Dangerous Designs

Designs, #1

I enjoyed this great YA novel by Dale Mayer. The main character, Storey Dalton, is strong and does not let anything get in her way. Storey is the type of main character that I like to see in my stories. Once she gets something into her head she doesn't let anything stop her from doing what she thinks is right. She likes to help fix the messes that she creates even if it is an accident.

The co-main character Eric was very interesting, but I found myself unable to relate to him. I do think that I would have rather seen Eric and Storey together from the beginning but what can I say at least there was a little romance there towards the end. I liked that Storey was able to teach Eric that it is okay to be different and some rules are meant to be broken if you are doing it for the right reasons. Also, I enjoyed that Eric was there the guide Storey when she really needed someone.

The story line was different from most of the YA books that I read, which I found to be highly refreshing. I highly recommend Dangerous Designs!

Book Blurb for Dangerous Designs

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?

This is book 1 of the story, with several sequels coming soon. The story leaves on a hook. Not to worry, book II picks up where book one ends.

Night Owl Reviews Aug, 2011 5.00