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They took everything: her family, her home, her childhood.

By the age of nineteen, Raven has spent most of her life in the sprawling slums of America, fighting as a rebel against the dictatorship. When the rebellion steals an experimental time-travel device, she travels back five decades to the year 2013. Her plan: assassinate the future dictator when he is still young and...more
Paperback, 204 pages
Published July 26th 2013 by (first published June 24th 2013)
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JL Bryan has always impressed me with the level of originality and excitement he works into his novels (big fan of Jenny Pox), and I was yet again taken aback, this time by a time-travel dystopian that is full of thrills and a kick-ass heroine to boot!

Time-travel dystopian! When I saw those words together my mind kind of flipped, making me unsure of what to expect. For one, time-travel is nothing to play around with if you're not fully committed to deliver. I have a low level of patience for ign...more
Tanja (Tanychy) St. Delphi
Review also posted at Ja čitam, a ti?

Few months ago I was lucky enough to host this author and share his guest post on my blog. You can check it here and if you do you'll laugh so hard. I realized that this author can be really hilariously witty and the best part of it he transferred that into Nomad or better said Raven which made this reading experience pleasurable.

This story starts in the middle of everything. We met Raven walking on the road without previous memories. She is completely lost...more
**An ARC was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review**

~Actual rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars~

Before I even start my review, I just wanted to put this out there: I love time-travel. There just no way around it, the concept is so freaking fascinating to me and I can't get enough of it. That being said, I was instantly attracted to Nomad because it not only dealt with time-travel, but the idea of traveling back in time in an effort to save humanity from a darker, dystopian future. How a...more
I received this book right before I left to go to UtopYA in Nashville. And boy was I excited. Beyond excited. I mean, come on, it's JL Bryan!!! I secretly fangirl him. <-Not as dirty as it sounds....

So anyway I read it on the plane trip to and from Nashville. What a great way to avoid the strangers I sat by on the mini-plan. Nothing says anti-social politely like reading a great book!!!! Anyway it was a great way to spend the two hours I actually flew and the four+ hours I spent sitting in ai...more
Jenni Arndt
Actual rating is 3.5, rounded up because I loved the ending so much!

I became a fast fan of author J.L. Bryan when I began his Songs of Magic series and fell in love with the adorable cast of characters. I was a bit wary going into Nomad as it’s a dystopian novel and let’s face it, there is nothing more overdone than dystopian in YA fiction right now. But rest assured that Nomad is not your typical dystopian novel. At times I struggled with it a bit but in the wrap up it had me captivated and I a...more
Savannah (Books With Bite)
Sometimes I read books that are soo good, that I wonder why didn’t I pick up the book sooner? Why??? Now, when it comes to reading time travel, I’m very picky with it. Mainly because if the plot does not flow right, the plot can become confusing with a bunch of details with the story going absolutely no where. In Nomad, that is not the case. This story carries the plot right, and time travel is of essence.

Plot: Time Travel. Who does not like time travel? I adore this plot. Moving fast and intrig...more
When you're dealing with time travel, I like to say "Go big or go home." Raven, here, she's going to go big. AND WHY SHOULDN'T SHE? Her life in the future is craptastic. She's a soldier that's fighting a losing war and her fellow rebels are dying all around her. Going back in time to stop this badness before it happens seems like the thing to do.

Except... events don't always play out the way we expect them to. And this is VERY true in Raven's case. Every scenario she imagines has permutations an...more
Isn’t that cover exciting? It really sets the tone for the story, which starts off with a BANG, just like the cover conveys. Raven shows up out of nowhere, literally, and almost gets run over by a Mack truck. She is standing in the rain, bewildered, while the truck skids to a stop. The trucker, Jebbie, gets out and asks if she’s alright. But she isn’t. She is far from O.K., except she just doesn’t remember that yet. You see, Raven has lost all memory of her life previous to this moment. Of cours...more
Unabridged Bookshelf
When J.L. Bryan asked if I was interested in reading Nomad When J.L. Bryan asked if I was interested in reading Nomad I knew I just had to read it. Described to me as a futuristic time travel dystopian with a twisted romance (his exact description) now how could I not want to read it. It paid off, Nomad is so much better than even I expect, and I expected something fantastic. The story told in Nomad took me completely be surprise is such a good way.

I was worried that the time travel aspect might...more
The Bookwhore Diaries
Back to the Future meets Looper meets The Time Traveler’s Wife

"The book also made her see war in a new way - not as a clash between good and evil, but a senseless collision of misguided, ignorant people"

This is the first time I’m reading from J.L. Bryan. He didn’t waste any time and told action-packed scenes right from the start of this time-travel dystopian world he created. It was refreshing to think about time travel very deeply. In Nomad, every decision corresponds with a great consequence....more
Sep 24, 2013 Marsha rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Older YA and Adults
When Arsenio Hall had his late night show, he use to do a skit entitled, "Things that make you say um." After reading "Nomad" that is exactly how I felt. I sat there saying "Um." This is the first book I've read of J.L. Bryan. I must say that I am extremely impressed with the writing, world building and characterizations. The plot was one of the most unique story lines I've read in a long time.

Raven is a nineteen year old girl who has lead a very hard life in the year 2064. She was orphaned at t...more
Being a big fan of J.L. Bryan Jenny Pox series, I was so excited to read his newest novel, Nomad. Bryan is such a talented writer and he has a way of keeping me completely invested in the story and Nomad was no exception.

I love time travel books but they usually leave me more confused then when I started, but with Nomad I did not feel that confusion that I usually feel. Everything was explained in ways that made it so easy to understand and made it very easy to follow along. The story starts off...more
Kristilyn (Reading In Winter)
Thank you to J. L. Bryan for sending me an eCopy of this book for review!

When J. L. Bryan contacted me about his upcoming novel, Nomad, I wasn’t actually accepting review requests — BUT the big selling point for me was (obviously) the fact that the novel was written by J. L. Bryan, who wrote the Jenny Pox series (I’ve only read the first book so far, but I loved it!) AND his description of the book, with it being a time-travel dystopian. Count me in!

After reading Jenny Pox, which is more horror-...more
*I received an ARC for an honest review

I am so impressed with JL Bryan's ability to tell a story. He is a true writer. He brings his stories to life with descriptive detail that doesn't overwhelm the reader, but allows them to experience the world he is creating. Nomad was an attention grabber. Page after page I devoured the words. I am in awe of how each book JL Bryan writes just gets better. His Paranormal series was unique and awesome. The Fairy series was fun and creative. And now, with Noma...more
Starla B
**DISCLAIMER** I received this book free in exchange for a review.

I absolutely loved this book. I really wanted to be critical and find something wrong with it so I didn't sound like some kind of paid actor type of reviewer, but I just can't. I enjoyed it from start to finish and read it in about one day, which doesn't happen very much anymore. First of all, it's about a dystopian future, which I love, but the majority of the action takes place in the current time, so it was easy for me to relat...more
NOMAD is a truly original story. Jam packed with dystopian / time travel / save the world goodness !

J.L. Bryan set the bar high for me after reading and falling in love with his Paranormal series, and let me say he did not disappoint ! NOMAD has such an original plot, I love that I can't compare it to anything else. Raven, our young time traveler lands in 2013, five decades into the past. At first she doesn't have her memories and slowly finds out what her mission is, oh yeah ... Save the world...more
Just WOW! I have read almost all of Jeff Bryan's books and this one just really, really rocked! It's New Adult and if you're like me I haven't found much in that category that didn't seem to have sex as it's main story line. Not so with NOMAD. NOMAD has a plot that will have you on the edge of your seat, biting your fingernails. Here's why:

Raven is from the future that is torn apart by an evil dictator, Logan Carraway and his security force. Her mission is to kill him before he ever has a chanc...more
Michelle (Much Loved Books)
When I saw J.L. Bryan was releasing a new book I knew I had to read it. I love his Fairyvision series, and his Jenny Pox series. Imagine my surprise when I received an email off the author himself with a request to review Nomad. There was no question about it, I replied with a big YES.

Nomad is different to his other works, set in a dystopian future with time travel and possibly the greatest gadgets known to man. Raven, the protagonist, is disorientated and finds herself stumbling along a highway...more
How's this for an opening line?

"Her hands were red with blood, but the cold rain washed it away. Whose blood? She couldn't remember."

The year is 2064 and life sucks! It's a cruel world where people are imprisoned, beaten and murdered. A world where most live in fear because of one man, an evil dictator known as Secretary-General of the United States. Technology and weaponry is advanced. In fact, it's so advanced that the government is on the verge of completing the first working time-travel mach...more
I received Nomad in exchange for a fair and honest review

Nomad was nothing like I expected it to be. I’ve come to realize that that is the norm for any book written by J.L.Bryan. For the record, I love the unexpected.

This was a book that required every bit of your attention. Not only the world building, but the entire concept was complex. Raven was not only from the future, it was a very dark future. It was a future that she wanted to change, but first she had to put the pieces of her past...more
Although I had only read two of JL Bryan’s books prior to reading Nomad, I would definitely consider myself of his awesome and unique work. I just could not turn down Nomad, but I wouldn’t have wanted to anyway because it falls under the category of my favourite genre: my beloved science fiction. Plus, there’s time travel! Infinite win! I think it’s safe to say that I kind of had a good feeling that I wouldn’t be disappointed and it’s a good thing that I trusted that good feeling because I defin...more
Holly Smith (Geek Glitter)
*originally posted on my blog,!

Nomad was a fast paced, funny, action packed thrill ride. I absolutely loved this story!

Our main character is Raven (Riley). She's sent back in time to assassinate the future dictator before he comes to power. What she doesn't expect is to fall in love with him.

Raven is a fighter. She's been through some crap in her life but she never gives up hope. She's more soldier than girl but I love how she adapted to her "new life". She seemed...more
In J.L. Bryan’s version of the future, the United States is ruled by a dictatorship, the cities are war zones with armed forces battling rebels. This is the life Raven knows, trained since she was a child to fight. It is from this future that Raven travels back in time to change history.

The book starts with Raven appearing along a highway in 2013, she is disoriented and suffering from loss of memory, but she knows she doesn’t belong here because everything seems ‘wrong’. Almost immediately agent...more
Lindsay (The Violet Hour)
Fresh off a winning streak with two awesome series, Jenny Pox (The Paranormals) and The Songs of Magic, J.L. Bryan is back with something completely different, and it's incredible! I was so very pleased with his latest offering in NOMAD. First of all, just LOOK at that cover! It's freaking awesome. This is not the first time Bryan has gone with a violet/pink theme, and I can't help but think he does it on purpose, with my blog in mind (*ahem* The VIOLET Hour). Okay, okay, just kidding. Kinda. Mo...more
Nomad was probably the best book I read in 2013. The main character, Raven, is a time traveler. In her future, the USA has been taken over by a dictatorship. Both her parents were killed when she was young, and since then she has been trained by the resistance to take down the government.

One of the many wonderful things about this book is how it handles time travel. In Nomad, if a time traveler goes back in time and changes something that massively alters the course of their own life, the 'univ...more
Shanon (Escaping With Fiction)
Nomad is definitely the most complex, interesting, action-packed and mind-blowing book I've read all year! J.L. Bryan has cleverly constructed a novel that is so descriptive and engaging that throughout the book he literally had me cheering, laughing, and yelling in a rather loud fashion. He writes in such a way that it's like a piece of you merges with the characters and you can't help but be completely swept up in their emotions. I cannot express enough how much I adore this book!

Another reaso...more
Liliana ♥s Mythology
Reviewed on Lili Lost in a Book

First thing's first... time traveling? CONFUSING! lol. Second thing... That's one cool cover :)

So, I haven't read too many books about time traveling, but I thought this one had an interesting take on the subject with a great plot going on! Also, it was totally action-packed!

I really liked Raven... She is a very smart girl, very strong-willed, and definitely on the brave side... She is trying to save the (future) world. To sum it up, she is one kick-ass chick! Also...more
Raven literally explodes back in time, appearing in a lightning bolt onto a highway during a storm in 2013. A semi-truck narrowly misses her, and even though she can't remember who she is or where she is, she reluctantly decides to go with the kindly truck driver on the road to get out of the rain. All she has is a backpack that contains some men's clothing, a huge wad of cash, a futuristic looking cube, and a plasma gun that sears through flesh. But their trip in the big rig to a truck stop and...more
Mandy (I read Indie) Anderson
{I actually rated this book 4.5 stars but I always round to the next highest star for sites like Goodreads, Amazon, etc...}

Raven has been thrust back into the past and for a short time she cannot remember why. Slowly, bits and pieces of her memories are remembered and she understands that she came back for one reason and one reason only. Raven is to kill the brutal dictator that has wreaked havoc on her world for far too long, before he can ever take reign. But a guest appearance from a friend l...more
Samantha Martin
Nomad is an exciting new Dystopian series that you grab you from the first page! Raven is a fierce heroine that is scary in her determination to save the future from the rule of an evil dictator. Raven has always rebelled against the government. She fights for the freedom of herself and others like her. America used to be a democracy where people where allowed to choose, now it is a prison without choices or individuality. When Raven discovers the time travel device she travels back to 2013 so s...more
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J.L. Bryan studied English literature at the University of Georgia and at Oxford, with a focus on English Renaissance and Romantic literature. He also studied screenwriting at UCLA. He lives in the metro Atlanta sprawl with his wife Christina, where he spends most of his day serving the toddler and animal community inside his house. He is the author of the Paranormals series and the Songs of Magic...more
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