A Hall of Keys and No Doors

A Hall of Keys and No Doors Ella Keyes thought the death of her twin brother Stuart was the last time she d let life surprise her She s up for tenure at her university she escaped a doomed engagement and her fluffy cat knows e

  • Title: A Hall of Keys and No Doors
  • Author: Emmie Mears
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 301
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Ella Keyes thought the death of her twin brother Stuart was the last time she d let life surprise her She s up for tenure at her university, she escaped a doomed engagement, and her fluffy cat knows exactly when to expect her home every day But when her grandmother passes and leaves Ella her house, Ella discovers that the third floor corridor of keys is than just aElla Keyes thought the death of her twin brother Stuart was the last time she d let life surprise her She s up for tenure at her university, she escaped a doomed engagement, and her fluffy cat knows exactly when to expect her home every day But when her grandmother passes and leaves Ella her house, Ella discovers that the third floor corridor of keys is than just a family pun The seemingly unremarkable keys don t unlock any doors in the house, but each time Ella touches one, something in her life shifts Her life s carefully grown roots are ripped out of their soil Flowers bloom in the middle of a Buffalo winter A blind date with the wrong person ends up being just maybe the right one Her grandmother s batty twin sister turns up every day searching for something even she doesn t know how to identify, and Ella s parents refuse to return her calls Worse, she finds trinkets from Stuart everywhere she goes, ghosts of a game they used to play The leash she s kept on life s surprises for three years has snapped, and Ella will have to learn that the road to peace starts with letting go of control and that sometimes the best family you have is the family you build.

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    1. I loved the mysterious keys plot and supernatural aspect of this book. i found though, that the mc's romantic relationship story line bored me. More time could have been spent on her family's and the house's history. kudos to the author for writing another bisexual heroine, and best friend who are a lesbian couple.

    2. "You're not broken," he said. "Hurt and broken are two different things."A Hall of Keys and No Doors is an introspective novel about death, survival, and love. If you're looking for a pulse-pounding fantasy adventure, this isn't that kind of story. Instead, it utilizes an interesting premise (woman inherits a house with magical keys that can alter reality, introducing fortune and misfortune in equal measure) to tell a very human story about the struggle to move forward after tragedy.This book is [...]

    3. This book is amazing. Loss and grief has been much in the forefront this year and this book addressed them in such a wonderful way. All of the characters had great depth. Events happened in a very real, human way (I mean, besides the magical stuff) And, as ever, I appreciate not only the inclusion of LGBTQ+ characters, but the lack of their demise. 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 au [...]

    4. Ella Keyes is a college professor who inherits her Grammy Helen's house. The house has a long hallway without doors, but hundreds of keys hanging from nails. The keys are magic, and even though Ella doesn't believe, she notices that things happen when she touches one. Ella doesn't want the house because she's quite content living in her modern rented condo with her cat and frog, but things happen and she has to keep the house. She is whiny about it. She is whiny about everything because she stil [...]

    5. "If there's anything I've learned from a lifetime of fantasy novels, it's that magic's more likely to bite you in the ass than not." I love 'found family' stories, and this one didn't disappoint. It's a gentle, quiet story about loss and grief and moving forward, and it's a powerful story about both family bonds and friend bonds, and how the family you make matters more than the family you're born with. The LGBT+ elements are wonderfully done, feeling powerful and real throughout, and I really e [...]

    6. 3.5 starsI appreciated how this novel explores grief and loss, and it's refreshing to have queer main characters, including an openly bisexual heroine.I love the sound of Amber Benson's voice, but quite a few of the voices in the audiobook were very annoying to listen to.

    7. I really love the characters, relationship, & atmosphere of this book. There were a few parts that felt like wishful thinking or were a bit confusing to me, but in the end I feel like most of it made sense. Wonderful book.

    8. A Hall of Keys and No Doors a story of love, loss, rejection and friendships. Ella has already faced the loss of her twin brother and now has to face the loss of Grammy Helen. Ella's life changes when she inherits her Grammy's house, a magical place with secrets just waiting for Ella to uncover. 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 friendships can conquer a [...]

    9. I loved this beautiful tear-jerker of a book. Ella was flawed and relateable, with a wonderful character arc. All of the side-characters were wonderfully realized, and I especially loved her bizarre Aunt. The budding romance had me swooning. And the keys had just the right touch of magical realism for this mostly contemporary story. I also loved the narrator, and can definitely see myself listening to this again.

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