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The Ten Thousand Doors of January

Updated: Jul 12, 2021

Rating - ⭐⭐1/2

"In a sprawling mansion filled with peculiar treasures, January Scaller is a curiosity herself. As the ward of the wealthy Mr. Locke, she feels little different from the artifacts that decorate the halls: carefully maintained, largely ignored, and utterly out of place.

Then she finds a strange book. A book that carries the scent of other worlds, and tells a tale of secret doors, of love, adventure and danger. Each page turn reveals impossible truths about the world and January discovers a story increasingly entwined with her own


The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow is a standalone YA portal fantasy novel.

This book had so much promise as the plot sounded intriguing, but unfortunately I didn't really enjoy reading this. I almost DNFed it but kept pushing myself to finish it and clearly I should really learn to put books down.

The different stories just didn't flow together very well. Some POVs I cared more for while others I had a hard time getting through because of the format. I also just didn't really care for anyone in the book, especially January and Yule Ian whose POVs are the main ones that you are reading the story through. The way in which Yule Ian's story unfolds was not something I particularly liked due to actions he made during the book that I didn't particularly agree with.

If you like portal fantasy I would still give this a shot even though this wasn't the one for me.

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