2.02.2013

Dusk Gate Chronicles by Breeana Puttroff | Series Review

 Dusk Gate Chronicles by Breeana Puttroff
Seeds of Discovery | Roots of Insight | Thorns of Decision | Blooms of Consequence
Publisher: Musefish Press
Genre: Fantasy, Adventure, YA
Seeds of Discovery (book 1) synopsis:

Quinn Robbins' life was everything she thought a teenager's should be. She has good friends, a family that she loves, good grades, and an after-school job she enjoys. And, she's just been asked out by Zander Cunningham, a popular football player and great guy. But one day when driving home after picking up her little sister from the baby-sitter's, she nearly hits a boy who, after running blindly into the street, mysteriously disappears.

The mystery only deepens as she figures out who the boy is; William Rose, a reclusive, awkward boy from school who always has his nose in a pile of books.

As she becomes more aware of his behavior it becomes more obvious how out of the ordinary William is and how hard he deliberately tries to blend into the background. This only intrigues her more and she finds herself working to find out more about him, and exactly where he keeps disappearing to.

On a whim one night she follows him and suddenly finds herself in a new world. One where William is a prince, literally, and she is treated like a princess. She also discovers that she is stuck; the gate back to her own world isn't always open.

Quinn finds herself smack in the middle of a modern-day fairy tale, on a course that will change her life forever.

*Spoiler alert: I'm trying to keep this spoiler-free, but there is ONE thing I will spoil--Quinn's love interest--because I think it's something that is obvious will happen, even from reading the description of the first book.*

I joined a book tour for Seeds of Discovery (here's my review of Seeds of Discovery that I posted last week), which is how I discovered this series. After reading that first book,  I was so interested in reading more about Quinn and William, that I bought the next book and continued on...which led to me buying the rest of the series as soon as I was finished. Although it isn't a perfect series--I'm not sure there ever will be a perfect series--I was drawn to this one because of its realistic relationships, and strong characters.

Quinn and Will's relationship alone is enough for me to have given this series 5 stars. They aren't together in the beginning, but throughout the series they both grow and change and realize they care for each other. I admire their ability to talk to each other and and come to an understanding about their problems. It just blows me away to have found something so realistic as their relationship. They don't agree on everything, but they talk it out anyway, even if it's something that might hurt the other person. They have a very open relationship as well; though I'm sure it would be easy to exclude everyone from their personal lives, they don't. They keep some things between them, but they include others in their decisions and plans, and make sure they think of their families as well as themselves when making those decisions. They love being with their families and friends as much as they love being with each other, and are perfectly willing to spend time apart when the need arises. There's no dependency, no jealousy, no misunderstandings; just a healthy relationship built on respect and love.

Theirs isn't the only relationship like this. There are many other examples of great relationships in the series as well, including Will's parents, and some of his married or dating siblings. I also love how responsible and, well, motherly Quinn's mother is, even if she has a hard time dealing with some of her daughter's choices. She has a healthy relationship with her daughter, and tries her best to be a good parent.

With that said, there are parts of the series that aren't as strong; the world building, for one thing. Though Will's world is like some sort of medieval time period slightly influenced by our own time, there are some inconsistencies that came up, and didn't make sense. Some characters carry swords and weaponry, but most didn't--especially the royal family, who we are told know how to use swords. There are some things that are different from the medieval times we know, like the fact that men and women have the same rights. Though this was very apparent throughout the story, one of Will's sisters is still prevented from doing the same things as her twin brother, time and time again. There are also many more than just two kingdoms in Will's world, though we only ever hear about one other kingdom aside from those two, even though they're on the verge of war. There are no talks of allies from other kingdoms, or anything like that, which was strange to me. All-in-all, I would call it pretty light fantasy, although as you get deeper into the series it becomes a little heavier.

As much as I love Quinn's character, there were a few times that I wanted to open the book and give her a good shake. For the most part, she is a responsible, dependable, hard working girl. She really cares about those around her enough to put her own problems aside whenever they need help. But there a few times when she put certain decisions off for as long as she could, even though she knew it was causing damage. Also a few times when she refused to see what was right in front of here, which was when I swear, if she were real, I would have yelled at her. ;)

Any other shortcomings the series may have, I feel can be forgiven because of the fantastic characters. I love the secondary characters as much as I love Quinn and Will. They all have their own lives, which are developing and changing as the series goes along. It's fascinating to see how they grow and adjust as a family with each change. I love that I got to know each character, even ones who seemed insignificant, a little more as the story went on. One of my favorite characters was Alvin, a mysterious man who just pops up at the most unexpected times.

I also find it interesting that the book titles match each book so precisely. The flower/garden reference is brought up a lot in the books, and the titles are just so fitting for the rest of the contents. There's also a surprising amount of medical information that can be picked up. Will is a healer in his world, and comes to ours to learn medicine. His knowledge and ramblings about medical stuff is pretty interesting. And you can bet the obligatory medical scenes in each book come along with him being a healer. Those are some of the best parts!

Anyway, it's an adventurous series with a fantastic ending to the series that doesn't happen the way you would expect it to at all. I highly recommend it. Each book is better than the last, which is what I always hope for!


Temp. Guide
Read this if:
...you like healthy relationships, and want a good love story with a dose of adventure and hard work.

Content Warning
*This section may contain some spoilers about content!*
Highlight between the brackets to reveal the text.
{Some violence, kissing, and some extremely stealthy references to sex after marriage.}


A Christmas Rose is a novella that takes place after the Blooms of Consequence, the last book in the series. I figured I should include it as well, since it's technically part of the series. I just finished reading it, and it's a very cute follow-up on how the characters are getting on with their lives. It's nice to see how things are changing, while some things are still the same. So tender, kind of bittersweet in a way, but still promising a bright future. One part even made me cry. :)

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2 comments:

  1. Aw, thank you so much for the fantastic review, Penelope! I am so glad you enjoyed them. And what a lovely blog you have, too. :)

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  2. You are so welcome. And thank YOU for writing such an enthralling series. :) Thanks for stopping by!

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