Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Seeds of Discovery Blog Tour ~Review

I am happy to be a part of Lightning Book Promotions 
Seeds of Discovery Blog Tour. 
Today I will be sharing my review of the first novel in this series. 


Seeds of Discovery
by Breeana Puttroff
Series: Dusk Gate Chronicles #1
Publisher: Musefish
Publication date: September 16, 2011
Genre: YA Fantasy
Purchase: Barnes and Noble/Amazon


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.(synopsis from Goodreads)

Seeds of Discovery is the first novel in the Dusk Gate Chronicles. It is a charming and sweet fantasy series about a young girl who crosses over into another world. Filled with adventure, danger, mystery and a touch of romance this tale is sure to delight.
  
The tale begins when we meet Quinn Robbins. She is a sweet kid who has reoccurring dreams about flowers and a choice. Life is good and just got better because Zander Cunningham has asked her out. Things change when she almost hits a boy as he darts across the street into a ravine. At first it frightens her until she figures out it’s a quiet boy from school.  His name is William Rose and he is a total recluse. She never really noticed him before, but now she is seeing him everywhere. With her curiosity peaked she begins observing him and even stalking him. When she sees him entering the ravine again she follows him..only he seems to disappear into thin air. Determined to find out where he goes she lays in wait and watches. He seems to cross a broken bridge and then zap out of existence. Bravely she follows him and discovers a strange new world. The tale that unfolds is magical, as she enters a land with princes and princesses. Here she makes friends and helps uncover clues about a mysterious illness. This was a fun, easy read that kept me entertained.

The characters are unique in Puttroff’s world. I liked Quinn. She is a good kid, inquisitive and thoughtful. William seems stand-offish but the more I got to know this serious and sensitive young man, the more I liked him. Thomas is charming and his sisters were delightful. Zander is sweet and is definitely interested in Quinn. While none of the other boys declared anything, I did feel Quinn and William make a connection and look forward to seeing what develops. Thankfully no insta-love here! I loved the character Alvin and the lesson he gave Quinn touched on her dreams. There were characters I loathed ..like the evil prince Tolliver. I am looking forward to learning more about all of them.

The world-building was enchanting. I loved the simplicity of the world Puttroff created and wouldn’t mine visiting there. We learned a little about the kingdom and its government. I enjoyed the naming ceremony that took place and of course the dancing. There is tension in the land, and there appear to be a few kingdoms. The history of how this occurred was fascinating. I am looking forward to returning. Aside from a few scenes the over all pace was slow, as Puttroff introduced us to the characters and world she created.

Seeds of Discovery was a delightful fantasy and I look forward to reading the next books available in the series. They are Roots of Insight and Thorns of Decisions.

I want to thank the author and Lightning Book Promotions for providing this ARC in exchange for my unbiased review. 

I gave this novel 3 coffee cups out of 5.

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Breeana Puttroff




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8 Comments:

At June 5, 2012 at 3:48 AM , Blogger Nick said...

I've never heard of this series before.
I'm kind of intrigued with the whole fairy tale idea. I'm going to have to check it out on goodreads.
The main character seems really great ! :)
I'm not so sure how I feel with the whole stalking though ! :P
Lovely review, kimba :)

 
At June 5, 2012 at 10:15 AM , Blogger Giselle said...

I'm not a super big fan of fantastical worlds like these but I've enjoyed a couple. It has to be realistic under its own world if you know what I mean. I hadn't heard of this book before - I always find new reads on your blog :). The modern-day fairytale premise intrigues me.

 
At June 5, 2012 at 11:04 AM , Blogger Barbara W. said...

I might enjoy this one since I really liked Alethea Kontis' Enchanted earlier this year. It even avoids the dreaded insta-love which is a major selling point. :) I like the sound of the characters, how refreshing to read something relatively low-angsty. lol

Thanks for showcasing this one, I'd never heard of the author or publisher - I'm always glad to discover both!

 
At June 5, 2012 at 2:09 PM , Blogger ladystorm said...

Kimberly, thanks for posting your review today! ~Stormi, Lightning Book Promotions

 
At June 5, 2012 at 2:11 PM , Blogger Cheles Bells said...

Pretty cover and the book sounds very interesting! Thank you for the great post!

 
At June 5, 2012 at 2:52 PM , Blogger Heidi@Rainy Day Ramblings said...

i can forgive slow as long as there is good world building and the book had great characters, which you liked. This looks unique and different!

 
At June 5, 2012 at 3:14 PM , Blogger Blodeuedd said...

It does sound like a cute fantasy world :) Now if only I could go to a fantasy world and see a few castles and princes

 
At June 7, 2012 at 6:47 PM , Blogger The Literary Darling said...

Where do you find these great books!? I will be reading this one too! Thanks Kimba :)

 

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