Saturday, February 16, 2013

Early Review - Hidden Gates (P.J. Stone Gates Trilogy # 1) - by D. T. Dyllin

For P.J. Stone, being a “Seer” who has never seen anything is less than fun. And P.J. isn’t known for her patience.  To make matters worse, she must choose a suitable mate to continue the Seer bloodline. Duty always comes before her heart…at least that’s what her parents taught her. When she finds herself wanting someone who is considered off-limits, P.J. is forced to question everything she believes.  As if navigating her love life isn’t complicated enough, P.J. finally receives a vision—of a threat to her world that only she can perceive. But no one will believe a fledgling Seer’s warnings. With nowhere else to turn, she may decide to trust a stranger with her life, her world, and maybe even her heart.

Release Date: February 28, 2013
Publisher:  Dragonfairy Press
Pages:  299
Genre:  New Adult, PNR, Urban Fantasy
Purchase at: Amazon or Barnes & Noble 

***ARC provided by author in exchange for an honest review.***

Hidden Gates is a story with an intriguing premise and an action packed story line.  I love D.T. Dyllin's writing style and she is able to build an interesting world for this series.  There were many things that I loved about this book, and a few things that gave me pause.

P.J. is a Seer.  She has visions of the future and past.  Although she is from a powerful Seer family, she does not have her first vision until she is 18 years old.  In this world, there are also Guardians who are treated like laborers to protect the Seers, Gatekeepers that guard the gates in our world that lead to other dimensions, and Speakers that can understand any type of language.

P.J. and Bryn, a Guardian who has been raised to become P.J.'s personal Guardian when she comes of age, are best friends.  They have been since they were five-years-old.  After an emotional scene at a party where P.J. is put into a vulnerable position, she realizes that she is in love with Bryn.  Who wouldn't be?  He's well over six feet tall, with messy/sexy black hair and clear blue eyes.  He dotes on P.J. and once she has this revelation, the two consumate their relationship.  Of course, Seers aren't supposed to fall in love with Guardians because their children would become the less desireable Guardians.  This was a problem I had with this book.  I understand that there needed to be a reason to keep P. J. and Bryn apart, but the prejudice of the Seers was ugly.

Bryn is sent away from P.J. because their relationship is exposed, and during this time, Kohl shows up.  Kohl is a hot, smoldering, auburn-haired, emerald-eyed, 6 foot 7 sexy man that I immediately liked.  And did I say dragon?  He has immense powers that P.J. has never encountered.  Although she is in love with Bryn, P.J. is drawn to Kohl.  He is trustworthy and noble and endeavors to help P.J. with some disturbing visions that she has.  While all of this is going on, enter Jeremy, a sweet and sexy high school Gatekeeper.  He wants P.J., too.  Go figure.  

 P.J.'s visions show us that there are alien "Riders" that are hiding themselves within the general population and are trying to take over our world.  The remainder of this book follows P.J., Kohl, Jeremy, P.J.'s best friend and Speaker Jenna, and Bryn as they attempt to sort out their feelings and stop the world from crumbling.

There is a lot of sex in this book.  Did this bother me?  Not one bit.  I like the sexy books.  But the parts of this book that really bothered me involved the relationships between the characters.  First off, let me say that I don't like Bryn.  There.  I said it.  He was okay in the beginning of this book, but by the end I couldn't stand him.  He becomes an incredibly jealous character, for very little reason.  P.J. makes a huge sacrifice for Bryn, which negatively affects others, and he doesn't seem to understand the enormity of her actions.  Instead, he acts petty and jealous.  Which brings me to my next problem with Bryn.  While P.J. does some things that she is not proud of, she is always up front with Bryn.  We learn at the end that Bryn isn't all that up front with P.J.  I was disgusted by his behavior, and yet P.J. doesn't get the full story from Bryn by the end of this book.  I want my heroine to kick ass when she's been wronged, not chalk it up to jealousy.  

I liked the characters in this book, although I hope that we see a bit more development in the next book in this series.  I also thought the last third of this book was a bit dramatic.  There were revelations about Bryn, P.J. and Khol and it was all very action packed, yet it was a lot to put into the last part of this book.  P.J. does something to save Bryn at one point, and although I get the "I'd do anything for you," vibe, I think it was an irrational action on her part.  I don't like how P.J. says over and over again that she would do anything for Bryn.  I think she's being a bit short-sighted in these statements.  

Although I had some issues with this book, I will definitely be reading the next book in this series.  There are too many good plot points that I want to see through to their completion.  With the problems I mentioned aside, this is still an really fun book.  Dyllin is a great writer who knows how to balance world building with romance and angst.  If you enjoy Paranormal New Adult stories, with interesting world building and a fast-paced plot, then I would urge you to give this one a try.  


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