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Length: 352 pages
Genre: Young Adult Romance/Parallel Realities
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Source: I received a free copy from the publisher as part of Xpresso Book Tours! This did not affect my honest review.
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Synopsis: 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.
My ReviewTraveler in Three Words: Adventure. Swoons. Surprising.
I always love a book that has parallel realities, and this one is no different. What if you could travel through a reflective surface to another parallel reality? In Traveler, Jessa can do just that. So what if there is another Jessa in the reality she is entering? They trade places. I won't go into any more detail on that, this is just a quick summary of what Traveler has in store for you.
Jessa is your average teenager who then happens to find out that she can travel through mirrors. She meets Finn and life gets complicated. These two characters are like your average young adult couple. I can't say they were that unique, but I liked them just fine. I do like a certain pirate Finn from a different parallel reality the most. You will know who I am talking about when you meet him. I did really like that not only romance, but family and friendship were also highlights of the book. Jessa's mom is fairly present and her brother is sweet. You will get to meet several versions of different people in Jessa's life when she travels. That may have been my favorite part. I want even more of that in book two.
The unique plot and excellent pacing is what really makes this book worth reading. I just really enjoy a well thought out parallel reality story. The author does a great job at closing any timey-wimey gaps, and brings the reader on many adventures and different realities. I actually can't wait to go into what I hope is many more in the next book.
The Verdict: A book for any fan of young adult romance or parallel realities. That. Ending. Give me book two!
L.E. DeLano is a YA novelist rep’d by Barry Goldblatt Literary agency, author of the upcoming “Traveler” (Swoon Reads/MacMillan 2017) and lifelong writer. Her work has been featured on various online outlets and she lives in Pennsylvania with two very adventurous kids and two very ridiculous cats. In her spare time, she writes (of course) and binge-watches way too much Netflix.