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Dangerous Designs (Design #1)

3.93  ·  Rating Details ·  203 Ratings  ·  40 Reviews
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? ...more
Kindle Edition, 234 pages
Published (first published June 30th 2011)
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Sep 01, 2011 Kelly rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ebooks, read-in-2011
Holy Hannah! Are you trying to kill me, Dale Mayer? Are you?!? You must delight in putting your heroines into horribly taxing situations and then leaving them there like so much baggage! I have to admit that I liked the story before but leaving poor Storey in the lurch she was left in made me gasp and jump online to hunt down when the next book would be available. *curls into a little fetal ball and rocks*

So, in case you couldn't figure it out, this books ends on a pretty hefty cliffhanger. I me
Jamie Kline
Aug 08, 2011 Jamie Kline rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-for-review
**I received an copy of this eBook from the author in exchange for an honest review**

Review: I'm not going to do my usual overview on this book because I think the synopsis does a great job of describing the story without giving too much away. Let's just jump right into my review!

1) Character Development: I think the main character, Storey, may be one of my favorite female leads ever. This girl showed almost no weakness; she was strong, determined, and remained calm in the face of danger. Instea
Stacy Sabala
Jan 15, 2014 Stacy Sabala rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya
Book Review- Dangerous Designs

Storey Dalton is having a rough time. Her best friend and boyfriend moved to another place and apparently moved on to someone else. She doesn’t have any other friends and just loses herself in her art instead. Of course no one really wants to be her friend since her mom is a Wiccan and they think she is weird. So socially Storey isn’t doing so hot. In fact she is feeling a bit sorry for herself as she is walking to school when she finds the one thing that will chang
Oct 12, 2012 Jasmyn rated it really liked it
What would you do if your pencil made things happen? I mean big things - like make portals into another world. And what would happen if you developed a crush on a boy from said world who was supposed to "neutralize" you to get the pen (soul bound) out of your hands? Well, Story fights like hell to keep everything she wants and needs in her life. A great adventure with a bit of romance to liven things up.
May 15, 2016 Adrielle rated it liked it
Shelves: ya
This was ok. It is different from much of the YA I have read of late. A sci-fi twist that adds to the storyline but nothing outstanding.
Aug 04, 2011 Tasha rated it liked it
Recommended to Tasha by: Colette
That was a quick, fun read.
Sep 30, 2016 Mary rated it it was amazing
Brilliant new series!

Very entertaining and a good read for any age. Quite sad to find myself at the end of the book after reading in one sitting - ahh well I will just have to get the next book in series!
Nov 22, 2011 Myvampfiction rated it really liked it
review by SusanAshlea

*Warning: possible spoilers ahead.*

Storey Dalton is a typical awkward teenager. She doesn't pay much attention in class, she doesn't seem to have a great deal of friends, and to top it all off she has a Wiccan mother who runs a new age-y candle shop in a town where people who are "different" don't seem to fit in. She seems pretty miserable, and drawing is her escape. When she comes across a bizarre looking pencil one day she picks it up out of curiosity, and all hell breaks
Got My Book
Feb 09, 2016 Got My Book rated it really liked it
Also posted on my blog Got My Book.

A unique YA Parallel Worlds SciFi tale with a Fantasy feel

SERIES INFO: This is Book #1 of 3 in the “Design Trilogy.” All 3 books are available on audio.

A prickly young artist is plucked out of her dead end life in a dead end town and thrust into a dimension hopping adventure (with a chance for a bit of romance). And it’s up to her to save everyone. Don’t worry, she’s up to task. Just don’t try to keep stuffing her back in “the box,” because she’s a brainstormin
Sep 30, 2016 Maryjane rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a refreshing twist about two different worlds

I really liked this book about Story and Eric. It's a little sci-fi, earthly, and almost magical. I can't wait to read the next book in this series. I hope that there is a love story building in it. I give it Five stars. And would recommend it for all ages.
Alarna Martin
Sep 28, 2016 Alarna Martin rated it really liked it
Jan 04, 2012 Anna rated it liked it
Shelves: review-books
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 pe ...more
Oct 04, 2011 ѦѺ™ rated it it was amazing
A drawing is simply a line going for a walk. - Paul Klee

as seventeen year old Storey Dalton contemplates her present situation of not having a boyfriend, she finds a quaint looking pencil and brings it home with her. why waste a good find? after all, drawing has always been her creative outlet and pencils are basic tools of the trade. her designs, however, become more interesting and stranger and so does her new pencil...
author Dale Mayer has surprised me again with this novel. initially, i thou
Apr 03, 2014 Cherri-Anne rated it it was amazing
I have to start off by saying that I only do reviews on a series, not on each book (I can never figure out how to do reviews without giving away too much!). I have become email friends with Dale since starting to read her books. I read the Family Blood Ties series and loved it. Because of all of that, I decided to read her other books even though they are not ones I usually would read (silly me!). I cannot begin to explain how thrilled I am that I did read these!!! This is a fantastic series!! T ...more
Lynelle Clark
Brilliant master piece in the YA Paranormal genre.
Filled with suspense that kept you glued to the pages as the story unfolds of Storey and her ability to draw portals into other dimensions. Creating havoc as she learns to control this powerful tool she picked up while walking in the woods, close to the town she was living in.
We met up with the sixteen year old Storey in a small town. Shunned by most peers she was used to be on her own. What made matters worse was her mother's choice in life styl
Clare O'Beara
Storey Dalton, aged sixteen, is a girl with an attitude.
The town of Bankhead is dying as the mine shuts down, and Storey feels bored and rebellious, though her charmingly Wiccan mother isn't exactly mainstream. As Storey sketches with a new pencil she finds, she draws obsessive pictures of a doorway, and these DANGEROUS DESIGNS lead to her crossing to another dimension. New kid Eric understands that the pencil is a bespelled stylus and has been sent to recover it. He lets her out of the abandone
Jun 04, 2013 SARIT rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Very original YA paranormal read for me, exciting and keeps you on your toes the whole way through. This book, while being a pretty short one, is full of action.
I really liked the characters in the book especially - The heroine Storey Dalton - A teen that does not fit ,and does not try to fit in, with people in her school and town. She doesn't pay much attention in class, she doesn't seem to have a great deal of friends, and to top it all off she has a Wiccan mother who runs a new age-y candl
A talented artist, fifteen-year-old Storey Dalton, finds a magical pen and suddenly is thrust into the unexpected role as liaison to an alternate reality. She unknowingly opens a door unleashing confusion and terror.

Eric Jordan is sent through the veil between the dimensions to retrieve the missing stylus that was left behind in error when a scientific team was forced to return in haste.

Eric tries to befriend Storey but is puzzled because she seems impervious to his efforts to charm her. Storey
A.R. Von
Dec 10, 2012 A.R. Von rated it really liked it
A very different YA paranormal read for me. Very original, exciting and keeps you on your toes the whole way through. A rating of 3.5 from me, rounded to a solid 4. I enjoyed this new world that Dale Mayer created and feel that many YA paranormal fans out there will find themselves hooked and demanding the next in the series.

Storey (love her name) is a regular teenage girl that lives in a small quiet town that does not have much going on or many people living in it. Simple living is what it is t
Jennifer Hampton
Dangerous Designs is a story of love, unexpected worlds and war. Ok that being said I have to say that I absolutely loved this story. The characters are well written with a depth seldom found in a novelette. The scenes are vivid and descriptive without being overly wordy. Across the board Dangerous Designs was a fantastic read.
My favorite character of the story has to be the heroine Storey Dalton. She is a young woman, only 16, but she is strong and tenacious and filled with a compassion that I
Jul 22, 2011 Colette rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult, fantasy
There is a lot that goes on in this story, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I love YA books where the main character is strong and doesn't let anything get in the way of accomplishing her goals. Storey is one of those characters. She has a good head on her shoulders, and once she finds out her stylus is different then what she thought it was, she doesn't let the rules of the other dimension stop her from trying to fix the mess that she accidentally made in both worlds.

Eric was an interesting charac
Jul 29, 2016 Karla rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book a lot, it had an interesting concept and idea that was nothing like what I had read before.

One of the reasons this book intrigued me was because of the whole traveling dimensions stuff and the thing about the main character Storey's new pencil (stylus) being "alive" and drawing by itself, plus the whole race of evil species being released, gave me a sense of Doctor Who and I immediately had to read it.

Although the pacing was sort of slow for me, I wanted there to be a littl
An enjoyable and captivating YA read, I'd recommend to any avid readers. I was also, impressed to find this to be written by one of my favorite indie authors - "Psychic Visions" series, which I Love!

This year has been like a marathon of paranormal reads - an insatiable need! So, it's refreshing to get away from vampires, werewolves and your various usual suspects, without stepping out of the UF genre.

Storey is an artistic-loner, who I found very relatable to. Her humdrum life is forever changed
Debbie I Heart YA Books
Oct 18, 2011 Debbie I Heart YA Books rated it it was amazing
Dangerous Designs is a cute read. Dale Mayer's has written an amazing second dimension with an evil third. Mayer brings high-tech gadgets and evil monster into this story with Storey and Eric. I really enjoyed the characters and the storyline. The only problem I had was with Storey’s character. No matter how I tried, I couldn't envision her as seventeen. I kept seeing her as fourteen, she just acted too immature for seventeen. But besides That one little problem Storey was great everywhere else. ...more
Amy McK
Mar 14, 2016 Amy McK rated it really liked it
I stumbled upon this little gem in one of those awful omnibuses of fantasy. I was looking for a story that threw a protagonist into an unknown new world with a special power, a conflict, an attraction, and a resolution. I found it here. Storey, once she stops feeling sorry for herself, which doesn't last long, is a spirited young woman who finds a powerful relic and uses it. Unbeknownst to her, she causes great peril to two different dimensions. It's fast paced and well written. The only issue t ...more
Olivia (Bookcomet)
Jun 10, 2013 Olivia (Bookcomet) rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
This book made for a much needed break between all the dystopian books I've been reading. It was really nice to read something unique and engrossing - exactly what I have been looking for.

I loved the plot and the ideas behind the book, it was really captivating. Dale Mayer has a way of writing, so that his words are realistic and believable. This is very prominent in the characters in the story, particularly in the main character Storey. Storey's speech is geniunely how other girls her age speak
Mandy Magill
Mar 21, 2016 Mandy Magill rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2-kindle
I almost rated 1 star, but I really did think that the idea had a great start but the rest of the book seemed like a long stretch. It didn't seem like it had a good transition when explaining how the stylus works, the explanation of alternate dimensions, and all of a sudden just having the knowledge and ability to use this object to save against a banished species. For a short while I thought there was going to be some kind of peace offering made to the banished beings that are trying to cross o ...more
Jan 02, 2016 Kay rated it liked it
Interesting. I don't usually read the make-believe books but I found the main characters interesting and believable. After peaking my interest I found myself into Storey's and Eric's plight with the unbelievable and hoping they would find a happy ending to their journeys. However, the ending left me disappointed that I had read it after all. I know this is the first book in a series but I needed to have a much more complete ending. This didn't take away from the fact that Dale Mayer is indeed a ...more
Jan 01, 2013 Denise rated it it was amazing
Dangerous Designs is a very good book. I loved the story. Very well written. The characters were amazing. Storey, a 16 year old with the label of being 'odd', really impressed me. Strong willed, inquisitive and very independent are only a few words to describe her. This book held me from the first page to the last, and then some. Dale Mayer did a fantastic job creating the story, characters and an overall awesome book. I highly recommend reading this. I'm thrilled to read 'Deadly Designs' next. ...more
Lillian Gomez
Jun 02, 2014 Lillian Gomez rated it liked it
It kind of sucks to read such a good book and end up disliking the main female character so much.It is a problem I have with a lot of books.Although,I never see to have a problem with male characters.That being said I hate the thought of leaving a book unread so I decided to continue reading.The plot was very unique considering the different dimensions and the stylus itself.It really saved the book and kept me reading despite my dislike for Storey. All in all I enjoyed this story, so, 3 stars.
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Dale Mayer is a USA Today bestselling author best known for her Psychic Visions and Family Blood Ties series. Her contemporary romances are raw and full of passion and emotion (Second Chances, SKIN), her thrillers will keep you guessing (By Death series), and her romantic comedies will keep you giggling (It's a Dog's Life and Charmin Marvin Romantic Comedy series).

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