Every Heart a Doorway

Hey y’all!

I’m back with another book review!

Today I will talk about “Every Heart a Doorway” by Seanan McGuire, a short book which is sometimes referred to as a dark fairytale. I read this book so I could write about it in my end of year exam for English. Don’t get me wrong, I read many (MANY) books this year but none of them were so deep that I could write about them. After some research, I came across this book and, “Goodnight Mister Tom” (review coming soon!) by Michelle Magorian, which I wrote about in my exam.

“Every Heart a Doorway” is about a 17 year-old girl, Nancy, who found a magical doorway that led her to the Underworld, which was where she found happiness and was content. But, the Lord of the Underworld told her to decide where she wants to stay, the Underworld or Earth. She, of course, wanted to stay in the Underworld but was sent back to Earth anyways, to make up her mind. So, there she is, back on Earth with two very confused parents who thought she was kidnapped and don’t want to believe her adventure. They decide to send her to Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children, where Nancy finds out that other children have found doorways that led to their ideal world, too. But, as soon as she arrives, people start dying and she finds the murderer with her new friends. This book isn’t just a “pretty” story, it also tells a very important lesson about hope and independence.

Filled with wonderful, inspiring quotes and an interesting crime story, this book is a must for Y/As. The only thing I didn’t like is that the ending was a bit rushed and the characters and plot didn’t have enough time to develop, so that was a bit of a bummer…

Hope you get some time to read it!

x C


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