1.31.2013

Seeds of Discovery by Breeana Puttroff | Review + Excerpt

Seeds of Discovery by Breeana Puttroff (Dusk Gate Chronicles #1)
Publisher: Musefish Independent Press
Format: ebook (courtesy of Heroines With Heart Tours)
Genre: Fantasy, Adventure, YA
Publication Date: 16 September, 2011
What would you sacrifice to find true love and save a kingdom?

The Best-Selling Kindle series, The Dusk Gate Chronicles, will have you falling in love all over again.

Quinn Robbins has never noticed William Rose at Bristlecone High School – not until the night she almost runs him down in her car. After that, she never stops noticing him. Because William is different than the other boys…

Why does a high school senior always have his nose buried in medical journals? And how does he keep disappearing down by the river every Friday night?

When William starts to show up in her dreams, she is unsure if her curiosity has turned into obsession – or if there is something more mysterious going on.

Unable to rest, Quinn follows William to the river one Friday night…and discovers something startling – something she thought could only exist in a fairytale.

Uh oh, Quinn. 1st Period History will never be the same!

Seeds of Discovery is Book One of the Dusk Gate Chronicles, a new Young Adult series that has been described by readers as “The Chronicles of Narnia meets Cinderella.” Go on an unforgettable journey with characters who will find their way straight into your heart.

I really enjoyed this book. It started out kind of slow, but picked up around the time that Quinn discovered William's secret. From then on, it was just fun. I like that the author chose to take Quinn's story in a different direction than I was expecting. There are definitely some predictable moments, but there were a lot of things that were unpredictable. For instance: the love interest. It's not who you think it is.<--- Edit: I'm an idiot and totally read into the wrong things. Although I really like how it all goes down. :)

Quinn's character is one that I like. I've been having a problem with finding characters annoying lately (hence, my reading slump), but I didn't find hers annoying. She cares for her little brother and sister, and she comes to care for the people in William's world as well.

The one thing that bothered me was that just about every character Quinn met in William's world told her to call them by their first name--including the king and queen. No titles, no formalities. The conversations all went something like this (not a direct quote):
"Nice to meet you, your majesty."
"Oh please, call me Charlotte."
I know I'm being nitpicky, but it really bothered me after the seventh or eighth person had the same exchange upon first meeting Quinn.

Overall, the story is intriguing. William's reason for crossing over into our world is a noble one, and it was cool to see the benefits his world receives because of it. William's family is huge, which creates very interesting happenings. There was one part where the oldest brothers all band together and go in search of a villain...and all I could think was that it reminded me of my own brothers, and was a perfect example of why brothers are the best. :)

I'm really excited to read the next book! There are hints to something big being revealed in one of the next books, so I can't wait to see what it is. If it's what I think it is, I'll be extremely happy.

Edit: Seeds of Discovery is currently FREE for Kindle and Nook! Check it out.

Temp. Guide
Read this if:
...you like medical mysteries, and you're a princess at heart.

Content Warning
*This section may contain some spoilers about content!*
Highlight between the brackets to reveal the text.
{Some violence.}


     This was it. Quinn took a deep breath as she searched for a rock to tuck her car keys and cell phone under. Finding a smooth, flat piece of granite, she lifted it and propped a small stick underneath, both to keep the weight of the rock off her items and to make the place easier to find again.
     After the incident in the library today, she had decided that she was absolutely done waiting. She was going to follow him this afternoon, and if he went to the bridge again, she was going to follow.
     And that's exactly what had happened. She had watched William climb up the broken steps of the old bridge from a hiding spot behind a boulder on the riverbank, and again he had somehow just disappeared. She had seen him climb the first two steps, and then a pine tree had blocked her view. Now, he wasn't anywhere. Her eyes scanned the entire length of the riverbank and the shallow running water. She was alone.
     Fully feeling the weight of her stupidity, Quinn climbed the four crumbling stone steps, toward the end of the broken-off bridge. This time, she did not hold back or hesitate. She closed her eyes and stepped forward. Expecting only a loss of balance and the resulting short drop into the cold water below, she was surprised when it didn't come. There was solid stone underneath her right foot. Maybe she had missed. When a second attempt with her left foot also failed to produce an icy-cold plunge into the stream, she opened her eyes.
     Quinn gasped. The broken end of the half-missing structure was no longer broken, and it no longer ended. Instead of the disintegrating, broken concrete-and-stone edge, a wide stone walkway arced across the entire river. Cautiously, she put her other foot forward. The stone and mortar that should not have been there held firm. She spun around, ready to run back down the stone steps, but the sight stopped her cold.
     The sun that should have been directly in front of her had moved, and now dipped below the tree ling far to her left, casting strangely long shadows that cut obtrusively across the landscape. Even in the fading light of the irregular dusk, she could see that everything was different. Where the rocky riverbank should have sloped up to the highway, there was now a vast expanse of trees and open fields. Lights from unfamiliar buildings glimmered and sparked to life in the distance.
     Slowly, Quinn let her eyes scan the area around her. The river was no longer a rocky, mountain creek underneath the bridge. Now, a wide expanse of water flowed lazily between the bush-covered banks of either side. Downstream, the river continued uninterrupted to the southwest but seemed to widen significantly just past a break in the tree line. The view upstream was the most shocking. Instead of sloping up into the familiar peaks of the mountains she had seen all her life, a long valley spread out before her, sparsely populated by stands of trees and varieties of grass and wildflowers. In the distance where the horizon began to merge with the night sky, Quinn could just make out the outline of a thick forest.
     "Now you've done it." The sound of the voice below her jolted her like an electric shock. In the same instant that she registered the frowning face of William Rose, Quinn stumbled and fell down the steps at the end of the bridge, right into the bushes.
     "Fabulous," William muttered, bending down toward her to assess the damage.
-Excerpt, Seeds of Discovery by Breeana Puttroff


Other Books in the Series:
Book 2: Roots of Insight  /  Book 3: Thorns of Decision  /  Book 4: Blooms of Consequence

Purchase Seeds of Discovery:
Breeana Puttroff:

4 comments:

  1. This sounds like an interesting one! P.S. I love the secret highlighting trick

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It is! I loved the entire series. And the highlighting trick is cool, isn't it? I wish I could remember where I picked it up, but I don't ever remember not knowing it. Hahaha. Must be something from my Myspace days, or something like that. :)

      Delete
  2. Hi Penelope!

    Sorry for not stopping by sooner. :) Thanks for taking the time to review Seeds of Discovery, and I'm so glad you enjoyed it.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Oh, don't worry at all! Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting!

      Delete

Thanks for commenting! I read each and every one, and reply as soon as I can :)

Please note: The Reading Fever is an award-free zone. I am very flattered, but comments are all the thanks I need.

LinkWithin

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...