Sunday, December 18, 2011

Spooktacular Sunday: Dangerous Designs by Dale Mayer

This week Jenny is going to tell us her opinion of Dangerous Designs by Dale Mayer. I happened to run into Jenny last week in the hall and she immediately started gushing about this book. After hearing her talk I definitely want to know more about this enchanted stylus and the other dimension. Enjoy! ~Anna

Book description:
Talk about suffering for one’s art…
  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.

Storey Dalton is depressed because her long distance boyfriend has ended their relationship.  On her way home she finds pencil and picks it up, being an artist she loves pencils and can't wait to get home and use it. A few days later as she is getting in trouble again for not being focused in class and drawing instead. She has had it with school. She meets a new boy to their school, Eric, who she just can't put her finger on. Storey begins to feel the need to draw all the time, and use her new pencil.
One day, when she is really frustrated she throws her art to the floor, stomps on it, and somehow falls through her artwork into a dark mineshaft. She is rescued by Eric who tells her he has no idea how she got there and she wants to know how he opened the mineshaft to get her out. What Storey finds out, after a few more days of drawing with it, is that the pencil she found is not just any pencil, but a stylus from another dimension. Eric, who is from that dimension, is trying to get the stylus back, but he realizes that it's already soul bound to Storey.
Storey has just drawn a door that will open up a war for Eric’s people, as she has accidentally allowed the Louers to escape their banishment and they are coming for revenge. Storey is being held responsible, yet she is still trying to help. Can she help the people of Eric’s dimension and still stay alive? Will the changes she makes change everything she knows as reality? 
This book, while being a pretty short one, is full of details and adventure. It was hard to write about it and give you enough without telling you too much to ruin the book for you. I really liked the characters in the book as they are people that a teen could relate to. Storey does not fit in with people in her school and feels like an outsider. She finds something that makes her not such an outsider any longer, but also makes her face tough decisions that will make or break her. I think that the writing style was great and easy to read while giving just enough detail to make a great mental picture.  I will tell you, without ruining the read for you, be prepared for a cliffhanger ending as the story is going to continue in a sequel. Which I am biting my fingertips until it comes out because I really want to know what happens next!!  Great Read!
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*Reviewed by Jenny
*This book was sent for review via the author.

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