Every Heart a Doorway - Seanan McGuire (Hardcover)

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5 Apr 2016
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Seanan McGuire
St Martins Pr
Number of Pages
210 x 140 x 18mm (279g)


Sent away to a home for children who have tumbled into fantastical other worlds and are looking for ways to return, Nancy triggers dark changes among her fellow schoolmates and resolves to expose the truth when a child dies under suspicious magical circumstances. By the best-selling author of the InCryptid series.


New York Times bestselling author Seanan McGuire presents a fresh take on the portal fantasy genre that blends Alice in Wonderland, The Magicians, and The Nightmare Before Christmas.


General Subject
BISAC Subject 1
Fiction / Fantasy / General
BISAC Subject 2
Fiction / Fantasy / Contemporary
BIC Classification 1
Library Subject 1
Fantasy fiction
Library Subject 2
Library Subject 3
Boarding schools
Dewey Classification

Author Bio

Seanan McGuire is the author of the October Daye urban fantasy series, the InCryptid series, and several other works, both standalone and in trilogies. She also writes darker fiction as Mira Grant.

Seanan lives in a creaky old farmhouse in Northern California, which she shares with her cats, a vast collection of creepy dolls, and horror movies, and sufficient books to qualify her as a fire hazard.

She was the winner of the 2010 John W Campbell Award for Best New Writer, and in 2013 she became the first person ever to appear five times on the same Hugo ballot.

Review Quotes

"A jewel of a book that deserves to be shelved with Lewis Carroll's and C. S. Lewis' classics, even as it carves its own precocious space between them." --NPR

"This is a gorgeous story: sometimes mean, sometimes angry, and always exciting" --Cory Doctorow for BoingBoing

"McGuire's lyrical prose makes this novella a rich experience." --Library Journal starred review

"This amazing fantasy pierces the shimmering veil of childhood imagination by reminding adult readers that their own doorways still exist deep in the champers of their all-too-human hearts." --Booklist starred review

"This gothic charmer is a love letter to anyone who's ever felt out of place." -- Publishers Weekly

"This gothic novel is ideal for fantasy fans who have longed for a world of their own, as well as readers looking for books with diverse casts." --Bookish

"Girl Interrupted meets Grimm's Fairy Tales. Let it in and it will touch your heart and open your mind." --Geek Syndicate

"The broken doors are open, and you should come and enter. Every Heart a Doorway feels like home." --B&N Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog

Customer Reviews

A story about kids that don’t fit in

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A story about kids that don’t fit in (for a very good and magical reason), a story about a wayward school, a murder-mystery and a coming of age story. This about sums up this enchanting book. It starts with Nancy arriving at this ‘school’ and you quickly come to realize she isn’t quite normal, nor is anyone else at the school. They have all had their lives changed forever by accidentally entering magical worlds – all unique and all very real.

The characters are so amazing! Nancy is dark and still, Sumi is crazy and fast, Jack and Jill are freaky, Kade is fabulous and Christopher is the friend you always wanted. They are all thrown together in a school where being different is normal and talking about ‘other worlds’ during therapy is the order of the day. They take classes like normal kids, but have fears and longings that ‘normal’ doesn’t start to cover.

I couldn’t really find anything wrong with this book, except that it could have gone on for much longer. It felt too short, but still made me want to pick the next one up right away! So the pacing was fast, but perhaps a little too fast at times for me. However, the story was as enchanting as Alice in Wonderland and it even makes you look at this classic in a different way. You also start to wonder what your ‘other’ world would be like and how you would adapt.

I think the cover is very apt and gives a deeper meaning to this book, as well as the title. Very well chosen! A story that is beautiful on the inside and out. I can’t wait to see what happens next. The possibilities are endless!

Favorite Quote:

“She was a story, not an epilogue.”
“You’re nobody’s doorway but your own, and the only one who gets to tell you how your story ends is you.”

This got a 7/10 from me.