Book Review: Every Heart A Doorway by Seanan McGuire

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My Rating: 2 Stars

Title: Every Heart A Doorway

Author: Seanan McGuire

Pub Date: April 5th, 2016

Publisher: Tor.com

Pages: 176

For People Who Like: Quick Reads, Magical Realism, Fairytale Retellings

Bri’s Thoughts

I heard such great things about this novel from many people, which is one of the reasons that I picked it up. That and the fact that the storyline seemed to be right up my alley. However…. I just really didn’t like it. Before I go into the reasons that this book didn’t do it for me, I would like you to understand that you should take my review with a grain of salt if you think this story might be something you would enjoy. Because there has been so much praise surrounding this one, I feel like I may be a bit of an outlier when I say that I didn’t like it.

I went into this thinking that it would be a retelling of some sort, but it didn’t really feel that way for me. It felt like a world that didn’t have the depth that I was looking for. This could have been because it was so short (176 pages). In fact, the only reason that I ended up reading to the end was because it was so short. The briefness of it didn’t allow me to connect to any of the characters or to feel involved in the mystery that was going on.

I realize that this is a novella and that maybe novellas just aren’t my thing, but it really surprised me that the characters felt as shallow as they were considering all of the reviews that I was reading on it. I couldn’t understand any of their personalities and they all seemed so disconnected from the events that were going on. Sometimes it felt like they lacked some necessary emotions.

Nonetheless, even though this book wasn’t for me, I can appreciate it’s creativity and encourage anyone who might be wanting to read it to form their own opinions.

Synopsis

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.

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