I love this cover! There’s just something magical about it…
And the story sounds amazing, I know Marie LOVED it! I can’t wait to read it myself.
Traveler (Release Date: February 7, 2017–Swoon Reads)
A teen writer discovers that every mirror is a portal into an alternate version of her life in this romantic YA fantasy by author L.E. DeLano.
Jessa has spent her life dreaming of other worlds and writing down stories more interesting than her own, until the day her favorite character, Finn, suddenly shows up and invites her out for coffee. After the requisite nervous breakdown, Jessa learns that she and Finn are Travelers, born with the ability to slide through reflections and dreams into alternate realities. But it’s not all teacakes, pirates and fantasy lifestyles…Jessa is dying over and over again, in every reality, and Finn is determined that this time, he’s going to stop it… this Jessa is going to live.
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Everyone expects that published books will adhere to a certain standard with regard to content, typos, spelling, grammar. But it’s a brave new world, folks. With self-publishing, anyone can put anything, of any quality, up and call it a day.
So imagine this reader’s surprise when Traveler by L.E. Delano, came along. well-written, articulate, intelligent, let the superlatives fly. It’s a real pleasure to read something and not have to worry about bad sentence structure. It’s akin to walking on a floor with uncomfortable give, not knowing when your foot is just going to punch right through, you know?
Beginning with the very first sentence, the author writes about a smart, savvy young woman, tossed into a storm of events over which she has no control. She finds out that she’s a Traveler, someone who can move at will between different realities, in which different incarnations of who she is exist, along with her family, and the world in which they live. Any reflective surface can be a portal to these other worlds. Throw in the fact that Dreamers are in charge of running these realities, and one of them has gone around the bend and is trying to eliminate (kill) many of the inhabitants of these worlds, and you have a really entertaining read, I think.
Of course there is a love interest, and it didn’t hurt for this reader that he had long hair, green eyes, and dimples (surely I’m not the only person who jumped to Harry Styles?), and already seemed to be in love with Jessa, our main character, because of events which occurred in another reality. Jessa also has a friend, Ben, who is many lovely things, and he also has feelings for her, which sets up a triangle with no small tension.
Her family is modern, a single parent, a supportive other parent, a brother with autism; in short, not a cookie-cutter, Father Knows Best-type deal; but neither is the family a dysfunctional mess. They have the feel of real people, people we could meet and know in real life, which this reader appreciated.
I also would’ve liked more of the romance, but that is a personal preference, and the story flowed beautifully with the small, chaste amount of the relationship discovered and dealt with. I can live with that.
And I did know who the bad guy was pretty quick, simply because of the rule of economy regarding characters, especially in professionally edited works, which this definitely was. But that is neither here nor there, and doesn’t really qualify as a complaint, just an observation.
The author expects a certain level of intelligence in the reader, which was also appreciated. Not gonna lie, I’ve always had problem with time travel, alternate reality storylines; they’re just hard for me to wrap my brain around. But I never felt talked down to or minimized by the writer; she expected us to understand what was happening and just keep up.
The other realities were fun, too, with coffee shops selling glittery, delicious sounding cupcakes and steampunk worlds filled with odd combinations of the Victorian and the modern.
It was a pleasure to read this book, plain and simple.
Rating… 5 Stars
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