Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire Review

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Wayward Children #1
Seanan McGuire
April 5th 2016

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.

My husband has asked me to read Seanan McGuire’s ‘Parasite’ for a while, which was written under her pen name ‘Mira Grant’. I never did but I’m rethinking that after reading this book. This review may be semi-spoiler-y but I promise not to ruin anything that is a twist or past the first chapter. I simply have no idea how I could review it without those details. If you want to avoid the spoilers, TL:DR: If you like Alice in Wonderland and The Magicians by Lev  Grossman, you’ll love this book. Also, stop reading here.

Have you ever wondered what happened after children left this fantastical worlds like Wonderland, Narnia, Fillory, and Neverland? Well, you’ve come to the right place..orrr rather book. I found this book by accident looking for something spooky to read. This is more of a mystery mixed with a bit of fantasy – not so spooky. From the first page, I was hooked. I never really thought about what happened to the children after their adventures. From wanting to go home, to hating their trip – it never crossed my mind.

Much like Lev Grossman’s Magicians, I was brought to a new world myself pondering how I would react in a similar situation. My husband and I would chat about this book, trying to guess who the villain of the story was – We were both wrong! That is hard to do with my husband; he normally can call the villain in the first few chapters. I enjoyed how she categorizes the different worlds as well. The way Seanan McGuire McGuire writes is breathtaking, and I didn’t come from an underworld like some characters. It is easy to see why my husband loves her writing so much, and she has earned a new fan with me. I’m very sad this story is over – I already put a hold on book 2 at my library.

I’m a geek blogger, mom, a wife, and a reader. My family and I are currently living in the beautiful state of Colorado. I started my blog after I landed myself in the hospital for multiple pulmonary embolisms. It took over a year to diagnose me with lupus among other things. It’s been a long journey but I wouldn’t change it for the world. I read all genres and I write about anything I feel like; From my issues with Lupus/RA/pulmonary embolisms to what is going on in the book world. Every day is a new adventure!
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