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The Gateway Through Which They Came

(The Gateway #1)

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  122 ratings  ·  45 reviews
To seventeen-year-old Aiden Ortiz, letting the dead walk through his body to reach the other side comes with the territory. Being a Gateway isn’t an easy job, but someone’s gotta send Bleeders where they belong. Heaven. Salvation. Call it whatever you want. Dead is dead. But when his search for Koren Banks––the girl who went mysteriously missing seven months ago––leaves hi ...more
Paperback, 218 pages
Published August 25th 2014 by Curiosity Quills Press (first published August 24th 2014)
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Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
Aiden is a Gateway. Which means Bleeders aka dead people use him to get to the other side.

They do so by walking through him.

Some parts of this book were entertaining but the writing over all seemed geared toward very young teens. There is only one part of underage drinking so it's very rated PG.

I received an ARC of this book from the publisher Curiosity Quills in exchange for an honest review.
Wart Hill
May 07, 2015 marked it as gave-up

I'm sorry.

I have no desire to continue.


Histrionic. No depth (there's a lot of vague shit. Like SOMETHING IS CHANGING and SOMEONE IS LOOKING FOR AIDAN but after like nine chapters of the same thing over and over I'm done). Asshole MC (sort of. Sometimes He's NOT an ass, sometimes he is. It's like the author couldn't decide which personality she wanted him to have).

Not holding my interest.
Yzabel Ginsberg
(I was given a copy through NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.)

An enjoyable book, good for a leisurely day, though I would've wanted to learn more about Aiden's abilities in general and how he had received support—as a reader, I too often felt left in the dark.

The writing style itself wasn't the best I've ever seen, but it wasn't anything unbearable either: I didn't notice many blatant typos and mistakes, and it flowed well enough to carry the story. Aiden's "voice" felt enough like a
Emma Adams
Dec 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I hesitated about reviewing this book because I was involved in the proofreading process and Heather and I share a publisher, but this is a book I’d have picked up anyway, and it’s too awesome not to share my thoughts!

Aiden is a Gateway, someone with the unenviable ability to send dead people – Bleeders - to their final resting place. The dead are literally his life. I was totally hooked on the story (even when combing for typos! :P), and Aiden caught my sympathy from the start. He’s a misunders
I would like to thank Curiosity Quills Press for giving me a copy of this e-ARC to read in exchange for an honest review. Though I received this e-book for free that in no way impacts my review.

To seventeen-year-old Aiden Ortiz, letting the dead walk through his body to reach the other side comes with the territory. Being a Gateway isn’t an easy job, but someone’s gotta send Bleeders where they belong. Heaven. Salvation. Call it whatever you want. Dead is dead. But when his search for Koren Bank
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Aiden is a gateway, meaning that some dead people need to pass through him - literally - in order to move on. While I'd say this must be challenging enough for a teenager he also needs to prevent a Dark Priest's resurrection.

You get immediately thrown into the action. There very little explanation of what Gateway can or can not do precisely, or more general information on the Gateways. All information that is given to character is usual
Jul 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
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I enjoyed this book quite a lot. The whole concept of Bleeders was fascinating and it was hard for me to put the book down. It's full on twists and turns that made me want to keep reading and forget about anything else I might need to do. I recommend this book to all who enjoy supernatural stories.

Thanks to Curiosity Quills Press for sending me an ebook in exchange for an honest review.
Nov 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Meet Aiden Ortiz, your average teenager. He’s a high school student, Catholic, a portal for the dead, and girl-crazy. Wait, what’s that again? Portal for the dead? That’s right – Aiden is a Gateway. In addition to the troubles of your normal teenager he sees ghosts, and helps them to the other side by allowing them to walk through him. He thinks he’s getting the hang of his role when he is confronted by a Dark One – a ghost gone rogue – who infects him with evil. As he struggles to hold the evil ...more
Trish Baskett
Aug 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to The Book Addict's Guide for the ARC tour of this book. Aiden is a Gateway, a person whom the dead need to direct them to the other side. One of these souls enters through him, but the feeling is different. Soon, Aiden is a key player in preventing all that is evil entering and destroying the world. I really liked the character of Aiden, a teen who takes this gift he has without question, and is kind of an outcast. No superhero here, just an ordinary insecure guy. There is a lot of r ...more
Mar 23, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult, own, ghost, 2015
I wanted to enjoy this book because when I purchased it, the concept sounded promising. However, a few chapters in, it was clear this book wasn’t made for me. Overall, I thought the characters were flat, the action almost non-existent and story a little too religion based.

My main concern with the story was how heavy the religious aspects were. I was raised catholic, but even for me it was too centered around church, prayer and belief. If I had known this, I might have stayed clear of the book. P
Natasha Coburn
Oct 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
I really like any book the has good versus evil. Why? Because there are so many different ways that evil can present itself and there are so many different ways to fight against it with good. I really believe that if everyone wrote a good versus evil story no two would be the same. They may have similarities at times but no two will be exactly the same. For instance this book, Gateways. When I first thought of gateways I didn’t think people or a person, no I thought like an iron fence with a gat ...more
Aug 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Gateway Through Which They Came is a debut novel from Heather Marie. This novel is indeed a masterpiece and Heather Marie is definitely a great writer. I can't wait to read her upcoming books!

The book is really focused on the supernatural aspect, which is awesome, since the book was introduced as a Young Adult Supernatural. (I don't like it when a book is introduced as a supernatural blah, blah then it turned out it has more romance aspect than the supernatural aspect. JUST NO.) Though this
Mar 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing

I must have this in my life, like now.


Receiving this ARC was awesome because this book was fantastic.

I feel like the character of Aiden Ortiz has a lot of development throughout the story. For being a Gateway, he holds himself together, even when he meets Redhead, this mysterious girl that comes out of nowhere in the beginning.

Most paranormal/supernatural in YA literature are just like,"Hey! You're supernatural and you have a extraordinary power! Have f
Kissed by Ink
Feb 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
As Heather Marie’s debut, there is no doubt that we have another great YA story teller on our hands.

In GATEWAY, It’s normal for Aiden to see the dead. In fact, he lives to help the Bleeders cross over. There is no question in his mind that he’s doing the right thing, until he find out there’s more to him than he ever knew. He has two best friends, Trevor and Evan, and even they question Aiden’s sanity a few times, but it’s their loyalty/faith that helps to keep him together. Not to mention they’
Sarah Black
Aug 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
From netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

I found this book to be quite an amazing read. I read very few books where the main character is male and I found it really easy to like Aiden. Although I would have liked to see a bit more of his back story. The author described the dead so perfectly it was terrifying, I read this book in one day. You can only imagine how creepy it was reading this book at night.

As I got further and further into the book I began to love it even more, you get to k
Sharon Bayliss
Mar 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I read this book within the span of a couple of days. I have a bad case of book ADD, so I love any book that keeps me turning the pages. It's a paranormal YA about a boy in Catholic school (awesome setting for this BTW) who is literally the gateway to the afterlife, as in dead people have to walk through him to the great beyond. The main character was likable and haunted, but in the sweet way, not the brooding way. Although the "I see dead people," premise is far from new, I was still left guess ...more
Mar 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I read this book in a matter of days! I just couldn't put it down! It's a rare occurrence for me to not be able to figure out the ending, or the "whodunit" (or "who-is-it" in this case), but this fabulous book is filled with so much mystery and twists and turns, it kept me up until the wee hours. If you are a fan of anything supernatural or creepy, then you will love this book. It is a MUST read.
Oct 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book shows that Heather Marie knows the Supernatural genre. Gateway is well written. It is a easy read, and hard to put down. The characters are strong, and the writer really shows you a vivid picture of what they look like, including the Bleeders. This story has a well thought out plot, with a couple twists.

I anticipate seeing this author's name on more books in the next few years, and I look forward to reading them.
Jun 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Great book. Love the characters and the world Heather has created. Aiden is a great main character. It has some great twists and turns. Would highly recommend it to others. I look forward to reading more of Heather's books.
Rickus Bookshelf
Awesome :D Full review over here: ...more
3.5 stars. Some parts were 3 stars and some 4 stars. Ive been wanting a copy of this series for soo long im glad, and not dissapointed, that ive finally read it. It was original and I really enjoyed it. Want to re-read.
3.5. The gateway concept wasn’t new to me, but I did like the way that Heather Marie added the idea of two souls, and the gateway being able to work from both sides.

Aiden is a gateway; when people die they go through him to get to the other side. After a very weird encounter with a dead girl, he begins to experience mood changes and nightmares warning him that an evil, dark force is coming. At the same time, Koren (his dream girl who left town several months ago without even saying goodbye
Jamie (Books and Ladders)
Actual Rating: 3.5*
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This review and more can be found on Queen of the Bookshelves

"I think I've had my fair share of what the fucks for a while."

I feel like this quote perfectly sums up the book, but in a good way. I loved a lot of this one, but there were some aspects I had a bit of an issue with. It is still a good introduction to the series and one I will definitely be continuing.

I really liked Aiden, I thought
Carolyn Injoy
The Gateway Through Which They Came by Heather Marie I received a free kindle copy of The Gateway Through Which They Came by Heather Marie, published by Curiosity Quills Press from NetGalley in exchange for a fair review.I gave this book five stars. It kept my full attention & the pages turned quickly.Description of Aiden, the seventeen year old 'Gateway'. "He stares at me, expecting more. But I can’t give him what he wants. What they all want. Confirmation. Reassurance. All I can tell them is w ...more
Jul 15, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: e-arc
This review was originally posted on my blog, Hiver et Cafe

I received an e-ARC from the author. This fact does not affect my opinion in any shape or form. I was not compensated in any way for this review.

The book started off a little slow in the beginning and I was reading and flicking through the pages, waiting for the action to start. Although, in hindsight I could see that things were already being initiated for the plot, it was simply a slow burn to get to the more action-y bits.

I liked t
Oct 12, 2014 rated it liked it
I received this book in exchange for an honest review as part of Curiosity Quills Press review tour for The Gateway Through Which They Came by Heather Marie!

First I would like to thank Clare Dugmore for giving me extra time to finish this book and give my review!

I really liked the concept of this book. Ghost's have always been interesting to me. These Ghost's were the sad kind they appeared how they died, and when they crossed through Aiden it caused him pain. After a meeting with a deranged gho
Sarah-Jayne Briggs
Jul 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
(I received a free copy of this book, from Curiosity Quills Press Publishers, in exchange for a review).

(This review may contain spoilers).

I found this book to be quite an intriguing read. It's always interesting to see a book where the main character is male after all and I found it really easy to like Aiden. Although I would have liked to see a bit more of his history, I felt the book was written well enough to make Aiden and his friends likable characters.

The idea of Aiden being a Gateway was
Whitney Lauren (ilovebooksgirl)
"The Gateway Through Which They Came" is a new supernatural book that will have you hooked until the very end, because, not everything is what it seems when you're a Gateway.

Because Heather's writing was so fluid and realistic, Aidan Ortiz is a character that I was easily able to connect with. What makes the story interesting and meaningful was how the book was centered around the idea that Aidan is only a teenager, yet, he's burdened with the responsibility of being a Gateway where encounterin
Oct 23, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was given the chance to read to review this book as part of the blog tour, and while I didn't love it, it was a well-written book that probably would appeal best to younger readers.

Focusing primarily on 17 year old Aiden, you learn pretty quickly that he is something called a Gateway, a doorway to the afterlife in which the dead pass through him to get to the other side. He sees them as they were at the time of their deaths, the cause of their demise often evident, with only his best friend an
Vanya D.
NOTE: I received my review copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

The Gateway turned out to be a nice read. It was interesting, and held my attention (when I could give it). But it had some flaws. For example, the characters acted a bit unrealistic, as if the author pushed them to do this or that, instead of letting them follow their own paths. At times the narrative was more descriptive than it should've been, delving into background things that didn't really matter to me as a
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Heather Marie lives in Northern California with her husband, and spends the majority of her time at home reading. Before she followed her dreams of becoming a writer, Heather worked as a hairstylist and makeup artist for several years. Although she enjoyed the artistic aspect of it all, nothing quite quenched her creative side like the telling of a good story. When the day had come for her to make ...more

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