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Imogen Rose is the author of the bestselling YA series, the Portal Chronicles. She 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’s been based for the past ten years.
For as long as she can remember, Imogen has dreamt stories. Stories that continued from night to night, from dream to dream. So, even as a child, going to bed was never an issue, just an anticipation of the story to come.
PORTAL, Imogen’s first novel, would have remained in her imagination, to be shared only with her daughter, Lauren, had her eight-year-old not insisted that she write 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 received encouraged her to continue with the story and the Portal Chronicles. FAUSTINE is Imogen’s first book in her new series, the Bonfire Chronicles.
Imogen is a self-confessed Hermès addict who enjoys shopping, traveling, watching movies and playing with her dog, Tallulah.
on Aug. 14, 2013 :
This was highly entertaining and readable! For the most part I enjoyed how "adult" it was for a YA novel. I loved the premise, the pace, and the way that secrets and mysteries unfolded. However, I think I wanted more than the book could give.
Most of the characters were inconsistent and didn't really have distinct personalities. Too many things were handwaved or left completely unexplained -- even some of the basic world-building, and the policies and practices of the paranormal school at which the whole story is set. It's not even really a school as most would understand the word.
There is sex, and in some ways its given primacy, but even so it's always off-screen, so to speak, and the characters refer to it obliquely, or at best, as "doing IT". Both teens and adults (vampires) speak this way. There are also some odd gender issues that I would have liked to see explored.
I will be reading the sequel though!
(reviewed long after purchase)
on May 13, 2012 :
(reviewed within a month of purchase)