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The Untimely Deaths of Alex Wayfare

(Alex Wayfare #2)

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  218 ratings  ·  37 reviews
As Alex's sister loses the fight against cancer, a race for a cure sends Alex traveling back and forth through time, dodging enemy Descenders who seem to know Alex's every move before she does. Realizing her enemies have privileged information, Alex fears there is a traitor hiding within the small band of allies she's grown to trust.
A traitor who might bring Gesh straigh
Kindle Edition, 228 pages
Published April 26th 2016 by Diversion Books
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Echo Yes. This book happens directly after the first one and references events from the first book. You need to read the first one.
Jessica (The Psychotic Nerd) The first book is being re-published in April by Diversion Books, so I'm assuming that they are also going to pick up the next book!
I guess they also …more
The first book is being re-published in April by Diversion Books, so I'm assuming that they are also going to pick up the next book!
I guess they also redesigned the cover, so now they won't match :(

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If I'm honest with myself and the rest of you, I'm going to have to say that I didn't expect much from this book.
I read the first book around when it came out, give or take a few days. I was extremely excited and extremely let down so when news trickled in for this book, I was wary.
(Go, Cookie!)
The rating I'm giving this falls under GR's "It was okay" because there's not much to really say about it. I thought I could expect Alex to grow up in this novel, but she still seemed childish. She consta
Feb 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a hard one (for me) to review without spoilers, but here goes...

If you loved book one, you will love this one. Maybe even more.

It has all of the edge-of-your-seat time-travely action, and swoony romance book one had, and then some. M.G. Buehrlen leaves no question unanswered, loose end untied, or heart-string yanked. I thoroughly enjoyed the new characters and I really wish more books were in the works. It would be fun to read some of the other Descenders' life stories. :coughs: Levi :co
La Coccinelle
Mar 17, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult
I'm so disappointed. This book had the potential to be amazing, but it fell so flat. I've been waiting for this sequel for a couple of years now, wanting some resolution to the cliff-hanger ending of the first book. Not only was that cliff-hanger never really resolved, but the ending of this book reads like the end of the series. Not cool.

Please, dear author, I want some more...

The premise of this series is what I found so intriguing about the first book. A reincarnating time traveller in th
Jan 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Well - I didn't think it was possible to like the second book in this series any more than the first - I was wrong.

Alex is now a little wiser, more mature, and very aware of what's expected of her. She also knows what she wants and refuses to be anyone's pawn. With her dying sister, time-travel missions, boy problems, and attempts at figuring out who's an ally and who isn't, Alex has enough on her plate to make your head spin.

With heaps of action, heartwarming family moments, new missions, and a
Apr 25, 2019 rated it liked it
Rating: I liked it 😊
2019’s around the year in 52 books challenge: #34, A book with a person's name in the title

I liked it but in this one the lack of development of the concept and world building became more evident. The novel was filled with convenient plot devices, deux ex machina resolutions. The romance became annoying, not much happened and there’s no real resolution to the overall arc, I guess it had (or has) more books planned, but to this date there are only two, so the ending is open.
Mar 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I was so happy I was able to get an early copy of this book at the SEYA Book Festival.

I absolutely loved the first one, it drew me in all the right ways. Not only is this book series interesting, it made me grow to be very attached to its cast of characters.

I love the character of Alex Wayfare. She is so determined and cares so much for the people in her life.

Once again, I loved how time travel is explored in this novel and how Alex has the skills of the people from her past life, that is just s
Jess Crafts
Apr 25, 2017 rated it liked it
So. This is a good book. I wanted to start by saying that before I explain my very biased rating. Because I am aware enough to know it’s kind of unfair but I’m not changing it. There is a betrayal in this book. And I feel betrayed. Its as simple as that. The end of the first book promised me something and I never got it. I don’t like when that happens. I was expecting a certain kind of sequel and this wasn’t it. It was good but it wasn’t the book I was expecting.
Sep 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this series so much and I want more of it. Someone please tell me that there is going to be another book, not having another book is unacceptable.

The Untimely Deaths of Alex Wayfare is the second book in the Alex Wayfare series and Buehrlen has done it again. This book is just as wonderful as the first book in the series, if not more so. This time around we know a lot of the main characters and we are only introduced to a couple of new ones and we know the basics of this world so by now
Was that.... it? 'Cause if so, it was a pretty dang weak ending for this duology. I have serious trouble remembering if and what even happened that was ultimately of importance at all. I thought we'd be finding Blue in Base Life in this novel, but nope. There was barely even any time travel at all, there were two missions and one of them was barely explained and dwelled on. ... What? The revelations at the end came very abruptly, like someone had flipped a switch and I had serious whiplash (view ...more
Just as fun a read as the first, and a bit more mature and confident.
Ria Bridges
Jan 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Sequel to The Fifty-Seven Lives of Alex Wayfare, The Untimely Deaths of Alex Wayfare continues Alex’s story as she learns more about her ability to jump back into the bodies of her previous incarnations. Where the bulk of the first book involved Alex learning all this, discovering her part in experiments with people who can do the same thing, and trying to make contact with a boy she met in previous lives whom she calls Blue, The Untimely Deaths of Alex Wayfare focuses more on Alex’s desire to s ...more
May 05, 2020 rated it liked it
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Aug 11, 2020 rated it liked it
As much as I love the book 1. This book didn't satisfy me at all.

Okay I love it because Alex and Jensen found each other. But I feel like the story could go more.

I was so excited to know who and where Blue is but the story ended and Blue in the base life was never revealed. It was the book 1 cliffhanger ending. So readers were very excited what will happen to Alex and Blue love story!

I am sure everyone was disappointed on that part.
The book one love story about Alex and Blue was really cute. Bu
Jan 27, 2021 rated it it was ok
I went into this with low expectations, so I can’t really say I’m disappointed in it? I guess I’m more disappointed in myself for picking up this sequel after barely tolerating the first book... I definitely didn’t miss Alex Wayfare, and I know I won’t be missing her after finishing this book. Too much drama on her love life, not enough action-y time travel stuff. I don’t mind romance, but I do when the protagonist drones on and on and on about how much she can’t trust him and wants to find him ...more
Sep 25, 2020 rated it liked it
Alex is a time-traveler with the unique ability to jump into any of her fifty-six previous lives. Well, nearly unique: her soulmate Blue can pull the same trick. Alex is on the verge of finally meeting Blue in her base life, but is betrayed and thwarted. She has no time to root out the traitor, though, because her sister's cancer takes a turn for the worse and only a mission to the past can save her. Seems to be the end of the series; if so, it chooses entirely the wrong plots to wrap up and lea ...more
Mar 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
I'd forgotten how much I enjoyed the first installment of Alex's story but now that I've finally read the second and last part I just remembered, and I'm so glad I decided to buy it. I like how the story is a bit different from what I'm used to while at the same time being pretty similar. I enjoyed learning more about the characters and getting to know some new ones. It's also pretty awesome to be transported to another age and place with Alex when she time travels, I love it, especially China. ...more
Jenn Hill
Nov 11, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: enjoyed
Books are powerful things. Our memories may fade, but the written word lasts across lifetimes.

The author definitely spells out that this is not a series designed to have a happy ending. It's a series designed to make you appreciate what you have while you have it and to make the most of life.

Life isn't meaningful unless you are living it.
Mar 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
A nice ending, though not as good as book one. A bit predictable and the ending seemed really rushed.
Mar 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teen
Alex only recently learned that she's a Descender, one of very few people able to travel via soulmarks through time. But traveling via soulmark has certain restrictions, restrictions that don't apply to Alex because she's been reincarnated fifty-seven times. While other Descenders can only use any given soulmark once, Alex can travel her own past lives an infinite number of times.

That's a whammy of a discovery!

But there's more, in her previous life Alex escaped the very people who used her abil
Feb 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
great sequel

My kids loved both Alex Wayfare books. Highly recommend them. We hope there is another sequel. Both books would make great movies
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
3.5 stars

Though it’s been a couple of years since I read The 57 Lives of Alex Wayfare, I actually managed to get through the sequel without a reread of book one. Of course, I’d read that book twice, so maybe it’s not the herculean feat I feel like it is. The Untimely Deaths of Alex Wayfare is a solid sequel and will definitely please fans of the first book.

The one thing that I was missing in my reread was my grasp on exactly how the time traveling works; that much specific, detailed recall is ju
Feb 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I have been eagerly waiting for this book for 2 years, and I'm happy to say I was not disappointed! Picking up right after The 57 Lives of Alex Wayfare left off, Alex's search for Blue in base-life is an all-consuming need. She doesn't know who she can trust but she can't do it alone, so she takes risks. Some work, but not all. Each stumbling block in her path is more deadly, and Blue just seems farther away.
Then, Alex's sister takes a turn for the worse and this throws Alex into a tailspin. He
Apr 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016
This book! So many feels! I am always hesitant reading a sequel because they aren't always as good as the first but Ms. Buehrlen picks up right where the first book left off and it is action packed until the end. The main character, Alex, continues to travel back in time. This time to try and find a cure for her sister dying of cancer and she finds her soulmate, Blue, again. There are some problems that occur and Alex has to make some difficult decisions. I just love this series. The author told ...more
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Sep 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is a great second installment of the series. It can stand alone, but is best read in order by reading "The fifty-seven lives of Alex Wayfare" first.
This book brought a few interesting developments with it and now I can't wait for the next one.
It is gripping and heart wrenching at times.
One little thing, a timing belt takes more than a few minutes to change - more like several hours actually. A mechanically minded editor would have picked that up. But the author needs to make sure that the
Oct 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm still weirdly smitten with this series. And when I get halfway through, I end up reading far into the night (like I am right now) until I finish it.

If you liked the first one, you'll like the sequel. It's a faster read--it's shorter and dives in quicker--but just as enjoyable. The historical rivets are exciting and well researched (but hey, I'm not a history buff!), and gave the series that extra hot pepper kick that it needed. Time travel books are hard, but I think Buehrlen did a great jo
Jul 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to MaykenAlanna by: Elisabeth Norton
This sequel picks up where THE 57 LIVES OF ALEX WAYFARE ended. Trying to find Blue in Base Life, Alex is hunted by Gesh as she tries to find a cure for the cancer that is killing her sister. But there is a traitor who knows into which life she descends. Blue? Levi? Alex's sub Micki? And is Jensen only playing nice, or does she really like Alex? And how much time does Alex have left to find the answers? ...more
Apr 22, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: e-books
The sequel was a little whinier. And I was disappointed in the ending. While I appreciated the way things came together in a not too contrived way, I was hoping for more closure at the very end; if you read the book, you'll know what I mean. Still worth reading for the completion of the storyline. ...more
Karissa Goellner
It had been awhile since I read the first one so it was a bit hard for me to remember what all had happened at the start. That being said, these books would make such great movies! They're action-packed, timely, and yet have the spattered historical elements as well. I really love these books and home Buehrlen continues to write them. I ate this up from start to finish. ...more
Nov 28, 2016 rated it liked it
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Dec 27, 2016 rated it liked it
I give this one 3 1/2 stars. It is a pretty good continuation of the first book and while I like the way it ends for the most part, I think there was a lot left out of the ending. I don't know if the author has plans for another book or not but I definitely think there is still more to be told of this story. ...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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"Mary Jane."

"I was going to say Gwen.”
“During homeroom, before first period, I start a bucket list in one of my notebooks.
First on the list?

1) Eat in the cafeteria. Sit with people. TALK TO THEM.


And…that’s all I can come up with for now. But this is good. One task to work on.
No distractions. I can do this.

When my lunch period rolls around, I forgo the safety of my bag lunch and the computer
lab and slip into the pizza line, wielding my very own tray of semi-edible fare for
the first time in years.

“A truly remarkable sight.” Jensen cuts into line beside me, sliding his tray next
to mine on the ledge in front of us. He lifts his hands and frames me with his fingers,
like he’s shooting a movie. “In search of food, the elusive creature emerges from
her den and tries her luck at the watering hole."

I shake my head, smiling, moving down the line. “Wow, Peters. I never knew you were
such a huge Animal Planet fan.”

“I’m a fan of all things nature. Birds. Bees. The like.” He grabs two pudding cups
and drops one on my tray.

“Pandas?” I say.

“How did you know? The panda is my spirit animal.”

“Oh, good, because Gran has this great pattern for an embroidered panda cardigan.
It would look amazing on you.”

“Um, yeah, I know. It was on my Christmas list, but Santa totally stiffed me."

I laugh as I grab a carton of milk. So does he.

He leans in closer. “Come sit with me.”

“At the jock table? Are you kidding?” I hand the cashier my lunch card.

Jensen squints his eyes in the direction of his friends. “We’re skinny-ass basketball
players, Wayfare. We don’t really scream jock.”

“Meatheads, then?”

“I believe the correct term is Athletic Types.” We step out from the line and scan
the room. “So where were you planning on sitting?"

“I was thinking Grady and Marco were my safest bet.”

“The nerd table?”

I gesture to myself, especially my glasses. “I figure my natural camouflage will help
me blend, yo.”

He laughs, his honey-blond hair falling in front of his eyes.

“And hey,” I say, nudging him with my elbow, “last I heard, Peters was cool with nerdy.”

He claps me gently on the back. “Good luck, Wayfare. I’m pulling for ya.”
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