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The Six

(The Gateway Chronicles #1)

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  285 ratings  ·  84 reviews
Darcy Pennington hates her life. She is an insufferably average teenager with no true friends, crushing social anxiety, and an indescribable sense of not fitting in anywhere. When her parents force her to attend Cedar Cove Family Camp the summer before her eighth-grade year, Darcy once again finds herself on the outside of an established social circle.

But the camp holds
Kindle Edition, 287 pages
Published June 24th 2018 (first published 2009)
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Barnabas Piper
Feb 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Read this with my daughters and all three of us loved it. It’s YA fiction of the best sort: written smartly and relatably with great characters who have real struggles and overcome great challenges. The story moves fast and is compelling. The world-building is imaginative and fun and picturesque. It is magical and fantastical but also grounded and human. I am excited to read the next couple in the series.
Feb 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: magic, debut

For starters, thank you, lovely readers, for visiting my blog and taking your time to read today's post which is dedicated to the new novel, The Six by KB Hoyle, coming out on April 5th. I was lucky to be part of The Six Blog Tour organised by The Writer's Coffee Shop.

I'm guessing that first you'd like to know what The Six is about. Well, here's summary:

Darcy P
Penny Wood
Well that was....... disappointing.

I was really excited to start this book. I love books with this setup, and it just had just so. much. potential. The characters seem to have such a nice range of personalities (I was really excited to read about Lewis) and the premise was just so awesome.

What went wrong?

I hold middle grade books to a high standard. I expect them to be just as fleshed out, detailed, and complicated as their YA and adult counterparts. (If you think these middle grade books don't
Melissa Perret
Jul 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Fantastic, and I hear the rest of the series is even better! Looking forward to all the rest...
Mar 18, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012, reviewed-2012
Review originally posted on Words at Home blog March 20, 2012:

I didn’t know what to expect when I started reading The Six. I have seen it compared to ( Narnia and Harry Potter and this is where my apprehension set in. I haven’t read Narnia since I was about ten and I’ve never read Harry Potter so I was afraid that some of the magic would be lost on me. I also wasn’t sure how invested I would become in a group of th
Nick Jones
Jun 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Really good. Excited to read the next book.
Adam Shields
Jul 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Short Review: Thirteen year old Darcy Pennington doesn’t have any friends. Her real love in life is horses. For the past several years she has gone to a summer camp dedicated to riding horses. But this year, both because of financial constraints and to be together as a family, her family has decided to go on vacation together, to a family camp. Darcy is dreading it. She is dreading it in part because two other kids from her neighborhood that she knows, but does not really like will be there as w ...more
Anika Claire
Apr 14, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review originally posted on The Oaken Bookcase, May 15, 2012.

Have you ever had a feeling when you visited a natural location that there was something magical about the area? Five children, now teenagers, have been having that same feeling each summer when their families have come to Cedar Cove to camp . This year, Darcy and her family have joined the other families, and that magical feeling is about to lead the six teenagers into another world – Aletheria.

I loved reading about the world of Aleth
Sherry Gomes
From about the very first page of this book, I was completely captivated and couldn't stop reading till the end. Darcy, the main character is thirteen when the story begins, and at first I both loved her and was frustrated with her. She's shy and socially uncomfortable, and yet, she's embarrassed to be hanging around Samantha an overweight neightbor girl of the same age. I was shy and terrified in social situations at that age and beyond, and yet, I have a disability and remember too well how al ...more
Kathie (katmom)
May 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this book, this series.

Darcy is annoying as heck when THE SIX starts out, much like most 13 year olds. I've recently HAD a 13 y/o and K.B. Hoyle GETS them. She does grow and learn, just like a real teen, throughout the book, and that continues throughout the series.

I loved the new world this author has created. It's a mix of Narnia, HP and LotR.

I've discovered a love for narks. Yahto Veli is my new hero.

Yes, I read this for work, but couldn't put it down.

And I'm ever so grateful that the
Katt Smith
May 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorite-series
Man, when I was 13 I would have gone wild for a story like this - I used to daydream about this kind of thing happening to me at camp, making up stories and scenarios and all kind of magic. I even went through a period where I wrote letters from “another world” to myself and a friend, begging for our help to come and defeat some sort of evil.
At 23, this narrative still thrills.

Despite the exposition at the beginning being a tad clunky at times, the characters are really great - they have real
Jan 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’d give this three stars for my personal read of it, but 4 stars for how much I would’ve loved it when I was its readers’ target age. :)
Molly Sawyer
Jan 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Read this with my middle schoolers. Really great page turner in the vein of the Narnia series. On to the next in the series!
Jun 07, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Six. I was initially intrigued by the novel the moment I saw it in Netgalley and immediately requested it but for unknown reasons, I kept on passing through it in my reader and it became unnoticed for a couple of weeks. A couple of days ago, I started reading The Six and boy was I disappointed! Well, not in the way that you are probably thinking. I was very disappointed with myself for not reading the novel the moment I got it in my reader.

The Six is a story of Darcy and 5 of her friends who
Mar 26, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I received this book to read, I really had no idea what to expect. I actually had a little trouble getting into the story and I would keep starting and stopping to read something else. But finally, I sat down and told myself I had to read this book, and it took me a few chapters but I finally got hooked!
I found the book started off a little slow, giving too much information that I found didn’t really need to be done. But once I got past all that it seemed like the story really got started.
Jun 11, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, adventure, arc
middle school & up
Gateway Chronicles #1

Darcy is reluctantly on the way to the first ever family summer vacation. When she gets there she is immediately greeted by the always cheerful and bubbly Samantha. Sam is really nice but Darcy is an extreme introvert. In order to get some time alone, Darcy lies to Sam. This causes the other teens at the camp to mistrust her. During a hike, Darcy finds herself in another world called Alitheia. The people she meets are friendly and want her to come back with
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One day while hiking a young girl discovers a portal to another world, the magical land of Alithia. She soon learns of a prophecy claiming that she and five others are destined to save this mystical place. At first the six are unsure of their part in this ancient prophecy. But eventually they learn to work together as a team, united in their efforts to fulfill their destiny and save this enchanted land.

Author K.B. Hoyle pens scenes that pop with vibrant details, making the world of Alitheia vivi
NetGalley ARC

The Six is an entertaining, other worldly series for kids (though it was more than easy to enjoy it as an adult too). Elements of the story remind me of The Chronicles of Narnia, what with the traveling to another world, the inventive creatures of fantasy, and the slight religious undertones. It took a while for this story to take off- Hoyle world builds for almost the first 25% of the story. But once the premise is set, there is not a dull moment. The plot is pretty straight forwar
Maggie Rapier
Aug 18, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I recieved a copy of this book for Christmas, and had heard about it before that, my fellow classmates practically ordering me to read it. It was on my list, granted, but several were before it, but I decided to rethink my order. From the very first chapter it drew me in, and I had no choice but to sit down and read the rest. It took me only a few hours to read, and immediately I went right back to the beginning to reread my favorite parts. The book was well-written, flowed smoothly from one cha ...more
Nov 24, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"The Six" is a great fantasy novel that I did not ever want to put down. When things like school, sleep, and eating kept me from reading I was constantly thinking about the book. I was considering what had transpired in what I had read thus far, and I was trying to make predictions about the things to come. "The Six" is definitely a 'page-turner'. I was always wondering what would happen to Darcy and her friends. K. B. Hoyle also created an entirely new creature, the Nark. The Nark is a fascinat ...more
Andrea (mrsaubergine)
OMG, this is ridiculously good! A little bit Narnia, a little bit Harry Potter, all totally addictive. I couldn't put it down, and now I can't wait to start reading The Oracle. I have a feeling Tellius is going to turn into quite a lovely young man, perhaps one even to rival the spunky Perry... Lucky Darcy! I highly recommend this series.
Jul 16, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
As a reader who tends to avoid YA fiction like the plague, this series is of the few exceptions. It is comparable to that of Tolkien, Lewis, and Rowling, while keeping a distinct style and imagination of its own. In short: Read. it.
Donna Huber
This was a great story. A wonderful way to start the series. It sucked me in within the first few pages. See my full review at ...more
Schledia Phillips
The Six kept me from doing a lot of my regular duties. I had a hard time putting it down. In reading it to my children, they would get upset when I closed it for the night.
Lauren Jones
Jan 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
If you just happened to stumble upon a gateway to a new world, what would your first reaction be? Would you be scared, excited, nervous or curious? Hoyle plunges her characters into an adventure that all starts with a prophecy of six individuals, three males and three females, who find their way to a new world—a world that is under distress and a shadow rules the land. The world building is invigorating and the six children find that they can’t wait to begin learning the ropes in this new land f ...more
Apr 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
I read the original version a couple years ago, but I held back on writing reviews until I read the entire series. Now that I'm on my second read-through, I'll be writing reviews.

The Gateway Chronicles is a fantasy adventure in a similar vein as the Chronicles of Narnia, but the target audience is teenagers, not children. As a fan of Lewis and Tolkien, I see those authors' influences here. The title "Six" are 6 teenagers from our world who pass through a gateway into the land of Alitheia. They
Patricia Reding
Jul 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In my experience, the hardest age group for which one can find engaging, well-written stories, is middle-grade—and in particular for the third-fourth grade or so. These young people have moved beyond baby stories and picture books. They want magic and adventure—and their parent’s want things for them that are well-written, in full sentences and with the limited use of slang, and so forth. Well, young readers and their parents will be delighted to find The Six, by K.B. Hoyle. Drawing parallels wi ...more
Karen Voitik
Jul 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
>Book Review – The Six
>I am an independent reviewer. This book is the 1st in the Gateway Chronicles and ends all up in the air. This book is a young adult fantasy story about 6 kids at a family summer camp. Darcy and her family have come upon hard times, so a family summer camp is all they can afford this summer. The remaining 5 kids are repeat campers. The different personalities of the 6 main characters are really interesting and described so well without causing the story to drag. I was remin
Jul 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don’t remember the last time I’ve enjoyed a book as much as I’ve enjoyed the whole of The Gateway Chronicles by K. B. Hoyle. I think I read all five books in one week.

I still have a headache from crying at the last half of the 5th book, but I have a deeper understanding of, well, quite a few things. I’m excited to unpack all the thoughts and feelings I have after binge-reading these books.

There’s three things I’m most grateful for:
1. That I read these books a month and a half before getting
Erin Straza
Aug 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, 2018, arks-2018
Here's the thing. I'm primarily a nonfiction reader. When I read fiction, it needs to have smart dialogue, intriguing characters, and expected twists and turns—or I’m out. I picked up The Six because friends were recommending it, and I loved the new covers for The Gateway Chronicles series. (Yes, I also judge books by their covers. I’m a tough critic!) Even so, I was not sure this story would meet my picky standards, because there are simply too many other books to read to go on with a dud. I cr ...more
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K. B. Hoyle is a multiple award-winning Young Adult author, a public speaker, and a creative writing instructor.

She was a panel speaker at the 2013 Sydney Writer's Festival in Sydney, Australia, and a featured speaker at the Great American Book Festival in 2017. Her books receive high acclaim from readers and reviewers worldwide.

In between writing books and articles and planning events, she stays

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