Summer vacation was never supposed to be like this.
It was bad enough Naomi had to be shipped off to her dad's home for the summer and deal with her half-brother Gavin, but when the siblings are forced to spend their break with their great-grandmother in upstate New York, everything changes. An investigation into the strange disappearance of their great-grandfather forces them to retrace his footsteps. They discover a gateway between worlds and encounter extraordinary creatures in a land where the people are desperate to escape the coming of a shade lord. To survive their adventure, Naomi and Gavin must settle their differences and find the elusive shadow gate that will take them home again.
This is a really good start to a promising series. Gavin and Naomi are half-siblings and have to spend the summer together. Not only that but they are spending it at their great grandmother's house. There is a mystery around doorways and their great grandfather's disappearance that intrigues the two and they begin a search. Once they discover the world on the other side of the door, the problems start piling up, not the least of which is, how to get home!
I thought the author did a good job with his characters. I liked how realistic Naomi and Gavin were as siblings and that they did have issues. The other world that was created was quite interesting as well. I now want to actually see some of the inhabitants of that land! The story flows really well and it isn't one that you want to put down. The story doesn't 'speed' you through but it pulls you along and you always want to know what is going to happen next.
It was a 4/5 for me and I am really interested to see what happens next.
Thank you to the author for the review copy of this book. I received this book in exchange for an honest review and the opinions stated above are 100% mine.