Review: Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire

Posted April 1, 2016 in Review / 8 Comments

Review: Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire

Every Heart a Doorway

Series: Every Heart a Doorway #1
by Seanan McGuire
Published by Macmillan, Tor on April 5th 2016
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 160
Format: eARC

I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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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.

Fantasy Well Written


I can’t believe I waited this long to read a book by Seanan McGuire!  I’m a freaking idiot.  I own Rosemary and Rue, I just haven’t gotten to it.  And nope, I haven’t read anything under her Mira Grant incarnation, either.  Told you, I’m am a nitwit.

For a such a short novella, Ms. McGuire manages to shove imagery in this story that would normally unfold in the span of a 400 page tome.  It’s almost as if she took the ideas for about ten books, tossed them in a blender, set it to puree, and somehow managed to pour out a Patrón.  I never said the ride was going to be easy…

Ms. McGuire introduces an amazing idea and world in that, what if Alice, Peter, and others came back to reality but wanted to go back?  What if they couldn’t find the door back?  How would they “fit in” to the normal world after seeing what they saw?  And what if the home you once knew wasn’t “home” anymore?

Nancy is dropped off at West’s Home for Wayward children with the understanding by her parents that she is getting help to be normal.  But what Nancy finds when she gets there are others like her, all just trying to get home.  And each and every kid there has an amazing story!

I literally just finished reading this story when I’m writing this (unfortunately this is posting later), but I can’t get over how each character is sticking to my brain.  Each one was so developed and thought out, I could almost see them popping out of the page.  Yeah, I’m probably on a high just coming off reading the story and being all drama-like.  But don’t you sometimes just want to roll around in a book for a while when you’re done reading it?  That’s how I feel right now.

So, yeah, five stars and all that…

And even though I have the ARC, I’m going to quote because I’m a rebel like that.  Honestly, there were so many that just gave me chills about how good Ms. McGuire’s writing was, how deliberate she wrote.


[pullquote]”Say nothing of it,” said Jack.  Somehow, coming from her, it wasn’t politeness: it was a plea.  Let this momentary kindness be forgotten, it said.  Don’t let it linger, lest it be seen as weakness. [/pullquote]


[pullquote]”Why is your happy-ever-after the only one that matters?”

“Because I’m the one who’s willing to take it,” snapped Jill. [/pullquote]







About Seanan McGuire

Hi! I'm Seanan McGuire, author of the Toby Daye series (Rosemary and Rue, A Local Habitation, An Artificial Night, Late Eclipses), as well as a lot of other things. I'm also Mira Grant (, author of Feed and Deadline.

Born and raised in Northern California, I fear weather and am remarkably laid-back about rattlesnakes. I watch too many horror movies, read too many comic books, and share my house with two monsters in feline form, Lilly and Alice (Siamese and Maine Coon).



About Kristin

Kristin has to ensure she gets her minimal requirement of "happily ever after" books in between those books that contain cliffhangers and never-ending story arcs. It's for her family's sake. When not reading, she's homeshooling her 10-year old son, watching cartoons on TV, or taking a nap.



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8 responses to “Review: Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire

  1. I just started this one and the writing is fantastic. I love it. I have only read one other book by her, Sparrow Hill Road, and I am planning on tackling her zombie series.

  2. I just read Discount Armageddon so I’m on the McGuire bandwagon now lol. It was pretty funny. I’ll be reading more of her stuff. And I love the whole idea of a place where people go that are just looking to get back to fantasy lands. Great idea!
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