Published: May 2013
Series: The Gatekeepers of Em'pyrean #1
Tallis Challinor is faced with a problem that goes way beyond anything she’s ever encountered. And that’s saying something when you’re a teenage girl in a new town. Coping with the death of her parents was hard. Surviving life with her crabby uncle Craig was horrendous. But dealing with pissed-off spirits who appear in her basement determined to make her life miserable, well that’s way beyond creepy. It’s even deadly.
When Porteur, the head gatekeeper for the spirit world, tells Tallis that she has been chosen to round up the spirits who escaped through the portal and send them back through the gate, she is shocked, frightened, and ultimately determined to see the task through. But chasing down angry spirits isn’t a task to be taken lightly, and Tallis knows that if she fails, the consequences to the living beings she loves will be dire.
With the help of her hot neighbor, Aiden, his sister Bailey, Tallis’ brother, Wyatt, and two guiding spirits, Phoebe and Sohrab, Tallis sets in motion a scheme to bring the wayward ghouls back to the gateway between the worlds. But, can she get the spirits back to Bancofa before they destroy the town of Landry and all the people living in it?
Portal’s Choice is rife with witty dialogue, great character development and a few LOL moments. It has the right combination of teen angst, plot, humour and mystery for me.
It is a thick book for a YA with minor editing glitches but I didn’t find it dragged anywhere or became confusing. There was always something new and interesting and it kept your attention. I’d suggest this for anyone seeking an in-depth YA that not only dives into the world of a teenager but a paranormal realm as well.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Now, settled in New Hampshire with her family and herd of cats (only three), she can often be found in her office, working on the next installment of “The Gatekeepers of Em’pyrean” series, reading one of a dozen books she has started, and dreaming of her future travel destinations.
“The Portal’s Choice”, book one in “The Gatekeeper’s of Em’pyrean” series featuring Tallis Challinor, will be released on May 6, 2013.
“The Forgotten Gate”, book two in the series, is scheduled for release in 2014.
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