Saturday, November 23, 2013

Review - Gateway by Christina Garner @GarnerChristina

by Christina Garner

Goodreads blurb:  Ember has always known she doesn't belong in this world. But when she tries to correct the mistake, she wakes to find herself in a mental institution.

She's soon drawn to Taren, the mysterious boy with hazel eyes. He's not what he seems, but what is he?

When chaos erupts, they are forced to flee the institution together, and the secret that Taren has been keeping brings Ember closer to understanding her own. And leads her to... the Gateway.

About the Author:  Christina Garner began writing stories at the age of six. At eighteen, her aspirations as an actor had her loading up her Buick and setting off for Hollywood. Since then she has written and directed 10 short films, including Rewind and Reminder, both of which received acclaim on the festival circuit. In 2007 she was hired to write her first feature film. May of 2011, her debut novel, Gateway became an Amazon Bestseller, followed by Chasm, Book 2 in The Gateway Trilogy. Look for Tether in late 2013.

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My Thoughts - 4 out of 5 unicorns - I really liked it!!
***Gifted to me by the author

Okay, yes the author gifted this to me, but she didn’t ask me for anything in return.  She just knew I wanted to read it, but I always do reviews on the books I read.  I just think it is important to always fill you all in :)

The cover is simple but elegant though seems to evoke feelings of sadness because she does not seem happy.

This is a tough review to write because it touches on things most people do not want to talk about fear, mental diseases, mental institutions, and suicide.  When I started reading this book, it made me very sad because I am a teacher, and I never want to see a young person give up fighting.  I want them to preserve and overcome all through hard work and help from people who love them.

Ember starts as a floundering teen dealing with more than any teen should have to because it is more like she is taking care of her mom rather than the other way around.  The feelings she has are very real to life, and I see teens struggling with some of the very same issues.  I loved watching her grow stronger and start fighting.  She threw herself into learning and a new life.

This book shows Ember’s struggles with both internal and real life demons.  She learns all sorts of new things about herself and things she never new existed.  Taren throws her for several loops, but what boy doesn’t.  By the end of the book, I was totally sucked into the world Christina had created.  If you liked anything that I’ve said about this book, you should definitely check it out :)

I can’t wait to read Chasm which I just bought.  It will have to wait until I catch up on some other reviews first though.

Interested in reading???

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