by Christina Garner

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Everybody has their demons... Ember's want her dead.

Ember has always known that she doesn't belong in this world, but when she takes matters into her own hands, she winds up in a mental institution.

There she draws the attention of Taren, a mysterious boy with a dangerous secret.

When demons attack, they are forced to flee together, and Ember learns her secret might be the deadliest of all.

With a gateway to hell opening in Los Angeles, Ember must choose--will she save the world...or end it?

Product Details

BN ID: 2940012926371
Publisher: Christina Garner
Publication date: 05/17/2011
Series: The Gateway Trilogy , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 1,697
File size: 482 KB

About the Author

Christina Garner began writing stories at the age of six. Her first - about a young girl who busted up a nefarious ring of furniture thieves - was a huge hit with her mother.
She is the author of The Gateway Trilogy and her new series, The Witches of Coventry House.
Christina lives in Los Angeles and when she's not writing novels spends her time traveling, watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer reruns, and playing with her dog, Griffin.

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Gateway 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
ThatBookishGirl More than 1 year ago
Gateway by Christina Garner was, in one world, fantastic. Garner is an incredibly captivating writer. In this debut and series opener she entices her readers with an exciting and original storyline. Although I found it difficult to connect to Ember, I still thought she was an incredible character. For starters, I thought her narration to be extremely entertaining. She is constantly supplying witty comments and remarks that keep the reader amused with the story. She is also a complex and well-rounded character. Ember deals with a lot of emotional baggage and her problems aren't only surface deep. I personally didn't connect with her - I never really went through a depressed stage, I still was engaged with her. You don't always have to relate to a character to find them intriguing and likable. The storyline of Gateway is utterly intoxicating. Honestly, this book has one of the best openings that I have read in a long time. And believe me; the rest of the story is just as good. I was completely hooked from the first page and did not want to put the story down until I read the last word. Garner presents a wonderful, intoxicating and original story that is full of action, excitement and great characters. I am not going to outline the plot for you guys, because like I said it is full of twists-and-turns. I don't want to spoil anything, because half the fun of the book is being taken by surprise. Just trust me when I say, you will love it. I will say that the book closes with a doozy of a plot-twist ending. As I was reading, I hated where Garner was taking the ending. Honestly, I was about ready to stop reading it. Then, all of the sudden she threw a curve ball right at me. After the dust settled, I was happy again and back to loving the book. Blast Christina Garner, she's such a tricky writer. She seems to enjoy giving me heart attacks. For those romantics out there, we have the relationship between Ember and the ever-charming Taren. Taren is the type of guy who is easy to fall for - he's sweet, caring and protective. He always tries to take care of everyone else and genuinely seems to care for Ember. But what I really enjoyed about their relationship is that it didn't develop at warp speed. They take their time in developing, realizing and acting on their feelings. There is no "insta-love" mix to be found here. In short, I loved, loved, loved, Gateway. It kept me up all night, it kept me guessing throughout and stayed on my mind afterward. And that my friends, is pretty much my definition of a great book. If you haven't read this one yet, I really recommend that you check it out. Now I'm just holding out for book two.
Luv2Read88 More than 1 year ago
I do not normally read this genre, but was recommended this book, so I gave it a shot. I'm so glad I did! I may not be converted to the genre, but I am converted to reading everything Christina Garner writes. Her believable characters, quick wit, and intriguing plot kept me reading long after I should have put the book down. I cared about Ember and her journey to heal from the first few pages. As a teacher of at-risk youth, I appreciate the positive themes woven throughout the story and Garner's ability to be edgy and relatable without being gratuitously racy. When I shared this book with one of my students, He loved it. I hope her next book comes out soon!
Anonymous 6 months ago
This is a great paranormal rendition. Unique, fascinating, and well excecuted. YA. The ending was slightly vague and wrapped up quickly, but as a whole, the story line is good and the characters engaging.
Anonymous 7 months ago
I really enjoyed the story. ready to read more!
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faithsbooknook More than 1 year ago
This book wasn't my favorite. It's not that I didn't like it, it just sounded like other books. It had a little bit of a Mortal Instruments feel to it. It was confusing at times but it was still a good book and I still wanted to read to the end to know what happened. I liked the names Ember and Taren but it felt like they were a little hard to connect to. I didn't read this book as fast as I do other books so maybe that's why I wasn't too invested in it and I got a little confused. I still enjoyed it though, so that's why I gave it 3 bookmarks.
anniepageAP More than 1 year ago
Gateway by Christina Garner The author tells and writes a good story but it took off slow and then wow was it great. Ember is hearing voices in her head and finally decides to kill herself. Ember ins up in a psych ward where she meets Taren and Callie who attacked Ember and later Taren asks Ember to go see Callie she wants to say she is sorry. In comes terror as a gross looking worm like creature attacks the hospital and the three flee in terror. This starts the beginning of understanding the voice and the Gates opening and the fight of demons. In the end Ember saves the world from the evil escaping into our world. Keepers and Guardians battle by Ember jumping into the mouth of the big demon and blows him up and seals one of 8 gates.
closkot More than 1 year ago
My Thoughts - 4 out of 5 unicorns - I really liked it!! ***Gifted to me by the author Okay, yes the author gifted this to me, but she didn’t ask me for anything in return.  She just knew I wanted to read it, but I always do reviews on the books I read.  I just think it is important to always fill you all in :) The cover is simple but elegant though seems to evoke feelings of sadness because she does not seem happy. This is a tough review to write because it touches on things most people do not want to talk about fear, mental diseases, mental institutions, and suicide.  When I started reading this book, it made me very sad because I am a teacher, and I never want to see a young person give up fighting.  I want them to preserve and overcome all through hard work and help from people who love them. Ember starts as a floundering teen dealing with more than any teen should have to because it is more like she is taking care of her mom rather than the other way around.  The feelings she has are very real to life, and I see teens struggling with some of the very same issues.  I loved watching her grow stronger and start fighting.  She threw herself into learning and a new life. This book shows Ember’s struggles with both internal and real life demons.  She learns all sorts of new things about herself and things she never new existed.  Taren throws her for several loops, but what boy doesn’t.  By the end of the book, I was totally sucked into the world Christina had created.  If you liked anything that I’ve said about this book, you should definitely check it out :) I can’t wait to read Chasm which I just bought.  It will have to wait until I catch up on some other reviews first though.
TalleyRoss More than 1 year ago
This book had promise, but came up short. First, it felt a lot like a Cassandra Clare knock off. Young girl who doesn't know of her origin is really part demon??? She's taken to a school to be trained to fight demons? Sound familiar? Second, the book needed a good editor. There were numerous missing words, added words, and some punctuation mistakes. The story felt choppy and in places I was totally lost . . . asking what just happened? Why do I not know who is speaking? Thirdly, all the characters sounded exactly the same. Seriously, names were interchangable - it didn't really matter who said what because everyone had the same voice.(with the exception of the bipolar mom, she had some personality) Fourthly, the romance was about as steamy as a wet rag. There was no chemistry between Ember and Taren (Although I did like his name). Garner needed some guidance on this one. There were good moments, but not enough to sustain the novel, let alone a trilogy. She may have some talent, but it's still in it's baby stages. Save your $3 on Nook, and put it toward a Clare book. That's my recommendation!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was very well written, with brilliant characterization that made the characters very believable and realistic. The story itself felt like a mesh of other supernaturally-based stories that I'd already read, combined to form a new one. Though this made the book seem very familiar, it was very well written, and very good. I'm very glad that I read it, and I will definitely be looking for more by this author in the future! Gateway was well worth the price I paid for it, and has interesting content that keeps the reader captivated, while also adding in a personal feel, so that the book is not completely action based, while also not being boring, and therefore perfectly balancing the amount of slow and fast paced content.  Overall, I really enjoyed it, and I can't wait to read the rest of the trilogy!
kailuadreams More than 1 year ago
A real page turner filled with intrigue. It is sure to make a terrific series. I can't wait for the sequel.