Review: Every Heart a Doorway

Every Heart a Doorway by Seanen McGuire

Series: Wayward Children
Genres: Fantasy, Novella
Maturity Level: 5-
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Rating: ⋆⋆⋆⋆

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.


This review is going to be one of my shortest ever, because I don’t have a lot to say. Guys … I didn’t love this book!

No one is more shocked than me. Honestly, it was just completely different than what I was expecting. Based on the synopsis and all of the people I’d heard talking about it, I expected it to be kind of whimsical, or at least feel-good. But it was really dark. I mean, okay, it wasn’t that dark. But compared to what I was expecting!

I fully expected to fall in love with this book and all the characters. But I just didn’t connect with anyone. Part of this was that they are very removed from our world, having traveled to so many others. Partly it was the brevity of a novella, which meant there wasn’t time to get to know them that well. But those things aside, I just didn’t fall in love with them. Don’t know why.

The world building was (purposefully) on the confusing side, which isn’t my preferred method. Perhaps some questions get answered more later on in the series. The idea was interesting, and I like the direction McGuire is going with her world, I just wasn’t satisfied with what I learned.

I enjoyed Every Heart a Doorway, and I would definitely recommend it to novella fans or anyone who adores LGBT fantasy. I just didn’t personally love it as much as everyone else. Sorry folks. :/

7 thoughts on “Review: Every Heart a Doorway

  1. I’d say Beneath the Sugar Sky and In An Absent Dream are slightly more on the whimsical side of things, but overall the whole series is a bit on the darker side of things.

    Sorry this wasn’t the book for you, though there’s plenty of other books out there so it’s totally fine. Nice review!

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      1. Exactly. It’s always interesting to me to see what reading tastes we readers share as well as which ones we don’t. I like the breadth and variety of stories out in the world. Were there any of the characters you did like and would want to know more about?

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