Title: The Gateway Through Which They Came
Author: Heather Marie
Series: The Gateway #1
Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press
Release Date: August 25th 2014
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Source: e-ARC via the author
Source: e-ARC via the author
To seventeen-year-old Aiden Ortiz, letting the dead walk through his body to reach the other side comes with the territory. Being a Gateway isn’t an easy job, but someone’s gotta send Bleeders where they belong. Heaven. Salvation. Call it whatever you want. Dead is dead. But when his search for Koren Banks––the girl who went mysteriously missing seven months ago––leaves him with more questions than answers, he finds himself involved in something far more sinister and beyond his control.
With the threat of the Dark Priest's resurrection, and his plan to summon his demon brothers from hell, Aiden is left to discover his identity before the Dark Priest's curse infecting his blood consumes him, and before the world as he knows it succumbs to the darkness of hell on earth.
Read the first chapter for THE GATEWAY THROUGH WHICH THEY CAME here: http://heathermarieya.com/first-chapt...
I received an e-ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review. This fact in no shape or form affects my review. Except for the existence of the review itself. I received no compensation for this review in any way.This is my honest opinion of the work.
The book started off a little slow in the beginning and I was reading and flicking through the pages, waiting for the action to start. Although, in hindsight I could see that things were already being initiated for the plot, it was simply a slow burn to get to the more action-y bits.
I liked that there was a distinct voice to Aiden and that he is portrayed well. He's got strength to him and a bravery that I would definitely never have. I can see the "hero" mentality in him, where he doesn't know what he's doing but he'll do it anyway because he has to save people. There were also definitely times where I was mentally yelling at him. But then again, he would probably be a Gryffindor and I'm a Slytherin so. . .
I like this take on the whole "grim reaper" thing where instead of causing death, they are simply sending people who are already dead to the beyond. There is a similar sort of grim reaper thing in the Charley Davidson series, though that one definitely has a more biblical take on it. I like that this book wasn't too biblical with what's on the other side of the Gateway. It left room for interpretation and even though Aiden is a Gateway, he's not a devout Christian.
Also, there's a bit in the book where two kids are talking about a "space cowboy show that got cancelled mid season." I laughed so hard. Total reference to Firefly there. Yes!
Overall, I enjoyed it and it was entertaining, but I didn't love it.