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A Hall of Keys and No Doors Paperback – September 2, 2016
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A story grounded in reality yet full of magic. Compelling, honest, and heartfelt, A Hall of Keys and No Doors is a must-read! Emmie Mears succeeds in drawing out the what ifs: what if magic is real? Emmie has created a compelling lead who's easy to relate to with a strong personality that brings heart to the story. What makes this novel amazing is the truth Mears supplies in it. This novel asks so many questions about death, about life, about acceptance, and that's where A Hall of Keys and No Doors finds its magic. -- Readers' Favorite
The concept for this story is amazing, and quickly draws the reader in. Characters and the world building were well-defined and extraordinarily believable and the characters are sensitive and accurate. -- InD'Tale Magazine
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- Publisher : Asher; 1st edition (September 2, 2016)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 384 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1946006017
- ISBN-13 : 978-1946006011
- Item Weight : 1.07 pounds
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.96 x 8.5 inches
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I've read eight other books by Emmie Mears so this one was more of a fluke.
The book has some strong elements. It primarily deals with grief and the loss of the life you know. It grapples with the question of, if you could somehow change things so the events of loss didn't happen, would you? There's a background of mystery to the plot and the genre includes the paranormal but the storyline mainly deals with the lead's inner journey as she navigates the upheavals in her life. The tone is more one of melancholy and a downer, with hope and light at the end of the tunnel.
I normally read lesfic and this book isn't that to me. The lead is bisexual who ends up in a m/f relationship. However, the lead's best friend is lesbian and plays a larger role in the story.
Overall, an okay story but it wasn't for me. 3 stars.
The tension on this book never lets up. Ella, the protag, suffers every inch down the page, through both her external circumstances and her personal decisions. And yet some how Emmie Mears managed to pull Ella back from the precipice of insanity just enough to keep me hopeful throughout the book.
I'm normally a Space Opera fan, but a few months ago I read an article by the author on Terrible Minds and wanted to read more of their voice.
The writing is well-crafted, simple enough to get out of the way but fanciful enough to accompany the magic that sparkles through the story. It's a story about a supernatural mystery, but more it's a story about relationships, and about finding oneself and one's true friends through tragedy.
In "A Hall of Keys and No Doors" Mears gives us characters that are easy to care about and get invested in and a story that is a compelling and fun read.
Yes, this story deals with loss and grief, but it does it honestly and tenderly. You won't be sad or upset through the whole book, it's not like that. On the other hand, if you've experienced loss, you may very well recognize a lot of that experience in Ella. The story is actually very hopeful and fun. The love between longtime friends features strongly.
If you've read and enjoyed any of Mears's other books, give this one a try. You won't regret it.
I have ever been a fan of Emmie Mears, and I dare say their books keep getting better and better. I cannot wait for further works by this talented author.
Mostly clean language, not a collection of bible verses, interesting for any age.
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Unlike the other mentioned series (read them too) which had a strong supernatural/fantasy element, this was a more human centered book. Even with a streak of the fantastical running through it, it never eclipsed the story of Ella.
Ella who is struggling with a soul deep grief no matter how much she thinks she is over it. ELLA who's carefully constructed world crumbles while systemically building a new one she isn't even conscious of. Ella who is both strong and vulnerable at the same time. Lonely but fiercely loyal to her friends.
I love Ella. I wasn't expecting to. But her struggle is the readers struggle but with different cast members. It's our grief. It's our frustration. Our excitement. Our happiness. It's so completely human carried along on a cloud of magic. It made me cry.
I am genuinely blown away with the writing. It's beautiful. The detail. Just wow.
My only regret is that this story is so complete so unique that I'm afraid it may be a stand alone book. I could be wrong... I hope I am. But if it is a one off. If this is the end to her story, Im happy with it. It is complete.
Would I recommend this book? I already have. But if you're reading this, unsure on whether to click that buy now option, I would definately tell you to do so. I've spent considerably more money on books that didn't have a fraction of this one's beauty. I urge you to read it. I demand that you read it. You're welcome.
I could not put this book down, Emmie Mears has a wonderful ability to draw you into their world and hold you there. The book explores the pain of loss and rejection and how true friendship and love can conquer all. At times, so intense is that pain I could feel the hurt and loss through the authors words. Together with the euphoria of love and friendship to make this a book one I would highly recommend.