** I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review. **
First Impression: Traveling through time or dimensions is an intriguing prospect.
Characters: I found the characters to be a bit flat in this first installment. Although younger readers might relate to the young characters in The Portal, older readers may struggle with the lack of development.
World Building: Riggs shines once she pulls you from the real world into her imagination. This is the second book I've read, and she really has a masterful way of painting a picture.
Writing Style: Middle grade level and large print make this a quick and easy read.
What I Enjoyed: I'm addicted to the author's imagination! From beautiful music scapes to scary creatures, I can't wait to see what Riggs comes up with next.
Deal Benders: The books starts off with too many adjectives, which bothered me for some reason. I was also annoyed that the main character thought about her dad's poor opinion of women way too often. Along this line the main character thinks about her dreams relating to the portal world to the point of obvious. I think once or twice as foreshadowing would have been appropriate.
Overall Rating: 3 stars because I enjoyed the story, but would like to see some of the deal benders worked out in the second installment.
For Fans Of: His Dark Materials, The Chronicles of Narnia, Alice in Wonderland