Author: S.G. Daniels
Genre: YA Urban Fantasy
Jake Reese thinks he’s just a screwed-up high school kid living in a small town isolated in the Arizona desert. Traumatized at an early age by his mother’s sudden death—and believing he might have had something to do with it—he’s allowed his guilt and lack of self-confidence to rule his life.
Hailey is the fiery little redhead that sees Jake as more than a just a good friend. When she invites him as her date to a school function, it brings down the walls he’s built to protect his heart, and sets off a series of events that threaten not only Jake’s life, but that of everyone around him.
The discovery of a portal on the outskirts of town brings Jake face-to-face with death and reveals a closely guarded secret about his mother. No longer is his memory of her the only thing that haunts him. Something evil from her past has escaped through the portal, and nothing will prevent it from trying to steal Jake’s future.
Can Jake overcome his fears to keep Hailey safe? Will the decisions he’s forced to make destroy everyone he knows and loves? And ultimately…is he strong enough to live with those choices?
Jake has lived with the trauma of his mother’s sudden death his entire life. He’s always felt as if it was somehow his fault. He’s always let that trauma determine his life. But all of that is about to change – his best friend Hailey starts falling for him, he discovers a portal in the desert that has something to do with his mother, and something evil is out to get him.
As Jake must struggle with all that, school, and his own fears, he learns more about himself than he thougth possible.
Jake was a cool character. Usually, YA main characters are girls, so I was glad to see a boy shining in the spotlight this time. He always thought less of himself than he should’ve though. It didn’t bother me, because it seemed like typical teenager stuff. He makes some serious character progress throughout the book.
The other main role is for Hailey, Jake’s best friend who starts falling for him at the start of the book. I loved the relationship between the two of them. It was cute, sweet, believable and realistic.
The plot itself was interesting too. The idea of a portal was good, and there were plenty of twists to inspire the reader to continue reading. There will be more parts in this series, and I for one, look forward to the sequel.
I’m happy to say the author wanted to give away a Kindle copy of “The Druid’s Doorway” to one lucky reader. All you have to do to participate in the giveaway, is comment on this post. Simple, right? Good luck!