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PORTAL (Portal Chronicles Book 1) by [Rose, Imogen]
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3.8 out of 5 stars 33 customer reviews
Book 1 of 5 in Portal Chronicles (5 Book Series)
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Twilight meets The Time-Travelers Wife! --Stephen Windwalker (Kindle Nation)

Red Adept Annual Indie Awards 2010 Runner Up --Red Adept

Favorite Frugal Finds of 2010 --The Frugal eReader

About the Author

For as long as she can remember, Imogen Rose has dreamt stories. Stories that she could, would continue from night to night, from dream to dream.

Imogen. was born in a small town in Sweden and moved to London in her twenties. After obtaining a PhD in immunology from Imperial College, she moved with her family to New Jersey, where she has been based for the past ten years. Although storytelling is her real passion, she has only now decided to share her stories by publishing her first work of fiction, PORTAL.

PORTAL would have remained in her imagination, to be shared only with her daughter, Lauren, had Lauren not insisted that she wrote it down. In the course of a month, Imogen typed while Lauren waited eagerly by the printer for the pages to appear, and a novel took shape.

The warm reception PORTAL has received has encouraged Imogen to continue with the story and the Portal Chronicles. The sequel, EQUILIBRIUM, is due to be published Summer 2010.

To learn more about Imogen Rose and PORTAL, or to schedule an interview with her, please contact her at PortalChronicles@hotmail.com.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 715 KB
  • Print Length: 354 pages
  • Publisher: Wild Thorn Publishing (23 Jan. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0035RPGOK
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars 33 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #197,581 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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When I started this I wasn't really expecting much, especially as this is a YA book and I'm 22, but it was free at the time and I thought it might be half decent. Well, it was AMAZING! I was so gripped by it that I couldn't stop reading and I read the whole thing at once-which I've never done before on my kindle- I even stayed up 'til 1.30am to do so! In fact,it was so unbelievably good that I even considered staying up later and starting the sequel! This must surely be the next YA literary phenomenon? I genuinely thought it was as good as Harry Potter and Twilight. Even though I'm a bit low on funds at the moment, I downloaded the next two immediately because I just couldn't wait to get reading them, which says it all really! Read it- you'll love it, no matter how old you are! I'd give it more than 5 stars if I could- as I'm sure you can tell, I can't stop singing its praises!
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My title should give away that I am not quite the Target young adult reader. However I don't let that stop me reading a book. This has a great plot, laced with some interesting takes on growing up and the challenges of the non-nuclear family in the 21st century. It develops a compelling storyline and strong characters. A thoroughly enjoyable read that makes the reader want more. Luckily this is only book one in the series.
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Arizona Stevens lives with her father while she finishes high school. Her sister lives with their mother on the other side of the country. Or at least that's how it was before she fell asleep in 2009 and woke in 2008 in her mother's car in an alternate life...

As a general rule I don't read YA novels, but as with all rules, there are exceptions. PORTAL (Portal Chronicles) is that. Whilst I can't comment on the authenticity of the story's teenage characters, the premise is intriguing and Rose's engaging writing style kept me turning the pages. An excellent debut.

Highly recommended for fans of teenage romance and time travel.
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When I downloaded this book, it was free and I thought to give it a go as light reading. I did not regret that decision! Whilst definitely written for the young adult audience, as somewhat older than that, I greatly enjoyed it! The ending left me longing for more, so I downloaded - and paid for - the following books of the series.
The characters are believable young adults, the storyline exciting, and the theme an interesting twist on a popular theme.
Time and dimension travel, supernatural beings, romance, mystery, family drama, characters you wish were real - to either fall in love with or just punch in the face - PORTAL has it all. I don't want to go too much into the storyline, as I want other readers to enjoy it the way I did.
Don't go into this expecting a literary masterpiece, but do go into it with an open mind, as I, for one, was pleasantly surprised by what turned out to be a perfect little book for some relaxing reading.
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I highly recommend this book. A fantastic plot, that had me on the edge of my seat all the way, I'm just about to get the sequel after a nether cliff hanger! :), I have barely been able to put the book down since I added it to my iPad! I especially loved the romantic parts and the fun plot parts that arose about time travel! And it was a bargain price worth every penny and more ! If you loved the twilight series I think you'll love portal too :) wonderfully wrote and fast paced,:)go get it, you won't be disappointed
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3¾*
I've seen lots of split reviews over this book. I can see why, now that I've read the book. I loved the idea of the book, and the plot was good, if a little slow at times. It was the language that bugged me: it was all overly formal, and didn't flow at all. And how many 17-or-so teenage boys say:
"I feel tremendous pressure to do so."?
It just didn't sound right to me, and the language went on like that. For example:
"She is being taken up to x-ray now. She said that she's absolutely fine, but I guess they want to make sure. She is right there on the gurney."
Does that sound like part of a normal conversation to you? To me, it just isn't how someone would speak casually, or naturally.
That was my only negative point about the book though. I loved the alternate world side of it, and how one day our protagonist, Arizona, just wakes up and realises she isn't in her own universe. She's no longer a tomboy, but a cheerleader, she has friends she doesn't know and no idea what on Earth's going on. It was just the way Imogen Rose jumps between the first person told from the POV of Arizona and then third person from her mother, Olivia, which I thought was brilliant and worked incredibly well. And the way she slowly revealed little snippets of information, mainly through flashbacks from Arizona's mother was pure genius. Everything just fell into place slowly, and there were twists that knocked me completely off balance.
I really liked Arizona: she was strong and believably frustrated at suddenly being trapped in an alternate world. That was completely understandable, though I didn't really get why she seemed more concerned with ice hockey that with getting back to her own time.
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