Monday, May 11, 2015

AUDIOBOOK BLOG TOUR: Portal by Imogen Rose

Welcome to the Official Blog Tour for the audiobook of Portal, the first book of the Portal series, by Imogen Rose! Follow the tour, HERE!

Young Adult
Paranormal/Sci-fi Romance
Portal Chronicles, #1
Publish Date:
March 11, 2015
Narrated by:
Sue Leib Bernstein & Lauren Tate
Run Time:
9 hrs 38 mins

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 some how responsible, and that she wants to go back home to her real life.

That's until she meets Kellan...



The Portal Series



**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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*My Thoughts*

Note: This review contains NO spoilers

Hmmm...interesting story. Portal has imagination and potential. The narrators did a great job in bring these characters to life. I really enjoyed their ability to read this book in character for the dialogue. It definitely brought personality to all the characters. The narrators also emphasized the distinct personalities of each characters as they read...which made listening to the story enjoyable. There's a lot of promise as Imogen Rose creates this twist in alternate realities.

However, I found it difficult to believe the main character's reaction of being in an alternate life of herself. But, then again, it is a different approach...does everyone have to get hysterical when their life doesn't seem right? It's different...I liked that. Yes, she knows it's not her life, but instead of just "losing it," she "investigates" to learn more about this alternate life. Plus, much of the dialogue seemed awkward and forced. Although the narrators did a great job reading in characters, the characters seemed flat and superficial. There definitely needs more work on character development and world-building. I also found it confusing when the point of view would flip-flop from first to third.

Evaluating both the good and the bad, I can't say that I totally loved it. However, I'd say that this is the start of an interesting story in a series. Not too bad for a first book that has a lot of potential. Plus, the audiobook was very entertaining with the narrators ability to voice characters as they read.

Portal is a fun read that fans of this genre may enjoy... It's definitely not for everyone.

My rating:

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