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Wander Dust

(The Seraphina Parrish Trilogy #1)

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3.74  ·  Rating details ·  2,528 ratings  ·  340 reviews
Ever since her sixteenth birthday, strange things keep happening to Seraphina Parrish.

The Lady in Black… burns Sera’s memories.

Unexplainable premonitions… catapult her to other cities.

The Grungy Gang… wants to kill her.

And a beautiful, mysterious boy… stalks her.

But when Sera moves to Chicago, and her aunt reveals their family connection to a centuries old, secret society,
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Paperback, 374 pages
Published November 30th 2011 by kristine michelle preast (first published November 3rd 2011)
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Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
4.5 stars
I’ve been having some troubles with paranormal YA lately, to the point where I started wondering if it was somehow my fault. After the umpteenth book I’d read and hated, I figured that I’m either becoming too old for YA, or that I read too much (which is a distinct possibility). Wander Dust helped me realize where the blame really lies. To all those other young adult paranormal novels, I can finally say: It’s not me, it’s you.

Wander Dust is not without problems or without clichés, but
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Limonessa
Wander Dust is, in a nutshell, the love child of Jumper and Harry Potter .

This alone should make you dump everything you're reading and make you trigger-happy with your Amazon account. Well, aside from making you swoon just by thinking about Hayden Christensen... but I digress.

This is what I needed to lift me out of my reading slump!
I am in awe of Warren's fertile imagination, her plotting skills and her vivid descriptions. This is an author you definitely want to keep an eye on and I promi
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Ari
Nov 22, 2011 rated it really liked it
This would make a great movie ;))



When I read a book I usually take some notes, mark some quotes, you know - the usual things you do when you want to remember what the story was about. It's helpful if it takes you long to write the review and you read other books in the meantime.

The problem is that I didn't find anything related to this story - not on my computer or cellphone, not a paper thrown somewhere; so I’ll need to pick up from my memory any information I can (and let’s say, I worry that
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Rane



Wander Dust didn't read or feel like an indie with it's details to moving the story along, it never hinder or left major plot holes only unanswered questions for further books. There was wonderful character growth and plenty of action with an almost enchanting feel as Sera starts to uncover her powers and the past of her family...

Sera has always felt isolated, her father is just "there" with no real emotional connection. Then on her 16th birthday she happens to meet a lady in black who makes h
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Connie Garcia
Oct 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: done-reading
This Ebook was lent to my by the Author Michelle Warren. As a Bookreview Blogger I will be on her Book Tour Conniesbookreview.blogspot.com and was lucky to get a ecopy of this book to read and review.

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Ever since her sixteenth birthday, strange things keep happening to Seraphina Parrish.

The Lady in Black… burns Sera’s memories.

Unexplainable Premonitions… catapult her to other cities.

The Grungy Gang… wants to kill her.

And a beautiful, mysterious boy… stalks her.

But when Sera move
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Keertana
Mar 18, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: did-not-finish
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Liz
Jan 18, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: i-prefer-rum


This book is what happens when Jumper and Harry Potter meet. Not, that I did not like it, the book is entertaining, but it could have been better.

A Wanderer, somebody who can travel in time. A Protector, who is watching over the Wanderer. And a Seer, the one who does not time-travel but is the connection with the reality. What a combination.
Sera is a Wanderer, she is quite a typical protagonist who has problems with her new school and new life and who reveals lots of secrets. Sometimes, she ki
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Melissa Simmons
Wander Dust is the first book in the Seraphina Parrish trilogy by Michelle Warren. I was lucky enough to be given an opportunity by the author to review this book & I’m ordering a physical copy for my bookshelf as soon as I’m done writing this. The story takes place in our modern day world where the Normals (regular people) don’t know about the Wanderers roaming through their lives in the past, present and future. It’s a must read, in my opinion.

The story is told from the point of view of o
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Bella
Jul 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Just finished and it was an amazing book. So different form others I have read, and I love the wandering and just the flow of the story. Sera was just too awesome and I loved her character so much. Her story and her journey was a defiantly a page turner and an exciting rind to be on. I cant wait to see what happens to her in the next book and with her and Bishop, thats gong to be an even exciting adventure!! A MUST READ go get ASAP!!!
Anna [Floanne]
Jan 20, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one
Shelves: fantasy, kindle, ya, _us-can
1.5 stars

As a premise, I must admit that time traveling and I don't get on very well (as already stated in my review of "The time traveler's wife"). Either the author has been able to build a somehow reliable, logic idea of it (as in Gabaldon's "Outlander" for instance) or I tend to have a hard time imagining the characters disappearing here and popping out of nowhere in another place, at another time. Some of you might object that it's my fault and that I should avoid this kind of books a prior
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Andie Z
Sep 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
Read this review and more on my blog From A to Z.


Who doesn’t dream of being able to travel through time? Getting to see historical events firsthand, visiting people long since dead, or even just popping back to see a really great concert one more time. In Wander Dust, Seraphina Parrish not only finds herself taking mysterious uncontrollable trips, but ends up thrown into an entirely new existence of new rules, new friends, and new evil.

Wander Dust is such a fun novel, and the world that Michelle
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Demoiselle Yen
Dec 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
"I wish you wouldn't have given the sundial bracelet to Terease"

"Why?" I question and press my head onto his chest, pushing my arms back into his open jacket and around his back.

"If I had it to lead me to my deepest desire, I know it would always be a direct path to you."


Okaaaaay, I'm melting with Maxwell Bishop's words!! Haha. I love this book to bits! Although it is somewhat confusing and you have to really imagine a lot of things. As what Mona says "be open-minded". This book is magical!! I w
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Mary
Nov 30, 2011 rated it it was ok
Great idea, poor execution.

I love anything to do with time travel, so I was excited to read this. Why aren't more teen fantasy novels about time travel? It has so much potential.

Like I said, the idea was fantastic - and original! But the writing just didn't do it for me. I didn't buy the chemistry between the two leads at all, so I didn't care about them together. I didn't buy a lot of Sera's choices in the novel, because her choices were all over the place. And then there was the fact that the
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Lisa
Sep 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Ok....I'm not good at reviews so I'm basically gonna talk about how much I LOVED this story!!

I loved everything in the story, from the characters (especially Gabe, Mona & Bishop *swoon*) to the places (Who wouldn't wanna go to a school like that?!?).
It reminded me sooooo much of the Hex Hall books by Rachel Hawkins, which I love, so it became the newest book to join my fave book list =D

Michelle, you have done an amazing job with Wander Dust and I can't wait for book 2.

P.S I want a boyfriend
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Steve
Oct 16, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy, fiction
I found this book hard to get into, and it wasn't helped by the author explaining things right at the last possible second. The characters seemed completely two-dimensional, only serving to move the plot forward at a snails pace, but not really develop. The chapters were really short, and most of the plot twists were rather predictable, save for the final reveal. I think it's safe to say that I do not feel any need to read more of this series.
R.J. Gonzales
Sep 19, 2011 marked it as to-read
Recommended to R.J. by: http://wanderdusttrilogy.com/facebook/
Two words: Can't. wait. :o!
Heidi
Mar 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
Three and half stars: An inventive book that features time travel!

Seraphina is stuck in the restaurant with her father and his ridiculous girlfriend. It is her sixteenth birthday, not that anyone seems to notice or care. Her father is too busy flirting to pay attention to her. Seraphina blows out the candles, and then something strange happens. She sees a terrifying women in black leather staring at her threateningly. One of the candles reignites when Sera licks off the frosting. What is happeni
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Dani
Jul 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: super-human, sci-fi
Seraphina Parrish’s 16th birthday promises to be an extremely underwhelming event, until a mysterious Lady in Black causes her to see and feel things that shouldn’t be possible. Ever since that strange night, Sera’s world has slowly taken a turn for the weird and unexplainable, especially when she realizes that she herself can do the impossible… wander through time. Confused and uncertain of what her ability means and entails, she fears she may be losing her grip on reality. Then her dad, with w ...more
Rashika (is tired)
I was pleasantly surprised by this book. My attention was first brought to this book when I was stalking a friend's shelf. The cover grabbed my attention (I'll admit it. I am a complete cover whore) and after reading the synopsis I was further intrigued.

As someone who is somewhat vary of self-published books, I didn't expect much when I divided in, even though I was curious, I went in hoping this wouldn't be a case of 'curiosity killed the cat' and it wasn't. This book was pretty good. It had i
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Isamlq
Apr 11, 2012 rated it liked it
Interesting concept of putting people together and having them depend on each. All the talk on Seer/Protector/Wanderer had me curious, but sadly it just took too long before I was more than just flipping pages. The author has a very clear vision of how things are in her world. She takes her time laying down the details, keeping the time travel details/ paranormal elements clear and different enough, so most things did make sense. But something outside the PNR/travel aspect also still dragged WAN ...more
Ashley - The Bookish Brunette
Seraphina is pretty sure that not making a wish before her candles went out on her sixteenth birthday is a bad omen... I can rationalize this by the fact that the candles almost set her on fire soon after and she sees the Lady in Black the very first time that night!

Happy freaking birthday!

One day after two weeks of horrific nightmares about the Lady in Black stalking her and setting her house on fire... There's an envelope for Seraphina containing nothing but a picture of a boy,

"His eyes were
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Melissa
Oct 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
WOW! Just WOW! This book blew me away! Seriously this book is amazing and takes you on a journey you will never forget. I am still not over the awesomeness of this book and I don't think I will be any time soon. I had been a friend with Michelle on Facebook for sometime and then I got her book as a present, and I was surprised but not really because the cover, and description make you want the book, but the first chapter is likea punch in the gut, but in a good way. Leaving you with questions an ...more
Prangon
Dec 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
Every time I up and go trying to give a little bit of summery about the book that I read, I get side tracked and forget the most important part. What I actually thought of the book. So before I start getting side tracked again let me just say, I really liked it.

I love reading paranormal YA and Wander Dust was an wonderful read with the right amount of para stuffed with some gorgeous science elements.

Now a little bit about the characters, I LOVED the name Seraphina so much that I decided to nam
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Tabitha Sue
Jul 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I had the pleasure of reading an ARC copy of Wander Dust. Now, Wander Dust is one of my favorite YA stories!!

Seraphina, the main character, is a relatable character. She is strong-willed and intelligent but not perfect. Her family dynamic may seem cliché to some, but the absence of the missing family member is a main part of the story line and pushes the plot along with Sera's search to uncover the mysteries surrounding her. I enjoyed the fast pace of the story, which makes the book a real page-
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JenniferJ
Mar 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: z2012, kindle
A very addictive book. Didn't want to put it down! The story opens celebrating Seraphina's 16th birthday where the weird things first began happening and continued until her father was convinced he was not giving her the proper care or attention a teen girl needs so he shipped her off to live with her deceased mother's sister where the action really takes off even more!

Sera seems to be a lonely misunderstood teen which really in itself is quite typical of being a teen but once the mysterious thi
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Curly Carla Celebrity Readers
You look at the title and think, oh cool, somebody uses dust to travel around. You are WRONG! This book was such a shocking surprise to me. This is the first book in a while that I can 100% give five stars too!

The plot is complex and intriguing, not to mention the world building is absolutely fantastic. This author understands how to truly capture a true readers mind. I see what she wrote in my head. Usually if I can't conjure the place from an authors writings I make up my own in my head, but t
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Jackie -Sated Faery
Sep 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: other-paranormal
Wow! This was a fascinating and unique story! It was impossible to put down! I loved the mystery of Sera trying to figure out what on earth is happening to her or if she might just be going crazy. She is a wonderful & caring person despite living with her emotionless father & moving around a lot. And then there's Bishop, who is absolutely amazing & definitely adds to the mystery as he seems to randomly appear when Sera least expects it. The other characters each add their own flair t ...more
Jacqueline
Dec 03, 2011 rated it liked it
The idea of the novel is actually quite interesting. The author did a great job of creating groups of paranormals that work together in order for their plan to work. Also the idea of a Seer, Protector, and Wanderer are something unheard of in such a cliche genre.

The problem though... Is the story felt half a$$ed! It felt like the author spent too much time attempting to describe the school/what's going on that she completely forgot to include a plot. Basically she put in a very nonsensical clim
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Monica
Sep 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Cant wait to read the second book in this wonderful trilogy!
I love Seraphina and Bishops relationship... and Sam... she's stubborn but sweet
ANd I can't wait to find what happens to the three wanders and the Underground.
Allison Barnhill
Jul 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Amazing! I really couldn't put it down. Loved Sera...the history, mystery, love story...really good! I can't wait for the next book in this series. Michelle, please don't make us wait too long!
Bookish Michelle
Feb 22, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wander Dust left me breathless.

The story is beautiful, well written and full of mysteries. I love the concept of a team of 3--Wanderer, Seer and Protector and what they were learning in their special school just for them.

Seraphina (or Sera for short) was just a normal girl celebrating her 16th birthday with her father, Ray, and his girlfriend, Maddi. Or so she thought until she saw the flames of her birthday candles flickering back to life in water and then some lady in black traumatizing her b
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Manda
I got up to the beginning of Chapter 8 when I began to think, "This is really feeling like a chore to read." This was after pages and pages of purely being in the protagonist's head with little action besides "I went to school, I went to classes, I stared out the window, I went home, I went to school again..." and barely any dialogue to break up her thoughts. Seriously, I started to think, "Agh! Get me out of her head!" It's not that she's particularly horrible, she's just a bit of a boring narr ...more
Adeeb
Dec 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
Review originally posted on: http://bookville1.blogspot.com/2012/0...

Before I start reviewing this book, I'd like to point some things out. Firstly, I have to tell you this. The author, Michelle Warren, is extremely talented. She did EVERYTHING to get this book to life. The book's cover, site, everything is done by her. I have to admit, she has a very unique designing skill. Second, I am thankful to have received this book for review. I've been wanting to read this book for a long time.

Review:

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Amy
Oct 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Awesome and "wander"ful!!

I so enjoyed being introduced to and living in the Society of Wanderers through Sera's eyes. What a truly intriguing and magical world! The author obviously has a natural gift for painting pictures with words.

The book was perfectly paced, which is very refreshing compared to other fantasy books. I felt "Sera" really took the time to try and process what was being presented to her - much more realistic than just suddenly accepting that the world is completely different t
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Melissa
The first novel in Michelle Warren's YA trilogy, Wander Dust, is a story about Seraphina Parrish and her journey through life as a supernaturally gifted teenager. Warren describes her genre as a sci-fantasy, blending in a mixture of scientific evidence along with a dash of fantasy to create her own special world of time travel. As reviewer Lisa O. noted on Goodreads, she considers Wander Dust, "The love child of Jumper and Harry Potter" and I couldn't agree more.

Sera as we come to call her, is a
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Krista (CubicleBlindness Reviews)
When I started getting into the story I guess I didn't realize how much time travel would play a role. It mentioned it in the summary but didn't really realize it until I got into the story. I haven't read many books that include time travel in it and this one was interesting. It was written like a paranormal teen story, but with the addition of time travel gave it a more interesting and unique twist.
Although I enjoyed the story and the characters, I didn't feel the gripping power I was hoping f
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Deena Graves
Dec 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Deena by: http://wanderdusttrilogy.com/facebook/
I initially came across Michelle Warren through Inkpop (a division of Harper Teen for young writers/readers). She posted the first chapter of Wander Dust on the site and offered 'free reads' to others. I thought she was crazy, but I was also intrigued. So I read her snip-it and was instantly hooked!

Michelle takes us on a wild and mysterious ride, right from the first page. Each chapter brings more questions you just have to know the answers to. Who is this Lady in Black? Why is she sent to Chica
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Mary
Dec 16, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: on-my-kindle
I really like Wander Dust. I like the concept of jumping or wandering as the book is named for. To bad that's not a true concept. I think it would be amazing to go back in time or to go to somewhere like Paris for the night. That would be so awesome. I enjoyed all the character also and thanking the book gods that this wasn't another love triangle. Not that I don't like those type of books every now and than. It just seems to get a little repetitive in YA books.

Wander Dust is about a girl named
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Mandy (I Read Indie) Anderson
Seraphina Parrish is celebrating turning 16 like every girl should...celebrating with her clueless father and his self-absorbed girlfriend, Maddi. Of course you can't call it celebrating if no one besides the wait staff sings you Happy Birthday. And if that isn't bad enough...some creepy lady in black is following her and weirding her out. Oh and the earth moves and throws her back in time. Yeah that’s normal oh right.

But the surprises don't stop there. Seraphina's dad is sending her to live wi
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Karen Russell
Sep 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I had the honor of "wandering" onto Michelle Warren's website.. can't even remember how... and fell in love with her blog and the cover of this book. She was nice enough to let me read and review her book and I FELL IN LOVE!!!

Warren builds Sera's world from the very first paragraph, bringing in her relationships with her family, strange things happening, the Lady in Black... You are sucked in and taken to this place where you don't want to leave. A world built with words, details so descriptive
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Hannah
Oct 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fantasy lovers
Recommended to Hannah by: Myself
I promise to be brutally honest with my opinion, but it should not be taken as fact. Any reader should read it for themselves, before they decide if this book has any merit or not. Do not judge this book biased solely on my opinion. If you do, you might miss out on a great read. You never know. It could happen.

1. Strong Main Character/ Female Heroine: Sera is strong willed and defiant, but with a powerful connection to a green eyed guy. The romantic pull between the pair is magnetic, but it t
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Emma
Mar 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
They say don't just a book by its cover, but when I saw the cover for Wander Dust amongst a list of other books, it stood out. I was drawn to the beautiful image and then the blurb for the novel drew in me further - I just had to read this!

The writing style is just fantastic. I fully enjoyed the descriptions that littered every page. The author feeds the reader every drop of necessary description in such a way it really is magical. I was impressed to see different locations around the real world
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J. Sterling
Once you get past the unbelievably GORGEOUS cover and start reading this book, you'll be hooked! Wanderdust was a creative and entertaining time travel novel. The characters were well developed and extremely likeable. I love the main character Sera and i'm already IN LOVE with her love interest, Bishop. :)

We're introduced to a new world, right along with the main character Sera. There is a lot of information that at times is a bit overwhelming, but the author explains it well with the action sce
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Kendall {Book Crazy}
I read this book for the book club that I am in and I have to say that I was a little bit let down with it! I was expecting it to be a little bit more fased paced and I was also expecting it to have a lot more romance in it! The plot was very original though and I felt that it did start to pick up! Seraphina "Sera" Parrish was a good main character but I found that she did annoy me a little bit to start with but then she grew on me pretty quickly! Max Bishop was the love interest of Sera and I r ...more
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If Michelle Warren had a spirit animal, it would be a tiger in a pink tutu, riding a Harley through a ring of fire. She lives in Chicago, dreams of California but hails from Baltimore. She has a slight obsession with travel, sunshine, Double Chocolate Milano cookies and writing novels. She didn’t travel the road to writer immediately. She spent over a decade as professional illustrator and designe ...more

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“I wish you wouldn't have given the sundial bracelet to Terease"

"Why?" I question and press my head onto his chest, pushing my arms back into his open jacket and around his back.

"If I had it to lead me to my deepest desire, I know it would always be a direct path to you.”
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“He seems friendly, but what do I know? I do call him Stalker Boy for a reason.” 7 likes
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