Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire
Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children
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.
REVIEW: I decided to pick this book up because I’ve heard nothing but good things about the series, therefore, I had high expectations for it, which I think is one of the worst things I can do to a book. Unfortunately, I wasn’t a fan of the story. I wasn’t really sure what the book is about, but I know that it’s about children who came back from adventures from another world. I also know that there is a mystery involved. I just didn’t realize that the book was less magical than what I was expecting.
I guess this is the reason why this is the story of those who came back from such magical places. The author really can’t include such magical aspects in the regular world, since the children are trying to “recover” from such adventures. I just wasn’t expecting such magic-less story.
For me, I feel that these children are actually in a ‘special’ house that helps with their psychological problems. Since the magical element is non existent, I felt that that these children didn’t really travel in another world, but rather they experience a traumatic event that made them create a world that would make them safe. I think I’ve been reading too many thrillers.
What I did enjoy about the book is the mystery. It was really interesting and I love how the children solved it. It’s a bit cliche, and the ending is very redundant, but I still enjoyed it. I enjoy how McGuire is able to create such vivid characters and places with such a short story. I did enjoy the characters that she introduced in this first book, and she’s able to make us attached to characters, even those that didn’t have a lot of page time. I’m not 100% sure if I’m going to be picking up the next book, but we’ll see.
*******************SPOILER: THE ENDING WILL BE REVEALED***********************
ENDING: It was Jill. Kinda saw that coming. Did you?