I haven't posted for a very long time. Sorry about that everyone! Don't think I haven't been reading any of this time, because I've been reading a lot. It's just that I haven't had time to post. Anyway I just finished a great book called Gateway by Sharon Shinn. Gateway is about a young girl named Daiyu who is seventeen years old. Adopted from China and raised in St. Louis, Daiyu is used to feeling a little out of place. One day while she's at the city fair near the Gateway Arch, Daiyu spots a gorgeous black jade ring. And when the elderly vendor tells her that "Black Jade" translates to "Daiyu" she impulsively buys the ring and wears it as a token of her heritage. It is much more.
Daiyu walks through the Arch on her way home. She never gets there. Instead, she passes into another world, another version of St. Louis where almost everyone is Chinese. Now she has more adventure than she ever imagined. Taken to a safe house, she is trained as a spy in order to help topple the existing government. Daiyu spends hours learning refined manners, niceties and flirtations to pass among the elite, and steals moments to be with handsome Kalen, the only person in this alternate world whom she truly trusts, or truly loves. There is only one problem. Once her task is finished, she must return to her own St. Louis and leave Kalen behind...forever.
This book was really, really good, it's five stars and it was such a page-turner! I would definitely recommend this book!