And most of all what happens when well meaning parents make decisions for their kids and try to force them into the image of the perfect daughter or son instead of listening to them and respecting them as people in their own right?The story is beautifully written and the different worlds and characters come to life We have worlds of candies princesses rainbows and unicorns and worlds of the dead blood skeletons and creepy doctors And the kids coming from all these words need to somehow get along I’d love find out about them all I’ve seen readers complain that the murder mystery is predictable and I have to admit I agree but it didn’t bother me at all I feel the story wasn’t about the mystery – it was about everything elseThe funny thing is I didn’t particularly want to visit any of these worlds and that’s great Yes you heard me right It’s great because I could still understand why the characters want to live there I could still see what appeals to them and how those worlds would make them feel like home And that’s the entire point – people have different interests values goals things that make them happy and all of them are valid Side note I’m currently trying to get through all the Hugo nominees before the voting deadline If all books are as enjoyable as this one it won’t be any trouble at allOooh oooh and the book included a few sample chapters from the seuel It’s about Jack and Jill who are my favorites they come from one of the creepy worlds And it was published a few days ago Argh unfortunately I’ve decided to read only Hugo nominees before the voting deadline so it will have to wait Let’s see how long my resolve lastsLet’s end with a beautiful uote back on the subject of parents trying to force their children into an idealized image You’re nobody’s rainbowYou’re nobody’s princessYou’re nobody’s doorway but your own and the only one who gets to tell you how your story ends is you I know not exactly groundbreaking but it’s really sweet and tear jerking in context Can’t say or I’ll spoil it


  5. says:

    Perfection


  6. says:

    There is so much potential with this premise and I can't wait to see where she takes this story in the future However this particular book left me unsatisfied Most of that comes down to the length It's a murder mystery with a pretty complex fantasy element and multiple characters with uniue backstories meaning that this book could have been easily double its current length and I'd still be asking for That might not be the case with you but I need to completely understand the logistics of a world before I can truly enjoy myself As soon as I was getting comfortable we were thrown a couple murders and before I was comfortable with that it was overEverything seemed rushed including the development of the supporting cast Besides the few protagonists every other character was one dimensional There was simply too much going on for how short it wasWith all this being said I do still recommend this book as the premise and actual writing style is great There is also great representation of asexual and trans folks If you have an afternoon to kill and want something akin to a fairytale this here's your book


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    Re read 1320 Finished my annual re read and I still love this series and these characters with every fiber of my soul I got approved for an ARC of Come Tumbling Down and I am SO READY to re read this entire series and cry alongside my bbsRe read 2619 Every time I read this I am genuinely surprised that there are people who don't love it with every fiber of their being like I do? Did we read the same book?????? I adore this world and these characters SO DAMN MUCH Re read 11918 Y’all this was SO much fun to re read after knowing the backstory of Jack Jill that we get in Down Among the Sticks and Bones I can’t wait to re read it again sometime after I finish Beneath the Sugar Sky I just love this universe SO MUCH Re read 71717 I loved this even the second time around I cannot wait to finally dig into Down Among the Sticks and BonesOriginal read 122016 I really REALLY liked this My only complaint is that I wish it was 500 pages longer I neeeeeed


  8. says:

    cleaning out old reviews and was surprised to pull this one back up and find how much hate I got in the comments for itlolol sob I won't leave my thoughts here except to say I was disappointed that it snarked at Narnia which is a series I acknowledge is problematic but it was still a cornerstone of my childhood and I don't like books that diss other books


  9. says:

    This is hands down my favorite book of all time I have read it 6 times now and I love it and each time This book is for anyone who has ever felt different and weird ever felt like they didn't fit in and dreamed of a place that accepted what others denied For us the places we went were home We didn't care if they were good or evil or neutral or what We cared about the fact that for the first time we didn't have to pretend to be something we weren't We just got to be That made all the difference in the world If you ever read a book based on my recommendation please let it be this one


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    congratulations semifinalist in goodreads' best fantasy category 2016 Before I went through that doorway I knew there was no such thing as a portal to another world Now I know that if you open the right door at the right time you might finally find a place where you belong Why does that mean I can't go back?i started a review for this book when i read it three months ago but i kept putting it off and as the pub date grew ever closer i started panicking with oh no i loved this so much i want to write an amazing persuasive review for it so no one will be able to resist reading this perfect perfect perfect book but it's been so long and details are so blurry aarrgghh so i read it againcover to cover front to back and lemme tell you rereading is NOT something i have any time for what with this whole no one lives forever bullshit i just learned about but it was worth itnow this doesn't mean that the review will actually be amazing andor persuasive but it certainly stands a better chance now that it's fresher in my mind it's a stunnerit takes place at a very special boarding school called Eleanor West's Home for Wayward Children; a safe haven for boys and mostly girls who like alice or those narnia kids went through doors leading to fantasy worlds spent considerable time in those worlds and then for one reason or another returned to their old lives and all they want is to go back For us the places we went were home We didn't care if they were good or evil or neutral or what We cared about the fact that for the first time we didn't have to pretend to be something we weren't We just got to be That made all the difference in the worldthe school is run by a woman who has some personal experience with being kicked out of a magical world who presents her school to concerned parents as a place where their afflicted shellshocked children can receive therapy and be cured of their delusions but in reality the therapy offered is less about addressing delusions and about helping these damaged souls deal with the trauma of being booted out of their own personal edens This isn't a place for lies or pretending everything is all right We know everything is not all right If it were you wouldn't be hereand you would think that in a school like this where everyone can relate to these very specific feelings of loss and despair where a supportive community can be formed with comfort taken in their shared differences you would think everything would be safe Even if they would never have the opportunity to go back home they would have someone who understood and the company of their peers which was a treasure beyond reckoningthe problem is that while their basic experiences are similar the fabricsrulesmechanics of all the possible worlds are vastly different so there is no true common ground mcguire lays out this venn diagramcompass of the specific features of these various worlds and develops an impressive number of them fairly comprehensivelynancy returns from an underworld the halls of the dead which values uiet peace stillness and shadows sumi is that manic tansyfoxy type of character returning from a nonsense world where to stand still would be deadly; there are fairylands rigid and logical worlds realms where running on rainbows is both common and dangerous etc etc so while they are all different from normal kids they are all different from each other in different ways theirs is a superficial similarity like how agatha christie and ian rankin both write mysteries but their books would find they had little in common about 25 minutes into their awkward first date small talk so you like murder? and so despite this very important common ground there's still bullying and cliues and social hierarchies at the schooland suddenly also murrrrderrrrrthe book is a mishmash of many wonderful things a mystery a fantasy a coming of age story that is itself a rabbit hole into something much deeper and fantastic it also functions as an allegory for finding a nontraditional home among other misfit toys and making your own way and staying true to yourself and all these other jejeune sounding things like tolerance and acceptance and understanding but it's much less superficial than i am making it sound and it also addresses big picture things like gender and sexuality and mental illness in very interesting ways that while this isn't intended as YA fiction would be a good crossover title for stronger teen readers there's an emphasis on racial diversity and a whole rainbow of gender and sexual identity that complicate the home lives of these children there's a trans character a character who is asexual and there are other characters who are not accepted simply by not living up to parental expectations some are abandoned at the school discarded and some have well meaning parents who cannot comprehend or accept what their children have experienced and are hoping they come out of the school restored to normal Her parents loved her there was no uestion of that but their love was the sort that filled her suitcase with colors and kept trying to set her up on dates with local boys Their love wanted to fix her and refused to see that she wasn't brokento those who have never been through a portal to a magical world their children's accounts seem to be childish fantasies at best or alarmingly a form of madness they try to account for these changes in their children with medical explanations like eating disorders or post traumatic stress or amnesia brought on by kidnapping or other traumas refusing to understand that madness is just an altered perception of reality and it may have been altered for their children in precisely the ways they are claiming My folks would let me come back said Christopher They think this is all some complicated breakdown triggered by the things that happened after I 'ran away' It's really sad because they care so damn much and they're so completely wrong about everything you know?and this kind of dysfunction story could be irredeemably horrible and bleak in other hands but mcguire has such a deft light touch and it's written with her signature energy that infuses humor and poignancy and honesty into a dark story and what you end up with is her trademark brand of beautiful horror it's got all those dark funny zings you'd expect from her An unreported death is just a disappearance in its Sunday clothes and her characters are as always phenomenalon this second reading i took pages and pages of notes and went a little nutso analyzing it but i don't want to ruin anything for anyone so i'm just gonna scrap it all i just want to say that this book is a beautiful heartbreaker that is incredibly densely written for such a little shorty but it reads so feather light i have no idea what the rest of this series will be it ends on a note jaggedy with possibilities i'll be a little disappointed if the next book follows the path of the character this book ends with because that is the least interesting character to me but i have complete faith in mcguire's instincts and i will follow her anywhere and as a complete aside the first time i saw this coverand before there was a description up for the book i got SO excited because i thought seanan mcguire was sticking her pen into mira grant's parasitology ink and i started doing a little dance and sueal chanting some lies better left untold; some dreams better left unsold the broken doors are open come and enter and be home my darling girl be careful now and don’t go out alonebut no different door i guarantee you she did that on purpose to give all the parasitology kids a little heart attack because i know i want an illustrated version of Don't Go Out Alone and i can't be the only oneand i don't care what you say there are definitely little nods to that other series here naturally there's an emphasis on doors You shouldn't close doors just because you don't like what's on the other side and these are characters who have been booted from fantasy worlds and whose doors are in a sense broken because they have become inaccessible to them and nancy's disdain for the uick hot and restless reminds me of the peace and comfort sally finds in the hot warm dark and none of that can be accidental someday my prince will come in the form of a dgoa graphic novel but for now i'll just bide my time and hopefully there won't be too long a gap between this book and its follow up pleaseLOOK WHAT I GOT AT THE BOOK RIOT LIVE THINGIE i did not win when i entered the firstreads giveaway and i'm still pending pending pending on netgalley but now who needs 'em?? thank you so much macmillantorcom and now that i just found out this is the first bit in a series my mind is explodingreview is coming i just gotta freak out a bit firstcome to my blog


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