April 16, 2012

Bewitching Book Tour: Portal by Imogen Rose – Review, Character Interview, and Giveaway

Thanks for stopping by for our Tour Stop for
Portal by Imogen Rose!
On our stop we’ve got an interview with one of the characters, DAVID!
Be sure to enter for a chance to win a Kindle Fire at the end of the post!

Come Find Me Two Years Ago… 

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

She suddenly found herself in the past. In one moment she went from being an ice hockey playing teenager in New Jersey to a glamorous cheerleader in California. She found herself transported from a happy life with her dad, Dillard, to a new, strange one living with her mother whom she hates. Apparently it’s a life she’s always lived in.

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

As she struggles to find answers she is certain of one thing- that her mother Olivia, a brilliant physicist, is somehow responsible…

PORTAL is the story of the repercussions of Olivia Darley’s attempt at creating a perfect world for herself and her children. Arizona’s quest for answers threatens to undermine the seemingly perfect world that her mother has so carefully constructed.

PORTAL is the first book of the Portal Chronicles. Fans of time travel, romance, and the supernatural will enjoy Arizona’s quest for answers

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Like most novels, I went into Portal completely blind. From the prologue I had assumed that I would love the novel to death, that I would read the story and instantly be in love. While I’m not sure if it met those expectations, I will admit that the prologue definitely sparked my interest. It starts with the main character Arizona’s mother seventeen years ago, at a bar where she ends up meeting a mysterious man in black who she ends up becoming infatuated with and ends up being told to find him “Two years ago”. What does that mean? Is that supposed to mean anything? Apparently, and during the novel the mystery of those three words are slowly unraveled.  I feel that right now is a good point to just bring up my only complaint which was the dialogue (simply because everybody sounded like an apparent teenager and as a teenager myself I know that we sound nothing like the way we were perceived here).

After the prologue came to a halt, we watch as the main character Arizona is thrown from one world to the next without any recognition of how. One minute she was with her Dad and the next she’s in the back seat of her Mother’s car in a world that she isn’t from. At first, I have to admit it was a bit funny when Arizona was assuming that the world around her was at first a dream and to be honest the way that the world was written made it seem very dreamlike at first. However, and I feel I should just bring this up now, there came a point in time when all of Arizona’s frightened emotions towards being in an entirely different dimension suddenly became… unrealistic (for lack of a better word). By that, I mean that when Arizona suddenly realizes that she’s living in the past with; a step-dad she doesn’t know, a brother who didn’t exist a few weeks ago and a no-longer-dead grandmother… she didn’t take action to find out what was going on considering that taking action was all she ever thought about.

 As the story progressed, the world that Arizona was living in was something of both a nightmare and a daydream. Mainly because, Arizona finds herself in a position where she is everything she wasn’t before she entered this dimension. But! She also ends up snagging herself a boyfriend. While the romance didn’t seem realistic enough for me, I will admit that it was very adorable; I just wish that her boyfriend (who will remain unnamed) wasn’t so protective. What I did find intriguing about the novel was the way that, despite being Arizona Stevens she ends up having slight memories of Arizona Darley, that was definitely something that I kept an eye open for.

There were so many parts of the novel that stirred up emotions for me, especially the character Olivia a.k.a. Arizona’s mom. She was a character who had me biting the inside of my cheek and had me yelling at the book. Constantly, whenever there were chapters in her point of view… I was disappointed with how selfish of a mother she was. Not only does she drop everything and run for a guy who she doesn’t even know, but she ends up ruining the lives of her daughters so that she can spend life with said stranger and their illegitimate child. Not to mention, that when in romantic situations with said stranger (and she’s like 40) they would make-out in front of their children. Much like teenagers, which is kinda gross. She was definitely a character who I personally looked at as the main antagonist in the story.

I would recommend this to fans of the sci-fi genre and fans of teen fiction. Fans of those genres will definitely want to pay Portal a visit.

Although David made a late appearance in Portal, I fell in love with him instantly. Much as I had totally committed myself to the Kellan-Arizona love story, David pulled at me. So when the story unfolded to allow David to segue into a love story of his own, I was beyond excited for him. This interview takes place four books into the story, so those of you who have not read those books, be warned. It may contain spoilers, though I will try my best to censor those. :) 

Imogen: David, thanks for taking the time to answers some questions from your fans, and some from me. Can you start by telling us when you first found out that you were a Wanderer?

David: Thanks for having me! Actually, my story is different from most other Wanderers. My wandering abilities are very powerful, more so than even my mom’s. Most Wanderers go through training before their powers are unleashed, but mine just seemed to appear on their own. I used to disappear from my crib when I was a baby, much to my parents’ worry. But I always reappeared.

Imogen: Phew! And wow, that must have been awful for your parents! Where did you disappear to?

David: Nowhere in particular. I just liked the feeling of wandering. I never went far until I became a toddler, then I’d wander all over the place!

Imogen: Like where?

David: The zoo, candy stores, down to the fire station. I wanted to be a fireman when I grew up.

Imogen: That’s too funny. I’m glad you survived your naughty early years! How did your parents cope?

David: They learned to trust that I was capable of looking after myself at a very young age.

Imogen: I bet they had to, or you would have driven them crazy with worry.

David (with that disarming smile of his): Yeah, maybe.

Imogen: How did you go from being a naughty toddler to a being Arizona’s Wanderer?

David: It was partly because of my naughtiness. Mom decided that some of it stemmed from having too much time on my hands, so she tried to keep me busy. When the opportunity to work with the Darley family came up, she volunteered me for the job.

Imogen: So how old were you when you started?

David: Seven. It was just before Arizona was brought through the Portal. We were all living in the Stevens dimension then.

Imogen: David, how did you feel when Arizona hooked up with Kellan?

David: I was pissed off. It came out of nowhere. But once I had time to figure out what was going on, I was mostly really disappointed.

Imogen: Heartbroken?

(David nods.)

Imogen: What a rollercoaster it’s been with Arizona so far. I have a few fan questions for you, which I will reword to avoid spoiling it for those who have not finished reading the latest books.

David: Awesome! Shoot!

Imogen: The first question is from Krystal Moore. She wants to know how you think the two girls will react if they meet?

David: I haven’t a clue, but I’d hope it would be an “OMG, that’s rad” moment.

Imogen: Krystal would also like to know, in a perfect world or worlds, would you prefer the girls and their lives stay separate?

David: I can’t at the moment imagine the two worlds merging. It would be too weird. But who knows what will happen? Do you?

Imogen: Ha, ha No… not a clue! Here’s a question from Alli Potter. Which Arizona did you truly fall in love with? Does the Arizona who chose Kellan make you jealous?

David: I love A. And to the other question… it did at first, but not anymore.

Imogen: My daughter, Lauren, wants to know whether you prefer macaroons or cupcakes?

David: Macaroons! The coconut ones.

Imogen: I had a final question from my friend Allirea Brumley, but I lost it. She probably wanted to know if you date faeries?

David: Unless A is a faery, no. Though I might make an exception for Allirea (awesome name). Just joking, A. Don’t mallet me!

Imogen: Mallet?

David: Just a private joke. A can get a bit testy at times. 

Imogen: I bet! Thanks, David, it was a pleasure to talk to you.


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  1. Alli

    The book series gets better and better. I do agree with you on Olivia she irritated me a bit too, I least liked the book when she was narrating it, however I feel like it was appropriate. I disagree with you on the relationship between her and he who won’t be named. I thought it was organic, beautiful. and their relationship is what I am rooting for and why I keep turning the pages so quickly! Well that and David (see above). You won’t regret reading Portal and then the rest of the series. So good you can read it more than once kind of writing!


  2. Lauren

    I refreshed the page many times but the rafflecopter would not come up. I would have loved to enter.
    Lmackesy at gmail.com


    Maryann Reply:

    The rafflecopter has been fixed if you want to try it again :) Good luck!


  3. Jamie Ryder

    Is there a trick to this giveaway… I can’t seem to get it to work. P.S. I am in love with Imogen Rose’s books! They are amazing :)


    Maryann Reply:

    The rafflecopter has been fixed :) Her books are pretty amazing!


  4. I haven’t read anything in this series before, but this looks like a good place to start.


  5. Samantha D

    Thanks for the awesome giveaway! The book sounds interesting!


  6. Lisa Marie

    Thank you for the giveaway! Sounds super interesting.



  7. Nikki

    Sweet giveaway! I would love to read this, sounds soup-er good.


  8. Amy K

    This book sounds good. Thanks for the giveaway :)


  9. catherine c

    this sounds to me like a must read! thanks for the awesome giveaway


  10. Kae

    Thanks for the giveaway . This sounds like a interesting book. I also like your new blog design


    Maryann Reply:

    Thanks! <3


  11. the haunted rose

    This is awesome! Cute interview lol. I like the trailor a lot too so ill be adding this book to my tbr list. :-)


  12. teressa oliver

    Good luck with the book thanks for the giveaway


  13. Imogen Rose

    Thank you so much for taking the time to read and review Portal, and for hosting me on your blog! Im


  14. May Richard

    I am SUCH a fan of Sci-fi! OHHH! I can’t wait to read this book!


  15. Loved the interview, now I want to read the book!


  16. Amanda Morganne

    This sounds really awesome, kind of like a mix of Time Traveler’s Wife and a teenage adventure novel.


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