It can happen that a child (probably a girl) finds an unexpected passage, a door to a magical reality.
Some of them never come back, other for some reasons come back to the reality we know about, and some feels melancholic for what they left behind: a world where they can finally be themselves; these desperately try to find a way to go back.
Nancy, white hair with five black locks, spent a few years in the death lord reign, where she learned to stay still as a statue, and she was asked to go back to her life to test her will
“Their love wanted to fix her, and refused to see that she wasn’t broken”
Unable to fit her old life, her parents send them to the Eleanor West’s school for Wayward children, where the owner hosts all the nostalgic children back from other worlds.
Nancy become friend with some of the students, but soon after her arrival tragic events happen, and the school is in great danger.
Every heart a doorway is an engaging book, full of imaginative elements; the most intriguing part – more than the horror / crime one – is the description of the magical lands the children went to, and the creation of a classification system (high logic vs high nonsense, the evil and the good ones,…). The characters are well-developed, both as visitors of enchanted worlds and as normal adolescents.It
The book was able to bring me away from the world we know for a few lovely hours (and there follow-up books are coming!).
* Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire ★★★★☆½
*I read this book in english