Monday, December 10, 2012

Review: "Dangerous Designs" by Dale Mayer

"Dangerous Designs"
Author: Dale Mayer
Series: Book #1
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance
Pages: ebook
Source: Review Copy

Published: June 30, 2011

Buy Links: Amazon

Goodreads Blurb:
Drawing is her world...but when her new pencil comes alive, it's his world too.

Her...Storey Dalton is seventeen and now boyfriendless after being dumped via Facebook. Drawing is her escape. It’s like as soon as she gets down one image, a dozen more are pressing in on her. Then she realizes her pictures are almost drawing themselves...or is it that her new pencil is alive?

Him...Eric Jordan is a new Ranger and the only son of the Councilman to his world. He’s crossed the veil between dimensions to retrieve a lost stylus. But Storey is already experimenting with her new pencil and what her drawings can do - like open portals.

It ... The stylus is a soul-bound intelligence from Eric’s dimension on Earth and uses Storey’s unsuspecting mind to seek its way home, giving her an unbelievable power. She unwittingly opens a third dimension, one that held a dangerous predatory species banished from Eric’s world centuries ago, releasing these animals into both dimensions.

Them... Once in Eric’s homeland, Storey is blamed for the calamity sentenced to death. When she escapes, Eric is ordered to bring her back or face that same death penalty. With nothing to lose, can they work together across dimensions to save both their worlds?

A very different YA paranormal read for me. Very original, exciting and keeps you on your toes the whole way through. A rating of 3.5 from me, rounded to a solid 4. I enjoyed this new world that Dale Mayer created and feel that many YA paranormal fans out there will find themselves hooked and demanding the next in the series.

Storey (love her name) is a regular teenage girl that lives in a small quiet town that does not have much going on or many people living in it. Simple living is what it is there. But her entire world changes the day she finds a simple pencil just laying on the ground and picks it up to add to her art supply collection. Storey LOVES to draw; her drawing is the main part of her life. Feeling a pull towards her newest item, she uses it and gradually finds herself mindlessly doodling more than ever, pictures that she’s never even imagined while not even paying attention to her hand movements. Blaming it on her recent breakup up, she just takes it in stride. That’s until it (the pencil) starts communicating with her and other strange things begin happening that she could not begin to comprehend or explain. Well that’s until she meets a new boy in town named Eric. Once they begin to trust one another all truths come out and many exciting adventures come forth for them both and some very dangerous.

I enjoyed all of the characters (good guys and bad) and the growth that occurred with the main characters was fantastic. They both seemed to think in a more adult manner by the end, but I have to say the ending left me hanging and I don't like to be left hanging! But I will be reading book 2 as soon as it is released and I can get my eyes on it ;)

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