Every Heart A Doorway by Seanan McGuireEvery Heart A Doorway by Seanan McGuire

Every Heart A Doorway

bySeanan McGuire

Hardcover | April 5, 2016

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Winner: 2017 Hugo Award
Winner: 2017 Alex Award
Winner: 2017 Locus Award
Winner: 2016 Nebula Award
Nominated: 2017 World Fantasy Award
Nominated: 2017 British Fantasy Award
2016 Tiptree Honor List

"A mini-masterpiece of portal fantasy - a jewel of a book that deserves to be shelved with Lewis Carroll's and C. S. Lewis' classics" -NPR

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 things.

No matter the cost.

The Wayward Children Series
Book 1: Every Heart a Doorway
Book 2: Down Among the Sticks and Bones
Book 3: Beneath the Sugar Sky
Book 4: In an Absent Dream


"Seanan McGuire has long been one of the smartest writers around, and with this novella we can easily see that her heart is as big as her brain. We know this story isn't true, but it is truth." - Charlaine Harris, New York Times bestselling author of the Sookie Stackhouse series (TV's True Blood)

"Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire is one of the most extraordinary stories I've ever read." - V. E. Schwab, New York Times bestselling author of A Gathering of Shadows

"Seanan McGuire once again demonstrates her intimate knowledge of the human heart in a powerful fable of loss, yearning and damaged children." - Paul Cornell, author of London Falling and Witches of Lychford

"So mindblowingly good, it hurts." - io9

"With Every Heart a Doorway, McGuire has created her own mini-masterpiece of portal fantasy - 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

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 ho...
Title:Every Heart A DoorwayFormat:HardcoverDimensions:176 pages, 8.47 × 5.81 × 0.7 inPublished:April 5, 2016Publisher:Tom Doherty AssociatesLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0765385503

ISBN - 13:9780765385505

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from I've never read a book quite like this It was written in a very distinctive style I've never read before. I liked it much more than I thought I would. Seanan is a master of casually building a whole world in the background of the character development without distracting or too much empty exposition. It's also generally a very unique story which is a joy to immerse yourself in.
Date published: 2018-08-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from AMAZING read this premise of this book was so intriguing, well written and suspenseful. I loved every minute of the book the ending was heartfelt, I can't wait to read the next book
Date published: 2018-08-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very interesting fantasy! Great worldbuilding, intriguing and inspiring premise, a fascinating book to read.
Date published: 2018-07-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! Got me out of a months-long reading slump! I read this in almost one sitting, it was very difficult to put down and I went back to it as soon as I had the time. A short book, yes, but such a great story and world. The world is the reason to read this book, it is one of my favourites of 2018.
Date published: 2018-07-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Online Book Review For the novel Every heart a doorway by Seanan McGuire. I rate this book a three out of five stars. The reasoning behind this is because, yes I found the book very interesting and yes I loved it. But the ending of the novel and another reason which I’ll explain later on, is what made me give a three out of five in the long run. Now if we begin to discuss the strengths and weaknesses of the novel. Some strengths for me would be how the story lines interesting, and how the book made me want to continuously keep reading up until the end. It was honestly a huge struggle for me not to finish it all in one shot! Another huge strength would be the characters and setting of the novel. I find without these specific characters and without the setting the book wouldn’t as interesting as it originally was. To go more in depth, I find all the characters are very unique in their own way and they all have an interesting twist to them which I really enjoy. For the setting I find it’s really important because it gets the whole plot moving and everything happens at the boarding school not to mention, I find it overall suits the book itself. I also like the fact that it’s a shorter novel because even if it had a lot of interesting details the length made everything less stressful for me. Lastly, the amount of themes that’s mentioned in this book is a great strength because even if this book is known as a “fantasy” type of read. You could still connect those themes to real life and the real world. Now if we bring up weaknesses. Some for me would be the ending of the book. For me, I didn’t enjoy the ending of the novel because I find the way it ended happened so quickly while the rest of the book had lots of details, so just the fact that it wrapped up so fast gave me a negative effect. My other weakness for the book is how the author didn’t describe the characters in their other worlds. And in the very beginning I was really looking forward to experiencing that and since that didn’t end up happening that caused me to have a negative view in this case. Now if some were wondering, I do have a favourite and non favourite part to this book. On a positive note, I’d have to say my favourite part of the novel is when Nancy finds the letter that Sumi left her right before Nancy found her door. Just because it was heart warming since the letter was Nancy’s way of being “sure” about everything, in order to go back home. So I really loved that. Now my not so favourite part of the novel again like iv’e mentioned already was the ending of the book. I just find it could’ve been expressed in a better way then the way it was said and brought up in the novel. So, that includes my Book review! Overall besides me not enjoying the ending and not experiencing the characters in other unique worlds. I absolutely loved the novel and i'm so glad I got the opportunity to read it.
Date published: 2018-06-01
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Overhyped One of those instances where I wondered if I was reading a different book from everyone else. I was captivated by the summary of this book where children who were spirited away into different worlds return and have to learn how to cope with reality. Unfortunately, this book missed the mark because the worlds these kids belonged to were more interesting than the characters themselves. There was also this really unexpected murder mystery plot line that took over the story, which wasn't what I signed up for. Another major problem was that this book was too short. It needed to flesh out its ideas because everything seemed too rushed. However, I don't think I could have finished this book if it were any longer.
Date published: 2018-05-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Expected More It was an alright story, but I was expecting more the way people are going on about it...
Date published: 2018-03-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic story. Seanan McGuire is one of my favourites authors. I didn't think she could write a series that I liked more than the October Days series but she did. This story feels current yet timeless.
Date published: 2018-02-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Such a unique littel book! Wow! This was such a unique book! Love how it was a fantasy and a mystery in one glorious book! Those are my two favourite genres and have never read them combined. I have the second book out from the library think I’m going to start reading it in the am! “Their love wanted to fix her, and refused to see that she wasn’t broken” “We notice the silence of men. We depend upon the silence of women”
Date published: 2018-01-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from short but sweet (but not that sweet) "<i>We notice the silence of men. We depend upon the silence of women.</i>" Every Heart a Doorway is a YA fantasy novel set in a school for teenagers who've gone through different portals and have difficulty adjusting to the "regular" world. I expected to like this book, but I ended up loving it. In such a few amount of pages, it packs quite a punch, and I thoroughly enjoyed my reading experience. The writing was most definitely quote-worthy, and had I found my tabs, there would have been a ridiculous amount of them amongst Every Heart a Doorway's pages. Though I did figure out the murder mystery aspect of this book quite early on, it was still a lot of fun to read about (though I was slightly grossed out), and the resolution still managed to shock me. This book was much darker than I anticipated, and though I wasn't exactly in the mood for that, I still thoroughly enjoyed it. I definitely recommend this book, and I can't wait to pick up the next one in the series!
Date published: 2018-01-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Falls short Barely a novella and definitely YA. It would have been much more interesting to visit some of these "doorway" worlds rather than just read snippets of them in stilted conversations. Perhaps the author delves more into these worlds as I believe this book is part of a series. Not sure why/how it won the Hugo.
Date published: 2017-12-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing. I'm not quite sure how to sum up how much I loved this book. This book somehow is both the perfect salve for when you are feel like those worlds you grew up with and escaped to as a child don't welcome you anymore, as well as an relatable depiction of aftermath of grief and/or trauma, and on top of all that it's also a murder mystery! It's like this book was specifically designed to be everything I wanted out of a book, and I'll repeat what's already been said, the only thing that disappointed me was that I wanted so much more of these characters and this story.
Date published: 2017-12-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A quick read I loved this! A surprisingly dark story, with elements of thriller. I definitely got more than I expected form this novella..will be picking up the companion novel soon!
Date published: 2017-11-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Touching and fun A very heartwarming read with enough quirkiness to keep it light and fun. Would highly recommend.
Date published: 2017-09-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This was a wonderful read! I'd highly recommend this to anyone looking for light-hearted retelling of children's stories!
Date published: 2017-09-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Mesmerising !! This book was nothing, at all, like I expected it to be. I was completely enveloped in the world and my heart was lost to the characters whose difficulties, trials and broken hearts I wanted to mend and prove they could find happiness again. Every Heart A Doorway was such a thought provoking and moving experience I truly cannot say the last time I read a fantasy that gave me so much pause and had me reconsidering my entire childhood. This book will force you to rethink certain moments of your childhood, question your imagination and long for the days of "make believe" and "pretend" you enjoyed as a young child. The book gets dark, however, about midway through and it picks up quickly leaving you flipping page after page, waiting with baited breath and hoping that what you're experiencing isn't real. It's brutal honesty, at its core, it's vicious and disturbing, in parts, yet that is, in itself, everything that makes it magnificent. The madness within its pages calls to a part of you that will both enamour and frighten you. These characters will remain with you for a lifetime and have you thinking about their words long after you've turned the last page. My only regret is that this book isn't nearly long enough. I want more !!
Date published: 2017-09-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it It was so short but there was so much content! I really enjoyed this book it was so good.
Date published: 2017-08-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Loved the idea! The premise is what really drew me to Every Heart a Doorway. I loved the idea about the aftermath of the children who return from magical worlds and how much it changes them. I think this little book definitely got the feeling I was looking for down pat, and it was looking to pack a punch with the short page count, but it just didn't blow me away like I had hoped. I won't say I wanted more to the story, because there are going to be a couple of sequels, but I think I wanted more feeling or impact than what I got. The mystery also fell super flat and muddled the ending for me. Enjoyed the diversity (there is an asexual character and trans boy!) and atmosphere, but a few things lowered my overall enjoyment of the story. Still would recommend, especially as it only clocks in under 200 pages.
Date published: 2017-08-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from So Intriguing! The concept of this book is so freaking awesome! When you think about it, these children from these famous stories come back to the real world where they have no power, which makes for a really interesting story. For a book that is novella- sized, you get a lot of suspense, action and character detail. I loved learning about the worlds the children went to, especially Nancy's (it was very greek mythology based, so I was obsessed). There is a lot of representation as well; there are transgender and asexual characters. If you are looking for something short and unique, give this book a shot.
Date published: 2017-07-30
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Great concept but ... I loved the idea behind this book, however it wasn't as good I was expecting concidering all the hype. I had no particular attachment to any of the characters and the murder mystery plot was way too rushed and somewhat ridiculous.
Date published: 2017-07-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it! I was really impressed how much details we got about every worlds and characters in such a small book. Recommended to everyone who has a soft spot for fairytales!
Date published: 2017-07-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Short but Sweet Well imagined and so creative! I cannot wait for the next installment #indigoemployee
Date published: 2017-07-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Magical Read If you have ever felt like you don't quite fit in, this is the book for you. This book is so dear to my heart now because I read it in one sitting and by the end I was bawling my eyes out. Totally relatable characters, even though they are in a made-up world the characters are very human and give off a very real feel. Would definitely recommend!
Date published: 2017-07-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good but short. I really enjoyed the story. There was a good mix of drama and mystery. But it felt like it should have been longer. Almost as if it was the first chapter of a longer book. If I could I'd give it 3 and 1/2 stars since I really did enjoy the story it just felt like there should have been more. Also, the price is a bit steep for something so short.
Date published: 2017-06-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Every heart a doorway Really cool world building and diverse characters, I'm so excited that this is a series.
Date published: 2017-06-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dark & Twisty & Fantastic This short story my friends was AMAZING. Wow, I am in love with this book. The imagery was so beautiful. Warning it is dark and spooky and mega twists your mind but I adored it. It had everything I wanted, strong characters, complicated characters, beautiful characters. It has a fast pace, wonderful writing, strange spooky twists, amazing settings, etc, etc. I wanted more! And I cannot wait for the next book. This is exactly the kind of book that my soul needed. It was full of many insights into human behaviour and different human needs. McGuire captured my attention completely so much so that I wish I could live in all the fairylands described. This is not a typical book, it is full of mystery even after you've finished it. The entire time you may be thinking well, this is all in Nancy's (the main characters) imagination right? Maybe, maybe not. It makes you think and it propels you into a world of thrill. I also learned the importance of using correct words when describing people such as the words trans vs. transgendered vs. transgender. This was such an important lesson for me I am so glad I read this book!
Date published: 2017-05-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Every Heart a Doorway This was a one sitting read. Not really sure how I feel about the mystery element that took over the latter half of the book, but I thought this was really really good overall. Wish I had more about this world.
Date published: 2017-05-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great Idea, poorly told I can’t tell if it’s because this book has been so hyped up that I came to it expecting more. The IDEA of this novella is fantastic. Teens who have been to different worlds like Wonderland, Underland etc. return to this world and can’t go back so they go to this “school” that’s kind of a rehab facility. It’s mental institution meets fairy tales. It sounds amazing right? The metaphors and allusions are great. Some characters had such potential. The idea is Golden. Even the book cover design is so alluring that you want to pick it up and read it. BUT the way the story is told is absolutely awful. I gave this three stars for the idea. I wish that someone could re-write this because the idea is so good. I’m so angry that such a good idea with such great potential wasn’t given the chance to be fully explored. There is a chance I read it at the wrong time, in the wrong mood, and it piled up on top of the built-up expectation of how good it’s supposed to be. Maybe I’ll re-read this after a while and see if I feel the same way.
Date published: 2017-04-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A different take on fantasy The story flows easily from page to page, with interesting twists, and just enough clues along the way to keep you guessing. I found the ending a bit abrupt, but it was otherwise an enjoyable read.
Date published: 2017-01-08
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not for me It was not what I was expecting at all. To be honest it was just plain weird and I wouldn't be able to explain the plot to someone to save my life. It reads like a simple middle grade story but with the odd curse word/sexual remark thrown in for shock value. I found it more annoying than entertaining and certainly do not plan to be reading any more from this author. The only reason I read to the end was because I was able to do it in a couple of hours; otherwise it would have been a DNF. I just don't see the point and don't understand what anyone is supposed to get out of the story.
Date published: 2016-12-19
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Bleh Lots of good reviews for this but unfortunately I really didn't like it. It's too much strange jumbled thoughts arranged in an unorganized manner. Also the price is outrageous for a book that's only 150 pages.
Date published: 2016-12-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Fancy Feast This book was deliciously addictive. A very refreshing escape from the real world, this book made me look around my own life for my own doorway to distant lands. I cannot wait for the sequel!
Date published: 2016-11-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from It's refreshing, abrupt, and you'll remember it for a long time. Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy: EVERY HEART A DOORWAY was one of the most charming, unsettling books I have read in a long time. It's gentle and brutal at the same time and kept me off-kilter for the entire 176 pages of this novella. I loved it, and just wish it had been a bit longer. All of the characters are fabulous. Nancy, the main character, has just come back from a trip to the Halls of the Dead, and her parents just don't get it. They don't understand why she no longer wears colours, or dyes her hair white (she doesn't) or barely eats anything anymore. So they send her to a special school where they think she'll be "fixed". Luckily for Nancy, she's not there to be fixed, she's there to be helped. They'll even remind her to eat when she forgets. The school was enchanting, an odd mix of the amazing and mundane, with cliques of mean girls, and boys blowing bubbles into their chocolate milk. That mundane-ness made it that much more shocking when terrible things started happening. It was thrilling and terrifying. The pace of the story is the only thing that bugged me. The violence and especially the resolution were so quick that I had to re-read a few times to make sure I had not missed anything. I understand why it had to end so abruptly, theme-wise, but it still irked me that it was over so quickly. Still, I wouldn't have done it any other way. I think it's fabulous that Seanan McGuire is publishing shorter fiction like this. I have thoroughly enjoyed most of her series, which tend to feature extensive scientific or mythological worlds and explanations. This story is less an exploration, and more of a slap in the face; it's refreshing, abrupt, and you'll remember it for a long time.
Date published: 2016-05-14

Editorial Reviews

"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