Monday, February 6, 2017

Review: Traveler

Title: Traveler
Author: L.E. Delano
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Release Date: February 7, 2017

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 steampunk 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.

I actually really meant to read this while it was still up on the Swoon Reads site. But, you know, life got in the way. So I was super excited to receive a galley of it. 

We start off with Jessa and her best friend, Ben, who clearly has a thing for her. And she clearly does not feel the same. She's in her own world thinking of a boy she keeps seeing in her dreams when he actually appears. She's cautious and doesn't trust him to begin with. But he saves her life, and eventually he wins her trust, respect, and slowly, her admiration.

Jessa learns to travel to other realities, basically parallel universes, she takes the place of whatever Jessa is in that reality (they swap), and she finds one of her favorites is one where she is together with "Pirate Finn", who is awesome, by the way. And he is Finn. All Finns are Finn, just as all Jessas are Jessa. So they share memories when they switch places, and they learn all about each other.

The premise of this book had me from the start. I love theories with mirrors being portals, and this was a really cool spin on it. I loved the romance for the most part, except for one thing that happened making a love triangle that wasn't really a love triangle. It's hard to explain without spoilers.

The plot was interesting, and I loved that there was the whole mystery of who was trying to kill Jessa. And so many of the instances that she almost dies would have and could have just been freak accidents. But the pattern eventually came clear and we find out who is responsible. And I was surprised.

Another thing that surprised me was the ending. I wouldn't call it a satisfying ending. It's the first in a series, so I wouldn't expect it to have the most closed ending. But I still really liked it. It was extremely sad, and yet is was completely fitting.

There were a few things mentioned that were incorrect, mistakes, or whatnot. They didn't bother me as much as they might bother some people. And in general, I really enjoyed the story and want to read the next book.

Characters: 5 stars
Plot: 5 stars
Writing: 4 stars
World: 4 stars
Feels: 4 stars

4.5 stars

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