Seeds of Discovery: Dusk Gate Chronicles, Book One

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  • ISBN-13: 9780983993018
  • Publisher: Musefish Independent Press
  • Publication date: 9/8/2011
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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  • Posted April 12, 2012

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    Not to be Missed!

    I normally do not read YA books. Let's face it, at my age I just don't have the patience to read much teen angst and the immaturity of YA characters just make me want to take the book and toss it across the room! Yes, I get that the whole point of Young Adult books is that the characters are young adults... usually teenagers. But being young does not preclude them from having common sense.
    I can unequivocally say that this is not the case here. Puttroff created characters that although young, are surprisingly mature and likable. The storyline is such that I couldn't put it down. I wanted to know what would happen next. I read the entire thing in one day and am most definitely planning on picking up the next book in the series.

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  • Posted January 4, 2012

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    I Want More

    Simply put...Wow! I have to honestly say that Seeds of Discovery was a supremely pleasant surprise. I don't think I would have ever read this book if not for this tour and I would have truly missed out. Many of you know that I review a great deal of independent writer's. It is books like Seeds of Discovery that make me sad that I am cutting back on those for a while. This is truly a book to be devoured.

    My first reaction to Quinn was that she needed to mind her own business and pay attention to the people already vying for her attention. However, as the story continues, it is obvious that her fate is intertwined with those in Eirentheos, especially Will and Thomas. She is smart, kind, and caring. I actually felt a little embarrassed for her at different times during the story but she was always brave and handled the unknown with the utmost grace. Her reactions weren't super-heroic but refreshingly teenagerish.

    Quinn finds herself in another world...literally. This world is filled with the kindest people you will ever meet...well, with the exception of Tolliver who should probably be drowned. Quinn quickly becomes friends with William's entire family, much to his chagrin. Her and Thomas become inseparable...and I can see why. He is charming, funny, and outgoing. He is handsome.

    Soon after Quinn arrives, her life becomes endangered. She is forced to travel the realm of this unknown world with William, Nathaniel, and Thomas. Children around Eirentheos have become deathly ill with a mysterious disease. William and Nathaniel are needed to tend to these children as they are healers. Little do they realize that Quinn will be invaluable in finding a cure for this strange disease - without even knowing it. She kind of has a intuition about these kind of things.

    The only thing I can really say is I wish there had been more. The book was a fun and quick read and when I finished I only wanted more. More of Quinn, more of Zander, more of Thomas...oh how I love Thomas, more of William, more of everyone. Thank goodness Roots of Insight releases January 9, 2012.

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  • Posted October 29, 2011

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    I thoroughly enjoyed this story, and so much so, I read it twice before I decided to review it. This story has a fairy-tale-ish feel with elements of teen angst, a bit of romance and mystery, and not to forget dashing princes. I liked the writing style and the characters were easily lovable. I look forward to seeing what will happen next and who will end up with who.....Hurry Book #2.

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  • Posted March 10, 2013

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    For lack of a better word the series, in my humble opinion, is p

    For lack of a better word the series, in my humble opinion, is perfect. Quinn is a great character! She is more or less thrown into this new world where she is expected to make decisions that no 16-17 year old should have to make. Throughout this book you watch her grow up and become quite the lady! The family she discovers in this other world was incredible. I have never been so in love with so many characters. There are 13 children in this family and the love they have for one another was one of things that kept me reading this book. It was so neat to see the relationship between all of them. It was equally as nice to see how the parents were with the children. I felt that all the characters were developed to the point where I could easily picture them in my head and even hear how they would sound when they spoke and the different mannerisms they might use. There is a love story in this series… actually there are quite a few but the main one is between Quinn and William. I really enjoyed watching their relationship blossom in these books. The series is much more than a love story though. It's about making decisions that might not be what you intended for your life but having the faith that you are doing the right thing. I would consider this for an age group of 12 and up. There was nothing inappropriate in these books. It reminded me of the old movies where things are implied but not shown. Our oldest daughter will start middle school next year and I would have no problem allowing her to read these. In fact I will be encouraging her too. I really look forward to the day when I can introduce her to all these characters that I have been reading.

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  • Posted April 26, 2012

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    Seeds of Discovery is an amazing YA Novel that instantly drags y

    Seeds of Discovery is an amazing YA Novel that instantly drags you in with the mystery and suspense elements right from the beginning. I have yet to find a more artfully written novel that combines mystery with fantasy in my years of reading.

    I never know what to expect from independent authors who are not represented by the large publishers. I came upon this book by accident, through contact with the author on a blogging site. When I sat down to read, my mind was a blank slate, trying to have no expectations whatsoever. What I discovered in this novel was beyond anything I could have imagined. Those of you who know me know how much I love a good fantasy story, but this one just put me over the top in my love for the genre.

    Quinn is a girl who pretty much any teenage girl could relate to, and you are instantly drawn to her. But Quinn cannot leave a mystery unsolved and, in trying to figure out what secret William is hiding, she gets sucked into an adventure she could never have imagined in her wildest dreams. In a way, it is also a journey of self discovery, though that is not the obvious element of the story.

    Quinn finds herself in a whole new world that she never knew existed, a whole new plane of existence, if you will. When she finally gets life to return to "normal," she finds herself torn between the boy she has known all of her life, and a group of strangers that, in the time frame of the "real world" she has only known for a day or so.

    Overall, this was a very enjoyable read that I could not walk away from, and I found myself staying up late and foregoing sleep just to get to the end and find out what was going to happen next, only to realize that there are two more books, which I cannot wait to read. I would strongly encourage any fan of YA/Fantasy Fiction to pick this one up. It is a must read!

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