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Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire
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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 outside the norm.”

Some of the passages in this book blew me away. This story's prose is so lyrical and beautiful. The Atmosphere is haunting, yet captivating. The characters are so important and memorable. I know I'm gushing, but this book was so enthralling, and easily only of the best books I've read in 2016.

“Because ‘boys will be boys’ is a self-fulfilling prophecy,” said Lundy. “They’re too loud, on the whole, to be easily misplaced or overlooked; when they disappear from the home, parents send search parties to dredge them out of swamps and drag them away from frog ponds. It’s not innate. It’s learned. But it protects them from the doors, keeps them safe at home. Call it irony, if you like, but we spend so much time waiting for our boys to stray that they never have the opportunity. We notice the silence of men. We depend upon the silence of women.”

Basically, this story is a murder mystery that takes place inside a boarding school. The boarding school houses children that have been to faraway, magical lands and no longer fit into society, because they want nothing more than to go back through their magical doorways, to the places they consider home.

As I mentioned before, this book is filled with diverse characters, but this book always touches on a very important topic: Trauma. These kids no longer feel like kids, because of the way time passes in these magic lands, are suffering from PTSD. On top of that, their loved ones don't even believe them when they tell them where they went, and are sending them off to this boarding school to "fix" them.

Thankfully, these kids have Eleanor West's School for Wayward Children. Eleanor is one of the very few, special people, that are able to find and open their magical world's door at any given time. Yet, she lives in our world, taking care of kids that have to deal with maybe never going back to their magical world.

“Because hope is a knife that can cut through the foundations of the world... 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.”

And each student has a very different magical world. Our main character, Nancy, lived in the Underworld that even name drops Persephone. The Lord of the Dead promises Nancy that she will return, once she is ready, but after a few months back in our world, and with parents that refuse to accept her for who she is, Nancy is starting to have her doubts.

“Their love wanted to fix her, and refused to see that she wasn't broken.”

Other characters' worlds are a vast array from a real life Candyland, to a Frankenstein-like town filled with murderous vampires, to judgmental faeries and goblins fighting a war, to skeletons who could care less about losing their mortal bodies.

I am so happy that Seanan McGuire is giving us more of these worlds. Down Among the Sticks and Bones comes out in June of 2017, and I've already preordered it. I loved this book so much, and it is so very important. I have nothing but high hopes for its successor.

“You're nobody's rainbow.
You're nobody's princess.
You're nobody's doorway but your own, and the only one who gets to tell you how your story ends is you.”

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Quotes Melanie Liked

Seanan McGuire
“She was a story, not an epilogue.”
Seanan McGuire, Every Heart a Doorway

Seanan McGuire
“Because hope is a knife that can cut through the foundations of the world, said Sumi. Her voice was suddenly crystalline and clear, with none of her prior whimsy. She looked at Nancy with calm, steady eyes. "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 on holding to things that won't ever be so again, and so you bleed an inch at a time until there's nothing left. Ely-Eleanor is always saying 'don't use this word' and 'don't use that word,' but she never bans the ones that really bad. She never bans hope.”
Seanan McGuire, Every Heart a Doorway

Seanan McGuire
“Because ‘boys will be boys’ is a self-fulfilling prophecy,” said Lundy. “They’re too loud, on the whole, to be easily misplaced or overlooked; when they disappear from the home, parents send search parties to dredge them out of swamps and drag them away from frog ponds. It’s not innate. It’s learned. But it protects them from the doors, keeps them safe at home. Call it irony, if you like, but we spend so much time waiting for our boys to stray that they never have the opportunity. We notice the silence of men. We depend upon the silence of women.”
Seanan McGuire, Every Heart a Doorway

Seanan McGuire
“Their love wanted to fix her, and refused to see that she wasn't broken.”
Seanan McGuire, Every Heart a Doorway


Reading Progress

October 24, 2016 – Started Reading
October 24, 2016 – Shelved
October 24, 2016 – Shelved as: buddy-reads
October 24, 2016 – Shelved as: fantasy
October 24, 2016 – Shelved as: novellas-and-short-stories
October 24, 2016 – Shelved as: read-in-2016
October 24, 2016 – Shelved as: mystery
October 24, 2016 – Shelved as: young-adult
October 24, 2016 – Shelved as: lgbtqiap
October 31, 2016 –
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November 1, 2016 – Shelved as: fae
November 1, 2016 – Shelved as: favorites
November 1, 2016 – Shelved as: dark
November 1, 2016 – Finished Reading
June 23, 2017 – Shelved as: cover-porn

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message 1: by Coco.V (new)

Coco.V Terrific review, sweetie! Glad you loved it. :) xx


Melanie Coco.V wrote: "Terrific review, sweetie! Glad you loved it. :) xx"

Thank you so much, Coco! <3 xx


Jessica-❥Chatterbooks Book Blog❥ Great review, Melanie! :D Glad you enjoyed it!


Melanie Jessica wrote: "Great review, Melanie! :D Glad you enjoyed it!"

Thank you so much! It was amazing! <3 xx


SueBee★bring me an alpha!★ Excellent review Melanie! = ))


Melanie SueBee★bring me an alpha!★ wrote: "Excellent review Melanie! = ))"

Thank you so much, Sue! <3


message 7: by Alyssa (new) - added it

Alyssa Great review!! This really makes me want to read the book! (:


Melanie Alyssa wrote: "Great review!! This really makes me want to read the book! (:"

Thank you so very much! I can't recommend it enough! <3 xx


message 9: by Ze (new) - rated it 4 stars

Ze Excellent review! I'm even more eager to read this book now


Melanie Ze wrote: "Excellent review! I'm even more eager to read this book now"

Thank you so much, Ze. It really is beyond words amazing! <3


message 11: by A. (new) - added it

A. Dawes Looks good. Great review.


Philip This was my favorite book of 2016. :) Great review. I'm pumped about book #2.


Melanie A. wrote: "Looks good. Great review."

Thank you so much, A! <3 xo


Melanie Philip wrote: "This was my favorite book of 2016. :) Great review. I'm pumped about book #2."

It was on my top list, too! I am so very excited for the sequel, and I pray I get an ARC of it, haha! <3 xo


message 15: by Jordan (new) - added it

Jordan Great review, Melanie. The synopsis reminded me a lot of Mrs. Perengrine's Home for Peculiars but I didn't get that impression so much from your review although I'm still very intrigued and am adding this to my tbr-soon shelf.


Melanie Jordan wrote: "Great review, Melanie. The synopsis reminded me a lot of Mrs. Perengrine's Home for Peculiars but I didn't get that impression so much from your review although I'm still very intrigued and am addi..."

It totally has the vibe to it, Jordan; it's just much darker! I'm so happy you're adding it to your TBR! This series is truly something our of this world! I hope you love it! <3 xo


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