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PORTAL: Portal Chronicles Book One Paperback – April 12, 2012

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Book 1 of 5 in the Portal Chronicles Series

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"I think it has a very clever hook and plays so well against a variety of genres-YA, fantasy, romance, sci-fi. It's a very tough balancing act to walk the tightrope of so many genres without slipping up on one of them, but I'll be damned if you didn't pull it off with aplomb." -Terry Goodman (Senior Editor at Amazon Publishing)

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Imogen Rose (April 12, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0982800290
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982800294
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.9 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (213 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,693,037 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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PORTAL is a sci-fi romance with well-fleshed characters and an intriguing plot. Normally, a novel in the romance genre would be of no interest to me at all (being a guy and all!) but PORTAL managed to keep my interest throughout thanks to its main character, Arizona, and its fascinating sci-fi plot involving time travel and alternative dimensions. There's such a careful balance of sci-fi versus romance that both genre readers will enjoy it equally. I'd be hard pushed to say which genre comes through the strongest, and in this regard it reminds me slightly of The Time Traveler's Wife, another story that's hard to pigeonhole and one that wouldn't work if either the sci-fi or the romance was taken away.

There's a lot to think about after the book ends. All the complexities of the "experiment" are finally laid out for the readers (and poor Arizona) to see, and yet you come away with your head spinning -- in a good way. The best kinds of movies and novels are those that leave you with something to ponder, and PORTAL certainly does that. And the fact that there's a forthcoming sequel, EQUILIBRIUM, due in Summer 2010, is something of a no-brainer -- there's plenty more story waiting to be explored yet!

Not wanting to give away spoilers, I was happy with Arizona's decision at the end and think it would have been unrealistic for her to choose otherwise. Still, part of me wanted her to "take the plunge" and choose the other option, because what a great story that would make! Maybe that's what we have to look forward to in EQUILIBRIUM... or maybe the author will take us in a new direction altogether. There are so many possibilities, especially after the Epilogue, which almost came out of left field and really throws a sinister spanner in the works. Roll on Book II!
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An interesting premise, let down by a distinct lack of substance both plot wise and with the characters. The book is clearly aimed towards the YA audience so I can overlook the endless talk about clothes, nail polish, ripped abs, brushing lips and ice hockey.

My main gripe with this book however, is the lack of suspense and urgency in the writing - it starts with a lot of promise as the protagonist tries to make sense of her situation. Then a few chapters in, the reader is basically handed the whole plot on a silver platter, told from another character's point of view. I found the shift in perspectives very distracting, almost lazy, the author choosing to use this third person's viewpoint to explain things rather than the let the reader unravel the mysteries through the eyes of the main character.

Instead, she goes continues about her daily life, oblivious and more concerned with making the hockey team than finding the cause or a solution to her predicament. Not only until the last pages does the plot and mystery pick up again, only to be left hanging for the next book.

I did enjoy the interactions between the characters, especially the solidarity between family members and her close friends but they ultimately lacked depth.
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I'm a guy and I'm a teenager, usually I don't buy Sci-Fi books but this one was only 0.99 so I brought it. I think it was one of the best decisions I have made in my life. This book was so good. It was romantic but it also had the right amount of science fiction I wanted. I'll recommend it to many of my friends.
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Author Imogen Rose took an original idea and created a world where time travel intertwines with romance, power of love can alter the course of life and erase painful memories... A fascinating story that will captivate your heart and ignite your imagination!!

Author Imogen Rose's writing style is elegant and highly enjoyable.
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I have to admit I'm astonished at the number of high reviews for this book. Where to begin? While I found the premise of this book initially interesting, I couldn't help but be disappointed in this book for numerous reasons. The dialogue was painful at times, I'm not sure the author had a good handle on the ages of her characters in respect to dialogue....and character development, come to think of it. Dialogue should be used to reveal things about the characters or to move the plot along, and at times it felt like neither was being accomplished.

I don't think the characters were very well developed or fleshed out, as I'm not sure I could tell you much about the characters beyond the superficial. Arizona herself was a bit of a mystery....is she a tough hockey chick or is she this girly-girl? I'm not sure and the author didn't seem to know either.

Character development and dialogue aside, the thing that bugged me the most was the "name-dropping" of all these high end items. iPhones, Louboutin, Hummers, Harleys and random designer hand bags abound....I mean some of that specificity is ok. But the author has turned Arizona's life into a materialistic wonderland. Throw in a seemingly perfect family, amazing friends, and a couple hot "ripped" guys who adore her, and you have to wonder just why Arizona misses her old life so much, because for most of the book it seems like she's forgotten all about it while enjoying all the perks of her new life.

Other things that drove me a little crazy....a shift from first person to third person narration throughout the story. It got a little confusing at times and maybe could've been helped simply by an "Arizona" or an "Olivia" over their respective chapters.....or just a total shift to third person.
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