The Gateway Through Which They Came, by Heather Marie
Genre: young-adult, paranormal-horror
Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press
Date of Publication: August 25, 2014
Cover Artist: Ricky Gunawan
About The Gateway Through Which They Came:
To seventeen-year-old Aiden Ortiz, letting the dead walk through his body to reach the other side comes with the territory—the territory of being a Gateway. It’s hard enough doing the exchange, sending even one Bleeder away without being seen, but when Koren Banks—his childhood friend and the girl who went mysteriously missing seven months ago—comes back into his life, the Bleeders begin seeking him out in droves.
When confronted by a Dark One, a Bleeder gone rogue, Aiden finds himself infected with an evil inside of him that wants nothing more than to be released. Fighting the urge to let the darkness consume him, Aiden realizes that not only does the Gateway send things away—it also brings things back. But who the other Gateway is summoning these shadowed beings is just another item on the list. A list that continues to grow more complicated by the day.
As the infection begins to take form—bringing to life a monster daring to claw its way out—Aiden seeks guidance to learn the truth of the man responsible for his curse. The Dark Priest whose resurrection has reformed the Brethren of Shadows; a group of men and women who seek a life full of Darkness, and thrive for the reign of their Dark Priest to lead them once again.
With his trusted protector guiding him, a local priest named Father Martin, Aiden soon discovers that he isn’t just another Gateway like his fellow brothers—but a Mortal Gateway created by the blood of a human and an Original—making him far more vulnerable to the energy of the Dark Priest and the power he offers. But what he asks of Aiden in return could mean the death of them all, humans and Gateways alike. The choice should be easy for any Gateway, but the manipulative beast thriving inside of Aiden proves otherwise.
With Koren and his two best friends, Trevor and Evan, by his side, Aiden fights to rid the world of the evil that’s been released by the Dark Priest, while saving the girl he loves from her haunting past. Time is running out, and Aiden must find and stop the Gateway that’s releasing the Shadows into the world. As if that task alone isn’t enough, Aiden may be the only one capable of abolishing the Dark Priest and his Order before he finds himself consumed into a world of evil—and before the monster lurking inside Aiden takes control.
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I really like any book the has good versus evil. Why? Because there are so many different ways that evil can present itself and there are so many different ways to fight against it with good. I really believe that if everyone wrote a good versus evil story no two would be the same. They may have similarities at times but no two will be exactly the same. For instance this book, Gateways. When I first thought of gateways I didn’t think people or a person, no I thought like an iron fence with a gate. To create a gateway and then to be able to describe how it feels to send a Bleeder to the other side. However Heather thought differently. Not only did she think differently she portrayed it in such a way that made her ideas clear. You can tell she put time and effort into this and she took the time to give us the right words to portray exactly what she wanted to. The description of sending Bleeders over. The infection once it started in his body. The changes were clear and it was almost like through her very descriptive writing I could almost feel what was happening in Aiden happen in myself as I was reading. I could see how if it was wrote in a different way how it could be confussing and hard to read. But that’s just not the case here. It’s well written it flows great and it’s action, action. Everytime I thought okay Aiden’s going to get a break to figure this out it was like nope something else would happen. There was never a dull moment in this book. I liked the fact that he was infected with evil and he was having to fight off the temptations to be evil finding and willing the good to be stronger in him. Believing in himself that he was good and not evil. Reminds me of the power of thought. When it mentions 2 souls it reminded me of the wolf story. I don’t remember the exacts of the story but it was like a good wolf and and a bad wolf and then in the end only one would remain standing… know which one? The one you feed. So you either feed the good soul (wolf) or the evil one but one gets stronger as you feed it with thoughts and actions as the other one gets weaker. There is a line in the book that says “I know what it feels like to fight a part of you that is beyond your control.” I believe we could all relate to that in some way. We all have personal demons we fight. Maybe they don’t seem beyond your control exactly but we know what its like to fight a part of ourselves. At least I know I do. I just really enjoyed this book. I want to read more by Heather because I think she is a wonderful author.
Out of 5 stars I give this book 4.
I really enjoyed it for all the reasons above and some that I just can’t seem to find the words for. I recommend this book to all of my friends and anyone who likes a good book about good versus evil. It’s creative and wonderfully wrote. It’s easy-flowing and keeps you interested and entertained! I want to say thanks for the opportunity to read this book. It was wonderful.!
About Heather Marie:
Heather Marie lives in Northern California with her incredibly hard working husband, whom she loves ridiculous amounts. When she isn’t writing, she spends majority of her time reading or planning her next Harry Potter marathon. Heather has always been a fan of the darker side of things most people shy away from. With her love for the classic Universal Monsters, and the slasher films she watched throughout her childhood, she found herself fascinated by the macabre.
Though she hopes to expand her work to YA dark contemporary in the future, Heather considers herself a writer of stories that showcase the unknown, and at times, the harshness that is reality. She adores her troubled characters and her ghostly fiends, creating worlds that are both strange and beautiful. All of this with a healthy dose of romance, of course.
Her debut, THE GATEWAY THROUGH WHICH THEY CAME, is a YA supernatural horror due to be released from Curiosity Quills, Summer 2014.
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