Every now and then a book will come along that not only captivates a reader but also leaves the reader unsure of what he just read. Sometimes this sense of wonderment and loss for words can be a good thing but other times, it can be bad. Reading other reviews of this book, I felt eased knowing that this sense of "what did I just read" was shared by the majority of people that also read the book.
The plot is based around a group of teenagers who attend Eleanor West's School for Wayward Children after having stumbled upon various worlds through hidden doors, returning back to our world against their will to parent's who believe they have developed some type of mental illness. Like I said before, this book is hard to adequately describe what went on.
But dear heavens above, this book was nearly flawless.
From the opening chapter, McGuire not only grabs the reader but she pulls them into this fantasy world where nothing is as it seems with characters that leap off the page and plot twists that literally envelop the reader's attention. While on the shorter side, this book is beautifully written and effortlessly paced. McGuire does what so many authors don't do, she knows when to end the story and does drag the reader on a wild, boring, and drawn out conclusion.
What I most enjoyed about this book was that I found there to be a very creepy, eerie, sense of dread throughout the entire book. I can't remember the last time I read a novel and it made me shiver due to it's overall dark tones. Every Heart is a Doorway is, at times, dark, bleak, and beautiful. It is listed as a sci-fi/fantasy novel, but it reads more like a horror YA novel.
Long review short, don't miss this book. It is easily a contender for book of the year and frankly, I've never read anything like it in my life.
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