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Release Date: Date:December 14, 2013Published By: AuthorLength: 334 pagesReview Copy: Mobi. provided for honest review
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Jake Reese thinks he’s just a screwed-up high school kid living in a small town isolated in the Arizona desert. Traumatized at an early age by his mother’s sudden death—and believing he might have had something to do with it—he’s allowed his guilt and lack of self-confidence to rule his life.
Hailey is the fiery little redhead that sees Jake as more than just a good friend. When she invites him as her date to a school function, it brings down the walls he's built to protect his heart, and sets off a series of events that threaten not only Jake’s life, but that of everyone around him.
The discovery of a portal on the outskirts of town brings Jake face-to-face with death and reveals a closely guarded secret about his mother. No longer is his memory of her the only thing that haunts him. Something evil from her past has escaped through the portal, and nothing will prevent it from trying to steal Jake’s future.
Can Jake overcome his fears to keep Hailey safe? Will the decisions he's forced to make destroy everyone he knows and loves?
And ultimately...is he strong enough to live with those choices?
I was excited to start this one because you don't see druid's around the writing world often, and I am not sure why. However, despite the name this was not as much about druids as I had hoped it would be. On the other side I really believe that the way that this book was written, did not lack anything because of this. In fact I think that between the writing and the fantasy bits tragically placed throughout, that I couldn't have been more happy with this book.
Daniels did an amazing job capturing a concept that could carry a story and tie in the druid. She also did a wonderful job of writing in multiple voices. Though the main voice was Jake to start, she easily added in Jessie, Hailey, and their father Gavin. Being a lover of multiple POV, this really pulled me in because it was done absolutely wonderful!! There was just so much unique about this read and the writing was beautiful and pacing done just right. With this book I never felt like anything was put on pause or like someone had hit fast forward and I missed half. There are twists that will make your jaw hang open and even a couple that may upset or make you angry like it did me. However, it is in her ability to make me feel that I know I had some form of connection to the characters.
Jake was a really sweet character. Oh, he had his flaws like they all do and is blind as a bat when it come to Hailey to start but he is a good guy. I enjoyed reading his POV and found that it was really easy to feel with him or for him. He had a lot going on and so many things that he had never told anyone because of his fear of being crazy or something. It's when reality hits home and his father tells him the most of what is going on that he sees all the pieces coming together. It's also in this time that Hailey proved to be not just a teenage fluff. She didn't freak out and was willing to stick with Jake. Under normal circumstances I would say that the romance between these two simply grew too quickly to be enjoyable...normally. Thing is in this read despite the quick advance, it didn't feel forced or sad, they had been friends for so many years that honestly it just felt right. These two are unforgettable characters, as far as I am concerned.
There is also Jessie (Jess), Jakes brother, Kase and the boys father, Gavin. I know this seems like a lot of characters but really, truly, honestly Daniels used all of these characters to make the story richer. All of these characters had a meaning and played their part. I don't believe there were any small parts either because without any of these people there would have been a hole in everything I think. Though I will admit I thought that Jessie was a little arrogant to start, it turned out he really wasn't and i was just jumping to conclusions.
The Druid's Doorway is a unique and fast paced read. I eagerly look forward to when this author next graces us with book two and more of the story. After an ending like there was in this one, the loss and the growth, there is o doubt that it will be just as stunning and addictive as this read was. Though this is highlighted as fantasy, I believe firmly that fantasy lovers and people that normally shy away from it will both love it! I highly recommend you pick this awesome read up if you want something that you wont want to put down.
About the Author
S.G. Daniels lives in rural Central Illinois with her husband of thirty-one years, and two spoiled cats, Payne and Jenks. She works full-time in a local medical facility as a patient accounting refund specialist. Most of her evenings she can be found in front of her computer, working on story ideas, or learning the ins and outs of the writing world. On the weekends, if she’s not spending time outside, she’s usually found nose-deep in a book. When S.G. unleashes her inner daredevil, she usually takes off through winding timber trails or country roads on the ATV. Her weaknesses are iced tea and pretzels, especially when she’s working on a story.
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