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Every Heart a Doorway por Seanan McGuire
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Every Heart a Doorway (edição 2016)

por Seanan McGuire (Auteur)

Séries: Wayward Children (1)

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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 things. No matter the cost.… (mais)
Membro:LibraryCake
Título:Every Heart a Doorway
Autores:Seanan McGuire (Auteur)
Informação:Tor Books (2016), 176 pages
Colecções:Adult
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Etiquetas:Fiction, Fiction - Fantasy

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“You want to go back, and so you hold on to the habits you learned while you were traveling, because it's better than admitting the journey's over.”
― Seanan McGuire, Every Heart a Doorway


I try to express only my most honest opinion in a spoiler free way. If you feel anything in my review is a spoiler and is not already hidden in spoiler brackets please let me know. Thank you.
Nancy's parents think she is crazy and is sending her to a special school to help her. Only this school knows shes not crazy. She's one of the children that found a doorway and has been sent back. While she tries to deal with her new reality, when what she really wants is to go back to the world that everyone says she wont return to, bad and dangerous things start to happen. Nancy and her new friends stick together, for safety, and to try to figure out whats going on.
I really liked this story. It was nothing like I expected and top points for originality. Its like an epilogue to Alice in Wonderland, but with a dark twist. I wanted to give this a 5 star but I couldn't for two reasons. One being that while I enjoyed it while I was reading it, it didn't hold my interest or call to me when I put it down. And two is that I knew who the 'bad guy' was almost as soon as the bad stuff started. I might be able to convince myself that I'm just getting good at guessing, but I don't think so lol. I will continue on with the series.
How I choose my rating:
1* Did not finish, or hated it but forced myself to finish.
2** Didn't really like it. Didn't hate it but not sure why I finished it other then for some closure.
3*** I liked it. I had some issues with it, but as a whole it was good. I probably won't reread again ever, but there is a chance I might finish the series. (If part of one) But if not it's not a huge loss.
4**** I really liked this book. Maybe not a work of genius, but highly entertaining. I might reread this again, and I will finish the series. (If part of one) I would recommend to those I know hold interest in this books content.
5***** I loved this book. I found little to no issues with it at all. I will definitely be rereading this and probably more than once. I will finish the series and reread it multiple times. (If part of one) I will recommend this book to EVERYONE!!!!
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  starslight86 | Jul 20, 2021 |
From Dorothy to Alice to Wendy to the Pevensies (who went through a wardrobe), I've always wondered about what happened to the children who slipped through the portals to otherworlds and then came back -- willingly or not. Seanan McGuire (whose amazing song "Wicked Girls" is a beautiful exploration of this theme) has written a novella about a boarding school for these refugees from fairylands and a series of gruesome and mysterious murders which threaten them.

McGuire's writing is gorgeous, and her analysis of the types fairylands which exist (Logic vs Nonsense, Virtue vs Wicked, and etc.) and her explanation of why certain people end up certain places is inspired.

The story was long enough to tell the tale, but I was left wanting more. ( )
  jsabrina | Jul 13, 2021 |
fiction (fantasy/mystery). I liked the prequel a lot better, maybe I should have read this first? ( )
  reader1009 | Jul 3, 2021 |
"We keep to ourselves for good reason," said Jack stiffly, adjusting her grasp on Loriel's shoulders. "Most of you get unicorns and misty meadows. We got the Moors, and if there was a unicorn out there, it probably ate human flesh. We learned quickly that sharing our experiences with others just drove them away, and most of the social connections at this place are based on those shared experiences. On the doors, and on what happened when we went through them."

"I went to a country of happy, dancing skeletons who said that one day I'd come back to them and marry their Skeleton Girl," said Christopher. "So pretty sunshiny, but sunshine by way of Día de los Muertos."

"Maybe we should have talked to you a long time ago," said Jack.


Did you ever look for the door? Has anyone ever complained that your imaginary friends are the only real people in your world? Do you know you're a monster, just waiting to find out what kind? Got no one to understand? Could you live in a room that looks a little like this?



By now, you've probably heard of this book. The amazing Seanan McGuire has offered us a new take on portal fantasy: What happens when an Alice or a Wendy, a child who finds another world, is sent home? What kind of broken, dysfunctional train wreck results? And what if there isn't just one? What if there are many worlds, and many kids* returning? What happens here is Eleanor West's Home for Wayward Children, a place specializing in help for parents of troubled kids, kids with impossible stories after 'kidnappings' and the like, kids who swear they've been somewhere else. What the parents need not know is that their children have been somewhere else, and Eleanor knows it, because she's one of the ones who went away.

There are a lot of stand out amazing things in this book. The concept itself seems like something that should have been done before and done often, but outside of some satire and some webcomics, I really can't think of a single thing like it. The cast is deliberately inclusive, which might feel like a jolt if you've been reading a lot of standard fare.** The characters themselves are people I would happily have lived with through many, many books. (Hip hip hooray that this is book 1 of ???***) I would like to tell you more about that particular point, but I can't, because Sumi. (You'll understand after you read the book.)

And that brings me to the heart of it. Because for me, all that other stuff is just window dressing. What breaks the heart? Everything in this bloody, ugly, beautiful book, is what. Begins in heartbreak, ends in heartbreak. I read this almost two months ago and I'm still grieving. There's a lot of rage bottled up in this thing. I'm not seeing a lot of other reviews talk about this, so I just want to point it up. This is not a happy book. It's beautiful. It's a joy. But if you can't feel the fury behind it, I don't know if I can help you, you know? And truly, I wish I could say more, but I freaking can't without spoiling it and that simply will not do. So let me say that after had the time to think it over and realize how completely bleeding perfect that ending was, I have bumped this up to five stars, in spite of the weakness of some of the mystery elements. It is just that good.

And so hard to review. I feel like I just cannot do this properly. I'm reaching and failing here. So let me try this one last stab (hah!). This book is about wishing you were damn well somewhere else, in that perfect life you know you should have had. This book is about looking in the mirror at the monster looking back at you and owning that. This book is about what could have been and should have been if what should have happened actually had, and knowing you are never, ever going to get that, and never could have once it all went wrong. Not a happy book, folks. Not a happy book at all. But so, so beautiful. Read it and see.

*I am using that word 'kids' because these protagonists are presented as returning to the world they left around the same age they were when they left, even though in many cases they've spent years or decades living in the time of the world of their doorway. I want to be clear: this is not YA. Mature teens could certainly handle it, but it isn't written for kids.

**McGuire is always an inclusive writer across race, sexuality, and ability, but here I felt she reached out even more, making sure that asexual, transgender, and gender fluid characters were the center of this story. This something that is only a spectator issue for me personally, but judging by the responses I've seen to this book out in the world, it was an important issue to address. There is also a take on the gender politics of the very nature of missing kids which I personally did not necessarily grok, but McGuire has done so much thinking on these issues in all her fiction that I am still chewing it over rather than dismissing it at once. That's the power this writer and this book.

***If you've already read it and are looking for more, there's nothing in this world right now, but we are getting [b:Down Among the Sticks and Bones|27363569|Down Among the Sticks and Bones (Every Heart A Doorway, #2)|Seanan McGuire|https://s.gr-assets.com/assets/nophoto/book/50x75-a91bf249278a81aabab721ef782c4a74.png|47411892] in 2017 (Jack and Jill, OMG!) and [b:Beneath the Sugar Sky|27366528|Beneath the Sugar Sky (Every Heart A Doorway, #3)|Seanan McGuire|https://s.gr-assets.com/assets/nophoto/book/50x75-a91bf249278a81aabab721ef782c4a74.png|47413798] in 2018 (a lot of nonsense, apparently). (So I'll be over here moping because WHERE IS KADE WHY IS THERE NO KADE!!! Ahem. Buy these books so there can be a lot more of them, my friends. I need Kade!) But if you've not noticed, McGuire has lots of worlds. Her Velveteen vs. series has the most in common with the Every Heart series, although it is currently effectively out of print (but she does post the stories for free on her website). She also writes a lot of short stories, mostly in anthologies, but a few are available online. Here are the first books in each of her other series:

[b:Velveteen vs. The Junior Super Patriots|16008471|Velveteen vs. The Junior Super Patriots (Velveteen vs., #1)|Seanan McGuire|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1352920240s/16008471.jpg|21774658]
[b:Rosemary and Rue|6294549|Rosemary and Rue (October Daye, #1)|Seanan McGuire|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1406866868s/6294549.jpg|6478937]
[b:Discount Armageddon|11402002|Discount Armageddon (InCryptid, #1)|Seanan McGuire|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1317332235s/11402002.jpg|16334571]
[b:Sparrow Hill Road|17666976|Sparrow Hill Road (Ghost Stories, #1)|Seanan McGuire|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1384978942s/17666976.jpg|24661595]
[b:Indexing|17907054|Indexing (Indexing #1)|Seanan McGuire|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1369528556s/17907054.jpg|25089153]

6/16/16: Sale is over.
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6/13/16: Just noticed the Kindle version is on sale for $2.99 right now, if you've been waiting.
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5/21/16: Hey, look at me finally reviewing this book.
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4/7/16: The key question for any book by Seanan McGuire is, "Did it rip your heart out?" I finished this last night and the answer is yes, yes it did. Is still. Review to come.
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3/29/16: From the author's Twitter:

"Buy this book to feed this cat."
I am in love. I haven't been so in danger of immediately buying a cat in years. (I already bought the book.) Such a handsome boy gal.

Also, the book will be out April 5th. I. Can. Hardly. Freaking. Wait.

ETA: (Sorry, that is a photo of Alice, not Thomas. Silly me.) ( )
  amyotheramy | May 11, 2021 |
What a strange, sad, beautiful little book. ( )
  AngelClaw | May 10, 2021 |
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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 things. No matter the cost.

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