The Gateway Through Which They Came

The Gateway Through Which They Came

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ISBN-13: 9781620074282
Publisher: Whampa, LLC
Publication date: 08/25/2014
Pages: 218
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.63(d)
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About the Author

Heather Marie lives in Northern California with her incredibly hard working husband, whom she loves ridiculous amounts. When she isn’t writing, she spends majority of her time reading or planning her next Harry Potter marathon. Heather has always been a fan of the darker side of things most people shy away from. With her love for the classic Universal Monsters, and the slasher films she watched throughout her childhood, she found herself fascinated by the macabre.

Though she hopes to expand her work to YA dark contemporary in the future, Heather considers herself a writer of stories that showcase the unknown, and at times, the harshness that is reality. She adores her troubled characters and her ghostly fiends, creating worlds that are both strange and beautiful. All of this with a healthy dose of romance, of course.

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Yzabel More than 1 year ago
An enjoyable book, good for a leisurely day, though I would've wanted to learn more about Aiden's abilities in general and how he had received support—as a reader, I too often felt left in the dark. The writing style itself wasn't the best I've ever seen, but it wasn't anything unbearable either: I didn't notice many blatant typos and mistakes, and it flowed well enough to carry the story. Aiden's "voice" felt enough like a boy's; it was easy to follow his struggles throughout the novel, how he realised something dark was growing inside him, how he was trying to battle it. There isn't that much action, as it's more internally-focused than translated into physical fights—there are a couple of exceptions to this, and they highlight the internal battles well. At first I wasn't sure about all the religious-themed surroundings (Catholic school and church, a priest as Aiden's mentor, a religious mother...), but all in all, they remained surroundings only in my opinion: I didn't feel they were used to shove anything down my throat, which was a good thing, as I wouldn't have liked a preachy book. For instance, while there are talks about God, I never was under the impression that the souls going through the Gateway went to *either* Heaven *or* Hell, or that there weren't any Gateways from other faiths than the Christian one. The religious part seemed like "one system of belief among others, that are just as valid", so this was alright with me. There's a bit of romance, of the bittersweet kind, and one that plays a role throughout the story without being its main focus. That was good enough for me; I'm definitely tired of stories with high stakes where the characters are too busy pondering which girl or boy to choose, instead of focusing on the actual problem. I wish there had been more information given to readers, though. The subplot behind Koren's disappearance was introduced abruptly, and I would've liked to see more of her before that, even though this might have meant using more flashbacks. A lot of information was kept from Aiden, or presented in an "oh, read this book once you're at home" way; wouldn't it have been easier and faster if his mentor had explained things to him directly? It'd probably also given Aiden opportunities to talk about some of the people he had met, and realise sooner what was wrong. As it was, I felt like it was a method of keeping information from the reader too for as long as possible, and I'm not too keen on such a method. The villain's identity was also easy to guess, and it was a wonder Aiden didn't realise it sooner. The other characters also weren't too developed. They were supportive throughout, and I could feel their support, all the more after some of them witnessed Aiden changing yet still decided to forgive him and stay by his side (that's friendship); however, I kept thinking they could've been brought into existence more efficiently. Rating: "It was OK". I'll still read the next book, as I also have it, but I hope it'll shed more light on the Gateways in general, on what exactly Aiden could become if he were to give in, on the other characters (especially Julie and Michael) and on the Brethren's plans.
vleighwrites More than 1 year ago
To seventeen-year-old Aiden Ortiz, letting the dead walk through his body to reach the other side comes with the territory. Being a Gateway isn’t an easy job, but someone’s gotta send Bleeders where they belong. Heaven. Salvation. Call it whatever you want. Dead is dead. But when his search for Koren Banks––the girl who went mysteriously missing seven months ago––leaves him with more questions than answers, he finds himself involved in something far more sinister and beyond his control.  With the threat of the Dark Priest's resurrection, and his plan to summon his demon brothers from hell, Aiden is left to discover his identity before the Dark Priest's curse infecting his blood consumes him, and before the world as he knows it succumbs to the darkness of hell on earth.
ToManyBooksNotEnoughTime More than 1 year ago
I would like to thank Curiosity Quills Press for giving me a copy of this e-ARC to read in exchange for an honest review. Though I received this e-book for free that in no way impacts my review. Goodreads Blurb: "To seventeen-year-old Aiden Ortiz, letting the dead walk through his . body to reach the other side comes with the territory. Being a Gateway isn’t an easy job, but someone’s gotta send Bleeders where they belong. Heaven. Salvation. Call it whatever you want. Dead is dead. But when his search for Koren Banks––the girl who went mysteriously missing seven months ago––leaves him with more questions than answers, he finds himself involved in something far more sinister and beyond his control. With the threat of the Dark Priest's resurrection, and his plan to summon his demon brothers from hell, Aiden is left to discover his identity before the Dark Priest's curse infecting his blood consumes him, and before the world as he knows it succumbs to the darkness of hell on earth." It's a good thing that Aiden is surrounded by his religion, because he's going to need all the help he can get. Aiden and his Mom go the Church regularly, at least once a week, sometimes more often. He also attends a Catholic school with his two best friends, Trevor and Evan. Father Martin is his friend and confidant, and has told Aiden everything he knows about being a Gateway. So he's pretty much surrounded by his faith as often as possible without being a priest. Aiden was somehow born as a Gateway, making him the human equivalent of the tunnel with the white light at the end. Once the Bleeders (dead people) find him he sends them on to wherever their supposed to be. It's not exactly pleasant for Aiden, and becomes less so with each crossing. In recent years it's just been the three guys, a tight knit group of friends. But before that Aiden and Koren used to be best friends. They'd grown up together, sharing everything. Then puberty hit and their relationship changed; Aiden found he'd fallen head over heels for Koren, and Koren had begun dating the school jock. Now however, things have begun to change. Koren and her family have disappeared, and it's driving Aiden crazy not knowing where she is or if she's all right. He's also having bad dreams involving a Dark Priest, and even when awake he's seeing something that scares him. Suddenly Aiden has a new and terrible power within him. It frightens him, giving him the feeling something bad is coming. Though Father Martin tries to help him, it may already be too late for Aiden. At least the new priest has been helpful, steering Aiden away from things he's unprepared to face. As Aiden learns more about himself and the danger he's facing he begins to wonder how he'll ever be ready to face the Dark Priest in time. Will he be strong enough to resist the evil arrayed against him? Can he possibly stop this evil from winning and still protect the ones he loves? Aiden matures as he discovers more and more about who and what he is, as well as where he came from. Though he's not as alone as he had feared, Aiden may just be trusting the wrong people. Sometimes it's those that are the least suspect who deserve the most watching. IF Aiden manages to pull this off will the danger truly be gone? Or is this just the first of many tests?
belle7171 More than 1 year ago
Thank you to The Book Addict's Guide for the ARC tour of this book. Aiden is a Gateway, a person whom the dead need to direct them to the other side. One of these souls enters through him, but the feeling is different. Soon, Aiden is a key player in preventing all that is evil entering and destroying the world. I really liked the character of Aiden, a teen who takes this gift he has without question, and is kind of an outcast. No superhero here, just an ordinary insecure guy. There is a lot of religious good vs. evil here too, and the church tends to play a huge role. The story kept me up reading, and I was anxious to continue when I got up the next morning. Very edge of the seat creepiness. To me a "good book" these days is one that I would share with my daughter, who has the same reading interests. Definitely a keeper! I look forward to what happens next!
carenz More than 1 year ago
I had a hard time putting this book down! Heather Marie sends you to a place that is both terrifying and thrilling, with twists and turns, and unexpected events. This book is a MUST read!