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The Open Portal (Conquest of the Veil)

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But with dreams, there can also be nightmares

Lonely and plain-featured, Mona Parker is just another faceless teenager at Spring Hill High School when she angers a beautiful and arrogant classmate. Bullied relentlessly and with nowhere to turn, Mona’s colorless life turns into a hellish existence. Mona considers suicide until one night, Thaddeus Finkle, her guardian angel,
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Paperback, 338 pages
Published April 1st 2019 by Book Liftoff (first published March 1st 2019)
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Julie
May 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Open Portal by Michael Scott Clifton is a 2019 Book Lift Off publication.

An intriguing start for this new fantasy series-

Mona is an orphaned teenager with a special needs brother. She is bullied incessantly by the ‘mean girls’ at school and has a very negative self -image. When she is nearly at the breaking point, her guardian angel, Thaddeus Finkle, offers her an alternative.

Believing she will be given the opportunity to make a real difference in her life, she agrees to switch places
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Taylor
Thank you so much to Book Liftoff, LSBBT, and the author for providing me with an eARC in exchange for an honest review.

As you can surmise from the book's synopsis, there's a lot going on in Clifton's newest fantasy series. Toggling (initially) between the magic-filled world of Meredith and present-day East Texas, we're quickly introduced to two worlds that seemingly shouldn't intersect. But thanks to a trio of POVs, we quickly see how Mona's world of bullying, harassment, and fear easily
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Erin Decker
May 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
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I am a sucker for a good fantasy and The Open Portal did not disappoint. This first book in what seems to be a promising series introduces us to Mona - a character we can probably all relate to in some way or another. She is lonely, bullied, and a little plain. When an angel appears to her and offers for her to switch lives with someone she accepts and becomes Alexandria on the planet 'Meredith'. Now she is the daughter of a duke trapped in an alternate reality.This books is told from three ...more
Ruthie Jones
"Always trust your heart..."

The Open Portal is a fantastic, intriguing, and adventurous beginning to the Conquest of the Veil series! With the planet Meredith, Michael Scott Clifton has created a world that is similar to Earth but is filled with an abundance of both good and evil magic rather than technology. What stands out as unique in this fantasy is that the author transitions the protagonist from Mona Parker on Earth to Alexandria on Meredith, yet rather than lose her original identity,
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H. Ringer
May 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Open Portal was aptly named for its grand use of fantasy, adventure, and dizzying effect of imagery. Often reading through the lush descriptions were like walking through a portal myself. I was reminded of many of my favorite fantasy novels as well throughout this book. Continuously impressed by the details and wild imagination, I’m definitely recommending this one to fantasy lovers.

There was great appeal to Mona. She isn’t the characteristically beautiful protagonist that drives many YA
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Lorilei Gonzales
Escaping a humdrum life to a world of magic is my favorite sort of fantasy book. Who doesn’t like the idea of leaving behind a place where you merely exist for a place where you can truly thrive and be powerful and super attractive? But where most books fail to address the price you pay for such a switch, The Open Portal lays it all out in the open and reminds you every chance it gets.

Clifton paints a very bleak portrait of a young woman who only has her brother and a few church elders to keep
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Ramona
Jul 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Review of The Open Portal

I loved reading this well written book and look forward to reading many more books written by this author. I would highly recommend this book to everyone who loves reading books about magical places and people. I have found yet another new author to enjoy reading books by.
Rox Burkey
Jul 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Join me in this paranormal suspense, modern fantasy as Mona Parker, a lonely, plain, smart, and bullied teenager, who on the brink of suicide is offered an extraordinary life change by her angel, Thaddeus Finkle. Finkle sees a quality in Mona that makes her the best choice to because she leads with her heart. After negotiating a promise by Finkle that her brother will be safe, she lands in an unimagined place that allows her dreams to be fulfilled but at a cost she hadn’t considered. Michael ...more
Lira
May 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When plain and bullied Mona Parker exchanges her life for another on a parallel world--she gets more than she bargained for. She realizes very quickly that being beautiful, seductive, rich, and the daughter of a powerful Duke may not be what she really wanted. But now she's trapped behind a veil of magic where the Dark Queen Marlinda rules supreme--and she has plans for Mona/now Alexandria. Mona must quickly learn to live in this new world of magic while keeping true to herself and her friends.

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Karen Coan
May 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I like the lessons woven through the scenes like a muted thread not so bright you pick it out from the rest, but you feel it. Mona is a young girl finding her way through the challenges a teenager experiences when her peers and her circumstances are less than kind.

Because it is from a teenage girl’s perspective, the young adult audience is a natural. But, adults are just older kids, who like to relive and be reminded why we’re glad we grew through the years. So, this is good for a
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Christine
It’s a wonderful life? Meets stargate and Camelot?

There is a lot of world building in the book. It jumps around between several places and multiple points of view. I found one point of view more interesting than the others.
Mary
May 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Multi Award-Winning Author Michael Scott Clifton, a public educator for over 38 years as a teacher, coach, and administrator, currently lives in Mount Pleasant, Texas with his wife, Melanie and family cat. An avid gardener, reader, and movie junkie, he enjoys all kinds of book and movie genres. His books contain aspects of all the genres he enjoys...action, adventure, magic, fantasy, and romance. ...more