Synopsis: Step out of the mundane and into The Vale, where suddenly bullying, family issues, and homework seem trivial. Can the trio defeat the Calego and return, or will they too remain forever young, forever scared, forever seeking their way home?
Review: The Stone Doorway by Cassandra Scherer is an enjoyable, fast-paced YA fantasy. As we learn about the life of Tori McKenna, we are transported from a typical suburban life of a troubled teenager, into a fantastical world filled with both wonderment and anguish.
For Tori McKenna, life has become routine: a requisite for those who yet breathe, but aren’t necessarily alive. With her only comfort coming from her best friend, Allen, and the freedom she experiences running track, Tori feels more a spectator than a participant in her life. After an abusive relationship and numerous family conflicts, Tori hid within herself, until a boy named Dean rescued her from a dangerous situation. When he returns to enjoy a night of pizza, companionship, and stargazing, something happened that changed their perceptions, and their lives.
The Stone Doorway is a quaint tale, following Tori through a difficult time in her life and the struggle to reclaim, or, discover the true strength that lies within her. After a debilitating journey through a Portis, Tori and her friends must confront not only their inner demons, but the torment of physical and emotional ones as well. With Seth’s assistance, she realizes more about herself and possibilities for the future. Will she embrace what can be and forfeit what was, or lapse back into complacency and fear?
A short and fast-paced read, The Stone Doorway has likable characters, instant love attractions, shifting personalities, teenage angst, and some familiar creatures. An enjoyable story for young fantasy fans.
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