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PORTAL (Portal Chronicles Book 1) Kindle Edition
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First, the good. The premise of this novel is highly imaginative and has great potential. The author is obviously writing to her intended audience- teens. Which is, of course, a good thing if you are a teen. Not so much if you are an adult.
Now for the bad. As several reviews have already mentioned- there is a lot of product placement in this book. Almost to the point that it is distracting. The author also gets bogged down in the mundane. I don't know how many times I read the line "I got out of the shower, threw on a hoodie and jeans, and my Uggs." Hoodies are referenced at least 15 times throughout the book. Clothing references and descriptions of every day activities were just unnecessary and resulted in a sluggish feel at times.
Another annoying aspect of the book was the relationship between the main character, Arizona, and her love interest, Kellan. Arizona is supposed to be this strong, independent tom-boyish figure, but whenever Kellan is around she seems to become frail and needy. For instance there are several scenes where he has to physically pick her up and carry her. One instance is in a hotel lobby where he "picked me up and carried me over to the seats where he held me silently while I composed myself." It was just kind of weird picturing this scene. It's fine to be upset and need a hug, but to be carried around like an invalid? It just seemed to suggest an unhealthy attachment.
The science fiction/fantasy aspects of this novel had great potential, but they just weren't fleshed out very well. It definitely seemed like more of a romance/teen drama than a science fiction or fantasy novel. Which can be a good or bad thing, depending on the reader.
My last negative comment involves the characterization in this novel. Everyone is amazing and talented and beautiful. Arizona's mom is beautiful and intelligent and has a highly lucrative and esteemed job. Arizona's "step" dad is a musician, rides a motorcycle, and is, of course, good looking. Arizona's brother is intelligent, also rides a motorcycle, is a talented athlete, and is good looking. Arizona's friends are all beautiful and talented. Arizona's little sister is an up and coming Hollywood starlet. Arizona is smart, great at hockey, and- you guessed it- beautiful. It just got a little boring and made it hard to identify with these characters who seemed just a little too perfect to be believable.
Objectionable content: This book was fairly clean, although there were a few things parents might want to consider. There were a few mild profanities interspersed throughout the book. There is a scene that involves fake i.d.'s and a club- underage drinking included. Nothing explicit in terms of sexual situations. The most Arizona and her boyfriend do is kiss. The parents all seem to bend over backwards to appease their children. They seem to worry more about being their kids' friends than authority figures.
All in all, I just can't glowingly endorse this book as a highly enjoyable read. The book had a lot of potential, and I think the author has raw talent. Hopefully her second book in this series will improve and she will be able to overcome some of the problems that plagued this first installment.
Arizona was a really great protagonist. Though she had no idea who she was, she was strong and was able to maintain a much calmer attitude towards the whole situation than I would have, surely. Her countless friends and enemies all had their unique and entertaining personalities that I couldn't resist adoring. Kellan, though somewhat allusive, was a great love interest and even made me swoon from time to time.
The writing style is great. Rose is a gifted writer and her talent shines in this book. I cannot wait to read her other works, especially the continuation of this series, because her entrancing writing style will no doubt continue to mesmerize me.
Portal is a very unique story. Though some aspects were confusing, I thoroughly enjoyed the plot of this book. I haven't read much about time travel or anything like it, so it was so fresh and enjoyable to read this book. The science fiction-esque subplots take a backseat to Arizona and the other characters, making this a very character driven book. I enjoyed this, as I am not a big fan of science fiction, but I would definitely recommend Portal if you are a scifi addict or don't like it at all. Either way, you're gonna enjoy this book.
I am dying to read the next books in this series. The moment they are in my reach, I will be gobbling them down. I was barely able to stop reading Portal and didn't want it to end when it was finally over. Thank goodness there are more books to fulfill my craving.
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Hmmm...interesting story. Portal has imagination and potential.Read more