The Ten Thousand Doors Of January by Alix E Harrow

The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow

5/5 stars
Wow. This book was definitely a journey. It is a Must Read.

So, the book follows January, the main character, a young girl who is an outsider; she is motherless, has a skin colour that is considered incredibly odd, a father who works away from home, and a guardian with an aptitude for collecting odd and fascinating items. The story really begins when January finds a door that seemingly leads to another place, however, she is urged to forget this as it is fanciful thinking and instead is instructed to behave properly and to contain her imagination. That is until she finds a book, meets a mysterious woman and falls into a story much bigger than she realises.

That is all I will say in regards to the plot as I would not wish to spoil it. However, I will say I loved this book! The story is incredible, original and full of twists and turns that kept me so intrigued that I could hardly bring myself to put the book down.

The narrative style and the writing itself is easy to get into, rather poetic and masterfully done. The balance of mystery, comedy and seriousness is incredible. Though some of the plot-twists are able to be predicted, It seems deliberate (or at least down to the incredible writing). Moreover, some of the plot-twists are rather surprising and shocking- which is wonderful.

The characters are easy to connect with, are interesting and deep and so are easy to love! The world that has been crafted is astounding and realistic (or as realistic as it can be).

I loved the title, the book cover and basically everything about the story- I was never bored and the way the narrative is used is downright impressive.

*I received a digital advance copy of this book from Netgalley (Publishers The Little Brown Book Group UK) in exchange for an honest review* https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2961410474

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