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The Photo Traveler

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3.90  ·  Rating details ·  189 ratings  ·  67 reviews
Seventeen-year-old Gavin Hillstone is resigned to being miserable for the rest of his life. Left alone in the world after his parents died in a fire when he was four, he was placed in foster care, which for him meant ending up in an abusive home with an alcoholic adoptive father.

Gavin’s only escape is in taking and creating images. His camera is his refuge from the
ebook, 1, 213 pages
Published February 20th 2013 by Fahrenheit Publishing (first published February 16th 2013)
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Lance Greenfield
Mar 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: time-travel
Poor Gavin! Everything in his life seems to go wrong for him. He lost his parents in a house fire when he was very young. He got fostered many miles from home by an initially very kind couple. Bang! It goes wrong again for him. His foster-Mum gets shot dead whilst trying to protect him in an armed robbery. This turns his foster-Dad's mind, and he becomes very cruel towards Gavin, whom he blames for his wife's death.

To top it all, he discovers that his paternal grandparents are still alive and
Apr 24, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Trish at Between My Lines
This review was originally posted on [Between My Lines]The Photo Traveler was so much better than I thought it would be. I think the awful cover is why I didn't read it sooner, the cover shouldn't affect my reading choice but it does! Call me shallow but as this book has to do with photography and the power of images, I do think a more imaginative and artistic cover would work well in its favour. Once I got over my cover snobbery, I was delighted to find that it had a very creative theme and an ...more
Feb 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scfy
The "Photo Traveler" is a captivating first novel by Arthur J. Gonazalez. My interest is captured when Gavin Hillstone escapes the abuse of his dysfunctional adopted family and searches for the grandparents he thought had abandoned him after the death of his parents. After Gavin learns of his ability to time travel using the images in photographs he finds himself in a whirlwind of adventure and mystery. But this unusual gift comes with a steep price - lies, betrayal and heartbreak from people he ...more
Olga Gonzalez
Started reading a few chapter last saturday night and couldnt put it down!!! Finished the last 2 chapters on sunday morning and excited and looking forward to the release of The photo Traveler....It is phenomenal!!!
Feb 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Loved it! Loved the humor! Love Gavin, loved the adventures! Gir wrapped up on it. Perfect for a mental escape!
Mar 26, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Photo Traveler was a great read and packed with action, intrigue and some romance. This is such a fantastic and unique idea; the characters were strong, the storyline fascinating and there were twists along the way that kept me guessing. I cannot wait to read The Peace Hunter, part two.

Gavin Hillstone is an almost 18 year old boy that hasn’t had a very easy life for such a young age. His parents died when he was 4 and had believed there were no other living relatives. Put into the foster
Stephanie Ward
'The Photo Traveler' is a fascinating young adult paranormal novel that deals with the ability to travel through time via pictures. Gavin Hillstone leads a really crappy life and he knows it. The only solace he has is when he's taking pictures of beautiful things around him. One day, Gavin stumbles upon a secret - he is one of the last descendants of a group of people called Photo Travelers - people who can time travel through pictures. With his newfound ability awakened, Gavin finds himself ...more
Mar 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
WOW!!! Just WOW!! Photo traveling at its BEST! (How cool is that?) I never thought that I would LOVE this, it was FAR BETTER than I expected. It conveys a lot of emotions. I caught myself smiling, laughing, crying, getting pissed and feeling nervous at times. I was trying to figure out what will happen to the main character but boy, I failed! It was hard to guess because the story HAS A LOT OF TWIST AND TURNS. I love the MYSTERIOUSNESS and all that. I'm glad Mr. Gonzalez puts some historical ...more
Evelina | AvalinahsBooks
Why do most young adult books so oversimplify things? Like falling in love mutually within only 5 minutes.. Or feeling and acting absolutely naturally and affectionately with family members you have never seen and just met.. Things like this make me wonder how is it that any adults read this stuff at all (young adults or not).

The thing that attracted me to this book was the concept of the plot which remains good, but the book just has too many typical YA flaws. However, since most of the grudge
Dark Faerie Tales
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales.

Quick & Dirty: “If you had one shot, or one opportunity, to seize everything you ever wanted in one moment, would you capture it or just let it slip?” -Eminem

Opening Sentence: What do you do when a sudden gust of wind forces your boat totally off course and into the unknown?

The Review:

As far as the main character in this title, Gavin Hillstone is concerned, life pretty much sucks. He was put in the foster care system at a young age after the death of his
Jul 07, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The divide between literature for older children and literature for adults has gotten much smaller than it once was, in the past decade; and the gap between books intended for adults and those intended for teens is smaller still. In the sci-fi/fantasy genre it is perhaps at it's smallest; with adults devouring the latest Harry Potter,/Twilight/Hunger Games books along with their kids. The Photo Traveler by Arthur J. Gonzalez is a novel that is classified in the YA (young adult) or teen genre. ...more
Mar 09, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: blog-review
I’m a fan of science fiction and as a historian, time travel plots can leave me rolling my eyes. When I came across Arthur Gonzalez’s The Photo Traveler, I was a bit unsure of how to proceed, but within the first three chapters, I was hooked and didn’t want to stop reading.

Life hasn’t been easy for seventeen-year-old Gavin Hillstone. His adopted father is a drunk and beats him and his adopted sister lies to get her way. They both blame Gavin for the death of his adopted mother and he lives with
May 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
A review copy was provided for an honest review. The Photo Traveler is an excellent science fiction novel that stands apart from the usual time-traveler plots. The central character of the story Gavin is a strong-willed and brave seventeen-year-old. He protects his family with everything that he has and makes difficult choices in order to keep them safe. There's many qualities about him that you can easily connect with. When I first started reading I told myself I was just going to read the ...more
Chrissy (The Every Free Chance Reader)
3.5 stars

Did I enjoy this book: I did enjoy this book. The synopsis drew me in as something different from anything I had read in the past. The Photo Traveler did not disappoint. I read this book every free chance I had.

I felt for Gavin from the get-go. I wanted him to get away from his adoptive father and move on to something, anything else. I had hoped that he would find some family somewhere and that he did, along with so much more. Gavin found out he was a photo traveler. He can look at a
Mar 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own, ebooks
I love the idea of traveling through time with a simple photo. That's what drew me to read this book. I love mixing photography with YA books. I'm a photographer and I love to read books, so that's why I love that. It didn't take me long to get into the story, I was fascinated by what would happen next. It's only the 4th male author I've read a YA book from. I'm definitely used to female authors and the main characters in the female perspective, but I try to keep an open mind. Also, I really ...more
Marked By Books
May 02, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The concept for this book is pretty incredible. A group of people called photo travelers have the ability to travel through time and space via images that they find. So let's say that you have this newspaper clipping with a picture on it. You say a few fancy words, and then suddenly you're sucked into this vortex-like thing, and next thing you know, you're standing right in the middle of the image you were looking at in the time it was created. Sounds pretty cool, right?

Well, yeah. That's
Feb 25, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Time traveling through photos… I wish I could do that! This is a unique idea that the author did a nice job at explaining well and making it believable. While reading I kept trying to decide where I would want to jump back to in time and what photo I would use. I have yet to decide on this because I just can’t make up my mind, but boy would that be cool.

The Photo Traveler is about Gavin, a teenager who is just trying to find his place in the world. I connected with Gavin, and that my friends is
Nov 24, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Originally posted at The Solitary Bookworm

To this time, allow my travel. Take me there, let time unravel.

Gavin is a time traveler. A fact that he just recently discovered but unlike some time traveler though, Gavin’s gift particularly focus on traveling with the use of photos or any image. Gavin didn’t always know about this gift though, but when he found out his life became more complicated than it is. Growing up Gavin’s life wasn’t always as miserable but it all started when his foster mom
This story looks at time travel from a very unique perspective. Rather than using your traditional standing-stones or circles, and not based upon ley-lines, instead these few time travelers are able to jump from where they are into any photographer. The trick is that it must be a photograph, not a drawing or a painting, but a real photograph that hasn't been digitally manipulated. (Though the issue of digital manipulation in a photo has not yet been brought up - either because the author hasn't ...more
Judy & Marianne from Long and Short Reviews
Originally posted at:

Time travel has always fascinated me. While it sounds totally fascinating and like it could be fun, I would view it with great trepidation if it were available. “Safe” is not word that is synonymous with time travel.

Gavin is seventeen years old before he even realizes why photography appeals to him so much. And his first photo travel on his own almost got him killed…

Mr. Gonzales does a nice job of creating a different world where
Gavin has had a miserable life. Losing his parents at a young age, he ends up in foster care and then adopted. He was loved in that family until the day he received yet another loss- his adoptive mom was murdered and his adoptive father becomes even worse - drinking and beatings. One day he discovers he has living grandparents and strikes out to find them.

One would think that life can only go uphill from here for Gavin. He does find his grandparents and now has a loving family but also now knows
May 05, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Photo Traveler was a highly entertaining read with lots of innovative ideas. It's a young adult book with lots of action, a nice love story and big heart. I'm always up for time travel stories that's why I also enjoyed this one.

As the blurb is pretty detailed, there shouldn't be anything more revealed about the plot. So, let's focus on the characters. I have to admit that I had a hard time relating to Gavin as the main character. I don't understand most of his actions and some thoughts he
Lia Burres
Mar 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one book that I'll be looking forward to the next one. It literally had me wanting more!
The book is about a 17 year old boy, Gavin, that was given up by his grandparents after his parents died in a house fire (supposedly). His adoptive mother died while protecting him in a robbery and his adoptive father became violent and a drunk. Jet, his adoptive father, was very abusive to him and took all of his anger out on him. In their last real fight, Jet let something slip. Gavin decided it was
Mỹ Khương
First and foremost, I'd like to give many thanks to Arthur J.Gonzalez for kindly sharing his e-version of The Photo Traveler with some unfortunate readers like me. Therefore, I urged to myself to write a review as honest as possible for this book.
Firstly, bravo for the creative plot and fresh ideas. This storyline is ways different from other books' of the same Time Travel genre.


Next up, the language. Very light and easy to read. No sophistications, yet I like the simplicity of it.


Then boom,
Jes Hindley
Mar 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Jes by: Arthur Gonzalez
Shelves: ya, 2013, giveaway-win, kindle
I was drawn into this story from the first paragraph. You could tell the torment behind Gavin's actions even in the opening scene where his "sister" ignores him and subsequently causes him the torture that follows. Right after that episode gavin discovers that he still has grandparents living across the country and he hightails it to the bus station and "gets the heck out of Dodge". I think that those actions are fairly believable and I appreciate the fact that Gonzalez gives us backstory about ...more
May 01, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gavin has a hard life. And his new foster home, with an abusive and alcoholic dad is just making it all worse. His life to him, is doomed from the start. But he finally finds refuge and happiness in his pictures. Gavin is able to escape his miserable life through his pictures. He finds them to be sort of a home to him and they are always welcoming him. He's able or get a new perspective on his life and he learns from the photos and stories.

I liked this book. It was very well written and I loved
L.J. Capehart
Dec 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was drawn to read this after reading the description. Its a neat concept-to travel through time with the use of a picture! It may be a first book by this young man, but it was very good! I found myself looking forward to finding time to read so I could find out what happened next. The story is full of action, with characters that I want to read more of, and I'm looking forward to the sequel...I hope it doesn't take too long to write!
I was given a copy of this through Story Cartel in exchange

The book ended on quite a cliffhanger which for me is was ugh!!! I so hate books when the do that but I understand ( Well I try to why it has to be done I'm anxious for book 2

I would recommend this book to anyone who loves Time Travel in books cause this one will blow you away!!! It has the right amount of Sci-Fi Fantasy without out being unbelievable its such a fresh read.
Sherri Lewis
Feb 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Wow..... I just finished this book, and my first thought was "No! I don't want to wait for another book to see how it ends!". It was that good. Action packed, page-turning, don't want to put it down kind of book. If you enjoy suspenseful science fiction/fantasy types of books, then make sure to add this to your must-read list. I am anxiously waiting to read more from this author!
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