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Thursday, August 28, 2014

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Review: Seeds of Discovery by Breeana Puttroff

Seeds of Discovery by Breeana Puttroff

The Dusk Gate Chronicles #1
Breeana Puttroff
Publication Date: August 31, 2011
Publisher: Musefish Independent Press

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.

I apparently have books 2-4 from the Dusk Gate Chronicles back when Libboo was still open, and I got Seeds of Discovery when it was free on Amazon, which I believe it still is. The idea of a girl coming across an accident in which a boy disappears into thin air and then she manages to go into a different world after weeks of trying to figure out what he was up to was intriguing.

I enjoyed reading the first installment of the Dusk Gate Chronicles – the world of Eirentheos is a place I would enjoy visiting often since 10 days is 1 day here. I would get lots of reading done then! Somehow, that seems more exciting. Too bad school would be 10 times longer. Talk about time being really slow.

But as much as I enjoyed the story, I feel like there's something missing from the story. Seeds of Discovery seems to be more on world building rather than the plot – the plot is basically a bunch of children getting sick from an unknown cause and Quinn figures out what causes it. Pretty minor if you ask me. The book seems to be building up to something bigger happening – hints of it are woven in throughout and we're given more of an introduction to the characters, a good feel of Bristlecone and Eirentheos, how Eirentheos and Philotheum came about, etc.

Basically this is an introduction where Puttroff probably won't have to go into very much detail later in the series and it will be more plot driven rather than world building. Not exactly a bad move there, but knowing the amount of books I read between books in a series, I might not remember what really happened in the first book aside from the basic idea.

Seeds of Discovery is a good start to a series, and will most likely be enjoyed by those who prefer an intro to the world with a slow build up to a hopefully bigger plot by the end of the series. Or should I say the first arc since Book 5 isn't the same plot anymore (hey, I did follow the series before reading it...)?
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