About the Author: S.G. Daniels lives in rural Central Illinois with her husband of thirty-one years, and two spoiled cats, Payne and Jenks. She works full-time in a local medical facility as a patient accounting refund specialist. Most evenings she’s in front of her computer, working on story ideas, or learning the ins and outs of the writing world. On the weekends, if she’s not spending time outside, she’s usually nose-deep in a book.
When S.G. unleashes her inner daredevil, she usually takes off through winding timber trails or country roads on the ATV. Her weaknesses are iced tea and pretzels, especially when she’s working on a story.
Description: 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?
Review: Ok you guys, I’m going to be really honest here, I really didn’t like this book. I wanted to like the book, I really tried, but I’m an English major and there are some things that I just can’t ignore. No, I don’t have a problem with the plot and I’m not going to go into a lot of detail about it. I don’t want to ruin the story for people who still want to go and read it for themselves. I have a difficult time with the writing.
You know that thing I go on about sometimes, show me and don’t tell me? It’s something I’m pretty adamant about. I want to see a character fall in love. I don’t want to be told it happened in a couple of sentences in passing, as if it barely mattered. The things do matter, one does not lay down something important for a love described in less than a paragraph. This book suffers from “tell syndrome” in places where I’d rather be shown. I want to see things in my mind’s eye, to use my imagination as I read. I can’t do that when things are glossed over.
So while I didn’t like the book from an English major perspective, there are plenty of people who may still enjoy this book. If the premise catches your attention then certainly draw your own conclusion, I’m not here to tell you what you should and shouldn’t read. It’s just not for me.
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