25526296TITLE: Every Heart a Doorway
AUTHOR: Seanan McGuire
SERIES: Wayward Children
GENRES: Fantasy, Fiction, LGBT, Young Adult
FORMAT: Hardcover
PAGES: 170
PUBLISHED: April 5th 2016

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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.


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

I don’t know what’s wrong with me but this is a second book in a row that gave me deja-vu in the end of the book. But I checked and this has not been translated in Finnish so I haven’t read it before. So weird.

Every Heart a Doorway is most definitely one intense book with gore. But at the same time it has a lot of happiness in it, sort of.
This was a fast read, took me only half a day, but it also has so much to pay attention to! It definitely isn’t something you can just read without much thought, or you can but you won’t understand half of it. I had to go back couple times just because my mind started to wander around different topics and couldn’t get hang of the story anymore.

These kids all have some special power in them. For example Nancy can stay still as a stone statue without even breathing or her heart beating. Those capable to adapt to those special things, are able to see these every kind of doors that open for them and take them to different worlds.
To be honest, the amount of the worlds and the ways they all worked differently, the people able to go to those worlds all were different by personality and the ways they function when they are evicted from the worlds back to real world. All that tend to get overwhelming at the start but toward the end it started to not be that big of a deal.

I really liked all the characters. They all were lovely in their own ways. And even though they all were very different from each others, they still managed to work together and not mind their differences. But of course like in every school, there had to be the one who “was better than everyone else”. I can’t figure out any better way to describe it than that.

I also kind of thought this would be some lovely short fairytale but it turned out to be something completely else! I didn’t expect it to be that murderous. Though that probably made the book even better, with a little mystery in it. I enjoyed trying to figure out the one behind all of it and realize that all my suspects turned out to be completely wrong.

Even though it was gore and horrible and all that, it still managed to be happy. I really like the ending but it did left me wonder what the next books are about. I guess that I’ll learn by reading them.




  1. I enjoyed this too! Big surprise there 😂 I really enjoyed the humour in it. I loved Nancy! And all the other characters. I did find myself trying to figure out how did it. It was like a murder mystery with some fantastical elements which I enjoyed. I also really liked the ending. It gave me a very happy fluffy feeling in my tummy. I think the next books follow different character at the school. But I don’t know any more. I’m definitely reading them tho 😁


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