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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 struggl...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published January 23rd 2010 by Imogen Rose
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Noelyn Marie
I'm not going to lie, I'm a bit surprised this book has almost 4 stars. The concept was very interesting and the book could have been great, but it was just delivered in a way that came off as amateur. Not only that, the editing was pretty questionable. Missing question marks, oddly placed commas, hyphens in random places. The language used was often very awkward. Teenagers do not speak the way the author wrote. There was a constant lack of contractions, no use of slang, and just a ton of awkwar...more
Emma Rj
No. Just. No. I enjoy young adult novels and sometimes young adult novels aren't the most shining examples of great writing but Portal goes beyond any amount of shallow, lazy writing a young adult novel has the excuse to contain.

Let me the number the injuries:

1. One day, our main character, Arizona, wakes up in a different place, in a different time, with a different FATHER. Does she freak out? Lose her marbles? No. She calmly 'plays along' and constantly gives us the vague excuse that she doesn...more
Amanda Hocking
I love the use of time travel in this book. I haven't seen it done in quite this way before, and I think it added an original twist to the paranormal romance genre. Arizona was funny and tough (in a good away) as a leading lady.

The prologue had me hooked, but the first chapter did bog me down a little with product placement - but don't let that deter you! The story quickly picks up rhythm and moves forward in a fun way. The romance hits just right, and Arizona's relationships with her friends an...more
J.
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Elizabeth
I really wanted to like this book. And parts of it were enjoyable. I certainly wouldn't characterize the book as a complete waste of money. But there were several problems that kept me from rating this above three stars.

First, the good. The premise of this novel is highly imaginative and has great potential. The author is obviously writing to her intended audience- teens. Which is, of course, a good thing if you are a teen. Not so much if you are an adult.

Now for the bad. As several reviews ha...more
Imogen Rose
Jun 10, 2010 Imogen Rose added it  ·  (Review from the author)
This is my book.
Julian Tan
An interesting premise, let down by a distinct lack of substance both plot wise and with the characters. The book is clearly aimed towards the YA audience so I can overlook the endless talk about clothes, nail polish, ripped abs, brushing lips and ice hockey.

My main gripe with this book is the lack of suspense and urgency in the writing - it starts with a lot of promise as the protagonist tries to make sense of her situation. Then a few chapters in, the reader is basically handed the whole plot...more
Ami Blackwelder
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...more
Arni Vidar Bjorgvinsson
I started this read, not really knowing what I was getting myself into.

I had seen Imogen Rose on the Kindle forums, being ever helpful, and also noticed that people were saying some pretty nice things about her book. Ever in the search for a new good writer, I took a peak at the books description and thought to my self: "Hmm.. why not?"

Why not indeed!

Now, I read a lot... well compared to many people I've met in here, though, I barely read at all... but I mostly read a lot of Sci-Fi and Fantasy n...more
Al
Mention fantasy or sci-fi and my mind conjures vampires, hobbits, trekkies, and alternative worlds I have no interest in visiting. Recently I’ve found these genres are much broader than I’d previously realized. I’m capable of suspending disbelief a bit (all fiction requires some of that anyway). On the fringes of these genres just a little suspension of disbelief is enough. This was the case with “Portal,” the first book in the “Portal Chronicles” series.

Teenager Arizona Stevens wakes up to find...more
Dani
Mar 22, 2011 Dani rated it 1 of 5 stars
Shelves: sci-fi
I have to admit I'm astonished at the number of high reviews for this book. Where to begin? While I found the premise of this book initially interesting, I couldn't help but be disappointed in this book for numerous reasons. The dialogue was painful at times, I'm not sure the author had a good handle on the ages of her characters in respect to dialogue....and character development, come to think of it. Dialogue should be used to reveal things about the characters or to move the plot along, and a...more
Michelle
I was really looking forward to reading this book, given the number of rave reviews it was getting, but there is no way I could recommend it to anyone. There's a good idea there somewhere that shows promise, and I think given a few rewrites and some serious editing, this could morph into a seriously good book. But as it stands, Portal reads like a very rough first draft that's been committed to paper and pushed out as a finished product. The whole thing just doesn't mesh together well, and there...more
Anne
Portal is a great story. The characters are detailed and well-defined, and there were plenty of plot twists and turns. The formatting was beautifully done and the book was very readable. I did feel there were a few paradoxes - but in fairness those may be explained and made clear in the sequels.

The main stumbling block, for me, was the dialog. It was horribly stilted, in some places almost painful. It didn't read the way real people talk. Here are a couple of examples from a scene at the hospita...more
Candy
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 righ...more
Misty Baker
I have been sitting on this book for a while now (4 months to be exact) and I have to say “shame on me.” See… I have this problem (it’s actually much worse than the OCD thing) it’s the inability to read what I’m told. Yes.. I know… this entire statement is completely ludicrous since I spend most of my time telling all of you what to read. (deal with it) See… when I was a junior in high school I was forced to read “A Farewell To Arms” by Earnest Hemingway and I hated it. Not the “reading” but the...more
Rachel C.
I became curious about this book because Imogen Rose is one of those rare phenom authors who started out self-publishing online and ended up getting signed to a real print publisher. So this book must be a stunner, right?

I went in expecting it to be addictive teen junk à la "Twilight." Well, if reading "Twilight" is like eating a bag of Cheetos, then reading "Portal" is like picking potato chip crumbs and stale Cheerios out of the crevices of your sofa. The characters are so one-dimensional and...more
Julia
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Kelly
This book needs a good editor. There is so much extra "junk" that detracts from the story, I found myself skipping over pages. I didn't need to read over and over again about Olivia and Rupert's escapades. I got that they were madly in love in the first 20 pages. The other 5 times they ran away from their problems to be alone was just annoying and made me not like them. The story wasn't about Olivia. It was about Arizona, her daughter. That was the interesting part of the story.
Other things I di...more
Pauline Ross
I bought this book because it was very cheap for the Kindle, and it has a time travel/alternate reality theme. It is intended for young adults, so perhaps I was expecting too much from it, but I thought it was very badly written. The teenage heroine bounces around her life texting her friends and selecting her branded clothes, simply accepting without too much protest the odd things that seem to be happening. Most of the book is written in the first person, with some jarring jumps to other chara...more
Amber
The storyline was intriguing.

However....I almost couldn't stand to read it. The dialogue felt very staged. It was NOT how people really talk. And the characters actions didn't feel genuine. No one I know would ever react to those situations that way. It reminded me of when I was 5 years old playing Barbies. Very forced, 'you will do what I say you will do', unrealistic dialogue. I felt the author is rather immature with her writing. Maybe as Ms. Rose writes more books and becomes more experienc...more
Dawn Judd
Portal is an exciting adventure into the unknown. Arizona, the main character, is ripped from the life she loves and thrust into a strange, but not all-together unfamiliar new life. As memories from a life she hasn't truly lived start to surface, she has to decide if she should stay and live out this exciting new life or return to the one she thought she missed so much. Somewhere in between, she must discover how she got here in the first place. Imogen keeps us guessing throughout the whole book...more
Dixie
I acquired the second book in this series, Equilibrium, from a first reads giveaway. However, I thought I should read the first book before the second so I bought Portal for my nook. The plot is promising and fresh. Sometimes the dialog made me cringe, but I am not a teenage girl so that probably explains my issues with the dialog.

The grammatical errors, though, really made me insane. I realize that this is a self-published book, but it made me want to grab a red pen every time I came across a...more
Kevin
This is a self-published book that shows why editors are a good thing. In this case, she needed someone to say "you need more detail here". The dialogue was stilted and no one spoke the way adults speak, much less teenagers.

And, of course, there's the fact that someone invented a portal to allow you to travel to alternate universes and no one seems to think that's a big deal - "You invented a portal. I knew you could do it. Good job."

I liked it. I'll read the sequels, but this could have been s...more
Kathy
The book was just OK. The storyline sounded interesting and is a theme I usually would be interested in, but I found myself not caring much. Probably because the main character didn't really care much that she had transported back through time to a different life. She seemed to become easily absorbed in her new life and personality quite quickly! Another problem was the dialogue. A bit stiff and definitely not the way California teenagers would be talking to each other.
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Die Portal-Chroniken ist ein Jugendroman, der aber auch Potenzial hat, erwachsene Leser zu begeistern. Gekonnt webt die Autorin dazu eine Liebesgeschichte, spannende Handlungselemente und witzige Teenager-Konflikte ein. Zudem plaudert sie im ersten Band nicht alle Geheimnisse rund um die Zeitsprünge aus, sodass genügend Neugier auf den zweiten Teil geschürt wird. Imogen Rose hat mit ihrem flotten Schreibstil guten Fantasy-Stoff für die Jugend geliefert.
Yekaterina
Arizona Stevens is a unique teenage girl. She plays hockey with the boys, has a temper even a therapist can't combat and a broken family with no expectations to be fixed. However, Arizona learns that she should have appreciated what she had before her life was stolen and replaced. Yet, she might not hate her new life...
This is a really fresh topic, though done before, it's not as rapid as others. I like the characters and how they change and evolve through the book. I really like the multiple pe...more
R.L.
Not my cup o' tea.

1. For every interesting thought about interdimensional travel, there were probably a hundred references to putting on lip gloss or hoodies.
2. There were a lot of distracting typos.
3. The author occasionally uses a verb (like "chuckle") that seems inappropriate for the scenario and just distracts you right out of your suspension of disbelief.
Monica
This book is poorly written and poorly edited. Rose employs an overwhelming number of unnecessary references to fashion labels and name brands and an alarming overuse of slang. And who uses LOL in a novel? The plot is fairly engaging, but leaves you hanging, which is why I read the second book. I'm not going to bother with the third one.
Janell
I remember the very beginning when the switch first happened, I thought " No she didn't, she did not just start the book that way"... Now that I am on book 2, I couldn't imagine any other way. This book was beyond amazing. By the time Arizona was Arizona Darley I was hooked and I mean completely hooked! I loved everything about this book!!!
Lindsay Belmont
I really really wanted to like this book because it was such an interesting premise. But the writing is not good, the dialogue is stilted and unnatural and the mechanics behind the "portal" are vague and confusing. Perhaps the author explains it in greater depth in the subsequent books but unfortunately, I'm just not interested in reading more.
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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 l...more
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