PORTAL (Portal Chronicles Book One)

PORTAL (Portal Chronicles Book One)

by Imogen Rose

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Come 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. .

PORTAL is the story of the repercussions of Olivia Darley's attempt at creating a perfect world for herself and her children. Arizona's quest for answers threatens to undermine the seemingly perfect world that her mother has so carefully constructed.

PORTAL is the first book of the Portal Chronicles. Fans of time travel, romance, and the supernatural will enjoy Arizona's quest for answers.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940011860997
Publisher: Wild Thorn Publishing
Publication date: 10/24/2010
Series: Portal Chronicles Series , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 335,516
File size: 299 KB

About the Author

Imogen Rose is the author of the bestselling series, Portal Chronicles, which has attained cult status within indie literature and become a favorite among teens and adults alike. An immunologist by profession, Dr. Rose published her first work of fiction in 2010. She now writes full time and is currently working on her second teen series, Bonfire Chronicles. Imogen was born in Sweden and has lived in several places, counting London among her favorites. She moved to New Jersey in 2001. A self-confessed Hermès addict, Imogen freely admits to being obsessed with Kurt Cobain. She enjoys shopping, traveling, watching movies, and hanging out with her family, friends, and Chihuahua.

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PORTAL (Portal Chronicles Book One) 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 344 reviews.
UnearthlyTales More than 1 year ago
PORTAL is a sci-fi romance with well-fleshed characters and an intriguing plot. Normally, a novel in the romance genre would be of no interest to me at all (being a guy and all!) but PORTAL managed to keep my interest throughout thanks to its main character, Arizona, and its fascinating sci-fi plot involving time travel and alternative dimensions. There's such a careful balance of sci-fi versus romance that both genre readers will enjoy it equally. I'd be hard pushed to say which genre comes through the strongest, and in this regard it reminds me slightly of The Time Traveler's Wife, another story that's hard to pigeonhole and one that wouldn't work if either the sci-fi or the romance was taken away. There's a lot to think about after the book ends. All the complexities of the "experiment" are finally laid out for the readers (and poor Arizona) to see, and yet you come away with your head spinning -- in a good way. The best kinds of movies and novels are those that leave you with something to ponder, and PORTAL certainly does that. And the fact that there's a forthcoming sequel, EQUILIBRIUM, due in Summer 2010, is something of a no-brainer -- there's plenty more story waiting to be explored yet! Not wanting to give away spoilers, I was happy with Arizona's decision at the end and think it would have been unrealistic for her to choose otherwise. Still, part of me wanted her to "take the plunge" and choose the other option, because what a great story that would make! Maybe that's what we have to look forward to in EQUILIBRIUM... or maybe the author will take us in a new direction altogether. There are so many possibilities, especially after the Epilogue, which almost came out of left field and really throws a sinister spanner in the works. Roll on Book II!
amiblackwelder More than 1 year ago
I must admit I am a Twilight fan and I thought it would be hard to find anything that could come close to what I felt for Stephanie Meyer's novels, but Portal by Imogen Rose is a close call. No, not vampires. No, not werewolves. Her science fiction romantic journey takes the reader on a completely different kind of experience -a time bending, dimension leaping swirl of page turning anticipation, heartfelt passions, and familial relationships. With well developed and complicated characters and a twisting plot, this novel was hard to put down and I am intrigued to find out how the sequel will deal with the issues. Imogen Rose sets up a fantastical world within the realm of possibility, by structuring a story that revolves around a physicist named Olivia (Arizona's mother), who is unhappily married and is told by a musician named Rupert, to meet her two years ago. The story unfolds, but this time Arizona is not living the life she knew, but is also affected by the choices her mother, Olivia has made, and her world becomes a series of memories she never had. To complicate matters, Arizona finds herself dating the handsome Kellan, the love of her (new) life, for eight years and while she is finding this new dimension full of surprises, this is one surprise she may not want to let go of... This was a definite Sci-Fi-Romance, that fans of that genre are not going to want to miss! Five stars out of five! Reviewed April 11, 2010 By: Ami Blackwelder http://hotgossiphotreviews.blogspot.com
fsutton More than 1 year ago
This book is a surprise, did not expect to enjoy it so much. It might be intended for a younger audience but as a 58 year old grandma, I can tell you that you are never too old to enjoy a good story with superb writing. Imagine that you are suddenly in a place that you don't recognize but everyone treats you like they have known you forever. This is the life that one teenager experiences and her search to find the answers.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this book and couldn't put it down. It really made me wish that I could somehow experience a parallel universe!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow, this book is great. I am totally hooked. Getting the second book right away.
LauralynnElliott More than 1 year ago
I've downloaded a few samples of the YA books that some other authors have been recommending. Most of the time I don't buy them. Even some of them that are REALLY popular just don't interest me. It's just not my favorite genre, although there are a couple of authors I know who write awesome YAs that I've thoroughly enjoyed. But this one...wow. This novel combines romance, science fiction, and normal teenage "stuff". It kept me hooked through the whole book. Of course, now I'll have to read the next book to see what happens....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a great read! Love the concept and the author's entertaining style of writing. Can't wait to read what happens next, purchasing the sequel now.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Oh my gosh this was the best book i have ever read and i was hooked throughout the whole book....i definitly recommend it!!! :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A very unique time travel book written for teens. As a middle school teacher, I, too, enjoyed this book, and I look forward to reading the rest of the series.
RighterWriter More than 1 year ago
I have read Portal and the second book, Equilibrium, in a matter of 2 weeks. I just downloaded the third and I love it! It is still the paranormal romance I am use to reading, but with a syfy kick to it. It is a nice change. Also this series is good for all ages, I am 29 and I love it!
TEST NOOKUSER More than 1 year ago
awesome book i could not put it down , it makes twilight look like an utter disgrace, keep writing!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I know it was in the "Teen" section but so are many other novels that have been published lately so I thought I would try it as it was relatively inexpensive. While I enjoyed the story line and found it interesting I was constantly distracted by the seemingly endless references to name brand items (clothes, I-phone, etc....) I often found myself wondering if Ms. Rose received product endorsements. also, and a bit of a spoiler here...I found it implausible how easily it was accepted that the character and her best friends just happened to all show up in the past in another life. They just went on with life as normal and it seemed if that was thrown on to the back burner. Even characters who hadn't gone back seemed to find it possible within a few sentences. Again, I am older I guess and jaded. I would have also liked a bit more information on the science of how it all worked. there is a second book so maybe she explains more there? So, I guess if you can suspend all rational belief and go with it just put on your Juicy top and your Hermes scarf, set some tunes on your I-phone and start reading...
HMassing More than 1 year ago
Portal by Imogen Rose is a page turning, fast paced read. I could not put it down, yet I didn't want it to end. Imagine waking up in a whole different life. Portal blends Sci-Fi, romance and the struggles teens face seamlessly. The twists and turns are never predictable and will keep you up at night. The characters are well thought out and seem very real to the reader. I liked Arizona and her family and friends and can't wait to read the next book in the series and see what happens next!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is poorly written. I loved the concept, hated the result. Speech came off very stilted and unnatural. Grammatically I find it a complete mess, to the point where I had to force myself to finish the book in order to get some sense of resolution. The logic was NOT - not logical, that is. It's difficult for me to understand what people "loved" about this book, as it's not anything I'd recommend. Sorry.....
-C-84 More than 1 year ago
This was a cute story. The characters and plot line were definately written with a certain age bracket in mind. If you have children I would recommend this for ages 12-15. The plot does show definate imagination but is very easy to follow. A nice "pick up and read" for a rainy day.
Odie_Chapa More than 1 year ago
I thought this was a good book and worth reading. The topic and theme felt like something Dean Koontz would write. It is worth noting, however that Imogen is not as strong a writer as Koontz or Suzzane Collins. Still, it is entertaining and interesting.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is such a great new concept. Don't get me wrong, I love the vampire trend, but this is something new and exciting. It's well written and entertaining,
Chuck Ellmann More than 1 year ago
though the idea for this story was good, it was not executed to its full potential. its a short book, but seems to drag on in unnessesary parts. also, there are quite a few grammar errors that are annoying and unprofessional. all in all it was good, just not what i expected. maybe the sequal will be better. :)
PDBROWN More than 1 year ago
As a lover of the time travel and alternate dimensions illusion I loved Portal! Imogene Rose wove just the right blend of a little Sci-Fi, family dynamics and destined love together to create a page turner that is hard to put down. Reading Portal feels like reading about friends. The characters are structured so well and are so relatable it seems as if you are part of the story. I am anxiously awaiting the next installment in series.
Allie-K More than 1 year ago
Found this book by chance and so happy I decided to give it a try. Fun and fast read. I usually don't read time travel, but this was so well written and great characters to boot. Just finished Equilibrium (book 2) and can't wait for the 3rd book.
Victorine More than 1 year ago
Arizona wakes up to find the world around her not quite how it's supposed to be. Her home is different, her last name, and even her hair has changed! This story drew me in right away with it's intriguing plot line. I couldn't put the book down. There's a sweet love story that captivated my heart. I would highly recommend this book to anyone.
Candy_TX More than 1 year ago
So many times when I read an independent author, the main thing that sticks out to me is that the author didn't have their work edited properly. I would lay dollars to doughnuts that this particular author did. I'm sure there's some grammar issues or something, but it obviously wasn't glaring because I did not notice anything. Hats off to the author for a well-written polished end product. Lately, I've read some real dogs in the Indie world, so this was a fabulous change of pace just at the right time. The story is slow to start but it eventually pulls you in and doesn't let you go. At some point, I was so frustrated by a Science point (more on that in a minute) that I really wanted to put it down, but I was too busy wondering what was going to happen with Arizona that I just couldn't put it down. I'm really glad that I didn't because I would have missed on a really great storyline! My one problem with this book, and I'm still giving it five stars because I have faith the author is going to explain it in subsequent books is that the mother doesn't seem to age. I don't want to give away too much, but every time travel book I've read the people still age. I'm a little disturbed by the whole thing. Maybe she did age, but it didn't seem like anyone noticed. Hmmm... I've seen people say "If you liked Twilight..." No. I won't say this book is better than Twilight, but it's different, the writing is a little more mature, there's some young love in it, but not once did I want them to knock it off already and get on with the story. It's a little less angsty. I think to compare it to Twilight is doing it a disservice. (nevermind that there aren't any vampires). Give it a read if you like YA fiction and a little bit of time travel / science fiction. I'm not a big SciFi fan, but this was well done! UPDATE: The author actually emailed me to explain the time difference. I get confused easily, I suppose. I'm still not 100% sure, but at least I feel like I "get it" more now :) Thanks to Imogen for taking the time!
dannie18 More than 1 year ago
Portal is a different kind of young adult novel. It's a mystery wrapped up with some interesting science fiction elements. Granted, it isn't hard science fiction, but it's not trying to be that genre. The fact that author Imogen Rose is trying to do something different in YA fiction definitely makes it all the more appealing. I think what I enjoyed most about this novel is not the plot. Yes, I did like that. But what is most interesting is reading and learning more and more about Arizona as the character herself does. And Arizona is pretty compelling. Most YA authors wouldn't feature a female protagonist who likes hockey. Arizona can be that edgy, but at her core, there is a softness and vulnerability that makes readers want to learn more about her. This book is complicated because it really has two different stories going on--Arizona and her mom's. Both of them are equally compelling and definitely worth the journey.
VickiTyley More than 1 year ago
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.
soulofahorse More than 1 year ago
Usually, I can guess the ending or figure out how an author will resolve a mystery....but not this time! I found this book to be completely entertaining and a very "good read." Great character development and all around good mystery kept my attention and made me anticipate my nightly visit to the topsy-turvy world of Arizona (who??). Though directed at the teenage market, which I am definitely WAAAAAY beyond, I would recommend this first novel by an excellent storyteller to anyone. Imogen Rose is on her way with this novel that doesn't quite follow the stereotype (vampire love) that has become the norm for "teen fiction." Well done, Rose!!