I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Gateway by Sharon Shinn
Published by Penguin on 2009-10-15
Genres: Love & Romance, Young Adult
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As a Chinese adoptee in St. Louis, teenage Daiyu often feels out of place. When an elderly Asian jewelry seller at a street fair shows her a black jade ring?and tells her that black jade translates to Daiyu she buys it as a talisman of her heritage. But it's more than that; it's magic. It takes Daiyu through a gateway into a version of St. Louis much like 19th century China. Almost immediately she is recruited as a spy, which means hours of training in manners and niceties and sleight of hand. It also means stealing time to be with handsome Kalen, who is in on the plan. There's only one problem. Once her task is done, she must go back to St. Louis and leave him behind forever. . . .
Gateway by Sharon Shinn has a rather beautiful, colorful cover featuring two people hiding behind a red parasol. Frankly, that was the most striking thing about Gateway. It had all of the elements to be really awesome: parallel universes, cultural subversion, the fact that it’s YA, and a romantical element. (Romantical is a word frequently used by Flava Flav). However, Gateway by Sharon Shinn was one of those books which, well, I read it, and moved on to the next book without any sort of a second thought.