It was just another day at my local bookshop where I was searching for something interesting to read when my eye caught this attractive cover. Unable to resist, I bought the book after reading an even more attractive description. A journey that will take you away from the world but will keep you connected to reality. The description of the doors seemed like a perfect getaway.
It lived up to the expectations. This novel took my breath away many times but there were times when it left a lot to be desired for. Story of a girl who is living with her rich guardian and absent father. The story describes the journey of how this polite, well-mannered girl turns into this ferocious adventurer with her unique gift. Her gift leads her to unexpected destinations and fates.
The protagonist January was a well-etched character and you can easily connect with her. Additionally, Mr. Locke was another character written fabulously. However, I would have loved to know more about Jane and Samuel. At times, Bad (The dog) was better-written than both of them. Some more depth to their respective back-stories would have made them more relatable. I know that Jane did tell her story but it didn’t have much emotional effect on me.
The plot was unique enough to keep the readers hooked. I found the suspense revealed at the end kind of anti-climatic as I had already guessed it earlier. Hence the shock factor was missing at least for me. But all the loose ends were tied by and the conclusion was satisfactory.
Writer Alix E. Harrow did an amazing job as it was her debut. She literally went inside the protagonist’s head to describe her situation and you could feel yourself in January’s shoes. The scenes were well-described and one could easily picture them. I am not going to talk much about the story as it may spoil the book for you. But one thing I can tell you is that my perception of doors has changed entirely.
I am never going to look at the doors in the same way again. They look like beautiful magic portals inviting me to visit the other sides of the world. Although, I know that the door of this world is never going to lead to another world but that doesn’t mean that I will stop searching. Maybe one day I will find a way to a completely different world and I might choose to stay there 😀
Anyways, if you love adventures and ideas of magical doors tempt you then you definitely need to give this book a shot. Trust me you won’t regret it and it will inspire you to get away from your comfort zones. It will open your eyes towards the beauty existing in the world amid all the ugliness. A special shoutout to the beautiful cover art which made me buy it in the first place.
P.S. It is the exception to the rule “Never Judge A Book by Its Cover” as the cover art will just draw you in.