01 August 2011 ~ 0 Comments

MOMENTUM (Portal Chronicles Book Four) by Imogen Rose

Ah, the 4th book in a series. It is usually really good or really bad (like most book 2 offerings). This one was a little middling for me. Let me say that I absolutely adore Imogen Rose, I’m a big fan of her work and she makes sure I get a preview copy. She has an amazing ability to bring the people and places in her books into my own reality and I sometimes feel like I kinda of know them – if Arizona were to walk by me in the mall, it wouldn’t phase me to stop and say hello.

This book picks up where Equilibrium left off very well… and then I kind of felt like it meandered a bit. It does manage to pick back up and the story straightens back out about one third of way in. There did feel like a bit of a disconnect there in the first part of the book. While I’m complaining, I’ll also say the cliff hanger might have been too much as well. No, you cannot please me.

I’m going to try to not spoil it, but there’s a phone call early on in the book that made me grin. I nearly wet myself hoping that two people would meet like I’ve been waiting for since book 1. I won’t share if it happened or not… but… well, you’ll see!

The writing and editing, as always, was absolutely spot on in this book. Imogen has always delivered nothing less than darn near perfection in that respect. I like that she is consistent in that regard. I do think it could have dealt with a little bit more of a content edit to straighten out a straggling plot point or two. Or perhaps that was on purpose for book 5? Hmmm…

Here’s what you really need to know about this entire series… it’s clean. There’s a few curse words (not a big deal, my kids hear worse in Elementary School) but it’s interesting and really well done young adult books. The characters (even the bad guys) are very likable. I especially like the main character, Arizona. I’ve watched her grow up in these books and I find her to be a very likable teenager (yes, I realize that’s a huge oxymoron). Honestly, she’s a great kid.

At the end of the day, I recommend this for teenagers, pre-teens and adults alike. I’m 30-something and I totally wanna hang out with Arizona and the crew.

“Today is the day my crush, David, will finally ask me to the Ball…”

California teen Arizona Darley feels the buzz of an exciting day ahead as she rushes to Starbucks to meet David. Her David.

But he’s a no-show. Crushed, Arizona leaves the coffee shop and walks straight into trouble. Her life is turned upside down when she is thrown into the middle of yet another of Raj’s schemes.

Wanderers, Sigma-W-Pi, what is everyone talking about? And what’s up with Kellan?

This is the fourth book of the Portal Chronicles, a YA paranormal time travel fantasy. Catch the start of Arizona’s adventures in Book One, PORTAL.

Rating: ★★★★☆

Book count for 2011: 43

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