Title Hunt (5): The Oracle by K.B. Hoyle

What is Title Hunt? Title Hunt (TH) is a feature in The Solitary Bookworm wherein I and reader submissions feature screen caps or pictures of book titles written and deviously hidden by authors  within the story of a book.

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Book Review: The White Thread by K.B Hoyle

Title: The White Thread (The Gateway Chronicles #3)
Author: K.B. Hoyle
Pages: 404
ISBN: 139781612131078
Publisher: The Writer’s Coffee Shop Publishing House
Source: The Writer’s Coffee Shop Publishing House

For the duration of her freshman year, Darcy Pennington agonized over the fate of her dear friend, the nark Yahto Veli, who sacrificed himself to the Oracle to set her free. As her third trip to camp, and to the magical land, approaches, Darcy wonders if she’s capable of the daring rescue she wants to embark upon, but soon realizes there’s much more at stake.

Her return to Cedar Cove Family Camp is marked by a mysterious disappearance, and in Alitheia a new message from the Oracle adds to the riddles that must be deciphered if they are to expel the dark evil that hovers over the land. The six friends and the alchemist Rubidius plan a sea journey that will take them beyond the borders of Alitheia, and into the realm of a legendary archipelago. Tellius winds up joining them as well and the foes they meet along the way are both deceptive and charming, while the Oracle’s riddles seem to dog them at every turn.

Darcy is also hiding a secret from her best friend Sam that could test their friendship beyond the breaking point, and there’s an unexpected development in her relationship with Tellius that changes everything and makes her understand that the deepest scars sometimes cannot be seen.

Darcy isn’t sure if she’s prepared for another meeting with the Oracle, but if she wants to have any chance of saving her friend, she must try. To complicate matters, the evil they left behind in Alitheia has not remained dormant.

REVIEW

In the thrid installment of the Gateway Prophecies, the six is faced with yet another dilemma and it seems like the culminating battle between good and evil is nearing. Tselloch is on the move and devising a plan unknown to everybody but the most important matter now is how will the group save Yahto Velli from the Oracle. Voitto Vessa is under a “coma”, for the lack of a better word, for divulging the secret that the oracle imparted. Darcy, Sam, Perry, Dean, Lewis and Amelie together with Rubidius and a group embarked on a mission to find the oracle and save Yahto Velli and probably save Voitto Vessa as well.

The White Thread doesn’t lack the adventure that I was thirsting for from my hang over The Six and The Oracle. Compared from the first two, for me The White Thread is the preparation for what’s about to happen in Alitheia in the future. It seems like all the events are connected with each other and this is also the reason why one must read the series in order.

Collin was hinted from The Oracle to be a big part of the story but The White Thread confirms this angle, so we’ll be seeing more of Collin in the next installment. Yey on the extra bad guy, but I still don’t know how Hoyle will play this one out. One reason more to anticipate the next books.

Darcy surprisingly matured a little in The White Thread but Darcy hasn’t failed to disappoint me yet again. This time its an issue about respect. Don’t want to discuss what that is but I’ll say this, sometimes you have to consider if your actions is worth it and if that action wouldn’t hurt anybody. If the urge is too strong, I believe telling the person directly would be best than keeping it until the person hears it from someone else. Enough about Darcy. Tellius is maturing, finally! It is time that he sees action that he deserves and in this installment, it seems like Tellius is developing feelings for Darcy as well. So that’s exciting to read in the next books. Perry was arrogant and immature, Sam was amazing – loyal as ever but the rift between Darcy and her was something new knowing that Sam is someone not to get angry easily. Amelia, Lewis and Dean was so so. They are visible but I want more. It’s about time the other characters get the highlight asides Darcy.

With what happened, it seems like the Oracle is somewhat connected to Tselloch in a way so I am looking forward to how the story continues. One may think that these are separate events but thinking about the story and their progress, it seems like everything is connected with one another. I still don’t know how the story will go (one thing I love about this series is that it’s not predictable, it keeps e guessing) so I have to wait it out.

To wrap it up – I have a love and hate relationship with The White Thread and the whole The Gateway Chronicles but not the kind of hate you are thinking. I love the story, the world building, the writing, the characters, everything but I hate NOT GETTING more of the story immediately. That’s how good this series is. Its very addictive and not reading what happens next is making me very moody and impatient. I want more and I want it now!

The Gateway Chronicles

The Six

The Oracle

AUTHOR BIO
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K. B. Hoyle is a wife to a wonderful husband, a mother to two rambunctious little boys, an expectant mother to baby number three, and has been a classical educator for five years. She always knew from a young age that she wanted to write stories that would inspire people. Her favorite genre to read and write is Young Adult Fantasy and Science Fiction, so that is where her journey began. K. B. Hoyle began writing her first fantasy novel at the age of eleven, which proved to be valuable experience and practice for the novels she would publish as an adult.

K. B. Hoyle is currently writing the Young Adult Fantasy series The Gateway Chronicles, but she never stops brainstorming and planning for all the stories she hopes to write in the future.

Book Review: The Oracle by K.B. Hoyle

Title: The Oracle (The Gateway Chronicles #2)
Author: K.B. Hoyle
Pages: 237
Publisher: The Writer’s Coffee Shop
ISBN: 139781612130675

A year ago Darcy Pennington had no real friends. A year ago she’d thought that magic only existed in fairy tales. A year ago she would have laughed at the idea of other worlds.

Then everything changed when she’d visited Cedar Cove Family Camp and stumbled into a magical gateway to a world called Alitheia.
It is the summer before freshman year and Darcy and her five friends have come back to Cedar Cove Family Camp and Alitheia. This return is bittersweet because her elusive purpose in the magical realm continues to evade her. Egged on by Tellius, the boy prince she is prophesied to marry, Darcy rebels and impulsively “petitions” an entity called the Oracle and requests it give her information as to her purpose. In order to receive her answer she must travel to the Oracle, and so she embarks on a journey along with her friends and Yahto Veli, the nark. Too late she realizes her selfish entreaty has thrown the entire outcome of the prophecy itself into question and endangered everyone. Uncertainties mount between Darcy and her companions as they fight their way through enemy territory to locate the Oracle, and an unwelcome visitor from Cedar Cove adds a layer of mystery that none of them are prepared for.

But the perils of the quest are nothing when compared to what lies in wait for her in the lair of the Oracle. There is a cost associated with every question asked– a cost that may be far greater than Darcy is willing to pay. And someone may choose to make the ultimate sacrifice to free her from it.

REVIEW

The Oracle follows the next chapter of the six chosen to fulfill the prophecy. Darcy, Amelia, Sam, Lewis, Perry & Dean travels back to Alithea to continue their adventure in the hope of accomplishing the prophesied future for both the group and Alithea.

What’s new in The Oracle? The second book in the Gateway Chronicles was as exciting as The Six and I thoroughly enjoyed every single page. It was engaging, captivating and beautifully written. I also applause Hoyle for writing both The Six and The Oracle with such details. I didn’t know what I was expecting from The Oracle when I started reading it, I didn’t even read the blurb to make the whole experience mysterious and I made the right choice.

Okay so events. At first it seemed like the group was just in Alithea to enjoy, train and educate themselves but Darcy and Tellus struck again. It seemed like both Tellus and Darcy felt the same thing – they don’t want to be wed which led to Tellus telling Darcy about a book that suggested the wrong interpretation of the prophecy. Darcy seeing it as an opening to not marrying, studied the book and activated the invocation with the oracle. Not a good idea! So a group was assembled by Rubidius for the journey.

Lady Darcy, Lady Darcy – you did it again. Great job! a friend lost for a fools errand. I really sympathize with Darcy on some point but most of the time she just came off as a self centered child. I know why she wanted to go on with the mission in spite the evidence of trouble but I can’t fully applause her for that. And at the end of the journey, Darcy loses one of my favorite character and for me, it wasn’t worth it. The Oracle makes me sad actually, the whole event for me was heart breaking and I can’t seem to get rid my irritation for Darcy. I do hope that in the third book, The White Thread, Darcy’s attitude would mature a little. She is really getting in my nerves.

Nothing much happened to the other guys in this installment and in spite the cliffhanger ending, I am looking forward to reading The White Thread. Take note that this installment does not lack the adventure and thrill that you seek in a fantasy novel. I definitely recommend The Gateway Chronicles series to everyone!

The Gateway Chronicles

The Oracle

Book Review: The Six by K.B. Hoyle

Title: The Six (The Gateway Chronicles #1)
Author: K.B Hoyle
Pages: 256
Publisher: The Writer’s Coffee Shop
ISBN: 1449535798
Source: Netgalley

Darcy Pennington hates her life. She is an insufferably average teenager with no real friends, crushing social anxiety, and an indescribable sense of not fitting in anywhere. A change in her dad’s job forces her to attend Cedar Cove Family Camp the summer before her eighth-grade year, and Darcy once again finds herself on the outside of a social circle of teenagers, with her only advocate being an awkward girl named Samantha Palm. The only problem is, Darcy has no desire to be friends with her, but as the hostility from the other teenagers increases, she decides to return the friendship.

When Darcy begins to experience strange magical occurrences, she comes to believe she’s either losing her mind or on the brink of a discovery that could give her purpose in life. After unwittingly stumbling through a magical gateway to a new world called Alitheia, she convinces Sam and the other four teenagers to travel there with her, and despite their earlier hostilities toward her, they eventually concede leadership of their small group to Darcy. Once there, they learn the “arrival of the Six” was prophesied hundreds of years before, and that they must expel an ancient evil from the land. In the end their lives, and the fate of Alitheia, will hinge upon Darcy. Will she have what it takes to fulfill her mysterious purpose? Or will she fall prey to a deadly foe?

REVIEW

The Six. I was initially intrigued by the novel the moment I saw it in Netgalley and immediately requested it but for unknown reasons, I kept on passing through it in my reader and it became unnoticed for a couple of weeks. A couple of days ago, I started reading The Six and boy was I disappointed! Well, not in the way that you are probably thinking. I was very disappointed with myself for not reading the novel the moment I got it in my reader.

The Six is a story of Darcy and 5 of her friends who were prophesied to help Alitheia win against the baddies in their land. The Six has a Narnia vibe to it I must admit – it is similar when it comes to the parallel world concept, time stopping events and magical creatures but The Six has it’s own flavor to it. What I loved most about The Six was how the author created a world so enchanting and magical it was very entertaining to read and being a fan of Tolkien’s LOTR trilogy – The Six became memorable in my bookshelf.

Now for the characters, this is most likely the ever voiced opinion with regards to this novel – Darcy is an immature and selfish kid and I am not liking her one single bit. Actually that was also the main pull for me which is why I became so interested in the first few pages. so it’s win win. Darcy is negative from the start of the novel and I kept on figuring what her deal was and why she was like that. She also came of as a brat for me so I wasn’t really into her character although I would point out that as the story progress, her character matures a little but still not there. Her companions were also fun to follow. Each kid had their own personality and all 5 are very distinguishable from each other so you won’t have any issues following the story line. The magical creatures are also to look forward to. It would have been nice to learn a little more about these creatures though. Favorites would be Yahto Veli and Voitto Vesa, the narks (I can’t remember if I got that right, it’s narks right?). One person with two personality – literally. Narks has day and night counterparts. Their appearance and personalities changes as the time pass so imagine my confusion with their names as first. It’s Yahto and Veli (morning and night nark or the other way around, LOL) as the author explained in the story but to avoid confusion they use Yahto Veli or Vitto Vesa, whoever the nark is but still, it can get very confusing. In addition before I forgot, each kid also has a animal companion and forgive me, I forgot their names but as far as I can remember there’s a badger, lion, fox, bird (forgot what tye of bird) and a horse annnnnnnnnnd I’m forgetting one.  Geez, see with the intricate world created by Hoyle, one tends to get lost with it in a fun way.

Storytelling was superb. Hoyle has a gift for writing, it was very flawless and entertaining. I can really get a vibe  and see the story and the commotion, feel the emotions, the development. It has a balanced mix of fantasy and adventure with a little bonus of drama on the side. The ending was very intriguing and you’ll know immediately that it isn’t a stand alone book.

I got sucked in the story, got stucked in it and now I am wanting more. The Six is very recommended especially for people who enjoy fantasy and action. It is a mix of Narnia with a little Tolkien and a dash of Potter.

IMM: In My Mailbox (5)

In my mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren. The idea of In My Mailbox is to bring books to the attention of our blog readers and to encourage interaction with other blogs.

Here’s what I have for this week from Netgalley:

The Six (The Gateway Chronicles #1)
K. B. Hoyle

Darcy Pennington hates her life. She is an insufferably average teenager with no real friends, crushing social anxiety, and an indescribable sense of not fitting in anywhere. A change in her dad’s job forces her to attend Cedar Cove Family Camp the summer before her eighth-grade year, and Darcy once again finds herself on the outside of a social circle of teenagers, with her only advocate being an awkward girl named Samantha Palm. The only problem is, Darcy has no desire to be friends with her, but as the hostility from the other teenagers increases, she decides to return the friendship.

When Darcy begins to experience strange magical occurrences, she comes to believe she’s either losing her mind or on the brink of a discovery that could give her purpose in life. After unwittingly stumbling through a magical gateway to a new world called Alitheia, she convinces Sam and the other four teenagers to travel there with her, and despite their earlier hostilities toward her, they eventually concede leadership of their small group to Darcy. Once there, they learn the “arrival of the Six” was prophesied hundreds of years before, and that they must expel an ancient evil from the land. In the end their lives, and the fate of Alitheia, will hinge upon Darcy. Will she have what it takes to fulfill her mysterious purpose? Or will she fall prey to a deadly foe?

Dark Companion
Marta Acosta

When foster teen Jane Williams is invited to attend elite Birch Grove Academy for Girls and escape her violent urban neighborhood, she thinks the offer is too good to be true. She’s even offered her own living quarters, the groundskeeper’s cottage in the center of the birch grove.

Something’s not quite right about the school — or is it Jane? She thinks she sees things in the birch grove at night. She’s also beginning to suspect that the elegant headmistress and her sons are hiding secrets. Lucky is the gorgeous, golden son who is especially attentive to Jane, and Jack is the sardonic puzzling brother.

The school with its talented teachers and bright students is a dream for a science and math geek like Jane. She also loves her new friends, including hilarious poetry-spouting rich girl, Mary Violet. But the longer Jane stays at Birch Grove, the more questions she has about the disappearance of another scholarship girl and a missing faculty member.

Jane discovers one secret about Birch Grove, which only leads to more mysteries. What is she willing to sacrifice in order to stay at this school…and be bound to Birch Grove forever?

The Glimpse
Claire Merle

Once you’ve seen into the future, can you change your destiny?

In a near future, society is segregated according to whether people are genetically disposed to mental illness. 17-year-old Ana has been living the privileged life of a Pure due to an error in her DNA test. When the authorities find out, she faces banishment from her safe Community, a fate only thwarted by the fact that she has already been promised to Pure-boy Jasper Taurell.

Jasper is from a rich and influential family and despite Ana’s condition, wants to be with her. The authorities grant Ana a tentative reprieve. If she is joined to Jasper before her 18th birthday, she may stay in the Community until her illness manifests. But if Jasper changes his mind, she will be cast out among the Crazies. As Ana’s joining ceremony and her birthday loom closer, she dares to hope she will be saved from the horror of the City and live a ‘normal’ life. But then Jasper disappears.

Led to believe Jasper has been taken by a strange sect the authorities will not intefere with, Ana sneaks out of her well-guarded Community to find him herself. Her search takes her through the underbelly of society and into the pits of the human soul. And as she delves deeper into the mystery of Jasper’s abduction she uncovers some devastating truths that destroy everything she has grown up to believe, but she also learns to love as she has never loved before.

What’s in your mailbox?