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Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Hidden Gates by D.T. Dyllin (Book Review, Excerpt)



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Title: Hidden Gates (P.J. Stone Gates Trilogy #1)
Author: D.T. Dyllin
Publisher: Dragonfairy Press

About the Book: For P.J. Stone, being a “Seer” who has never seen anything is less than fun. And P.J. isn’t known for her patience.

To make matters worse, she must choose a suitable mate to continue the Seer bloodline. Duty always comes before her heart…at least that’s what her parents taught her. When she finds herself wanting someone who is considered off-limits, P.J. is forced to question everything she believes.

As if navigating her love life isn’t complicated enough, P.J. finally receives a vision—of a threat to her world that only she can perceive. But no one will believe a fledgling Seer’s warnings. With nowhere else to turn, she may decide to trust a stranger with her life, her world, and maybe even her heart.


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My Thoughts: I started out really thinking that I was going to love this book and just devour it.  I liked P.J. and the tension between her and her best (boy) friend, Bryn.  They had had a platonic relationship since they were 6 and were just turning 18.  She was destined to be a Seer, but hadn't come into her powers yet, and he was her Guardian - which meant that they would never be able to be together.  Of course when you tell two teenagers no, sometimes they end up doing the exact opposite.  And of course they did.

When P.J.'s parents discover that they have been intimate they banish her from seeing Bryn and Bryn is shipped off to another school.  At this point the storyline started to turn and it sort of lost the appeal that it had held for me.  P.J. found herself the center of a scandal at her school, with everyone thinking she was a slut (when she had really only been with Bryn the one time).  

Jeremy, a Gatekeeper, had been set up with P.J. by their parents and he was drawn to her powers.  He begins to pursue her despite the fact that she has given herself to a "lowly" Guardian.  He sets out to prove to P.J. that she will get over Bryn.  And finally, P.J. gets her first vision, and then a second, and then a mysterious man named Kohl shows up telling her that her power woke him up and swears that in time, she will be begging him to make her his.  

There was a lot of sexual innuendos scattered throughout the book, and while they weren't implicit, I found them to be a little of an overkill.  P.J.'s visions had shown her that 'things' had crossed through one of the gates and were inhabiting humans.  So even though there were thousands of these things possessing humans, everyone was busy trying to get into P.J.'s pants. The ending was a cliffhanger, but set it up nicely for a second book.  

~I received a complimentary copy of Hidden Gates from Sizzling PR in exchange for my unbiased review.~

Excerpt from Hidden Gates
Jeremy gave me a puzzled look. “That’s not really your job yet. Leave it to the other Seers, the ones that have had years of training and experience.”
“Yeah, that’s kind of the problem. I think I’m the only one getting these visions.”
“How is that possible?” Jeremy’s eyebrows practically touched his hairline.
I studied Jeremy while I mulled over what I should say to him. I’d been in this situation with him before, and I had decided to go with the truth. The question was, should I again? After a quick deliberation, I decided that I had nothing to lose. If he didn’t believe me, then at least maybe he’d think I was crazy and leave me alone. Either way wasn’t a bad outcome because if he did believe me, maybe he’d help, even if it were a long shot.
So I told him all about my visions, leaving out the parts about Khol because I couldn’t have told Jeremy about him even if I’d wanted to, and I most certainly didn’t. Khol was my deep, dark secret.


About the author: Cynical-Optimist. Chocolate-holic. Sarcasm Addict. Paranormal Believer. Romance Junkie. Self Imposed Insomniac. Animal Lover. Writer.

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