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PORTAL: Portal Chronicles Book One Paperback – April 12, 2012
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Top Customer Reviews
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!
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.
Author Imogen Rose's writing style is elegant and highly enjoyable.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I like all the books in this series. However there are a few type-os so maybe get better proofreader? ☺Published 4 months ago by Anna Maria
Imagine waking up not knowing who you are. I am not sure what the real life I'm living is, the one I appear to be in now or the other life I seem to remember from the past. Read morePublished 11 months ago by greg brammer
This concept is so bizarre that you just keep reading to find out how it will end. The characters are fun to get to know. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Borraccio
My rating is actually 3.5 stars
Note: This review contains NO spoilers
Hmmm...interesting story. Portal has imagination and potential. Read more
Couldn't put these down. Other paranormal entities, and time traveling humans. A look at some of the characters that are in Bonfire series. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Amazon Customer
What a fantastic audio book, I loved this story when I read it on ebook and to finally be able to have the story read to me on audio took this book to a whole new level. Read morePublished 15 months ago by louise hunter(Books All things paranormal and romance)
I have read the series and loved them listening to the audio version added more to it for me I loved it cant wait for the rest to come out on audiblePublished 15 months ago by Michelle dodd