Every Heart A Doorway

Every Heart A Doorway

Book - 2016
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Sent away to a home for children who have tumbled into fantastical other worlds and are looking for ways to return, Nancy trigers dark changes among her fellow schoolmates and resolves to expose the truth when a child dies under suspicious magical circumstances.
Publisher: New York :, Tom Doherty Associates, LLC,, 2016.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780765385505
0765385503
Characteristics: 173 pages

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yonah9
Nov 12, 2017

I did enjoy this book and the representation it gave, but it felt kind of juvenile. The minor antagonists were flatly evil; they had no redeeming features like the majority of "schoolyard bully" characters. The culprit was predictable and the motive even more so. I loved the premise but I was slightly disappointed by the characters. There was a subtle disdain for the more "nonsense" aligned worlds that felt out of place in a novel so devoted to childhood fantasies. All that said, it was a fun quick read.

Beatricksy Aug 21, 2017

Enchanting, but somehow gets lost in a predictable murder mystery that, at least for me, seemed entirely unnecessary when the rest of the book had such potential and gorgeous imagery. It's really kind of funny in its absurdity. Hair the color of cabbages? An adult teacher in the body of a child? It's tragic and sad and really (intentionally or not) darkly hilarious. Like a fairy tale. Five stars for the gorgeous descriptions and ideas, three stars for the unnecessary murders, four stars in total.

KateHillier Jul 30, 2017

This was a one sit read. It's a novella, so shortish, but I could not put it down.

Eleanor West has a school for children who were once lost. They fell through doorways into other worlds. Some terrifying, some beautiful, all considered home by the kids more than the world they were born in. The school exists to help them come to terms with the fact that it is very unlikely that they'll find doorways back. Nancy, who has only been back for a handful of weeks, finds herself at this school and meeting a wonderful cast of characters who have spent a lot of formative time in their own worlds. Diverse worlds, diverse people. It's wonderful to read as much as it is scary depending on how you look at it.

It was a pleasure to read. I wish I could go back and read it for the first time again, too.

AL_CATHERINE Jul 16, 2017

Not everyone stolen away to a magical land wants to be returned home. Some souls are cursed to forever search for the door that will lead them back. I loved this novella so much! McGuire has crafted a fascinating world, peopled with a diverse cast. This book had one of the clearest explanations of asexuality that I've ever read. Great for fans looking for a darker take on portal fantasies!

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Reads_A_Lot
Jul 14, 2017

Strange little book. It seemed to be showing up on a lot of the summer reading lists, so thought I would give it a try. I liked the idea of how children like Alice, Wendy Darling, and the Narnia kids deal with the real world when they return from other worlds. Turned out to be kind of dark and a little gruesome. Seemed more geared towards teens, but it was in the adult section of my library. Not my cup of tea, but Tim Burton fans may like it.

profdavis Jun 28, 2017

A melancholy story about a school/sanitarium for young people who have visited fantasy worlds and now find themselves unable to return to the Other World they consider their real home. Their parents believe them to be psychologically traumatized runaways or kidnapping victims, but all any of them want is to find a doorway back. As one teacher explains, you are far more likely to be struck by lightning than to find a doorway, and the chance of finding a second doorway is beyond improbable.

PinesandPrejudice Jun 16, 2017

What a unique book. I adored this concept and am super jealous I didn't think of it first. My only critiques were that I wish it was a little longer (only because I am a sucker for good world building and there were so many more that I wanted to explore) and the ending. It was unsurprising and a little disappointing. But I still really enjoyed the concept, the character development and the story overall. It's a good, short but deep and packed read.

AlysonReads Jun 05, 2017

This story is so beautiful! Set in a half-way house for kids who stumbled through portals into other worlds (think Alice in Wonderland) and are having trouble adjusting to being back in their original world, the main character spent years in the Halls of the Dead, only to find herself returned with only six months passing. Two of the main characters are LGBTQA+, one asexual, and one trans. I am amazed how attached I became to these characters in less than 200 pages! HIGHLY RECOMMEND

AL_LAURA May 26, 2017

A mix of The Wizard and Oz and Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, this novella follows teens investigating murders at a boarding school for those who have traveled between worlds.

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me_with_66chickens
May 01, 2017

Great magical story. Think Narnia meets Nightmare Before Christmas, Coralline and Alice in Wonderland all converging at a school similar to Percy Jackson and Hogwarts.

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JCLOctavia Apr 21, 2017

"Forget about words like 'Nonsense' and 'Logic'. We can work out those details later. Just answer. Where did you go?"

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shayshortt
Aug 16, 2016

Hope hurts. That’s what you need to learn, and fast, if you don’t want it to cut you open from the inside out. Hope is bad. Hope means you keep holding on to things that won’t ever be so again, and so you bleed an inch at a time until there’s nothing left

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RogueJen
Jun 14, 2016

Together, they walked across the property, the girl, the boy, and the dancing skeleton wrapped in rainbows.

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notacentaur
Jun 12, 2016

She didn't mind flirting. Flirting was safe, flirting was fun; flirting was a way of interacting with her peers without anyone realizing that there was anything strange about her. She could have flirted forever. It was just the things that came after flirting that she had no interest in.

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slang123
May 15, 2016

"There was no sound, not that the living could hear: there was only the idea of sound, the sudden, overwhelming sensation that something was being overlooked, something small and subtle and hidden between the molecules of silence."

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Kyanite
May 13, 2016

"Put her here. I want to look at her before we dissolve her."

"Is this a creepy perv thing?" asked Christopher, as he and Nancy maneuvered the body through the lab. "I'm not sure I can stay to help if it's a creepy perv thing."

"I don't like corpses in that way unless they've been reanimated," said Jack. "Corpses are incapable of offering informed consent, and are hence no better than vibrators."

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shayshortt
Aug 16, 2016

A long time ago, a little girl named Ely West found a doorway, and went on an adventure to a Nonsense world, where she was very happy, until one day she was too grown up to tolerate all the nonsense. Now Eleanor West runs a school for other children who have found doorways that led them home, only to be forced back into a mundane world where no one understands what happened to them. No one except Eleanor. The newest student at Eleanor’s school is Nancy Whitman, and she has just returned from the Halls of the Dead. After years spent perfecting the art of stillness for the Lord of the Dead, everything about this world seems too hot, and fast. Her parents insist on things being just like they were before, meaning colourful clothing, regular meals, and dates with boys, even though Nancy has realized she is asexual. So Nancy is sent to Eleanor’s school to recover from her “ordeal,” and there she meets other children who have had the same experiences. But soon after Nancy arrives, someone begins murdering students.

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