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EQUILIBRIUM (Portal Chronicles Book Two)

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

Freaking Awesome!

Equilibrium is much more serious than Portal in my opinion, but it fits the role of the book well! Imogen out did herself on this one.

Arizona and Kellan are kidnapped while down at the lake watching the stars. When they wake up neither of them can move and they don'...
Equilibrium is much more serious than Portal in my opinion, but it fits the role of the book well! Imogen out did herself on this one.

Arizona and Kellan are kidnapped while down at the lake watching the stars. When they wake up neither of them can move and they don't know where they are or why they are there. Turns out they are in a very dark, very smelly cement room... but they can't figure a way out of it, and on top of things... they were drugged and can't function well.

A door in the room opens and a blinding ray of light comes in, with no warning someone is dragging Arizona towards the light and away from Kellan. Where are they taking her and why?

That's all Arizona can remember when she wakes up in a house that she definitely recognizes... but not where she has been living. She hears a voice beckoning her to get up and get ready for school... who is that? Is that her DAD? Arizona has woke up in her bed, back in the dimension where she lives with her dad and she is a rough and tumble hockey player. But she doesn't see in the mirror what she expected.... she woke up Barbie Arizona.

Arizona doesn't know how she got here, but she does know that she wants to get back to her life as Arizona Daley and be with Kellan, her siblings and her mother. How is she going to get back, when she has no idea how she got here to begin with?

Equilibrium is full of suspense! Which I thought really made the book. Arizona finds that she has adapted to her life as Arizona Darley a bit better than she had originally thought. I also love the reactions of all her friends in her life as Arizona Stevens, when they see her with blonde hair! Its priceless! I also like how the relationship between Kellan and Arizona is progressing. We also find out a secret about David, which I was shocked at, but loved every minute! This book is a page turner... I had to finish it one sitting!... I just couldn't help myself! Yet another great read from Imogen Rose!

Look for Quantum, which is the sequel to Equilibrium. Out Now!

posted by SparklingReviews on November 23, 2010

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1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

Show some girl power!

Ugh...I love time travel. That part was fairly interesting, especially the concept of the wanderes. But it's surprising the main character can walk on her own because the author is constantly referring to her "throwing herself" into her boyfriend's arms, sitting on hi...
Ugh...I love time travel. That part was fairly interesting, especially the concept of the wanderes. But it's surprising the main character can walk on her own because the author is constantly referring to her "throwing herself" into her boyfriend's arms, sitting on his lap, cuddling, ad nauseum. Make her into a real young woman, able to function without a "man's strong arms."

posted by SlugLover on January 4, 2011

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  • Posted November 19, 2010

    Lookit! A sequel that doesn't suck!

    A sequel. Part two. Book two. Two little words that make me cringe. As a rule, I try to avoid series (although it seems that is all I'm reading these days, go figure). It's not that I have anything against them. I like the character development that can happen across multiple books. I like following story lines and threads through to the bitter end. I don't like BOOK TWO though. That usually means that, well, it's going to suck. What is it with "book two"? Do authors set out to make them bad or does it just happen that way?

    I read the first book of this series and got to the end where I realized there will be a book two. I really wanted to cry. It meant that a story I liked would likely be slaughtered. But I powered through and I bought Equilibrium just the same. Man, am I glad that I did! Imogen Rose has done a fantastic job of continuing the story while introducing us to new elements. There wasn't a sucky story line in the bunch. Kudos to her! Well edited, well executed and just downright fun.

    The thing that I think I like about these books is that they are not heavy. It's pretty light scifi time travel, which is right up my alley. There's a young adult element to it, but unlike other popular YA, I don't feel the need to have a friend hold down Arizona while I beat the living snot out of her. She's a likable character with very realistic teenage angst. It just happens that her mom built a time portal and she remembers her life from another dimension. Yup, pretty normal, alright!

    Seriously though. This book is very well done. The author is definitely one to watch. Her writing style is perfect for this sub-genre of YA and I hope she sticks with it. Her writing was great in the first book and she doesn't disappoint in the second. I'm told the third book will be out in the Fall 2010. Let's hope! The ending left me on edge, ahhh!, cliffhangers!

    I'd give this 4.5 stars if I could. It loses a half star because there's a few time where the... I'm not sure of the phrase for it, but who's "speaking" change. It goes from being narrated to first person (Arizona) a few times without really giving us a heads up as to what's going on. For instance, it went from telling us what Rupert was doing and a few paragraphs later it read "I laughed". Um, the narrator laughed? SO very minor and not something I would noticed usually. And yes, there was a ---- break to show a change of scene. It's my own personal niggle. I'm weird like that, folks!

    Very highly recommended. A light read that will leave you smiling. Trust me, just buy it.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 29, 2010

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    Increasing the Intensity

    The adventures of reluctant time-traveler Arizona Stevens continue in this second installment of Imogen Rose's "Portal Chronicles." Although first reading "Portal," the initial book in the series, might be preferable, Rose sets the stage well enough in this volume for those just joining to quickly orient themselves.

    "Equilibrium" is "Portal" with the heat turned up. The decisions Arizona faces are harder; the situations more perilous. As relatively minor characters who were mostly on the sidelines in "Portal" become more involved the complexity and intensity increases.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2011

    The Second of the Series

    This one is just as good as the first book. It's a little bit science fiction, a little bit teen romance, and just all around good reading.

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  • Posted May 16, 2011

    Worthwhile follow up

    Good series. Entertaining, although the teen romance stuff is bit ridiculous. Geared toward young adults but still kept my attention. I will read the whole series. Worth the nook price.

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  • Posted February 21, 2011

    Wonderful Sequel

    Equilibrium is a wonderful sequel to Portal, and Imogen Rose has definitely developed a broader scope to the narrative, adding in a racial mythology to deepen the mystery. If the first novel basically developed the characters, this one really sets up the twists and turns of the plot, and the pacing is wonderful. The writing is much tighter in this novel, and I really enjoyed spending time Arizona's worlds once again.

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