Thursday, February 7, 2013

REVIEW Hidden Gates by D.T. Dyllin


For P.J. Stone, being a “Seer” who has never seen anything is less than fun. And P.J. isn’t known for her patience.

To make matters worse, she must choose a suitable mate to continue the Seer bloodline. Duty always comes before her heart…at least that’s what her parents taught her. When she finds herself wanting someone who is considered off-limits, P.J. is forced to question everything she believes.

As if navigating her love life isn’t complicated enough, P.J. finally receives a vision—of a threat to her world that only she can perceive. But no one will believe a fledgling Seer’s warnings. With nowhere else to turn, she may decide to trust a stranger with her life, her world, and maybe even her heart.


This one definitely surprised me! I knew I was interested, but I was suddenly sucked in when I started reading. The only thing that has be taken back was the amount of sexy time in this book. But I can't complain, because I do enjoy reading about sexy time, especially when it's well written and even sweet! Right from the start, the characters came alive with Dyllin's amazing ability to wrap the reader up in her descriptive writing.

We start off being thrown into a high school setting, but this is anything but normal for high school in a world of Seer,s Guardians, Speakers, and Gatekeepers. I really enjoyed how it didn't feel like I was reading about some strange place, everything felt like things might have changed since I've been in high school and this is really how it is now! P.J. is our main lady and right away we find out that she's shy, doesn't date, has a guy and a girl best friend,  and has yet to come into her Seer powers. Her best friends are Jenna, a Speaker, who has no shame in her love for getting her groove on with all the boys in school, and Bryn, her one day Guardian and partner in crime, but also the result of many confusing feelings she experiences.

The dynamic between these three is something else. They're quirky, fun, and free spirited! But soon not just one, but multiple wrenches get thrown into their grove, causing their world to get off kilter, opening up more adventure and magic into their already unique world. P.J. goes through a transformation throughout the book of being a shy, timid girl, to a powerful and confident young lady. Bryn, who was already a force to be reckoned with before, gets about ten times more manlier throughout the book.

I think my favorite part of Hidden Gates was the ever revealing storyline and plot twists. The story was like a good layer cake, the cake being the juicy plot twists and the icing between the layers being the new and substantial characters that get introduced along the way. Many times while I was reading I starting thinking 'NO WAY!' and I love when I can do that. I can't wait to read the second book in the trilogy and find out what fate is in store for our little band of heroes! 




You can find Hidden Gates on Amazon and Goodreads.
You can check out D.T. Dyllin on Facebook, Twitter and her blog.



  1. A great big THANKS for being a part of the tour and for taking the time to read Hidden Gates! I loved the comparison to cake! LOL And I really love how you named your blog after your dog Cupcake! She sounds like a lot of fun and trouble all rolled into one! Of course she's part German Sheperd! I think they're all lovable trouble makers! smh

  2. It was a blast! Thanks for writing it for us to enjoy. :D I told you, I love me some cake!
    Oh gosh! Yes, I think that's 100% true about GSD. She has had puppies and I stay in touch with some of their new mommies, and they're just as mischievous!

  3. It was a blast! Thanks for writing it for us to enjoy. :D I told you, I love me some cake!
    Oh gosh! Yes, I think that's 100% true about GSD. She has had puppies and I stay in touch with some of their new mommies, and they're just as mischievous! But they're some of the best dogs! We've got two purebreds and two mixes!

  4. Yes, I'm a bit partial to GSDs myself since I have two purebreds. I grew up with shepherds too. I've actually never owned a dog that wasn't one. Other dogs are adorable but I have a soft spot for GSDs for sure! And geeze, I"m lucky Loki and Kira are both fixed because I think I'd go stalker crazy on anyone who had their puppies. I'd be doing random drop ins to check up on them. ", that crazy lady is sneaking around our house again." Haha!

  5. Aww! GSD love! I was NOT a big dog person until Cupcake found her way into my life, and then my husband took me to the darkside and now we have our crazy pack of animals. We've even had a cat or two. Oh don't worry! I totally do! There's one mama I'm super close with and she sends me pictures and videos all the time! I love seeing them! But never again will we have puppies. We took care of that ASAP!