Anton Batyuk Batyuk itibaren Chillenden, Canterbury, Kent CT3 1PS, İngiltere
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3¾ Out of 5 * I've seen lots of split reviews over this book. I can see why, now that I’ve read the book. I loved the idea of the book, and the plot was good, if a little slow at times. It was the language that bugged me: it was all overly formal, and didn’t flow at all. And how many 17-or-so teenage boys say: “I feel tremendous pressure to do so.”? It just didn’t sound right to me, and the language went on like that. For example: "She is being taken up to x-ray now. She said that she's absolutely fine, but I guess they want to make sure. She is right there on the gurney." To me, it just isn’t how someone would speak casually during a conversation with friends. That was my only negative point about the book though. I loved the alternate world side of it, and how one day our protagonist, Arizona, just wakes up and realises she isn’t in her own universe. She’s no longer a tomboy, but a cheerleader, she has friends she doesn’t know and no idea what on Earth’s going on. It was just the way Imogen Rose jumps between the first person told from the POV of Arizona and then third person from her mother, Olivia, which I thought was brilliant and worked incredibly well. And the way she slowly revealed little snippets of information, mainly through flashbacks from Arizona’s mother was pure genius. Everything just fell into place slowly, and there were twists that knocked me completely off balance. I really liked Arizona: she was strong and believably frustrated at suddenly being trapped in an alternate world. That was completely understandable, though I didn’t really get why she seemed more concerned with ice hockey that with getting back to her own time. Then again, we all cope in different ways, and I think this was her way of dealing. I really liked her, and the way she stood up for herself, even feeling sorry for her, and completely confused with her. The supporting characters were brilliant as well – Kellan, Ella, Ariele and Harry to name a few – although some of them could be padded out a little more. As for Arizona’s mother, I started off hating her, because that was how Arizona saw her. But then, with the help of a few flashbacks, I started to realise why. It was hard to hate her so much then. I loved the sci-fi romance and the time-travel, wanting to know what was going on just as much as Arizona did. It took me a while to get into – mainly because I was reading The Hunger Games, which is completely addictive – but when all the twists began, I was hooked. Portal was not the best written, but the plot made up for it. I don’t want to give anything away, but the ending was such an unexpected cliffhanger it’s untrue. Now, I need the next book in the series, because I really want to know what happens next! Overall, the plot was slow to begin with, but full of mystery and surprises. I really liked it. The only drawback: the writing. Which is honestly such a shame, because otherwise this would have gotten far closer to a 5 from me.
4.5 out of 5. Another riveting story from an author who appears to have "nailed" the knack of telling a very good love story wrapped in a tense, nail-biting kind of mystery/undercover effort. A congresswoman's daughter has disappeared; an attorney who is a close friend of the hero's boss is being stalked by her child-abuser cousin; the hero is in the throes of his own emotional/mental/psychological melt-down as he struggles with loss and grief over the deaths of two colleagues. Lots going on in this novel and lots that is instructive as well as entertaining. The author's previous book, "Man Law" introduces some of the characters so there is that continuity. But it is in every way a stand-alone book. I was delighted to read about the continuing story of some of those characters, but they most assuredly do not take over the story. This is a marvelous read and one that lovers of romance mixed with suspense will find this a compelling novel and very satisfying read.
Third book in Twilight saga