on Sep. 23, 2010 :
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 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.
(reviewed 81 days after purchase)
on July 31, 2010 :
This was one of those books where the characters stayed with me every time I had to put the book down and deal with life. Originally drawn in by that awesome line, "Come find me two years ago," I loved the fresh take on the time-travel concept. The mystery of what the heck is going on pulls the reader along, looking for answers. And while looking for those answers, it's so easy to be sucked into the story, and the budding romance between Arizona and Kellan. I loved the differences between the Arizonas in the two different dimensions, and how Arizona Stevens tries to settle into Arizona Darley's girly shoes. An overall enjoyable read. I look forward to new installments in the series as they become available.
(reviewed 18 days after purchase)
on July 3, 2010 :
Portal by Imogen Rose is a young adult science fiction that asks the question, what if we could go back in time and make things different?
Arizona Stevens -brunette, hockey player, 'hates' her younger sister, parents are divorced high school student -finds herself in the back of her mom's vehicle on the way back to her house one evening and soon discovers that her whole life…her whole world…has turned upside down.
She is now no longer Arizona Stevens.
Arizona Darely -jet blond, cheerleader, 'loves' her younger sister, and parents are married (wait…not the dad Arizona Stevens knows), high school student -finds that living a life different from what she knew is going to take some real talent to pull off.
Desperate to return to her world…her life…and not let anyone (including friends and family) in on what might be considered her 'break-down', she sticks with what she knows and after a few bumps in the road, not so easily blends in.
But after meeting Kellan and falling for him, she begins to appreciate the difference this new life has brought to her and considers this Arizona Darely girl might have more to offer than superficialities.
Her mother appreciates this new life too, as we find out her mother is behind this 'altered existence' as she works in a physics job, and has uncovered a way for time-travel.
The novel introduces Arizona to the reader in the first third of the book, and we get to meet all of her friends, her 'Kellan', her friend-emies, her new dad, and problems.
By page one hundred, Imogen Rose cleverly incorporates romantic twists and science fiction details that make this read very enjoyable and intriguing.
I love the premise and the character Arizona (great name) is a protagonist that keeps the interest of the young adult reader and maybe even some of the older audience as well.
By page one hundred I found I could not put the book down and flipped through the pages to find out what was going to happen to Arizona Stevens…I mean Arizona Darely;)
A great read for science fiction fans, young adult fans, romance fans, and those who have always thought, I wish I could do it differently?
Reviewed by Ami Blackwelder
Author of The Hunted of 2060
(reviewed the day of purchase)
on June 3, 2010 :
Portal is an exciting adventure into the unknown. Arizona, the main character, is ripped from the life she loves and thrust into a strange, but not all-together unfamiliar new life. As memories from a life she hasn't truly lived start to surface, she has to decide if she should stay and live out this exciting new life or return to the one she thought she missed so much. Somewhere in between, she must discover how she got here in the first place. Imogen keeps us guessing throughout the whole book. Every turn of the page is another mystery and keeps the reader on the edge of her seat. Portal is truly a magnificent work of art and would be enjoyed not only by young adults, but readers of all ages.
(reviewed the day of purchase)