Saturday, March 7, 2020

Review - The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow

Title: The Ten Thousand Doors of January
Author: Alix E. Harrow
Pages: 384
Publisher: Orbit
Release Date: 10th September 2019

Blurb from Goodreads:


In a sprawling mansion filled with exotic 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.

But her quiet existence is shattered when she stumbles across a strange book. A book that carries the scent of other worlds and tells a tale of secret doors, of love, adventure and danger. As each page reveals more impossible truths about the world, January discovers a story that might just be the key to unlocking the secrets of her past.

My Review:

 *I received an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to Little, Brown Book Group UK and NetGalley*

January Scaller is the ward of Mr. Locke, the man who pays her father to travel the world and find unique treasures for his collection. January could be part of the collection herself because of the colour of her skin and the way she is expected to be a good girl and behave herself.

One day, January finds a book that tells the story of doors that can be used to travel to different worlds.

As January reads the book, she discovers that there is more to her life and her world than there seems, and she uncovers secrets that will change her life.

Are the Doors real?

Going into The Ten Thousand Doors of January I was really excited as it sounded like something I would love. While it ended up being different to what I expected (which is not necessarily a bad thing), I did enjoy it.

January was a very likeable and relatable protagonist. It was easy to connect with her and root for her. I felt sorry for January having grown up with her father absent most of the time and with Mr. Locke trying to mould her into an obedient girl, more like a doll than an actual young woman.

I loved January's relationship with Sinbad 'Bad', her pet dog, who was one of my favourite characters alongside January herself, Jane and Samuel. Jane in particular was a character who I found to be very interesting and intriguing because of her past and her actions.

The plot was interesting and held my attention. There were a couple of things that I didn't see coming.

I liked the themes of friendship and family.

Part of the story followed the book that January finds and reads, and I found it interesting to read those parts and to see how they fit into January's story.

I really liked the idea of the Doors and how they affected the numerous worlds.

The writing was engaging and easy to follow. I would definitely read another book by the author.

While The Ten Thousand Doors of January didn't blow me away or have me on the edge of my seat, I did enjoy it.

Overall, this was an enjoyable read that I would recommend.

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