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Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire
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really liked it
bookshelves: ya-mg, contemporary-fantasy, fairytale-myth-inspired

A door appears--a tiny door tucked into the porch railing that shrinks you when you open it, a rainbow door that leads you to a nonsense, rainbow world, a door that leads you to the land where Death is lord.

Every Heart a Doorway isn't a story about those portal worlds, but rather about what happens after, after the portal world becomes your home for years and then spits you back out into reality, where your parents think you've been kidnapped for months or years, and their home can never be your home. You're different now--the portal world has taught you how to be truly you.

These teens are sent to Eleanor's home for wayward children. Everyone in the home has been through a portal world, and everyone wishes to find their door again and return. Nancy is a new student whose portal world was where Death reigned. She's assigned to room with Sumi, a nonsense girl. This could be a new home for Nancy, but when a student dies, and then another, this new home is threatened, unless the students can figure out what's happening.

I loved the concept and the bizarre mental states of all the teens. The characters are oddly dissociative when the murders start happening, but then, that's not altogether surprising considering where they've been, and how they've had to adapt to a new way of being in their portal worlds. I'm definitely reading the next.

Also, such a lovely cover and title!
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Reading Progress

October 30, 2015 – Shelved
October 30, 2015 – Shelved as: to-read
June 12, 2016 – Shelved as: to-read-on-kindle
November 11, 2016 – Started Reading
November 17, 2016 – Shelved as: ya-mg
November 17, 2016 – Shelved as: contemporary-fantasy
November 17, 2016 – Finished Reading
April 9, 2017 – Shelved as: fairytale-myth-inspired

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Michele Can this be read as a standalone or will I have to read all of the series?


Margaret It can be stand alone. Book 2 looks like it's going to be a prequel, so you already know about that story in book 1. And it has a stand alone ending.


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Carole Weave-lane I have read several pages and will complete it. I like the concept of it


Margaret Good!


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