As part of the Heroines with Heart blog tour I read Seeds of Discovery, the first book in the Dusk Gate Chronicles YA series written by Breeana Puttroff. This book tour features books with strong female protagonists. And Quinn Robbins of Seeds of Discovery certainly is that.
I absolutely loved Seeds of Discovery and could not put it down (and I am middle-aged adult). I can’t wait to read the rest of the series. I’ve seen comments that book 2 is even better.
Description of Seeds of Discovery
Quinn Robbins has never noticed William Rose at Bristlecone High School – not until the night she almost runs him down in her car. After that, she never stops noticing him. Because William is different than the other boys…Why does a high school senior always have his nose buried in medical journals?
And how does he keep disappearing down by the river every Friday night?
Seeds of Discovery is Book One of the Dusk Gate Chronicles, a new Young Adult series that has been described by readers as “The Chronicles of Narnia meets Cinderella.” Go on an unforgettable journey with characters who will find their way straight into your heart.
Seeds of Discovery Excerpt
“What are you doing, Quinn?” Annie’s voice behind her sliced into her reverie and she was almost irritated.
“Nothing.” She turned to see Annie’s little face, smiling at her from behind the guardrail. “Why did you get out of your car seat?”
“I wanted to come with you. What are you looking for?”
She walked back up the slope and stepped over the rail. “I don’t know Annie, just seeing what was down there, I guess.” Scooping her sister into her arms, she turned and looked back down at the valley, still inexplicably desperate to see exactly what William was up to down there.
But he was gone.
She frowned, scanning the whole valley for him. There was no chance he could have made it back up to the highway or through one of the snow-packed trails yet.
“I want to see what’s down there,” Annie said.
So did Quinn. After zipping up Annie’s coat, she lifted the little girl carefully over the guardrail, and then climbed back over herself. “Let’s go see, okay?”
Annie was eager for the adventure, and she held Quinn’s hand tightly as they navigated down the rocks. The whole time, Quinn was scanning the area, looking for any sign of where William was, or where he could have gone, but even once they reached the bottom, there was no sign of him. This was impossible; she was sure he had been here.
He wasn’t there. He wasn’t anywhere.
She whirled around, searching the entire valley with her eyes, even carefully scrutinizing the shallow water flowing over the rocks in the riverbed. He had to be here.
But he wasn’t.
Frustrated, she found herself walking all over the riverbank in the cold evening air, looking behind trees and boulders. The sun had set almost completely. Soon she wouldn’t be able to see anything. Except for Annie, who was now busy searching through the rocks, looking for the “shiny” kind that she liked, there was no sign of another human being anywhere on the riverbank. It was impossible. He hadn’t had time to go anywhere. What was going on here?
In a last, desperate move, she walked toward the broken bridge. She edged close to the water as far as she could, hoping to peer beneath the base of the bridge. Maybe he was hiding there? She had to get so close to the water that she got her shoes a little wet, but she could finally see behind the dark outcropping. Nothing. He wasn’t there, either.
The sun had set now, and only a dim glow lit the horizon. She sighed. None of this made any sense. Annie was still occupied, so she climbed up the crumbling steps and stood for a moment on what was left of the platform at the top. From here, she could see literally everything, even behind some of the smaller boulders she had searched. She was alone.
At that moment, a strange idea popped into her head. What if he had climbed up the bridge and kept on walking? What if it wasn’t really broken?
She knew the thought was absurd. She was standing here, and the bridge was broken. William Rose could not have kept on walking. Yet the thought resonated with something deep inside of her, a feeling she did not understand rising from her chest. She walked forward to the broken edge and looked over. He still wasn’t down there. The water swirled below her in freezing ribbons.
Carefully, she put her right foot over the edge, feeling the space.
There was nothing there, of course, only air. Laughing at herself, she pulled her foot back before she lost her balance. The odd feeling passed.
Feeling defeated, she climbed down and made her way back to her car. Underneath the disappointment, though, a new feeling was building. Determination. She was going to find out what was going on with William Rose.
More on the Heroines with Heart book tour and Giveaway
In addition to introducing readers to great novels with strong female protagonists, the Heroines with Heart book tour is also giving away a Kindle Fire. To enter to win the Kindle Fire and sign up for free ebooks and other information on the tour, go to the Heroines with Heart Tour page.
I haven’t read any of the other books on the tour yet, although I will be writing about one more at the end of the month, it is definitely worth checking out and signing up. I enjoyed Breeana Puttroff’s Seeds of Discovery more than I ever imagined. It has wonderful characters and both fantasy and adventure that feel real. You will be hooked and, like me, will need to go on and read the entire Dusk Gate Chronicles