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The 57 Lives of Alex Wayfare

(Alex Wayfare #1)

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For as long as 17-year-old Alex Wayfare can remember, she has had visions of the past. Visions that make her feel like she’s really on a ship bound for America, living in Jamestown during the Starving Time, or riding the original Ferris wheel at the World’s Fair.

But these brushes with history pull her from her daily life without warning, sometimes leaving her with strange
Paperback, 324 pages
Published April 14th 2015 by Diversion Books (first published March 3rd 2014)
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Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies
“I thought we were supposed to use time travel to help people,” I say. “I thought that’s what I did.”

He wheels around and aims a finger at me. “That’s not what you did. You played dress-up while you chased after some ridiculous teenage fantasy. You can’t make that much of an impact on the past. You can’t fall in love.”
I guess this is what you would call speculative fiction, because try as I might, I can't really make much sense of this book. There is plenty of time-hopping, as well as a supp
Rashika (is tired)
***This review has also been posted on The Social Potato

The Fifty-Seven Lives of Alex Wayfare was an interesting book to say the least. There were some things that nagged on me but in the end, I couldn’t help but enjoy it. I suppose I am being generous with my rating but I cannot bring myself to lower it because most of the things that bothered me didn’t have a major effect on my reading experience.

“I liked being me. I liked being invisible. Nerd glasses and all.”

Alex is not a wowza female l
2.5 I guess, because I'm feeling generous.

I was trying to place at which point the plot of this book begins and it occurred to me that it's at about 80%. Literally nothing of actual importance or any plot advancement happens until then.

Large portions of this book are spent infodumping the very confusing past lives/time travel gimmick. For the amount of time spent trying to explain what this is and how it works, you'd be amazed how confused you still are when all is said and done. It's all very
“I never expected The Fifty-Seven Lives of Alex Wayfare to be as good as it was. It took me completely by surprise and turned out to be quite possibly one of the best novels from Strange Chemistry books to date. Forget popular books like The Hunger Games & Twilight, M.G. Buehrlen’s debut novel is something that every young adult fan should read.” ~Bane of Kings, The Founding Fields

"For as long as 17-year-old Alex Wayfare can remember, she has had visions of the past. Visions that make her fe
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
I was lucky enough to get to read the unedited draft of this, and it was already a delightful read. Science fiction, humor, pop culture references, action, and a smidge of romance. What more can a girl want?

Obviously, there could be quite a lot of changes, but I only envision this getting better! Very excited about this series and getting to check out the finalized version. :-D

Update on reading of the finished copy:

In the interest of full disclosure, you should all know that the author of The 57
Rating:I enjoyed it a lot 🤗
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This book isn’t perfect, it has its problems it’s biggest one being it’s lack of world building, but it was exactly what I’ve been looking for in a time travel story, so I enjoyed it a lot.

This is the story of Alex, a girl that has been suffering from some sort of déjà vu since she can remember. Because of this, she doesn’t socialize, afraid of anything that might tri
An Electronic Advance Reader Copy was provided by the publisher via Edelweiss for review. Quotes have been pulled from an ARC and may be subject to change.

Alex is a descender, someone who reincarnates into other lives and can move back and forth in time, traveling wherever she may please. She thinks she's a freak and her classmates bully her for being different. When she starts to see a psychiatrist and she tells her information to the places she has seen and been, she realizes that it might not
Jan 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing

Publisher: Angry Robot
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ISBN: 9781908844941
Genre: Fantasy
Rating: 4.9/5.0

Publisher Description: For as long as 17-year-old Alex Wayfare can remember, she has had visions of the past. Visions that make her feel like she’s really on a ship bound for America, living in Jamestown during the Starving Time, or riding the original Ferris wheel at the World’s Fair.

Review: Why o’ frickin’ why do publishers put bad cover-art on the best novels? Espe
Annette (booknerderie)
May 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I've had this on my TBR list since Netgalley turned me down for it *gives stink eye* but didn't buy it until this past weekend when I met MG at the RT Convention. Not only was MG hilarious but she was kind and nerdy as well. I think she and I would be good friends but I digress. Knowing her personality, I wasn't at all surprised to find that our MC, Alex, possessed the same qualities. Alex Wayfare isn't your typical YA character aside from being a teenager. She's someone you'd actually want to b ...more
May 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I cannot wait for all of you to READ this book! :)
Samantha Daly
Sep 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
*Received from publisher in exchange for an honest review*
Originally at The Secret Life of a Bookworm

The Fifty-Seven Lives of Alex Wayfare was a book that I was excited for as soon as I heard about it. So, of course, when I saw a copy was available to request on Netgalley I jumped at the chance to get it. Thankfully, Strange Chemistry approved my request and I was super excited to read it.

The Fifty-Seven Lives of Alex Wayfare follows 17 year old Alex who has hallucinations. These hallucinations
Feb 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, 2014
I received this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. No compensation was given or offered to change the contents of this review.

Honestly, I expected to like this, but I did not expect it to captivate and blow me away. I was wrong. Miss Buehrlen first captivated my heart when she took me back into Chicago 1927 and we met Blue. Oh gosh. I was hooked from there. I was as bad as Alex. I just wanted her to get back there, no matter the consequences. Then Buehrlen to
Jun 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
I went to a Sarah Ellis colloquium the other day and she spoke a lot about writing reviews. She talked about what was expected in a review and how the reviewer is supposed to express the flavor of the novel first before talking about the mechanics of their experience reading the novel. And the review is supposed to be short and succinct. Of course, me being who I am cannot writing short things unless it’s an academic paper in which case, I will run out of things to say after the first paragraph. ...more
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I knew going in that THE 57 LIVES OF ALEX WAYFARE was probably going to mess with my mind, and in that respect, it didn’t disappoint. Time travel is always going to make for a complex tale that’s going to have you bending your brain around to make sense of who’s where…and when.

For all her self-deprecation, I liked the main character. Alex has a biting sense of humor and just enough snark in her thoughts and dialogue to occasionally have me laughing out lou
May 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book will have you on the edge of your seat. I can't wait for the world to read it! ...more
Kirstie Ellen
Before I start my review I would like to give a huge shout out to M.G. Buehrlen to thank her for a copy of this book, which I won from a First Reads competition. The book is now one of the most dear novels I have on my shelf.

To put it simply, the 57 Lives of Alex Wayfare is a ridiculously good book. Alex is a teenager who has been plagued her entire life with visions that suck her into the past, and are usually very real, and very frightening experiences. So we begin with her trying to find ans
La Coccinelle
Mar 09, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
I wasn't quite sure what to expect from this one. Time travel and reincarnation can be done right... or they can be done disastrously. This book fell somewhere in the middle. I think part of that boiled down to the fact that there are still a lot of unanswered questions... especially about the reincarnation aspect.

I liked the characters, for the most part. Alex is a bit different from the typical YA heroine, in that she's not annoyingly beautiful and perfect (while insisting that she's not with
This is the way my story begins. Not with a bang but a whimper. Nothing more than a calm voice, a careful smile, and a pair of spectacles perched on the tip of a thin nose.
But don't let that deter you. You'll be happy to know a bang comes in the end.

Really? Is there really a bang at the end? Because if there was I didn't really notice it. Maybe it's just that I can't remember it. In fact, I can't remember quite a few aspects of the book, least of all the ending. I can't even say that
Feb 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing

“This is the way my story begins. Not with a bang but a whimper. Nothing more than a calm voice, a careful smile and a pair of spectacles perched on the tip of a thin nose.”

If that doesn’t scream dystopian to you then I don’t know what does.

I went in knowing full well that it was Sci-Fi but when I read those lines I hesitated for a moment & thought maybe it was Dystopian with a just a smidge of Sci-Fi thrown in. So you’d be forgiven if you thought the same because it starts off the way mos
Jun 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
When I was much younger, I remember watching a movie entitled "The Reincarnation of Peter Proud" and was fascinated by the concept of reincarnation. Which then led to me reading Audrey Rose by Frank De Felitta and watching the movie adaptation starring Sir Anthony Hopkins (seeing him in anything is always a treat). I met the friendly and charming author of The 57 Lives of Alex Wayfare at Bookfest this year and after reading the synopsis, you know I had to snatch up her book.

Gosh, I really liked
Time-travel is a concept that has always interested me so it's no surprise that I felt the strong need to read The Fifty-seven Lives of Alex Wayfare. My interest also doubled upon finding out that this isn't just a time-travel book but also a book that tackles reincarnation. Time-travel plus reincarnation? That equation reeks of potential; a potential to be an epic story or an epic failure.

And I 'm glad to say that it's the former.

The Fifty-Seven Lives of Alex Wayfare is a beautiful book, both i
A Canadian Girl
The 57 Lives of Alex Wayfare by M.G. Buehrlen was a book that began with a compelling first chapter. However, as I further delved into the novel, the main character began to annoy me and the premise that the book was built upon became confusing.

Despite the mean pranks that Alex pulls, I initially liked Alex because her confusion about her visions and desire to be normal felt very realistic. Over time though, it became clear that Alex is very much ruled by her emotions, which makes her prone to n
So this was one of my most wanted books for 2014. Mostly because I saw the name Alex (and was disappointed when I found out she was a girl) and because of time travel. Doctor Who really got me into time travel.
I was expecting a lot from this book. It didn't reach those expectations--all because of the main character and her ridiculous little antics.
I did not like Alex as a main character. She was impulsive and did whatever she wanted despite the consequences that would surely come afterwards.
Apr 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
Ironically, the thing I hated most about this book is also the part that had the best prose (in the book). The ending.

In summary, the ending was good but it was a hanger. I said good because I liked that the narrator was literally talking to the reader. I liked how it was delivered; but no one wants to be left hanging. I felt cheated because I liked the book and the story a lot and then I found out that I had to wait another year before knowing what's going to happen next. To be specific, who B
Nov 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Besides my irritation in regards to the adjective usage in this and my slight (extreme) confusion towards the end.. (but the explanations in regards to time travel never make sense to me) I really loved this one! It's definitely a new favorite and based upon how much I've liked the four Strange Chem books I've read so far I'm even more sad that the label is gone now :(

If you like modern time traveling / time travel to the past and independent female main characters, this one is for you :D
Mar 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2014
3.5 stars. I really liked that it was a different sort of plot. I'm left wanting answers but I don't even see where there is a 2nd book being published. I really hope there is, like a bad break up I need closure! ...more
Noelle (The Awesome Ninja Unicorn)
Jun 16, 2013 marked it as yeah-not-gonna-happen
This has the potential to be extremely awesome or exceedingly horrible.
Steysha Kravits
Nov 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: the fans of All Our Yesterdays
OMG, I didn't expect it to be sooo damn good! And THAT ending! It was cruel, miss Buehrlen. Can't wait to read the sequel.
Lenore Appelhans
This novel hits so many of my sweet spots: time travel, afterlife, a treasure hunt, twists, and a romance across time. A 2014 favorite.
Erleen Alvarez
Dec 10, 2013 marked it as to-read
I'm giving away an EARLY COPY of this book on my blog. Join and win this awesome new book here. ...more
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MG Buehrlen is the author of the ALEX WAYFARE series. She is a retired programmer, social media director, and tech junkie who co-developed, the largest social network for young adult book lovers. After too many years in the computer world, she now tries to live off-grid as much as possible, writing novels instead of PHP code and exploring the unbeaten paths with her husband and ...more

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“I thought I’d lost him – lost my chance.

But he didn’t push me away.

Instead, he slipped both his arms around me, slid his hands up my back beneath my coat, and gathered me gingerly against his chest. He rested his forehead against mine under the brim of his hat. Our breath mingled in the thin space between us.

“You had brown eyes,” he said.”
“Ma patched you up the best she could and got you dressed and in bed. I told her not to bother curling your hair, but she did it anyway. Made it easier for her to look at that knot at the back of your head.” He reached up and flipped one of my striped cotton curlers with his fingers. “Looks cute, though. Very John Philip Sousa.”

At first I thought he meant I looked like the heavily bearded composer on the cover of one of Pops’ old records, the guy who wrote all those patriotic marches the marching bands play during parades, but I shot him a playful glare when I got the reference. The red, white, and blue rag curlers. “Oh yes, I know, very Stars and Stripes Forever.”
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