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The Wanderers

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3.95  ·  Rating details ·  106 ratings  ·  78 reviews
What do you do when you learn your family is the one who's holding all the secrets? Secrets that could get you killed...

Ella is looking forward to starting college in the fall with her best friend Josie. She’s looking for a place where she can get away from her overbearing parents and two older annoying brothers. Unfortunately Ella realizes that sometimes the past comes ba
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Published December 6th 2012 by Jessica Miller
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Kelly Lyn
Sep 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
I got a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest review and let me tell you, I am so glad that I requested to review it. It was one of those books that you can't put down and if you do, it is all you think about and are anxious to know what happens next. When I first started, it gripped me from the very beginning. It was heart wrenching learning that Ella and her boyfriend at the time was in a car accident. I hate stories like that and wanted to end it, because I figured it would be ...more
Sarah Elizabeth
Jan 04, 2013 rated it liked it
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to author Jessica Miller.)
18-year-old Ella is off to college with her best friend Josie, after the death of her boyfriend Kyle in a car accident that they were both involved in.

Now at uni, Ella is having a rough time holding back the admirers, and when a girl is murdered on campus things start to get even weirder.
Who should Ella trust though? Should she go with Tristan – the boy who annoyed her at first? O
Dec 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
I was thoroughly surprised by how much I liked this book! I found myself unable to put it down, completely invested in the characters, and frequently frustrated with Ella (which is a good sign because it means I cared about her and her actions). This book is truly a hidden gem and I’m glad I read it.

The story began with Ella about to head off to college. She’s excited to get away from her overbearing parents and have a fresh start after a particularly traumatizing incident that has her family wa

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I was truly surprised with The Wanderers. The author really keeps all of the secrets off of the blurb on the back of the book. You pick up this book thinking it's about one thing and BOOM! It's not. Now don't take that the wrong way. It's nice to be honestly surprised sometimes when reading. All too often, the blurb will give away too many surprises ... which is why I only read the summary of a book only once - just to see if it's interesting an
Jan 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
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This is an amazing book! It's very well written and the plot and climax is surprising! It definitely was a good read!

This book starts out with Ella going off to college. She's happy to get away from her overprotective parents and be free, especially after the accident. Josie, Ella's best friend, invites Ella to a party and that's where everything starts. She meets a boy, Tristan, and he...has magnificently gorgeous blue eyes. He's logical and confident, a little over the top, and she's scared wh
Mar 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I was given this book from the author and from Lovers of Paranormal (LOP) in exchange for an honest review.

Where to start? This is a pretty damn good book! There is a huge layer of different forms of emotions just swirling everywhere, from different people, the events that take place, everything. Jessica Miller has a certain way with words that make you get into these characters as if you are watching it happening right there. You get to feel what they are feeling. Experience it all. Its quite
Georgiann Hennelly
Jan 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I was given an advance copy in exchange for an honest review.A truly fantastic Y/A paranormal romance. Ella is about to leave for college to get away from her parents and get a fresh start after the traumatizing incident that has her family watching her closely for any signs of mental distress. Ella and Josie her best friend attend a party and Tristan the cocky boy with the beautiful blue eyes can't stop staring at Ella. Ella's new life away from her home has her struggling to balance classes, a ...more
Mar 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I received this book from the Lovers of Paranormal Group as a R2R

Stars: 5++

Pros: The romance between Tristan and Ella is electric. From the first time they meet your kind of rooting for him to stop the bad boy ways and do the right thing by Ella. Also the mystery behind the story incredible and at times you feel like your right there in the story with them.

Cons: THE DAMN ENDING!!! WTF!! Way to leave a woman hanging . . . But i do understand the ending, even if i don't agree with it. lol

Jun 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I was given a copy through read it and review it for a honest review.
Jessica I think you are one of my new favorite authors now.
I think i gobbled this one up in one and purchased the rest of the series.

This is a story about Ella, your average young adult who desperately wants her freedom and to move to college. Ella has typical family dynamics which include her two brothers, parents and best friend Josie. Once at college,
Cheryl Duval
Dec 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-for-review
I received this book in exchange for an honest review from the Author and the “Lovers of Paranormal” Group on

I loved loved loved this story. The dynamic between Ella and Tristan kept things very interesting and sometimes extremely frustrating. The characters were compelling and the story was woven together in a way that you do not really find out what is going on until you are full on into the book....that was not a bad thing. I forgot I was even reading a paranormal book. The endi
Shana Festa
Feb 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
Ok, ok I realize that I have a YA fiction addiction and should probably find a 12 step program to help me... but there's just so much good stuff out there!!

I have to be honest; I struggled with the rating for this book. For starters I didn't realize there was more than one book. When we pick our books from submissions, sometimes the information is truncated; so it's possible that it said somewhere there was more than one...I just missed it. Hey, I am one of those people who can walk into a room
The Wanderers is a great story for fans of young adult paranormal romance. It features a young girl reeling from the tragedy of losing her boyfriend in a car accident. She’s about to finally leave her family to head off to college across the country. She’s ready for the new start, and she knows her best friend, Josie, will be there to make it even better. When she gets there, it seems even better than she imagined at first. She ends up closer to Josie than she thought, and during their first wee ...more
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I got a copy of this book through a R2R because the storyline sounded very interesting. Once the story finally got into it, there were a lot of great twists and turns that left the reader questioning what was going to happen next. I liked the suspense in this, and how it started right away with us seeing the crash through Ella's dream (which was a great way to start and show us without having us actually there) and then
Mar 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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Woo! What a ride!

Ella is an 18 year old from California, getting over the death of her high school sweetheart in a tragic car accident. She's off to college in Vermont to get a fresh start with her best friend Josie as her room mate. They settle in well, even joining a sorority and making new friends and drawing the attention of 2 guys; the reserved and nerdy Jack, and the naughty frat boy Tristan who won't take no for an answer. Ella starts to fall for Tristan but it's a love/hate relationship
Mar 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Here's how I work a lot of the time. An author, publicist or someone asks me to review a book. I read the summary, decide I want to review it and then a few weeks later read the book. I purposely don't re-read the summary because sometimes they tell me too much about the book and I form opinions up front. So when I started The Wanderers, I had no idea what it was about (I can't seem to remember yesterday, but if When Doves Cry by Prince comes on the radio I can sing every word). And I liked not ...more
Lilly Charysma
Jan 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
[I was given a digital edition for free from the author, in exchange for an honest review]

The book focuses on the life of eighteen year old Ella and how she discovers the true origins of her family. First chapter offers a small glimpse at the mystery that will be slowly unraveled through the pages of the novel. Ella lost her boyfriend in a car accident and since then she’s been having nightmares about the strange yellow eyed man who tried to kill her that night and the anonymous person who saved
N Swaffar
Jun 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
**ARC provided by author, in return for an honest review.**

**** 4.5 Stars ****

The Wanderers an addicting Ya Paranormal read. When I started reading this book, I didn’t realize that it was a start of a whole series. So now I will have to clear my schedule and get to reading the rest of the series like now.

This book started with a heartbreaking tragedy, with main character Ella loses her lovable boyfriend from a car crash. An accident that left her broken for a while, until she met handsome smart
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Ella starts college as a normal girl, hoping to have a good time with her best friend Josie. Being normal doesn’t last long when she learns her family has been keeping deadly secrets from her. She’s in danger and doesn’t even realise it as she’s been kept in the dark. Ella needs to learn who she can trust and who’s the bad guy before she gets herself killed.

The Wanderers was so unexpected. After reading the synopsis I always play the guessing game, most of the time I get some bits right but not
Apr 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Oh. My. God. I am speechless. Literally speechless. I was completely shocked at how much I LOVED this book. The Wanderers was NOTHING what I expected it to be, in an awesome way. I can't say why without ruining the best part of the book, but there were a number of twists that I NEVER saw coming. I was invested in the story within a few pages and it just kept getting better and better as I kept reading.

Ella was a typical teenage girl, eager to get out from under her overprotective parents and s
Nov 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I received this book direct from the author in exchange for an honest review.

The Wanderers! WOW!

This is certainly a gripping book that has you on the edge of your seat just dyeing to know what is going to happen next.
I could not put this book down. However to begin with I was like ok... where is the wow factor??? Chapter one - two - three > I was like okay this is all right But! Then suddenly it wooed me! and i loved it...

This is not your normal vampire series. It's nice to have a different tak
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
I first want to say a HUGE thank you to Jessica Miller for allowing me to read and review her book. I have to say I love Paranormal books but I also love books that have a message and in this book the message is that no matter what happens in life as long as you have true friends you can make it.

Ella is excited to be starting college. She has had a rough year. The death of her boyfriend Kyle in a car accident. Then her dreams she has been having. So Ella is excited that her and her best friend J
Ericka Katwal
Jul 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
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This is a New Adult novel about family secrets, who to trust, betrayal, and love. I started reading and could not put it down. I enjoyed it so much. The characters in the story I was able to connect with when I'm able to put myself in the book with the characters that is a plus. The only thing that I would have to say about this book is for me it dragged the whole time until towards the end. It wasn't a bad thing but I
Jun 08, 2015 rated it liked it
I was given this book for an honest review.

The book follows a troubled girl names Ella who is just looking to move past the tragedy in her life. She wants to go to college and start new, but the past will always come back.

She's faced with the harsh reality that the person in her nightmares is true and soon she'll have to deal with him.

I truly liked Ella's character. In the beginning of course I felt her broken and weak, but you could easily see her growing as the book went along. There was no
May 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
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The Wanderers is a gripping paranormal that leaves you yearning for more.

After the tragic death of her boyfriend, Ella longs to get far away from her family and the constant reminders that engulf her. She also hopes to escape the haunting dreams and the nervous feeling she has that someone is always watching her. Selecting a college in Vermont, thousands of miles from her home in California, Ella is eager for a fresh start. Finally, the nightmares have subsided and besides the obnoxious self abs
Dec 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Starting off the summer watching her boyfriend burn to death in a car accident was not something Ella would have wished on anyone. Trying to continue with her life she and her best friend prepair for college on the east coast. What she wasn't expecting was the magnetic connection she felt for Tristan, a bigger playboy than even her brother. She wants to hate him but when he opens up there's just something about him she can't ignore.

But with dreams that are more like nightmares and brutal murders
Samantha Eso
Jan 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The Wanderers is a Major MUST READ!!!!!! The YA novel is amazing. It was filled with romance and suspense and some humor. What made me fall in love with this book was the way the characters specifically lead characters Ella and Tristan acted. Normally the lead female character gets mad at the lead male she gets over it quickly and lets everything go because the male is so dreamy. This was not Ella, she stuck to her convictions and held out. Tristan for the most part had to really work for her fo ...more
Sara Baker
Jan 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I received a digital copy of this book for a honest review. Thank you so much l to author Jessica Miller.

At first I wasn't so sure about this book, but the author and character Ella quickly won me over. Although I will say that Ella did aggravate me quite a few times during the book. She was very very dramatic. One minute she was hot, then the next minute she was cold.
At the beginning of the book she seemed very adult...more so than Josie, but as the story went on she seemed to regress.
Her att
Mar 25, 2014 rated it liked it
This book was a solid ‘like’ or 3 stars for me. Ella is the main character who unbeknownst to her is ½ vampire. I won’t give away all the things that happen to her but the book kept me interested and wanting to keep reading to see what happened next. Even though the book focuses on the events that happen to Ella, I got a great sense of her family and really enjoyed the multiple characters in the books. You know how a minor character that really should BE more in a book, but are flat – I felt tha ...more
Ramona Plant
Jan 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
The concept of a topic often written about, is different from the ones I have read to date. I don't like to give away spoilers and let people discover the secrets of this book on their own.

Jessica does a thorough job developing her lead character Ella, Tristan and Josie. Most of the book is really focused on developing the characters, not as much scenery and some plot. Josie and Tristan are both rather straight forward, however Ella I struggle with a little bit. She makes one bad decision after
Dec 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: r2r
I was given this book in exchange for an honest review for LoP. This is a review of the first 2 books of the series. The author grabs us and pulls us into the life of young Ella from the very beginning (first book). The story is touching and the characters believable. It moves along fluidly most of the time. Sometimes we get a little information overload which could be presented better. A little too much alcohol consumption by underage juveniles for the YA audience in my opinion. In reality they ...more
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“That's it. I had enough of your abuse,” Tristan said, wrapping his arm around my waist and pulling me back down on the bed. I screamed as he tackled me. We wrestled back and forth, laughing. I found his tickle spot giving me the advantage, but he was fast and kept getting the upper hand. He had me pinned with my arms above my head and his body pressing down on mine. I stopped resisting, but he didn't let go. He was panting and smiling over his victory. He stared deep into my eyes making my heart race.” 1 likes
“Ella, I think it's best if I go,” Tristan said a little scared. “Besides, I don't really want to make him mad,” he whispered. I knew my dad heard him by the smile on his face. I glared at my father, turned back to Tristan and pulled him in for one hell of a kiss. His arms flailed at his sides refusing to touch me. Tristan managed to pry me off of him and he pulled back blushing. He had fear all over his face when he looked at my dad.” 0 likes
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