The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow ★★★★★ #BookReview #BookBlog

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Primary Genre(s): Science Fiction, Fantasy
Published: 10 Sep 2019 by Redhook
Page count: 384
My Format: eARC via NetGalley
Cover: Inviting
Pacing: Slow at first, otherwise great
Ending: Perfect
Would I recommend it: Absolutely
Commission Link: Buy The Ten Thousand Doors of January

My rating: ★★★★ 

Synopsis (from Goodreads)
In a sprawling mansion filled with peculiar treasures, January Scaller is a curiosity herself. As the ward of the wealthy Mr. Locke, she feels little different from the artifacts that decorate the halls: carefully maintained, largely ignored, and utterly out of place.

Then she finds a strange book. A book that carries the scent of other worlds, and tells a tale of secret doors, of love, adventure and danger. Each page turn reveals impossible truths about the world and January discovers a story increasingly entwined with her own.

My Thoughts
Wow! Just WOW! I didn’t just read this book, I experienced it. I’m not even sure my review can do this book justice, but I’ll give it a shot. Here are my pros and cons for The Ten Thousand Doors of January:

Pros

  1. First off, this book contained some of the most beautiful writing I’ve ever experienced in a book. Lyrical, poetic, emotional, inspired, rhythmic, expressive… I could keep coming up with adjectives, but honestly, you need to read it. I was absorbed into the story by the beautiful writing in a way that doesn’t happen often. The words were chosen perfectly, the sentences grabbed hold of me and didn’t let go, and I was completely captivated. It was a absolute pleasure to read this book.
  2. I liked the focus on capital letters. For example, a door is just a door, but a Door is something special. There were other times when a word was capitalized to give it emphasis – Villain, Running Away From Home, etc. Pay attention to the capitalized words.
  3. What a fun story overall! Truly, I can’t believe this is a debut novel because it absolutely ticks all the boxes for a favorite book – awesome adventure, believable fantasy, perfect writing, unique storytelling, magic, corruption, secret societies, love, lost love, found love, a loyal dog, portals, pain, happiness, whimsy, asylums… heck it even has a vampire!
  4. This is also a story within a story. It was a unique concept that was admittedly a little confusing at first (see Con #1) but once it came together it was brilliantly and creatively executed.
  5. The love story/stories in this book were 100% believable. They weren’t cheesy or unrealistic at all. They felt incredibly honest and real. I appreciated that.
  6. I connected to the story and the characters so much that I felt like I was part of the book. Like I said earlier, I didn’t read this book… I experienced it.
  7. Pay attention to the character names – they have meaning.
  8. I thought the themes in the book included having courage and embracing change.
  9. I loved the description of the “threshold” – the space between one world and the next when you cross through a door. It was so descriptive I almost felt like I was experiencing it rather than reading about it.
  10. I did NOT want this book to end! 🙂

Cons

  1. As much as I loved this book, I did think it started off slowly and a little clunky. It took several chapters before I started understanding what the heck was going on (the story within the story perspective) and was finally engrossed in the story. Anyone struggling at the beginning of this book shouldn’t give up! Once you figure out the pattern of the book, it flows much more smoothly.

Summary
It is not surprising to me that this book was nominated for the Goodreads Choice 2019 Best Fantasy Novel and Best Debut Novel. In my opinion it absolutely deserves to win in both categories!

This book immediately rose to the top of my list of favorite reads for 2019 and at least cracked my Top 25 all-time favorite books ever. I would read anything this author ever writes. I kind of want to go out and buy a bunch of copies to hand out to strangers and make them read it because it is an incredible fairy tale, a phenomenal fantasy, and a gripping story. I would recommend this book to absolutely anyone – I think any reader would enjoy it. But if you are interested in fantasy and science fiction then this is a must read for you. Add it to your list now!  🙂

Thank you NetGalley and Redhook Books for a free eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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14 thoughts on “The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow ★★★★★ #BookReview #BookBlog

  1. It does start off slowly and it is a bit clunky at first, but I thought it moved along nicely after I got the hang of the story inside a story format. Based on a lot of DNF reviews I saw, most folks didn’t get past that initial part and gave up too soon I think.

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