The Portal’s Choice – Review + Gift Card Giveaway!


The Portal's Choice FINAL JPG (1)Date Published: 5/6/2013
Young Adult Paranormal / Horror


Journal, just in case . . .

I didn’t ask to meet ghosts. Shoot, I was fine without them in my life. Uncle Craig and Hannah were nasty to me, but at least I knew how to handle living pains in the butt. Now I have to figure out how to open and close a portal between the human and spirit worlds. And I have to find and return a bunch of angry ghosts through the gateway and lock them on their side. I don’t know why the portal chose me to do this, a fifteen-year-old kid with no ghost busting experience. But it did. And if I want a ghost-free night’s sleep anytime soon, I’d better figure out how to get the job done. Because I’ve about had it with murderous ghouls and their unpleasant agendas.  “Signed Tallis Challinor”

When Tallis Challinor has to move a second time after the death of her parents, she hopes it is for good. She and her brother are ready to settle into a stable home situation with their Aunt Gabbie and her husband, Noreis. But what should have been a happy reunion is plagued with problems when Noreis opens a portal between the spirit and human worlds located in the basement of their house in New Hampshire. 

Tallis is a practical kid. She doesn’t believe that ghosts exist. But she can’t deny what she sees with her own eyes and the two ghosts Tallis meets at Thanksgiving in the basement of her aunt’s house are definitely not figments of her imagination, although she wishes they were. Tallis is unwittingly drawn into the portal’s energy when one of the ghosts fixates on her and forces her to assist in the release of three particularly nasty spirits. As a final blow, the portal chooses Tallis as a temporary gatekeeper and she finds herself charged with the duty of returning the very ghouls she’s set free, plus a few of their buddies, back to the spirit realm.  

As Tallis learns the secrets of the portal and begins to understand her newly acquired power, she formulates a plan to return the ghosts. Along the way, she receives help from many new friends who fill in the details about the identity of the escaped spirits, providing a possible motive for the outrageous actions of the escaped ghosts. Tallis must learn to trust herself and others as she taps into her inner courage to get the job done and save her town from the angry restless dead set. 

Where to find:  Barnes & Noble  |  Kindle  |  Print  |  Goodreads

Set in a town called Landry, a place that puts a whole new meaning to “ghost town”, we are introduced to several interesting characters. At the heart of it, is Tallis. She’s a spunky fifteen going-on-forty teenager with problems that often plague girls of her age: weight, insecurity, maturity and boys. But, then there’s the little ghost problem.
Portal’s Choice is rife with witty dialogue, patient character development (loved how K.D. Pryor did this), and a few LOL moments thanks to that character development. It had the right combinations of teen angst, plot, humour and mystery when it came to the spooky world of Gatekeeper. There is a lot of French influence. Everything from Tallis’s family to the big names in the community and when someone moved away from Landry, they went straight to Canada. Where? Montreal. HA! Maybe my sense of humour is askew (who am I kidding, it totally is), but I found that funny along with practically everything Bailey said. So thanks for that, K.D. Pryor.
It is a thick book for a YA with minor editing glitches but I didn’t find it dragged anywhere for me or become confusing. There was always something new and interesting and it kept your attention. I’d suggest this for anyone seeking an in-depth YA that not only dives into the world of a teenager but a paranormal realm as well.
About the Author:
KD Pryor started life in Missouri, where she read lots of books, even sneaking them into baseball games to the irritation of her father. Kelley graduated with a degree in International and Comparative Studies from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. After college and marriage to a great guy, she decided to pursue a law degree at the University of Kansas in Lawrence. Her oldest son was born soon after law school, followed three years later by her daughter and a move to Kentucky. One more son, a move to Ohio and four years later, her family jumped on the opportunity to move to India. They lived in Bangalore, now Bengaluru, for four wonderfully chaotic years, traveling all over Asia, Australia and Europe.
Now, settled in New Hampshire with her family and herd of cats (only three), she can often be found in her office, working on the next installment of “The Gatekeepers of Em’pyrean” series, reading one of a dozen books she has started, and dreaming of her future travel destinations.
“The Portal’s Choice”, book one in “The Gatekeeper’s of Em’pyrean” series featuring Tallis Challinor, was released on May 6, 2013.
“The Inn of the Kindred Spirits”, a novella featuring protagonist Tallis Challinor, was released in November, 2013.
“The Forgotten Gate”, book two in “The Gatekeeper of Em’pyrean” series, is scheduled for release in 2014.
Where to find:  Website  |  Facebook  |  Twitter
Giveaway Details:
K.D. Pryor is giving away 2 – $25 Gift Cards during the tour!
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7 thoughts on “The Portal’s Choice – Review + Gift Card Giveaway!

  1. I LOVE this book! The characters are very well-written and wholly believable. Tallis, the central character, grows and develops over the course of the story – from a solitary, lonely figure, to a strong, resilient (and very funny) young woman. The author makes a good case for there being doors – or portals – between the land of the living and the spirit world. When a handful of angry, bent-on-destruction ghosts find such a portal and breach it, it falls to Tallis to find a way to send them back. Unpredictable alliances and unexpected plot twists makes this a truly fun read.

    • emmaccallum

      I agree, Katherine. It was a really well done book. And like you said, she created a believable world. My favourite character had to be Bailey though (Tallis is a very, very close second). But, that unique little kid had me laughing.

    • emmaccallum

      Thank you for writing such a great book! I look forward to when “The Gatekeepers of Em’Pyrean 2″ comes out. In the meantime I’ll look for the novella. :)

  2. Thanks Katherine and Emma. I love all the characters in The Portal’s Choice, but I have to tell you that Bailey is a riot to write. I just let my imagination go with her. And she always has something to say.

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