AUDIOBOOK BLOG TOUR: Portal by Imogen Rose- Review

Release Date: 01/23/10
Length: 9 hrs and 38 mins 
 Summary from Goodreads: Come Find Me Two Years Ago...

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

She suddenly finds herself living the life of a glamorous cheerleader. She finds herself transported from her happy life with her dad to living with the mother she hates.

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

As she struggles to find answers she is certain of two things -- that her mother is somehow responsible, and that she wants to go back home to her real life.

That's until she meets Kellan...

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, the 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 Herm├Ęs 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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I had HUGE hopes for this book. And while it was a good contemporary novel, as something sci-fi- it completely, COMPLETELY lost all moral grounds!

I really don't know what to say- there was just too much going on. At first it was exciting to see what Imogen Rose would do with a jock girl with a broken home taken, and suddenly woken up in a new, perfect like, with a perfect family, a new father, a new supposed personality and even blond hair. Instead of playing ice hockey on the varsity team with only boys for team mates, she is now a cheerleader with manicured nails and a wardrobe to follow suit.

I was expecting something. SOMETHING. And instead, the jock girl completely blended into her new life with barely any hitches- changed into some sweet, perfect talking girl instead of the girl that I was given the impression that she was. And it felt SO OFF!

Apart from that, my problems with the Portal itself. Where did the morality go? How is it okay for someone- anyone- to create a portal that bends space, time and reality to alter her own, because she wasn't happy enough with her own life? REALLY? What the HELL happened to the consequences? And to the SCIENCE of it all? 

If you're still willing to ignore all that- which somehow, I managed to do, there actually is a pretty nice contemporary, as I mentioned earlier. Arizona Darley (the protagonist- previously Arizona Stevens) is a nice girl, with a nice life, assuming you manage to get over the fact that she was once someone else, with a whole other personality.

I wouldn't really recommend it that much. But it was fun while it lasted.

Book Tour Organized by: YA Bound Book Tours

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