Traveler

I m reviewing the ARC edition which the lovely Swoon Reads gave to me Epic and emotional I LITERALLY CAN T BREATHE WITH WHAT JUST HAPPENED IN THIS BOOK PlotThere is an interesting plot with dim

**I'm reviewing the ARC edition, which the lovely Swoon Reads gave to me.**Epic and emotional - I LITERALLY CAN'T BREATHE WITH WHAT JUST HAPPENED IN THIS BOOK.PlotThere is an interesting plot with dimension/reality-traveling. Not much happens initially, but the moment I read the middle, I'm a bit more invested, and when I reached the last quarter of the book, I'm literally at the edge of my seat. Like, WHAT THE HECK IS GOING TO HAPPEN NEXT - MUST FIND OUT NOW. So despite the slow start-up, I have to say that how the book concludes is just so tastefully done. This book is not afraid to go there. There are several plot twists that are honestly utterly shocking, and I'm impressed by them all. There are a wide range of responses/emotions that go through me in this last quarter: -->I'm nervous with what's going to happen to our characters-->I'm confused because WHO THE HECK IS THE CULPRIT? -->I feel like crying a bit-->My jaw is dropped like WHOA. WHOA. Did NOT see any of that comingI'm ultimately feeling a bit scared, and quite hopeful. That epilogue is INSANE, but I'm left smiling because it's a clever, clever twist. Characters- Jessa, our protagonist, has reasonable responses, I think. She's empathetic, angry, distressed, etc. at appropriate places. I think it's awesome that she helps out her mom and she sees how tired her mom is. She's cool, but I won't say that I'm in love with her character (at least not yet). I just want a bit more depth. I feel like while she could be relatable at times, I don't reallllly know her. I want to find out more about her, and see some more developments. Hopefully, in the future books, we'll see how she grows as a person.- Finn is sweet. He's more of a mysterious figure. He's from another reality/dimension, and has pretty much gone through hell. He doesn't like talking about it, which is understandable. I feel like we didn't really get to find out that much about him though - his past or even much of his interests/hobbies, besides the fact that he and Jessa have a strong connection. There are information on his past, but I want to know more. Anyway, I still adoreeeeee him though. He can still make me feel so much because that sweet boy has the saddest background story. He's also really caring and considerate to Jessa.- Pirate Finn is sooooo charming. I love him. That's all I'm going to say here.- Other characters: I like Ben, Jessa's best friend. He's good, supportive, and sometimes humorous. I also love Danny, Jessa's brother who is autistic. He's super sweet and cool. The mom is nice, hardworking, and caring - no complaints here.RomanceI ship Jessa and Finn obviously. Ben is the other love interest, and he's a great best friend - I totally feel for him. However, Finn is a thousand times more endearing. I love the idea that Jessa is Jessa and Finn is Finn, in whichever reality they may be in, and they will love each other in any one of them. It's a romantic thought, but it does make me question the slight differences between one Jessa/Finn and the others. Overall, I wouldn't mind having more developments, but I find them cuuute.Final ThoughtsI remember reading this book in Summer 2015 on Swoon Reads before it was picked to be published, so I technically knew the general gist of what was going to happen in this new version. The strange thing is that even though I remember what was going to happen, this book still managed to shock me to the core. The last quarter of it is really just THAT good. I think this book, especially with how it concluded, perfectly sets up the sequel. I'm honestly excited for it because I have 0 clue on what is going to happen next. The suspense, the mystery, the emotions, the plot twists, the sweet romance - this book is a good first book (of a trilogy, I think). I'm giving Traveler 3.5 stars because I like it. I gave that extra .5 bump just because I am that amazed and impressed by the plot twists at the end. I also certainly see potential, and I'm looking forward to seeing how DeLano develops the plot and characters. It's a fun, crazy storyline. NOTE: I forgot to add this in my 1st review, but while I was reading this book, I was confused on something about the plot. I am going to be SUPER confusing because I am not sure how to phrase this correctly - but OK I'm just going for it. If all Jessa's from every dimension are capable of being dimension-travelers. And if all Jessa's can officially travel to a dimension when they have recognized their power/have been contacted by their mentor. And if Jessa can only dimension travel to a dimension in which THAT dimension's Jessa is also already a dimension-traveler.---Then why use our dimension's Jessa to travel to that dimension to enact a mission when that dimension already has their own Jessa with powers? Like, why must one Jessa dimension-travel to a dimension that already has a Jessa who is alreay aware of her powers and dimensions? Especially if the missions Jessa achieve are pretty basic. Think the butterfly effect. One thing can change everything - no matter how small the act. So her mission would be to spill a drink on someone. Why can't that dimension's Jessa enact this mission instead of our Jessa? She is occupying that Jessa's body and vice versa, and they are both aware of their powers, so it doesn't seem to make a particular difference to use another Jessa when you already have one. Hhmm I'm not sure if I explained myself well, but if anyone has answers, speculations, or questions - let me know. I am not sure if I am missing something here, or if this is a valid question for debate, but it was on my mind while reading it.Things that you might want to know (WARNING: Spoilers below)Is there a happy/satisfying ending? (view spoiler)[Not happy. Cliffhanger. I'm impressed with the ending though because it's completely shocking. Click on spoiler if you want a bit more spoilery-y details. (view spoiler)[SOMEONE dies. I won't say who but message me if you want more details because the spoilers are MAJOR.(hide spoiler)] (hide spoiler)]Love triangle? Cheating? Angst level? (view spoiler)[Yes, there's a love triangle. There is technically cheating (it's a sticky situation, but I'm not sure if the situation could be helped). Medium angst. (hide spoiler)]Tears-worthy? (view spoiler)[YES. Like seriously, ouch. Something incredibly sad happens. (hide spoiler)]Humor? (view spoiler)[Not really. (hide spoiler)]Anything that irked you? (view spoiler)[There is one comment that Jessa makes in her head about this one girl who seems to show an interest in Finn - she's judging her on her tight shirts and how she wears too much make-up. I understand that realistically, girls can get petty like that, but it's a darn shame to read it still, especially because no girl should be judged for how tight her clothes are or how much makeup she wears. (hide spoiler)]Favorite scene? (view spoiler)[Hard to say. The ending perhaps because it's insane. (hide spoiler)]How does this book (at least the ARC version) differ from what was on Swoon Reads pre-publication?(view spoiler)[There are definitely some changes. Nothing major, in my opinion. Ben is slightly different, but not in a bad way. Some plot changes, but no biggie. If anything, it's more simple, but that's good with an already complex, confusing concept of reality/dimension-traveling.(hide spoiler)]What age level would be appropriate? (view spoiler)[Hints at sex (implied, but not explicitly said so), but no actual sex scenes. No cussing. There is a sexual assault attempt that was quickly prevented. Teens and up, I think.(hide spoiler)]-----------That cover is so incredibly gorgeoussss. I CAN'T DEAL.I can't wait to get to the part where I meet a certain pirate <3Good Traveler By L.E. DeLano is a Book Jessa has spent her life dreaming of other worlds and writing down stories 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 BuJessa has spent her life dreaming of other worlds and writing down stories 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.. L.E DeLano is a novelist rep d by Barry Goldblatt Literary agency, author of the YA fantasy novel Traveler Swoon Reads MacMillan 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.. A viral Books Traveler I'm a just crying a little bit on the inside because I wanted to like this book soooo much. But yet here I am. No liking. My biggest problems is that it feels like it fell out of 2013 with all the "YER A SPECIAL SNOWFLAKE, 'ARRY" tropes, possessive paranormal boyfriend, love triangle, singular POC character reverted to funny comic relief, and a female protagonist who doesn't have ANY FEMALE FRIENDS WHATSOEVER. Because why would need them when you have a broody hot dimension-travelling boyfriend with green, green eyes?Yes. His eyes are green, green because why say it once when you can say it twice.I also feel a bit mislead by the blurb?? It says:"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."Which I took to mean she wrote a boy and he came to life! Well, no. She dreamed of a boy and was kind of doodling notes in her notebook (the extent of them were: he has green green eyes) and then the boy appeared and just started stalking her. Which is apparently super attractive.And then the blurb says: "But it’s not all steampunk pirates and fantasy lifestyles—Jessa is dying..."Ya dude. It's not pirates AT ALL. There is like a 1.5 chapters where she is in a dimension with pirates. THAT'S IT. THAT'S NOT REALLY ENOUGH TO SAY THIS IS A PIRATE BOOK OR HAVE A SHIP ON THE COVER. The ship literally has 0% to do with the book.So here I thought I was getting a book about a writer-girl who turned into a pirate-girl. No, Cait. Go sit down with the froot loops in the corner because you are #WRONG.I did like how Jessa was a writer!But that's marred by the smudge of sadness that her writing basically fell out of the storyline about 30% in...Also soooo many cliches.Ready for this?• Jessa has only ONE FRIEND, named Ben, whom she only met like a year ago so apparently she just has no friends.• Definitely no women friends.• In fact there are no women in the book apart from her mother.• Just boys. Boys everywhere. Boys falling out of the sky.• Jessa's ONE friend is a Mexican boy who is clearly in love with her...• And considering they flirt, hang out all the time, go out to see movies, and visit each other's houses constantly... I GET WHY HE'D THINK SHE LIKED HIM BACK.• (Not to say girls/guys can't have platonic relationships. But they were hella flirting.)• But of course she ditches his butt when hot-paranormal-green-green-eyed-boy walks on the scene.• He does the cryptic "we must talk"• Jess: "but why?"• Him: "for reasons I can't talk about except in 2 second doses...have coffee with me"• Me: ??????????• Honestly if these people spent as much time refusing to explain themselves as they did ACTUALLY EXPLAINING THEMSELVES then stories would move a lot smoother.• Communicate, kids. It's really not so hard.• Of course then Jessa gets caught up in her ability to dimension travel and blah blah, she never talks to the old best friend and just cuts him out of her life BECAUSE GREEN EYED BOY IS THERE.• Oh and she is THE specialist of the Travelers. Obviously.• Did I mention Green Green Eyes also hangs around her house at night to "keep her safe" and gets aggressive when she talks to other males??• Yeah. • So so attractive.There is also quite a lot of Autism representation in the book. Which at first really excited me!! But as I kept reading I just felt really uncomfortable with how it was handled. On further research it turns out the author has a son with Autism, and ASD is a massive spectrum, so I don't want to sit here saying "this book got it wrong!" like a self-righteous grapefruit. I just live amongst many ASD people and Jessa's brother's ASD often didn't line up. Like he was high-functioning enough to go to work, but he couldn't use scissors??? He seemed to have the cognitive development of a very young child, but like I said: high functioning enough to work. So I'm confused. There was also a point where Jessa went to an alternate reality and Danny DIDN'T have ASD and she was excited. That made me so...sad and mad??! Like the book is saying that people can have ASD like they can have brown hair or blue eyes. Dude. Having brown hair or blonde hair is not your personality or who you are. Having ASD is who you are because it's how your brain works. (And it's not something to be fixed.) And there was some quip from Finn about how maybe in that reality Jessa's mother wasn't "exposed to something during pregnancy that gave Danny ASD" and I just...wtf. This book is making me sad.But like I said: spectrum. The author has a son with ASD, etc. etc. This is just my opinion etc. etc.(But I am tired of crappy representations.)(Moving forward)Also the thing with time dimension travel is that I DON'T GET HOW THEY CAN RUIN OTHER PEOPLE'S LIVES AND THAT'S OKAY??? Like they'd take over someone else's body and just live as them?? But like what if they didn't want to be Traveling right then?? Jessa goes to one world where her alternate self is on a diet, but she blows that because she wants to eat whatever. Whaaaaaa. And she gets back to her body on a different trip and the alternate girl has cut her hair?!?? WHAAAAAAA. And how do they decide what realities to alter?!? Like the Travelers have sort of handlers who send them on missions to direct realities, but like why would you just pick one out of BILLIONS of moments to tamper with?? Why??? And why is Jessa special??? And why are her and Finn ALWAYS together and FATED to be that way????WHY IS IT ALWAYS FATED ROMANCE HELP ME.Wow this book made me more stressed than I realised.Okay but all in all: I really really loved the premise and I loved like the 2 seconds of pirates we got and I LOVED the banter. Banter is fun. Banter is great! And the first few chapters were my favourite because Jessa seemed awesome and capable and funny and clever! AND WRITERLY!! It's just then she got a boyfriend and found out she was a special snowflake and the world ended in fire and dinosaur bones. #TrueSummaryThoMoral of the story: don't get a boyfriend.

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  1. L.E DeLano is a novelist rep d by Barry Goldblatt Literary agency, author of the YA fantasy novel Traveler Swoon Reads MacMillan 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.

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  1. I m a just crying a little bit on the inside because I wanted to like this book soooo much But yet here I am No liking My biggest problems is that it feels like it fell out of 2013 with all the YER A SPECIAL SNOWFLAKE, ARRY tropes, possessive paranormal boyfriend, love triangle, singular POC character reverted to funny comic relief, and a female protagonist who doesn t have ANY FEMALE FRIENDS WHATSOEVER Because why would need them when you have a broody hot dimension travelling boyfriend with gr [...]


  2. I m reviewing the ARC edition, which the lovely Swoon Reads gave to me Epic and emotional I LITERALLY CAN T BREATHE WITH WHAT JUST HAPPENED IN THIS BOOK.PlotThere is an interesting plot with dimension reality traveling Not much happens initially, but the moment I read the middle, I m a bit invested, and when I reached the last quarter of the book, I m literally at the edge of my seat Like, WHAT THE HECK IS GOING TO HAPPEN NEXT MUST FIND OUT NOW So despite the slow start up, I have to say that h [...]


  3. I m quite picky about my time travel books, but I loved the premise of this book and was quite eager to start it Jessa is an interesting character She s smart and friendly and is loyal to her family I truly enjoyed being in her head Yes, there were times that she was a bit whiny, but it makes sense with what s happening in the story Ben and Finn are both great additions to the story, for different reasons I ll let you find those on your own The plot line is what got me I was captivated from the [...]


  4. 3.5 5 FangsTraveler was a quick and exciting read that had me dying to get my hands on the next book I really have no idea what the author is going to do next with these characters, but I am very excited to figure it out The main character, Jessa, was very easy to relate to The author did a great job at making most of Jessa s responses to things genuine and believable There were times when she got a little annoying and slightly immature, but it was understandable considering everything that she [...]


  5. 3.5 5 starsReally enjoyed this one and I wasn t expecting to like it as much as I did.Nothing entirely mind blowing but I found getting to learn the premise and these characters were fun Plus I NEED that sequel because the epilogue got me hype for the next book.If you ve been wanting an easy to read YA book that features entertaining characters and time traveling, this is for you


  6. 2.5 stars I might round up For now, rounding down sigh Baaahhh humbug Review posted on The Eater of Books blog Traveler by L.E DeLanoBook One of the Traveler seriesPublisher Swoon ReadsPublication Date February 7, 2017Rating 2 starsSource ARC sent by the publisherSummary from Jessa has spent her life dreaming of other worlds and writing down stories interesting than her own, until the day her favorite character, Finn, suddenly shows up and invites her out for coffee After the requisite nervous [...]


  7. From the description, this book has everything I love in it Pirates Alternate worlds Delectable Book Boyfriend Said Delectable Book Boyfriend Comes to Life Totally sold on this book from the get go It s not a new theory that each time we make a choice, there is a split in reality as another version of us make a different choice and therefore, there are billions, gazillions, un numbered alternate worlds out there There are many books written about these too but probably not many of them are as fa [...]


  8. FINAL COPY REVIEW A little different than when I read it last, but every bit as lovely 3 Without a doubt my all time favourite Original review posted at acrossthebookiverseNOTE THIS IS NOT A FINAL COPY OR ARC COPY REVIEW, EVENTS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE THROUGHOUT THE EDITING PHASEI knew just by reading the small synopsis that I was going to love this book and I m thrilled that not only was I right, but it also was something entirely different from what I had gathered from the synopsis.Basically, t [...]


  9. I won an ARC copy of this book through ACTUAL RATING 3.5MY THOUGHTSI was so excited to read this book A book with a protagonist that is a writer, her character comes to life, and IT IS ABOUT PARALLEL UNIVERSES HECK YES Fun fact Parallel worlds are, no contest, my favorite thing to read about I find the idea of parallel worlds just so intriguing Some parts of this book disappointed me, but by the end I was deeply immersed I had difficulty getting into this book at first In the beginning, this boo [...]


  10. J ai tellement aim cette lecture Les personnages taient, en apparence, assez clich s et j ai lev les yeux au d but MAIS malgr certains clich s auxquels on s attend, a a t une superbe lecture Jessa devient tr s attachante, elle est t tue et para t vraiment humaine Quant aux mondes alternatifs, je suis rest e bouche b e C est tellement bien pens Certains sont totalement fous, extraordinaires et super dr les, d autres sont magnifiques, ou bien encore horribles et inimaginables Le plot twist de la f [...]


  11. This was so good I read the ARE and there were so many moments where the things that happened were so clever, and I really appreciated DeLano s creativity as an author I loved the plot and the characters and the other realities Plus, the cover is gorgeous


  12. To be honest, I did like this book a lot Though there were definitely some things that just didn t make any sense, or the motivation behind it was lacking.For example which I will mark as a spoiler just because just in case, it s not too spoiler y though fyi view spoiler Why do travelers need to travel via their other selves to other dimensions in order to change a trajectory The motivation that they won t be emotionally tied to the world doesn t make sense if you obtain your other self s memori [...]


  13. Originally Posted OnThe Sassy Book Geek Thank you to Swoon Reads for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review So this was a book that had an interesting sounding premise and while it wasn t a complete disaster it was a lot boring and confusing than I expected it to be.I can definitely see how this would appeal to others but it really wasn t for me The Plot First of all this book isn t really about time travel, it s like traveling to alternate realities where you have an altern [...]


  14. I received an e arc of Traveler through netgalley.Let me start by saying I did not expect to finish this in one day But that is exactly what I did I adored every minute of this and had a hard time putting it down Jessa learns she is a traveler She can switch places with other versions of herself in other realities Unfortunately someone is trying to kill every version of Jessa in every reality This book reminded me a lot of Infinity by Jus Accardo If you haven t checked out that book go do so its [...]


  15. Great book by a first time author started reading this book at 8 30 did not put it down until I finished it Well I put it down to take the dog out, but other than that Already looking forward to book two.


  16. HOLY COW You know a book is good when you don t even want to stop to write a review, but instead get online to hunt down when the next book is coming out I absolutely loved this book Jessa is a Traveler with the ability to slip into different realities using any type of reflective surface The only catch most of these realities also have a Jessa already in them with different life experiences and relationships She s not the only Traveler either Finn lost her once in his reality and he s determine [...]



  17. I received a free copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review I loved this book I loved this book so much I read it from start to finish in 2 days and finished it at 5 a.m and I need to sequel NOW Right, so basically this book is about Jessa St.Clair who has a vivid imagination and dreams, writes stories about the things she dreams and one day sees that the guy of her dreams literally is in the real world looking at her Safe to say she was a bit freaked and totally hesitant [...]


  18. I was definitely hoping I would enjoy this story but I m still pleasantly surprised by how much I did It s a really interesting parallel realities book, I loved the idea of the Travelers and the Dreamers A lot of the world building felt a bit info dumpy to me, which I didn t love I would have maybe liked to see her being able to explore a bit on her own or with Finn rather than just told so much about how it works But it wasn t too bad because I did want to learn about how it all worked I reall [...]


  19. Jessa is a writer, and all her material comes from what she dreams at night Or at least that s what she thinks until one day Finn, who plays a role in her every dream, shows up one day and asks Jessa to have coffee with him He explains to her that they are both Travelers who can go through any surface they can see themselves in to alternate realities, and this seems like an amazing talent until Jessa is told that her other selves are dying one by one in each reality Finn is here to make sure tha [...]


  20. I m actually quite pleasantly surprised by TRAVELER It was a fun mix of traveling between realities and solving a mystery, all told with a really light, easy to read style While it could have used a bit development in the world, the system of travel and the characters, I enjoyed it for what it was.


  21. This is a great adventure that explores the idea of alternate realities that can be reached through some kind of reflective surface There are a lot of interesting ideas presented the most prevalent being the idea that our little actions and choices influence other s destinies A really fun story.


  22. Traveler by L E DeLano is a YA sci fi fantasy time travel novel filled with action, romance, and mystery Featuring two main characters that I really adored and a plot that was unique and interesting from the start Jessa St Clair dreams of other worlds and writes her dreams all down in her stories One day, one of her favorite memories from her dreams, Finn, appears in front of her out of the blue In real life He s come to warn her that her life is in danger and he is there to prevent her from dyi [...]


  23. Jessa has spent her life dreaming of other worlds and writing down stories 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 determine [...]


  24. I really enjoyed the premise of this book, but there were certain plot points, one of which came off as love triangle like, disappointed me It ended on a huge cliffhanger and I want to read the second book, but I m hoping it gives information than this one provided.I received an ecopy of this book through Netgalley however, my opinions are my own


  25. I received this advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.When I read the reviews about this book, I was kind of conflicted Some of them said that nothing really happened, but I highly disagree.So, we have Jessa She s a normal teenager who participates in school activities with her best friend, Ben By the way, it s so obvious from the beginning that Ben has a thing for Jessa Anyway, we immediately meet Finn, the handsome boy that she has been seeing in her dreams for a long while He keeps t [...]




  26. Review to come Update 3 12 17 See reviews on my blog Novels and NecklacesActual rating 3.5 starsI was going back and forth between 3.5 and 4 stars for awhile with this book because on one hand, I really loved this book, but on the other there were some predictable run of the mill aspects that I didn t enjoy as much So overall, I decided 3.5 stars is my actual rating, but 4 is my rating because 1 it deserves the round up, and 2 it s still an accurate rating for how I felt There is a lot to love [...]


  27. When Jessa is asleep she dreams of other worlds and a handsome green eyed boy She writes all of her dreams into stories because she has dreams of being a great writer One day the green eyed boy shows up in real life and knows he name He explains that they are both Travelers can can move between different realities using their image in a reflective surface The reason Finn has shown up now is because Jessa is in danger Someone is killing all of the Jessa s in other realities, and they need to find [...]


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