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  • Writer's pictureAshley Mongrain

Every Heart a Doorway

Updated: Jul 14, 2021

Rating - ⭐⭐⭐

"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."


Every Heart a Doorway is the first installment in the YA fantasy Wayward Children series by Seanan McGuire.

I read this twice and I had the same feelings about it both times - this was just a meh book.

The concept of it is intriguing and the writing style worked for me, but I found myself having a hard time focusing on what was happening even though I already read the book before.

There were also character choices that I didn't really enjoy. I didn't like how Jill (I think) would intentionally mix up Kade's pronouns (not cool) and I also didn't like how overtly sexual some characters would be at times since I feel like it didn't like it belong. I know that this is considered a YA, but to me, it feels more like a MG so some of the content was disorienting to read.

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