Seeds of Discovery: Dusk Gate Chronicles

Rated 4.38/5 based on 15 reviews
When Quinn Robbins becomes intrigued with the odd behavior of a classmate, she stumbles upon an old mystery that takes her to a world she never knew existed, but that she might have hidden connections to. More
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About Breeana Puttroff

An elementary school teacher for years, Breeana Puttroff decided to try her hand at writing down the stories she's been creating in front of her students for years. Her first book, Dusk Gate: Seeds of Discovery has already been well-loved by many of those students - and their moms!

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Review By: S0rceress0
Review for the YA reader!
Really good book that won't let you down.

Review by: slc333 on Aug. 30, 2013 :
I really enjoyed the story once Quinn crossed over into William's land but found that it dragged in a couple of places. Namely the start in Quinn's world went on for much too long and included things which didn't seem to further the story at all ( such as her interactions with Zander) and later when Quinn is travelling to the hospitals with Thomas & William - I enjoyed most of this but felt some of the tending to the sick seemed to go on for too long. My favourite bit as at the castle with Quinn and William's family. I also like how there is no insta- love, in fact at this stage I am not sure who Quinn will develop a romance with.
(review of free book)

Review by: Midu Hadi on Oct. 05, 2012 :
What I liked about it:
the book starts off like a typical YA novel-high school, popular guys, not-so popular girl- but then it surprises you.
how sensible the female lead was.
it was the perfect length.
ended at just the right place.

What I didn't like about it:
lack of details-I never thought I'd been the way to notice that! The flora & fauna unique to the kingdom were not described in too much detail.

A good book to curl with and spend some hours of relaxed reading.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Ray Bliss on Dec. 04, 2011 : (no rating)
“Seeds of Discovery” by Breeana Puttroff is a fun book. Quinn is a teenage girl that finds a bridge to an alternate world named Eirentheos, a beautiful medieval world that seems to have no crime or pollution. The first half of the book, I was beginning to think that characters were to unbelievably nice/perfect to be plausible, but then in steps the villain Tolliver, and from there the story really took off for me.

I finished this book in a day, and really enjoyed the plot. Quinn has a love interest in 3 different men that will play out in future books, along with her adventures in Eirentheos. On a final note, I feel this is a series, and author you will want to follow.

I received the e-book for free through the author Breeana Puttroff, and for a fair and honest review.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Julie Witt on Dec. 01, 2011 :
Wow! What a great book from an awesome new writer! Breeana was offering free copies of her book in exchange for honest reviews, and I thought I would lend a hand, really hoping that I would like the book. I didn't need to worry, though, because I was drawn into the story from the first page and I couldn't stop reading until I was finished! The characters were fully fleshed out and the world building was amazing!

Quinn starts following her schoolmate William around when he begins to act mysteriously and finds herself literally falling into a whole new world! Eirentheos sounds like a beautiful place, and is described very well. Thankfully, Quinn isn't the panicky type of girl, so we didn't have to read on and on about how there was no way this could be happening to her, was she going crazy, etc. She accepted where she was because she had no choice - it was real and that's all there was to it. This was definitely a refreshing viewpoint for the heroine/female MC to take! When she found out she was sort of stuck there for 10 days, she decided to embrace it and make the best of it, and to help out as much as she could.

Unfortunately, during Quinn's time there, there was an outbreak of a very serious illness among the children of the kingdom. As William was one of the doctors in Eirentheos (people live a lot longer there as 10 of their days equal one of ours), Quinn traveled around the kingdom with him (and his very charming brother, Thomas) to help out. There is a nice little mystery involved in what is making the children sick. There is also a definite bad guy in the form of Tolliver, who tries to force himself on Quinn as soon as he meets her.

I'm not going to say any more about that because I don't want to ruin it for you, but I will say that I can't wait to read the next installment in what is looking like a very intriguing new series from a very talented new writer :D
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Robin Mettenbrink on Nov. 19, 2011 : (no rating)
Wow! This book really grabbed me! I'm not quite finished but it so far I'm loving it. Great young adult fantasy! I was pulled in from the very start and then it took a complete 180 on me. I'm impressed with Breeana Puttroff's skill at catching the reader completely off guard. Well done'. Can't wait to finish.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Sandy Pulliam on Nov. 10, 2011 :
I have to say I loved this book! When I first got it I was a little weary and was not in any rush to start reading it. Shame on me! Once I started I could not put it down. I absolutely love the three main characters. Thomas being my favorite but William a close second!

I liked how Quinn was so excepting to the new world she discovered and did not majorly freak out every other paragraph like some other books I have read. She is smart and funny yet independent and strong. I love how the the author didn't make this a love story from the start. She has left us all guessing, sure we know Zander has it bad for her but I'm unsure about Thomas and William? I'm not sure who I want her to fall for!

Of course there is a bad guy (Tullaver) and I am pretty sure he has something to do with the poisonings but again I don't know! This leaves me super excited about the next book! Tullaver is creepy, sick and simply put a very rotten character. So naturally, I hate him but love him in this book all the same!

All I can say is congratulations and thank you to Ms. Puttroff for an having such an amazing talent and sharing it with us.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: pothu venni on Oct. 14, 2011 :
Awesome! It's such a positive and cheerful book. Love it! Can't wait until the next book!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: twinsmom on Sep. 21, 2011 :
I really wanted to love this book because I liked the writing style and the characters but the story itself just kind of left me wanting...wanting more excitement or conflict or action or something. As I read, I just kept waiting for something to happen to suck me in, to make me more excited to keep reading. The story started off intriguing, but once Quinn solved the "mystery" of what happened to William, it became a little too low-key for me. I was intrigued by the world Quinn finds herself in and the people there but I wanted more to happen. Also, I know this is the first book in a series, but the story just ended. I felt like it was unfinished. It almost felt like this was the first half of a book rather than a complete book in and of itself.

All in all it's not a bad book but it's not outstanding either. I am curious, however, to see what happens with Quinn and her friends, both old and new. I don't know what Ms. Puttroff has in store for the next book but since this one isn't all that long, I wonder if putting the two together into a larger novel might not be a better move.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Linda Horne on Sep. 14, 2011 :
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I am very taken with this as a YA novel. It contained elements that were not only bright and cheerful but comforting as well. This is a place we would all like to visit. Clean water, beautiful vistas, people who care about each other. It was a major hit with my emotional side.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Beth on Sep. 07, 2011 :
This is a very fun, quick read. I enjoyed it from beginning to end.
The main characters are easy to like, so you care about what happens to them. It will be interesting to see where she takes the characters in the next book. Can't wait to find out!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Beth on Sep. 07, 2011 :
This is a very fun, quick read. I enjoyed it from beginning to end.
The main characters are easy to like, so you care about what happens to them. It will be interesting to see where she takes the characters in the next book. Can't wait to find out!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Jeff Hunt on Sep. 06, 2011 :
While a bit lighter than my normal reading habit, I really enjoyed Seeds of Discovery. It has an intriguing plot and believable characters. I am a sucker for well developed characters and I found all of the major characters to be well developed. I could see much of the motivation behind them without it being spelled out. It will definitely find it's way into the favorite stack of YA readers.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: A. Andersen on Sep. 06, 2011 :
What an AMAZING and good CLEAN story written by Breeana Puttroff. Seeds of Discovery (Dusk Gate Chronicles) is a breath-taking journey that takes the young or adult reader into a whole new world of undiscovered magic. Readers will be left rooting for either team William, team Thomas, or team Zander as the main character, Quinn Robbins, is torn between her life at home and this new magical world.

This book is a perfect blend of adventure, mystery, romance, and a thriller novel. Perfect fiction to read and escape your every day worries. You will NOT be able to put this book down!

This author will soon be a household name and have a huge following of readers. I predict that Ms. Puttroff will be soon be held in high regard for her literature, and she will be lumped together with other famous female authors, such as Jodi Piccult, Agatha Christie, Stephenie Meyer, and J.K. Rowling.

This is my first auto-delivered wireless book! I am now addicted to downloading ebooks to my Kindle. And, I cannot wait to own this in hardcover and paperback.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Tonya Christensen on Sep. 06, 2011 :
When I receive manuscripts to critique I am rarely excited... but frankly this story blew me away.

The characters have such a personality that I could see them... I could imagine their back stories and how they'd react to certain situations... I wanted to invite some of them over for dinner just to get to know them better!

A good, clean read - proving that not all YA has to have its characters lusting over one another just because they have teenage hormones... sometimes it's okay for them to form good strong friendships and not commit themselves for life (or death) at first glance.

A truly enjoyable story from beginning to end - and lucky for us all this is not the end. I am very much looking forward to reading more of Quinn's story!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Kristy K. James on Sep. 03, 2011 :
I don’t think I’ve ever been as enthused about writing a book review as I am about Seeds of Discovery, The Dusk Gate Chronicles. Without giving too much away, Breeana Puttroff takes us on a grand adventure through a mystical world when heroine, Quinn Robbins, discovers the Dusk Gate.

All of the characters in the story are believable, and you find yourself first rooting for one, and then another...when you really just want all of them to have whatever it is they want. Well, with the exception of one, and you’ll know who that is as soon as you ‘meet’ him.

There are more minor characters (at least right now) that you hope have larger roles in the subesequent books in the series. Characters who are just plain nice, or unique and unusual.

Seeds of Discovery is full of wonder, mystery, and written such a way that you do come to care about what happens to everyone in the book. Even the one I don’t like, but I only care about that because sometimes characters do get what they deserve!

My only complaint about this book is that it’s too short! I wanted more, but will have to be patient while I wait for the next installment. I hope it’s soon! :)
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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