Review| Every Heart a Doorway – Seanan McGuire

I’ve seen the Wayward Children books all over the place in the bookish community and thought the covers were stunning. For some reason, I never got around to picking them up, even though I wanted to. A friend of mine and the creator of the TBR & Beyond group set up a group read for this series. Every Heart a Doorway is the first book and I’m mad at myself for not picking up this book sooner! Isabelle already read and reviewed this, click here for her review.

Review| Every Heart a Doorway – Seanan McGuire

Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward ChildrenNo SolicitationsNo VisitorsNo 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.

Every Heart a Doorway (Wayward Children, #1) by Seanan McGuire
Published by on 05/04/2016
Genres: Fantasy
Pages: 173
Format: eBook


“Their love wanted to fix her, and refused to see that she wasn’t broken.”

If I’m honest, the covers were really what got my attention when it came to this series. They’re all really stunning!! I only knew that there were doorways children went through and that some were trying to find their way back. Every Heart a Doorway is less than 200 pages long and I was afraid that the author wouldn’t get me invested in everything and be so short. I was VERY wrong!!

“You know, I read Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland when I was a kid, and I never thought about what it would be like for Alice when she went back to where she started. I figured she’d just shrug and get over it. But I can’t do that. Every time I close my eyes, I’m back in my real bed, in my real room, and all of this is the dream.”

Seanan McGuire has an amazing way with words. I was drawn in by this writing and I have so many quotes that I loved! Every Heart a Doorway is a work of art. I don’t think I’ve ever read anything like it to be honest. This story made me invested in not only Nancy, but the whole crew.

“For us, the places we went were home. We didn’t care if the 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.”

In this world, doorways to different worlds open up for children. Some of them are sent back and don’t really know how to continue their lives back in this world they don’t belong in. Elanor has set up a school for these children. Some have their door open up again, but others learn how to cope with their new normal. I loved how all of the characters were so different and unique. The author dives head first into difficult subjects as well: parents wanting children to be a certain way, not accepting the child’s identity, stereotypes, feminism and toxic masculinity. She does this in such a powerful way.

“She was a story, not an epilogue.”

On top of all this, Seanan McGuire gave me a book with a mystery I didn’t see coming. She fits so much in less than 200 pages and I’m still shocked how well this was written. I really wanted all of these children to find their doors again and be happy. Also, I’m curious about the mention of the children who didn’t like their worlds. All in all, I couldn’t recommend this book more. It has such a diverse cast of characters and I can’t wait to read more of this series!

Every Heart a Doorway was so unique and so good! I’m still amazing by what this author was able to do in less than 200 pages!! As I’m typing this, I’m just about done with the second book, so keep an eye out for the next review. If you’ve read this book, I’d love to hear what you thought!

One thought on “Review| Every Heart a Doorway – Seanan McGuire

  1. I was also so surprised by how much was actually in this book and I really enjoyed it too! Great review! 🙂

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