Sunday, May 5, 2013

Fusion / Imogen Rose

Part two of a Double Shot. Don't miss BigAl's take on the same book and an unrelated guest post proceeding this post today. Also, don't forget to enter the giveaway at the bottom of the page.

Reviewed by: ?wazithinkin

Genre: YA/Paranormal

Approximate word count: 75-80,000 words

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Imogen Rose is a Swedish born Hermes addict who freely admits to being obsessed with Kurt Cobain. She is an Immunologist by profession who now writes full time in New Jersey. Her books are being translated into German, French, Spanish, and Japanese. Her latest book of the Bonfire Academy series, Integration, was nominated and won in the YA category in Books and Pals first ever Readers’ Choice Award.


This is the final book of the Portal Chronicles series. That, apparently, brings a conclusion to the time-and-dimension-hopping adventures of the two Arizonas,  Arizona Stevens and her alter ego in another dimension, Arizona Darley.


From the very beginning of this series, I had a lot of questions as to how this was going to all work out. I didn’t really care for Olivia, I felt like she was controlling and manipulative. As the story progressed we learn more about her past and present, and through her daughter Arizona Darley, I learned to understand the choices she made. She is the perfect flawed character. I liked this story the best, I think, because it made me realize how invested I had become in each of these characters’ future. Any author who can do that to a reader has surely succeeded in what they have set out to do.

Arizona Darley is definitely her mothers’ daughter in this installment. She has her strengths, convictions, and stubbornness to do what is right for everyone involved; however for herself first and foremost. She is a rebellious and willful teenager who thinks she can handle any given situation. I appreciated the way the author proved her wrong time and again. (Sorry, that was the mother in me enjoying a little Karma vicariously.)

I am sure we have not seen the last of these characters, there is a war raging that needs to be handled. I look forward to seeing many of the Wanderers again in the Bonfire Academy series and perhaps even Arizona Darley. I am crossing my fingers and toes anyway.

This series explores a truly unique concept with strongly developed characters and I would highly recommend it to young adults and older adults who want to be swept away on a fascinating journey.


I would recommend reading the entire series from the beginning. Each successive story builds from the story before; reading out of order would leave a reader confused and lacking necessary back story. This is especially important between Momentum and Fusion.

There is a small amount of adult language.

Format/Typo Issues:

I found no editing or formatting issues whatsoever.

Rating: ***** Five-stars

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Imogen Rose said...

Thanks for taking the time to read and review Fusion. I am thrilled you enjoyed it.

?wazithinkin said...

It is a great read, I can't wait to see where you take these characters next. I know you say this is the last of the Portal series, I just don't know if I believe you or not. :)
Thanks for stopping by Ms. Rose.

?wazithinkin said...

BigAl had intended to reprise his review of Fusion along with my review, but he has been a little distracted (he has a new grand daughter that has captured his heart). So here is the link for his review of Fusion that ran March 13, 2013. This would be part one of the Double Shot today. :D

Imogen Rose said...

Don't blame you, I never believe myself either.

BooksAndPals said...

Oops. I missed one click to make that happen, wazi. Now it is out there and even looks like it was before this post as intended. :)

?wazithinkin said...

*gasp* I am telling Ms. Rose you are playing in the Portal again!

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