Saturday, June 4, 2011

Portal by Imogen Rose

Portal (Portal Chronicles Book 1) by Imogen Rose
Publisher: Imogen Rose
Release Date: 1/10/10
Pages: 350
Grade: B

GoodReads SynopsisCome Find Me Two Years Ago... 

Six words that propelled ice hockey playing tomboy, Arizona, into an alternate dimension. 

She suddenly found herself in the past. In one moment she went from being an ice hockey playing teenager in New Jersey to a glamorous cheerleader in California. She found herself transported from a happy life with her dad, Dillard, to a new, strange one living with her mother whom she hates. Apparently it's a life she's always lived in. 

Everyone knows her as Arizona Darley, but she isn't.  She is Arizona Stevens. 

As she struggles to find answers she is certain of one thing- that her mother Olivia, a brilliant physicist, is somehow responsible. 

Review: Ever since reading "The Time Traveler's Wife" by Audrey Niffennegger, I've wanted to read anything that had time travel involved. And this story came at it from a slightly different angle in that it involved time travel as different dimensions, which made for interesting possibilities.

I thought the author did a great job of posing questions that made me want to keep reading for the answers. Arizona's fight to reconcile her Stevens' self with the Darley environment posed interesting tension. However I was frustrated that once Arizona did find out what happened she didn't get to confront her Mom about her feelings because that is where this story ended. Another frustration was how the author did spend a lot of time on would bring the story to a screetching halt. Overall I loved the story and it's interesting possibilities. Can't wait to see what the next installment brings.

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