Recently I have been in a bit of a reading slump, they are the worst, right? I used to have a bit of a system to get me out of slumps, read a bit of super trashy YA, give me the romance, give me the tropes, the works and then work my way back to normal reading habits from there.
But recently I have been doing a lot of stop starting, stop starting, picking up books put them down again. It’s been a reader’s worst nightmare because really all you need to get you out of a slump is that one book that draws you and holds you there and then you’re away.
I have just finished Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan Mcguire
this book has been on my TBR for a really long time and I’ve seen it bouncing
around book blogs and BookTube and it’s kept my interest (since 2016 when it
was first published). I finally purchased a second hand copy which, I do a lot
unless I really want to go out my way to support the author or am really
excited for a release so will already have the book on pre-order.
But I l do love secondhand books and a good bargain it’s my way of buying a lot of books with out it costing the moon (and back). The thing that often happens when you buy second hand is that they can (not always) take ages to arrive. So, I completely forgot Every Heart a Doorway was coming until it turned up at my house. (Yay book mail!)
For those of you who have read the book you know it’s short, finishing at 169 pages which was great for me as someone just coming off a reading slump it was just what I needed to ease myself back in. Also, the premise sounds really original- Children who have doors opened up to them in their childhood and are taken to different fairy worlds but what happens to them when they come back and how do they cope living in a world that they no longer consider to be come? It’s a really interesting concept, almost like Narnia gone wrong… what would it be like if the Pevensey Children came back from Narnia with some serious mental health problems because they could never go back and that is basically what we are talking about here. As well as watching our interesting cast of characters adjust to life in school for children who are just like them… but not quite. As we get to know our main character Nancy she is the new member of the school and our gateway into the story it is fascinating to learn about all of the children’s different worlds and as a mystery unfolds around them they use the skills developed in these worlds to cope with what is going on. The book is also diverse as it has a Transgender character, Kade and our main character Nancy is A Sexual. This was interesting as the book being in the YA genre was just getting to the point where in my mind it was ‘setting up the romance’ and then Nancy’s sexuality was revealed, it was really refreshing not only to have a broad range of representation with in the book I was reading but to know for certain in a YA fiction book that Romance was off the table; because that is something we have come to expect in the genre and it allowed the story to go in a different direction.
Overall, I really like the book, I’m unsure of weather to call it a novel or novella because of its size but regardless it was great. I have recently found out that it is part of a series and I am picking the second one up immediately the second book is called Down Among The Sticks And Bones and from what I have seen on Goodreads it follows two other characters from the school Jack and Jill.
4/5 stars from me I will be continuing with this series and look forward to what comes next.
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