Every Heart a Doorway (Wayward Children, #1) by Seanan McGuire

Every Heart a Doorway (Wayward Children, #1)

Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward ChildrenNo SolicitationsNo VisitorsNo QuestsChildren 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. ...

Details Every Heart a Doorway (Wayward Children, #1)

TitleEvery Heart a Doorway (Wayward Children, #1)
Release DateApr 5th, 2016
GenreFantasy, Young Adult, Fiction, Mystery, Lgbt, Urban Fantasy

Reviews Every Heart a Doorway (Wayward Children, #1)

  • Emily May
    “We went down, and at the bottom there was a door, and on the door there was a sign. Two words. ‘Be Sure.’ Sure of what? We were twelve, we weren’t sure of anything. So we went through." This book is exactly my kind of weird.I have to try and explain Every Heart a Doorway somehow, but it isn't easy. It's a kind of dark, creepy fairy tale about all those children who slipped through the cracks - a wardrobe, a rabbit hole, or a simple doorw...
  • Kat O'Keeffe
    Such a charming, lovely book about magic and belonging. I absolutely ADORED the premise, the writing, and the cast of characters. My only real complaint is that I wish it was longer and the mystery aspect was a little more fleshed out. It's a very short book, and there's a lot of great stuff packed into the pages we have, but it was a bit too abrupt. Still, the ideas explored and the beautiful imagery far outweigh the negatives for me. Cannot wai...
  • Riley
    This is hands down my favorite book of all time. I have read it 6 times now and I love it more and more each time. This book is for anyone who has ever felt different and weird. ever felt like they didn't fit in and dreamed of a place that accepted what others denied. "For us, the places we went were home. We didn't care if they were good or evil or neutral or what. We cared about the fact that for the first time we didn't have to pretend to be ...
  • karen
    congratulations! semifinalist in goodreads' best fantasy category 2016! "Before I went through that doorway, I knew there was no such thing as a portal to another world. Now I know that if you open the right door at the right time, you might finally find a place where you belong. Why does that mean I can't go back?"i started a review for this book when i read it three months ago, but i kept putting it off and as the pub date grew ever closer, i s...
  • Emma Giordano
    I cannot remember the last time I read a book in one sitting (given, this is a novella under 200 pages) but the reason I finished so quickly is because I was ADDICTED to reading, it really had nothing to do with the length. I literally picked this book up on a whim because I've been bored at work, and it quickly became much more than a distraction. I can't tell you how much I loved it!I enjoyed Every Heart a Doorway so much more than I could ha...
  • C.G. Drews
    So I honestly expected to adore this but...I accidentally did not?? It had a LOT of greatness, though, and magic. My childhood was basically 80% obsession with books were children stumbled into other worlds (and like the remaining 20% was just wondering when I could eat cake) so this kind of spoke to my childhood soul a bit. BUT. Agh, I have negatives. So we'll just break it into lists, right?! LISTS ARE LIFE.L I K E S:• Obviously the whole pre...
  • Regan
  • Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies
    Reality is harsh, even more so if you've been one of the numbers of children who went through magical portals to otherworldly lands, like Wonderland, or Narnia. Imagine escaping to a land magical beyond your dreams. "I was looking for a bucket in the cellar of our house, and I found this door I’d never seen before. When I went through, I was in a grove of pomegranate trees. I thought I’d fallen and hit my head. I kept going because … becau...
  • emma
    THIS BOOK CHECKS ALL OF MY BOXES. Seanan McGuire may be...inside my very mind as we speak. (No but actually I kind of wish???)https://emmareadstoomuch.wordpress.co...First off, this book is teeny as all get out and oh MAN I love a short book!!!Come to think of it...I really love a short book. Three five star ratings so far this year, and they’re clocking in at 173 pages, 181 pages, and a whopping 190 pages.Maybe I just hate reading?No no no no ...
  • Nat
    “You found freedom, if only for a moment, and when you lost it, you came here, hoping it could be found again.”This story started out grand and sprawling, a majestic, epic tale of finding out what happens when you come back to an unwanted reality after living in a magical place.And yet somewhere along the way, it didn’t work for me.This book read more like a short story than a full novel and I liked that. But there were a lot of dull moment...
  • Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘
    ▐ WINNER OF THE HUGO AWARDS 2017 for best novella▐As I hated them as a child, of course I had to write a review this way. That's my High Logic combating my High Nonsense for you. You're welcome. ► START HERE : Have you ever wished that you could escape this world and discover another one in which you would really belong?■ YES : Go to #1■ NO : Go to #8#0 "This world is unforgiving and cruel to those it judges as even the slightest bit ou...
  • Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
    *Unpopular Opinion Time* I very rarely give books 1 star ratings, but I just didn't like it. The majority of my friends and the world loved it and I'm glad they did, but it just wasn't for me. Enough said =(
  • Catriona (LittleBookOwl)
    Rating: 4.5 stars
  • Melanie
    Buddy Read with Cory!Seanan McGuire was able to pack so much representation into 173 pages! How many 1,000+ page fantasy novels have I read with zero representation? This story has an asexual main character and a transsexual main character. The story does a pretty great job at abolishing gender roles, too. This book really is nothing short of a masterpiece. “This world is unforgiving and cruel to those it judges as even the slightest bit outs...
  • Petrik
    A good enchanting short tale on acceptance and misfits.Hogwarts, Narnia, Middle-Earth, every reader who has tasted speculative fiction will most likely have imagined themselves transported to one, Every Heart A Doorway (EHAD) showed the aftermath of going into these different worlds with no option of going back to them. It’s a great premise and I love how the book told the character’s struggle in coping with their new reality; where even thei...
  • Pouting Always
    Eleanor West's School for Wayward Children takes in kids who have trouble readjusting to life after being found again. These kid's stories of where they have been are fantastic and hard to believe, leading parents to worry, especially when many of the kids seem depressed to be back. Kids are taken to the school to undergo therapy to let go of their delusions of the time they spent away from home and deal with the emotional fallout, or so the pare...
  • mark monday
    the novel has at its center a fascinating idea, one gleaming with potential: a school full of children cast out of their various Narnias, longing to go back (oh and there's a serial killer on the prowl). too bad that potential was squandered on a predictable and often inept narrative, gruelingly repetitious dialogue and ham-handed exposition, and characters who are trying awfully hard to entertain with their snarky dialogue while fitting themselv...
  • Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
    Re-read 1/19/18: Y’all, this was SO much fun to re-read after knowing the backstory of Jack & Jill that we get in Down Among the Sticks and Bones. I can’t wait to re-read it again sometime after I finish Beneath the Sugar Sky. I just love this universe SO MUCH. Re-read 7/17/17: I loved this even more the second time around. I cannot wait to finally dig into Down Among the Sticks and Bones!Original read 12/20/16: I really, REALLY liked this. M...
  • destiny ☠ howling libraries
    #1 Every Heart a Doorway ★★★★★#2 Down Among the Sticks and Bones ★★★★★#3 Beneath the Sugar Sky ★★★★★#4 In An Absent Dream ???I somehow lived a full 25 years of my life without experiencing Seanan McGuire’s writing, and now that I’ve seen how incredible her story-telling is, I can’t imagine ever letting it go. This book sucked me in so wholly in such a short number of pages – it made me laugh, cry, and my hear...
  • Elise (TheBookishActress)
    Their love wanted to fix her, and refused to see that she wasn't broken. I think I might have needed to adjust my expectations from novel-goals to novella-goals. I judged this as a book. I did not judge this as a novella. To be fair, I do think this novella could've done with more character work and that all-important middle section. But the fact remains that my rating and review of this is slightly unfair, and I've definitely enjoyed later works...
  • Cece (ProblemsOfaBookNerd)
    *4.5/5 starsWe notice the silence of men. We depend upon the silence of women.This book was heart-achingly beautiful. I don't even know how to coherently arrange my thoughts to explain the way this book dragged me in from beginning to end. I adore compact narratives. I think they have the potential to say so much in so few words, and this has definitely fallen among my favorite books that say so much in such little space. This book was about iden...
  • amy
    yes hello this is a psa: this book has magical doors that lead you to different worlds, dancing skeletons and on top of that, beautiful lgbt rep in it!!!!!!! if that didn't make you scream GIMME NOW, i honestly don't know what will.Every Heart a Doorway, to me, felt like a tim burton movie distilled into a novella. why? maybe because of it's morbidity, it's peculiarity or it's uniqueness. maybe it was the general dark and eery tone of it; or mayb...
  • Trina (Between Chapters)
    I was enthralled from start to finish by the tone of this story and absolutely loved it! I was hesitant about the premise, I thought I wouldn't enjoy a story about doorways to other worlds but this book pulled me in and said, 'let me prove you wrong!'If you've heard about the representation of this book, yes it has on page rep of an asexual main character, a trans male main character, a Japanese side character, a Latino side character, and good d...
  • Whitney Atkinson
    This is easily one of the most intriguing plots I've read in a novel all year. It's like Miss Peregrine and Wicked had a child. I agree that this read a bit briefly and I would have enjoyed more character development and imagery of the setting, but I can't deny that the representation (ace MC, trans side character, & diverse ethnicities), the enchanting dialogue, and the premise itself didn't captivate me enough. I didn't expect that this would b...
  • may ❀
    Full review posted: 10 Reasons to Read this Book 1. It’s under 200 pages aka you can finish it in an afternoon (and you don’t even have to try hard)2. IT’S EVERYTHING Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children WASN’T3. The writing is so captivating and poetic and creepy, you’re gonna stop understanding what you’re reading just so you can marvel at the beauty that is the book, and then you’re gonna have to go back and reread the pas...
  • Mary ~Ravager of Tomes~
    Actual Rating: 4.5 StarsWow.Take note authors, this is how you partially introduce a world to your audience. This is how you keep my interest piqued instead of making me feel as though you don't have a good grasp on the world you've created. It's like the difference between watching a magician who's captivating and precise vs. one who repeatedly cannot guess your card & whose doves are flying off with his hat. Nancy is the newest student at Elean...
  • Emily
    I love the concept of this book - a boarding school for kids who have made it back from mysterious other worlds, à la Narnia - but the execution was awful. It's horribly overwritten, the characters are completely one-dimensional, and the plot is laughably bad. It goes for a magical realism feel, but you end up with the mad scientist making tea that includes:"Three drops of warm saline solution and a pinch of wolfsbane. Not enough to be dangerous...
  • Maram
    I PREDICTED THE KILLER AND I'M NOT EVEN MAD ABOUT THAT.For a really short book, the material is quiet dense. I'm stunned by the fact that I received a lot more than expected, while also being in tune with things that are better left unexplained. The writing is just so whimsical and magical, topped with banters and bits of mystery between kick-ass characters. This book is likened to Narnia so I was a bit hesitant going into this as I'm not a big f...
  • Carol.
    Fairy tales, myths, folklore; these small, archetypal tales that have endured through generations of childhood. Seanan McGuire reinvented them once again for the current decade. Solid writing, acceptable plotting, imaginative characterization all combine to make this an intriguing read.Nancy is the New Girl, arriving at the Home for Wayward Children after having disappeared for weeks. Her parents don't know what to do about her almost-starvation,...