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The Portal

(Tangled in Time #1)

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  628 ratings  ·  132 reviews
For fans of the Royal Diaries series and Gail Carson Levine, Newbery Honor-winning author Kathryn Lasky delivers the first enchanting adventure in a compelling new middle grade series about a newly orphaned girl who finds herself time-travelling between the present day and the court of the two most memorable English princesses in history.

Life used to be great for Rose: ful
ebook, 384 pages
Published March 19th 2019 by HarperCollins
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☘Misericordia☘ ~ The Serendipity Aegis ~  ⚡ϟ⚡ϟ⚡⛈ ✺❂❤❣
Who knew if proper time would be as interesting as time out of time? (c)
But what is real? Rose thought. Is this real, to be caught between two centuries? (c)
I shall love you through all time and place. Through every century imaginable. (c)

Rosalinda, Rosemary, just plain Rose…
The Royal setting. Time travelling. Flowers abound. Cunning court fools. Mercurial, capricious princesses. Quoits court meetings…
Lovely reading for kids and grown ups alike.

I love the color. And I love the Gran / Ro
Elizabeth Stiner
This is a difficult review to write. Because I wanted to like this book. I was looking forward to it. Time travel and Queen Elizabeth? Good show! But at last, disappointment was waiting for me. It was quite drawn out. If it had been a bit shorter, it would have been considerably more enjoyable.

Right from the start, we are thrown into a country song. In the very first sentence, the protagonist Rose, is being bullied. Then we find out that her mother just died, and her father appears to be a deadb
Apr 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I'm desparate for book 2!
Sep 25, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs
The digital arc of this book was kindly provided by the publisher via Edelweiss+ website in exchange for an honest review.

The main idea of this book is fascinating but the execution really fell flat, in my opinion. It was ridiculously over the top when it came to bullying, extremely simplistic when the friendship was concerned and just wasn't that interesting half the time. I did enjoy Rose's personality and her relationship with Princess Elizabeth; plus the book presented some great ideas overa
Jesus, glad I didn't buy this one.


-Rose is in 1540s England, and nobody questions her accent or slang; it's there and gone and of course no one pays attention to it or interrogates her about it. Same with her supposed connections to the Ashleys; nobody ever asks any questions that could make her life noticeably inconvenient.

-Rose comes off as totally Mary Sue-ish: She swims great, skates great, rides horses great, is a fashion prodigy and runs her blog. She manages this AND time-travel
Kathryn Wilmotte
I just...don't understand.

Ok first, props for the cover. Very appealing cover, and the audiobook narrator was pretty good too.

And granted, I'm hardly the target age/audience for such a book; perhaps my 10-year old self would have enjoyed it (Perhaps). But while I normally enjoy historical fiction in any form, this was one of the very few times where I actually found the present day plot-line more compelling. A middle school girl dealing with the death of her mother while learning to love her a
Jan 22, 2020 rated it it was ok
It was a little confusing. I am not looking forward to the horror of Mary.
Oct 17, 2019 rated it it was ok
My lifelong obsession with The Tudors started with Kathryn Lasky’s book on Queen Elizabeth from the Royal Diaries series, so I can’t help but wonder if I were still a 9-year-old instead of a 30-year-old, would I have felt differently about this book?

The plot revolves around Rose and her ability to travel back to Tudor England for the dual purpose of 1) studying their clothing, and 2) finding her father. Time doesn’t move at the same rate in her world vs. the Tudor world, however, and she’s left
Jan 17, 2019 rated it did not like it
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Sep 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kathryn Lasky’s latest, Tangled in Time is a terrific time-traveling tale sure to tantalize fans of historical fiction AND fantasy in one fantastic swoop! Meet Rose, a little girl lost after the death of her mother and Rosalinda, her eccentric grandma who spends her time immersed in her elaborate greenhouse. When Rose begins to help with her grandma’s gardening tasks, she too becomes entangled in the mysteries hidden within the greenhouse, finding herself transported to the House of Tudor and fr ...more
Aug 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book is not the normal fairytale retelling, instead it is a fictional retelling of real princesses. This book took Rose from current day where she has lost everything and is now the new girl, to the time of Princess Elizabeth daughter off Anne Bolyn. In both times she is forced to deal with three mean girls. I really liked this book and look forward to reading the rest of the series.
Apr 10, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, 2019
The Portal is the first book in Lasky's Tangled in Time series. I quite enjoyed the setting of Hatfield during the sixteenth century. There were nice tidbits of information from the time period, like how people might have brushed their teeth with twigs of bayberry and juniper. Lasky also incorporated photo's of time period clothing and shoes as well as portions of Rose's blog posts, diary entries and letters she shares with Franny into the story. Truthfully, if Rose spent the whole time in Engla ...more
Jan 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
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DNF @12%
2018; HarperCollins

I love this gorgeous cover and requested this book just based on it. I figured, Lasky is a popular author so it can't be that bad. Maybe I am just too old but I found the mean girl mentality tiring. Even the historical element could not keep me engaged.

***I received a complimentary copy of this ebook from the publisher through Edelweiss. Opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.***
Melissa Neufer
Jun 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great book. Loved very much. Didn't feel rushed nor did it lag. A good steady pace to read. The Tudors are my favorite historical family so while (obviously) not historically accurate with the main character involved, the historic events are accurate and I really appreciate that as a history lover.

Just when things were starting to come to a close, a problem arose and left you with a cliffhanger. Looking forward to the next book.
Jan 27, 2020 rated it liked it
Oddly charming time travel novel that revolves around bullying. Both timelines' plots are engaging in their own way. The time travel mechanics and rules are weirdly convenient and not well thought out and the main character is a bit of a Mary Sue. Lots of Doctor Who references.
ailin lp
I like what the author had in mind but i feel like she did bad at executing it. I just wasn’t very into it and the bullying was really awful. Like are 12 year olds really that mean?! ... I’m not sure if i want to continue on with the next book.
Nov 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-releases

so much fun!
Apr 03, 2019 rated it did not like it
I feel so bad that I didn't like this book because the cover is just gorgeous, but the story really irritated me with how it treated some of the historical figures.
Mar 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Crazy good. Great story with a historical tie-in that makes it feel even more realistic.
So this book is literally my 3rd favorite book ever. Of course, I expected to like it. I enjoyed the concept of a girl travelling back into time and meeting Elizabeth I as a child. But oh my freaking god I loved this book so much!

I remember when I decided when I was going to maybe read the first chapter. It was two days ago, May 30th at around 8 P.M., I have said "Hey, why don't I read maybe 20 pages of this book and see how I feel about it, and then I'll continue reading Game of Thrones"

And you
Connie Huddleston
First, I read book this because I am an author who writes middle grade time-travel books. I was curious. The story is well written, tragic in its setting. It has wonderful characters. I found it to be a slow start, but middle grade girls may like school parts. The time travel element is well done. The book is a cliffhanger. I don't believe in cliff hangers for children - forcing a parent to go on the hunt and buy another book - or for the reader to have to wait several years for the sequel. I se ...more
Feb 26, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, middle-grade
Just LOOK at the cover! How gorgeous.
Aug 07, 2019 rated it liked it
Tangled in Time caught my eye for the title alone. It sounded like an intriguing story involving time travel, princesses, history, and a girl named Rose who travels back in time to encounter Queen Elizabeth I while she is still a young girl. All of that stuff is good - but the story had an incomplete feel to me. Perhaps loose ends and questions will be address in the next book - I hope so - but as a stand-alone book, I felt The Portal to be lacking.

Rose has suffered a lot of losses recently, but
Kayla (krakentoagoodbook)
I won an ARC of this book through a Goodreads giveaway from the publisher - thank you! All opinions are my own.

This book was a little disappointing in my opinion. The characters were all pretty flat and several plot points didn't really make sense. First, the characters - maybe I'm just way too old for this book, but I was annoyed by the main character Rose. She came off as very hipstery with her blogging and shopping at thrift stores for old clothes. Perhaps kids around the same age as the main
Mar 24, 2020 rated it liked it
Up until 3 weeks ago, Rose Ashley had it going on. Her news worthy fashion blog was getting popular, and her DIY fashion videos had her fellow classmates dressing in hand made skirts and bow ties. In a few short days her life ceased to exist as she had known it. Rose's mom was killed in tragic car accident, leaving Rose with no parents that she knows of. She and all her belongings were sent to her grandmother's mansion, where they were unfortunately met by the vacant and dementia riddled eyes of ...more
Ellen Hamilton
May 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Give me a Kathryn Lasky book any time; I know that it will lift my mood, calm my soul, and remind me about the magic of dreams. I loved, loved, loved, this middle-grade novel with all my heart. I need to see this as a movie, like as soon as possible!!!

First of all, the cover is gorgeous. It is just so beautiful, so relevant, so perfect. I love the contrast between Rose and the haughty Princess Elizabeth, I love the vines that tie in everything together with the gold locket, and I love the greenh
Feb 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
A grief-stricken Rose, recovering from the loss of her mother, is sent to live with her rich grandmother, an aged lady who suffers from memory loss but finds solace in tending flowers in her Tudor greenhouse. A mysterious power transports Rose back in time to 1540s Tudor England, but when she returns to the present, she discovers that little or no time has passed. The discovery of a gold locket with a photo of a man in a ruff is the impetus for Rose' quest for her father. Although the ability to ...more
Maggie  Noakes
Mar 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book was highly anticipated in my reading circle, so I gave it a shot. I would have adored this as a younger child. As it stands, it was still enjoyable and focused on educational values. This book could act as an introduction into the Elizabethan time period, teach about casual customs, and more. It encourages the reader to do independent research.

The things that happened amongst the children seemed accurate, however, the way adults reacted did not. At one point an adult commits a grand a
Jun 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When Rose’s mother dies in a tragic car accident, she is sent to live with her maternal grandmother in Indiana. Rose loves constructing her own clothes, even creating a blog where she shares her creations and talks about the things she finds at thrift stores. When the mean girls at her new school find out about her history, they begin a campaign of terror against Rose and the motley group of new friends she has made. Her only escape comes in mysterious visits she makes to the past through her gr ...more
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Kathryn Lasky is the American author of many critically acclaimed books, including several Dear America books, several Royal Diaries books, 1984 Newbery Honor winning Sugaring Time, The Night Journey, and the Guardians of Ga'Hoole series.

She was born June 24, 1944, and grew up in Indianapolis, Indiana, and is married to Christopher Knight, with whom she lives in Massachusetts.

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