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Jessa has spent her life dreaming of other worlds and writing down stories more interesting than her own, until the day her favorite character, Finn, suddenly shows up and invites her out for coffee. After the requisite nervous breakdown, Jessa learns that she and Finn are Travelers, born with the ability to slide through reflections and dreams into alternate realities. But it’s not all steampunk pirates and fantasy lifestyles—Jessa is dying over and over again, in every reality, and Finn is determined that this time, he’s going to stop it…This Jessa is going to live.

352 pages, Paperback

First published February 7, 2017

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L.E. DeLano

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L.E. DeLano comes equipped with a “useless” Theatre degree that has opened doors for her in numerous ways. Though mostly raised in New Mexico, she now lives in Pennsylvania with two adventurous kids and two ridiculous cats. When she’s not writing (which is almost never), she’s binge-watching Disney+ and planning road trips.

L.E.’s YA novel, BLUE, was named the 2021 SPARK Award winner by The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), a 2021-22 Gold Medal Winner for Young Adult in the Reader Views Reviewer’s Choice Awards, a 2021 NYC Big Book Award Distinguished Favorite in Young Adult Fiction, a 2022 Independent Press Award Distinguished Favorite – Teen, and was named 2021-22 Teen/YA Book of the Year by Reader Views Kids. Her debut YA novel, TRAVELER, was a Keystone State Reading Association (KSRA) Secondary Book Awards Finalist for 2018-2019.

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506 reviews273 followers
March 28, 2017
**I'm reviewing the ARC edition, which the lovely Swoon Reads gave to me.**


There is an interesting plot with dimension/reality-traveling. Not much happens initially, but the moment I read the middle, I'm a bit more invested, and when I reached the last quarter of the book, I'm literally at the edge of my seat. Like, WHAT THE HECK IS GOING TO HAPPEN NEXT - MUST FIND OUT NOW. So despite the slow start-up, I have to say that how the book concludes is just so tastefully done. This book is not afraid to go there. There are several plot twists that are honestly utterly shocking, and I'm impressed by them all. There are a wide range of responses/emotions that go through me in this last quarter:
-->I'm nervous with what's going to happen to our characters
-->I'm confused because WHO THE HECK IS THE CULPRIT?
-->I feel like crying a bit
-->My jaw is dropped like WHOA. WHOA. Did NOT see any of that coming
I'm ultimately feeling a bit scared, and quite hopeful. That epilogue is INSANE, but I'm left smiling because it's a clever, clever twist.

- Jessa, our protagonist, has reasonable responses, I think. She's empathetic, angry, distressed, etc. at appropriate places. I think it's awesome that she helps out her mom and she sees how tired her mom is. She's cool, but I won't say that I'm in love with her character (at least not yet). I just want a bit more depth. I feel like while she could be relatable at times, I don't reallllly know her. I want to find out more about her, and see some more developments. Hopefully, in the future books, we'll see how she grows as a person.
- Finn is sweet. He's more of a mysterious figure. He's from another reality/dimension, and has pretty much gone through hell. He doesn't like talking about it, which is understandable. I feel like we didn't really get to find out that much about him though - his past or even much of his interests/hobbies, besides the fact that he and Jessa have a strong connection. There are information on his past, but I want to know more. Anyway, I still adoreeeeee him though. He can still make me feel so much because that sweet boy has the saddest background story. He's also really caring and considerate to Jessa.
- Pirate Finn is sooooo charming. I love him. That's all I'm going to say here.
- Other characters: I like Ben, Jessa's best friend. He's good, supportive, and sometimes humorous. I also love Danny, Jessa's brother who is autistic. He's super sweet and cool. The mom is nice, hardworking, and caring - no complaints here.

I ship Jessa and Finn obviously. Ben is the other love interest, and he's a great best friend - I totally feel for him. However, Finn is a thousand times more endearing. I love the idea that Jessa is Jessa and Finn is Finn, in whichever reality they may be in, and they will love each other in any one of them. It's a romantic thought, but it does make me question the slight differences between one Jessa/Finn and the others. Overall, I wouldn't mind having more developments, but I find them cuuute.

Final Thoughts
I remember reading this book in Summer 2015 on Swoon Reads before it was picked to be published, so I technically knew the general gist of what was going to happen in this new version. The strange thing is that even though I remember what was going to happen, this book still managed to shock me to the core. The last quarter of it is really just THAT good.

I think this book, especially with how it concluded, perfectly sets up the sequel. I'm honestly excited for it because I have 0 clue on what is going to happen next. The suspense, the mystery, the emotions, the plot twists, the sweet romance - this book is a good first book (of a trilogy, I think). I'm giving Traveler 3.5 stars because I like it. I gave that extra .5 bump just because I am that amazed and impressed by the plot twists at the end. I also certainly see potential, and I'm looking forward to seeing how DeLano develops the plot and characters. It's a fun, crazy storyline.

NOTE: I forgot to add this in my 1st review, but while I was reading this book, I was confused on something about the plot. I am going to be SUPER confusing because I am not sure how to phrase this correctly - but OK I'm just going for it. If all Jessa's from every dimension are capable of being dimension-travelers. And if all Jessa's can officially travel to a dimension when they have recognized their power/have been contacted by their mentor. And if Jessa can only dimension travel to a dimension in which THAT dimension's Jessa is also already a dimension-traveler.

---Then why use our dimension's Jessa to travel to that dimension to enact a mission when that dimension already has their own Jessa with powers? Like, why must one Jessa dimension-travel to a dimension that already has a Jessa who is alreay aware of her powers and dimensions? Especially if the missions Jessa achieve are pretty basic. Think the butterfly effect. One thing can change everything - no matter how small the act. So her mission would be to spill a drink on someone. Why can't that dimension's Jessa enact this mission instead of our Jessa? She is occupying that Jessa's body and vice versa, and they are both aware of their powers, so it doesn't seem to make a particular difference to use another Jessa when you already have one. Hhmm I'm not sure if I explained myself well, but if anyone has answers, speculations, or questions - let me know. I am not sure if I am missing something here, or if this is a valid question for debate, but it was on my mind while reading it.

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That cover is so incredibly gorgeoussss. I CAN'T DEAL.

I can't wait to get to the part where I meet a certain pirate <3
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2,739 reviews711 followers
February 7, 2017
I'm quite picky about my time travel books, but I loved the premise of this book and was quite eager to start it.

Jessa is an interesting character. She's smart and friendly and is loyal to her family. I truly enjoyed being in her head. Yes, there were times that she was a bit whiny, but it makes sense with what's happening in the story. Ben and Finn are both great additions to the story, for different reasons. I'll let you find those on your own

The plot line is what got me. I was captivated from the very first time Jessa traveled and found myself laughing because I feel like I would have done at lot of the things she did when she got into a new Jessa. Especially the dancing.

Everything is quite fast paced and engaging. There is one thing I didn't see coming and one thing I'm furious about. However if the epilogue turns out to be what I'm hoping it is, I'm more than happy.

Overall, a quick and fun read. I look forward to reading the next book.

**Huge thanks to Swoon Reads for providing the arc free of charge**
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331 reviews1,371 followers
February 6, 2017
3.5/5 stars

Really enjoyed this one and I wasn't expecting to like it as much as I did.

Nothing entirely mind blowing but I found getting to learn the premise and these characters were fun. Plus I NEED that sequel because the epilogue got me hype for the next book.

If you've been wanting an easy to read YA book that features entertaining characters and time traveling, this is for you!
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740 reviews111 followers
February 5, 2017
3.5 / 5 Fangs

Traveler was a quick and exciting read that had me dying to get my hands on the next book. I really have no idea what the author is going to do next with these characters, but I am very excited to figure it out!

The main character, Jessa, was very easy to relate to. The author did a great job at making most of Jessa's responses to things genuine and believable. There were times when she got a little annoying and slightly immature, but it was understandable considering everything that she went through. I am hoping to learn more about Jessa in the next book and have some more character development because I feel like we have only scratched the surface on her character. Overall, I liked her character and I thought she was a fun person to read about!

Finn was very mysterious and hard to figure out, but it was easy to see that he was caring and very sweet. He seemed to be keeping a lot of things from Jessa, which made it hard for me to fully understand what was going on with him. However, I understood that he went through A LOT, so it is reasonable that he didn't want to talk about EVERYTHING. I really want to know more about him, though, because I feel like I didn't get the chance to learn a lot about him and his personality.

The plot of this book was soooo interesting. I loved the world that the author created, and I never wanted to leave the world. I am super excited to learn more about the world and see what more it has to offer in the second book.

There is what I would consider a love triangle in this book, which I spotted from the very beginning of this book. However, it got more complicated that I originally predicted, which was interesting. I do firmly ship Finn and Jessa, and I don't see that changing....hopefully. I don't dislike the other love interest, but I just think Finn and Jessa make a better couple. I thought their romance was so sweet! I will admit, the initial meeting between Finn and Jessa did come off as weird and sort of creepy. I thought Jessa was a bit too accepting of Finn right away, but I eventually warmed up to Finn and his swoony ways just like Jessa did! ;)

Overall, I thought this was an exciting, fast-paced, and enthralling book. I am looking forward to reading the next book in this series because I can tell this series has a lot of potential to be fantastic.

3.5 / 5 Fangs

*This ebook was given to me in exchange for an honest review. *

MrsLeif's Two Fangs About It
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1,069 reviews843 followers
February 7, 2017
2.5 stars. I might round up. For now, rounding down. *sigh* Baaahhh humbug.

***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

Traveler by L.E. DeLano
Book One of the Traveler series
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Publication Date: February 7, 2017
Rating: 2 stars
Source: ARC sent by the publisher

Summary (from Goodreads):

Jessa has spent her life dreaming of other worlds and writing down stories more interesting than her own, until the day her favorite character, Finn, suddenly shows up and invites her out for coffee. After the requisite nervous breakdown, Jessa learns that she and Finn are Travelers, born with the ability to slide through reflections and dreams into alternate realities. But it’s not all steampunk pirates and fantasy lifestyles…Jessa is dying over and over again, in every reality, and Finn is determined that this time, he’s going to stop it… this Jessa is going to live.

What I Liked:

I'm pretty upset about not liking this book. Actually, I've just finished the book and I'm very irritated, but I'm also upset that I didn't like it (and I blame the book, not myself). I see the appeal? I get it? Really it was the last quarter of the book that made me want to throw it across the room.

I received a galley of this book unsolicited from the publisher (and this did not affect my opinion in any way - clearly). I wasn't even going to read the book (because it was sent unsolicited, and I'd not heard of it before), but several bloggers convinced me that I would love it. I didn't (obviously).

Jessa has always had a wild and colorful imagination. She comes up with stories and writes them. Lately, her stories have been filled with a green-eyed boy who is always with her - right before she dies of some way. One day she looks up from a mundane task and he is real, and in front of her. It turns out, she and Finn (green eyes) are Travelers, and that all of those stories she came up with are actually memories from other versions of herself. What's more, all of those times Jessa imagined herself dying truly happened - those versions of herself, in other "realities", were killed. Finn is here to help with learn to Travel, and to figure out who is trying to kill her.

This book started off REALLY well. In fact, like I said, I was doing great until about the three-quarter mark. This is a neat concept and a cute story.

The idea is that there are multiple realities, and that Jessa is living in one, but there are other realities and other versions of her out there. They are all "her", but since the other realities are different, so are those other Jessa's. Same with Finn - he is Finn in every reality, but slightly different. Every time Jessa travels, she gets the memories of that Jessa, and the Jessa that switches gets her memories. I don't think I've read anything quite like that! Switching with another version of yourself to travel to that version's "reality" is so bizarre and neat.

I liked Jessa, and was cool with her for most of the book. She's funny and smart, a good student and a good sister. She is so cautious when she first meets Finn, because she doesn't believe him. But once Jessa catches on, she gets into Travel and likes it. Her favorite "reality" is a historical one, in which she is an heiress and she meets a pirate Finn. She really likes that Finn.

The "real" Finn that we know in this original reality is a charming, sweet guy. He's also a bit protective and a little bossy, but he's a good guy. I liked him and I thought he and Jessa fit well together, as a pair. They have quite a history together - in other realities.

I cruised through this book, and was really enjoying myself! Everything started to fall apart at a certain point and I really can't bring myself to have an overall positive outlook on this book. See the next section!

What I Did Not Like:

Two big things had my opinion doing a one-eighty: the romance, and the ending.

Now, the romance is actually supposed to be really straightforward. We have Jessa, and we have Finn. They pretty much have an instant connection, which makes sense, because other versions of themselves have fallen for each other in other realities (not that feelings in one reality affect other realities). Jessa falls for Finn and only Finn... the Jessa of the original reality.

It gets weird because Jessa Travels and switches with another Jessa. This other Jessa comes from a reality in which she's dating a guy who is original Jessa's best friend Ben. In the original reality, Ben has feelings for Jessa. SO, what do you think happens when Jessa goes into "other Jessa"'s reality, and "other Jessa" goes into "original Jessa"'s reality? Other Jessa makes out with Ben and it gets heavy. When our original Jessa comes back... she realizes that Ben thinks she's in love with him, blah blah blah.

This... this is a mess. It's such a mess and it's not even a love triangle? BUT IT IS, because technically that "other Jessa" IS "original Jessa"! They're different versions of Jessa, but they're all Jessa. "Original Jessa" has feelings only for Finn but she has all of the other Jessa's memories, including this "other Jessa" that dates Ben in the "other Jessa reality". And of course, what "other Jessa" does in the "original reality", "original Jessa" will know. UGH! This is so frustrating! Poor Ben! I feel terrible for him because it's not even Jessa that tells him she loves him (YES, THIS HAPPENS). It's "other Jessa" who is dating Ben back in her reality! AHHHHH! NO.

Messy, right? Love triangle but NOT a love triangle. Eventually, our original Jessa has to spill all the beans and tell Ben everything (including the part about another Jessa kissing him, and not actually her). But that doesn't happen for a while. Blech.

The other thing that killed this book for me was the ending. I know, I know, this series isn't over. But the ending is extremely heartbreaking and extremely permanent. I know the author drops a ton of hints in the story involving Jessa's favorite version of Finn, the pirate, but I'm not a happy camper with the ending. It was cruel and I'm not sure it really made sense to end the story that way... but what do I know.

Another smaller thing that I wasn't amused with was the lack of conflict? It felt like the book had no direction, for a while. Doesn't it sound intriguing that Jessa keeps dying over and over? Well, we never get to see or experience one of those deaths. Which makes sense, because if Jessa died, that would be bad for the story. But I thought that the whole death thing would be a little more pressing? OH and would you believe that a prophecy pops up in this book? And that Jessa is quite the special snowflake? I rolled my eyes so hard when I read this cheesy, cliche plot device. So random, so cliche, and so underdeveloped (in this story).

And for the record, pirates and ships don't appear nearly as many times as I was led to believe. A ship really shouldn't be on the cover, because it's not a good metaphor and actual ships appear, like, once or twice.

Honestly, I regret reading this book. I wasted my time. It was an unsolicited galley and I should have just skipped it and passed it along.

Would I Recommend It:

I personally don't recommend it but sooo many others have enjoyed this book, so if you're looking forward to reading it, give it a shot. If you'd never heard of it before, keep living your life. Like I said above, I'd been enjoying this book immensely, until about the three-quarter mark. It was really great! And then it took a huge nosedive (for me). I do not recommend the book, especially if you're like me and want HEAs and linear romances.


2 stars. I regret the decision to read this book. I'm not going to give it 1 star because I enjoyed more than half of the book. But trust me friends, one thing is enough to make a person want to throw the book at a wall (in this case, two things). I tried with this one, I really did!
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1,869 reviews73 followers
July 11, 2017
From the description, this book has everything I love in it:

Pirates ✓

Alternate worlds ✓

Delectable Book Boyfriend ✓✓✓

Said Delectable Book Boyfriend Comes to Life ✓✓✓✓✓

Totally sold on this book from the get-go!

It’s not a new theory that each time we make a choice, there is a split in reality as another version of us make a different choice and therefore, there are billions, gazillions, un-numbered alternate worlds out there. There are many books written about these too but probably not many of them are as fantastical as these worlds in Traveler. There is a post-apocalyptic world where the situation is so desperate that people are hunting people. There is a world full of everything shiny and sparkly with Glitter Mousse (yum!). There is a steampunk world with corsets and pirates! These are just my favourites out of the numerous alternate universes we were introduced in this book.

I like Jessa with her rather ordinary world turned upside down or is it rather right way up? Like any ordinary teenager, Jessa has her own share of troubles but they were nothing to what's coming her way. She is being hunted down in every alternate worlds though this time, Finn has come, determined to save this Jessa. We rarely see the other Jessas though as Finn puts it, Jessa is always Jessa whichever world she's in. We do see however different versions of Jessa's friends & loved ones including Finn and I must admit to like the pirate Finn more than any other!
Traveler is a fun read; not only do you get dozens of different worlds in the one book but the most important spin was that book boyfriend coming to life (can you just imagine?! btw, who would you pick?!). I was a tad disappointed that Pirate Finn didn't make that much of an appearance but *coughs* that ending... I absolutely can NOT wait for book 2!

Thanks to Pan MacMillan Australia for copy of book in exchange of honest review
Profile Image for Jessica (Goldenfurpro).
893 reviews253 followers
February 19, 2019
This and other reviews can be found on The Psychotic Nerd
I won an ARC copy of this book through Goodreads


I was so excited to read this book! A book with a protagonist that is a writer, her character comes to life, and IT IS ABOUT PARALLEL UNIVERSES!! HECK YES! Fun fact: Parallel worlds are one of my favorite things to read about. I find the idea of parallel worlds just so intriguing! Some parts of this book disappointed me, but by the end I was deeply immersed!

I had difficulty getting into this book at first. In the beginning, this book is very cheesy. Jessa is a normal girl who enjoys writing stories based on her dreams. One day, she literally runs into the man of her dreams and the character she writes the most about, Finn. He tells her that they are Travelers, able to travel through dimensions, and she is in danger. Part of my problem was that Finn played the cliche role of mysterious but attractive stranger in the beginning and, in the beginning, the book was feeling like your average YA book. It didn't help that we also had a huge info-dump at the very beginning of the book. But as Finn became more of a person and less of a cliche and as Jenna actually traveled to other worlds instead of being told about them, I found the book much more entertaining!

I really liked how DeLano incorporated the parallel universes. I found it interesting that Jenna traveled to the other worlds via mirrors and would then trade places with her mirror self. It was also slightly amusing how, when she returned to her own world, she generally find that her mirror self changed things (changed clothes, cut her hair, etc). We also got to see a wide variety of different worlds, some very different, some very similar to Jenna's world. Though, there were some worlds that were favorites of hers. I also thought it interesting how Jenna dreamed about the other worlds. There are still some questions I have about the worlds, because I always want to know more about parallel worlds, but I get the feeling DeLano will go more into detail as the series continues.

As far as romance, I wasn't exactly on board with it, but I didn't dislike it. Part of it could've have been that I didn't have the best first impressions of Finn, so it was hard to ship them. It wasn't bad though and I did like their relationship. It did kind of bother me that Jenna ignored Ben, her best friend, in favor of Finn. And I know it's hard to explain something as strange as parallel worlds to friends, but I wish she told him about the worlds. I do have a slight feeling that there might be a love triangle in the next books.

I am close to giving this book 4 stars, but because of my early misgivings, I dropped half a star. By the end of this book I was really enjoying it and based on the way the book ended I am really excited to read the next book! All in all, I do recommend this book and if anymore has trouble getting into this book, keep going! This book was a wonderful read full of parallel worlds!
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1,157 reviews161 followers
April 10, 2018
I was on a promotional blog tour for the second book titled Dreamer in this series. I was kindly sent digital copies of both books in exchange for an honest review! This was a title originally uploaded to the site Swoom Reads where it was selected for publication, the cover is what honestly drew me into reading Traveler as it displays a lovely fossil shape in the centre. I live towards the south-west of England, a few hours drive away from the Jurassic Coast (very famous for its shells and fossils!)

As this novel had one of my favourite elements (time-travel), I was super excited to dive into the adventure. However, my final thoughts of Traveler were that I felt a little underwhelmed with the storyline, despite the time-travel element. The main character Jessa is a high school student while also looking after her younger brother Danny who is autistic. When she meets Finn, a new student to her school, she quickly learns about Travelers and Dreamers and how she herself ties into them. Her best friend Ben isn't so sure about Finn so Jessa tries not to reveal secrets about Finn to Ben. Sadly, it didn't quite live up to my expectations. The constant switching back and forth between time made the pacing choppy. There were moments where I had to go back and read certain passages because I wasn't sure what was going on or where Jessa was. I did like the representation of autism regarding Danny, the dialogue was good and helped to tell the story.

Mixed feelings as a whole but I did choose to continue on and read the sequel Dreamer.
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353 reviews39 followers
November 16, 2017

A little different than when I read it last, but every bit as lovely <3 Without a doubt my all time favourite.

Original review posted at: acrossthebookiverse.blogspot.com


I knew just by reading the small synopsis that I was going to love this book and I'm thrilled that not only was I right, but it also was something entirely different from what I had gathered from the synopsis.

Basically, the story revolves around Jessa St. Clair or rather the many lives of Jessa St. Clair. Jessa it a normal, teenage nerd with a friend, Ben, who is just as nerdy, if not more nerdy. Jessa wants to be a writer and she has a knack for it too, she dreams to vividly and with so much detail that she can transform that and put it right on a page. So when a brown haired boy with green eyes starts appearing in her dreams, how can she not write about him? Things get odd when it turns out Jessa's dream boy isn't really a dream at all. Finn tells Jessa that she's a Viator, a Traveler, that can use mirror objects (including clear water, etc) to be transported into another reality. Through her adventures, Jessa learns that, while she might not be living large, she could have had it a lot worse in some of her other lives, but also that there's so much more out there than she had even begun to realize. There's just one twist, but I'll leave that to the reader to find out.

There's multiple reasons why this book was brilliant. For starters, kudos on probably one of the most unique story plots ever. At first, I kind of thought I had heard of something like it before, but boy was I wrong. Second, I can't help but love Pirate Finn, because he's just fabulous. Third, I love love love Jessa's relationship with Finn and it continually tore me apart through the whole book and will certainly continue to do so in future book(s). The ending just...I can't put it into words, but I know book 2 is going to be a good one for sure!

I am so excited that this is going to be published, so that I can buy it and make it look all pretty up on my shelves, but that's literally over a year away. Thankfully, if you act fast, you don't have to wait that long, because it is currently up on SwoonReads.com, which is quickly becoming the blame for my dwindling battery. Check it out before it's too late: https://swoonreads.com/m/traveler-boo...
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66 reviews12 followers
February 11, 2017
J'ai tellement aimé cette lecture ! Les personnages étaient, en apparence, assez clichés et j'ai levé les yeux au début MAIS malgré certains clichés auxquels on s'attend, ça a été une superbe lecture ! Jessa devient très attachante, elle est têtue et paraît vraiment "humaine". Quant-aux mondes alternatifs, je suis restée bouche bée ! C'est tellement bien pensé. Certains sont totalement fous, extraordinaires et super drôles, d'autres sont magnifiques, ou bien encore horribles et inimaginables. Le plot twist de la fin donne tellement envie de connaître la suite ! Bref un énorme coup de cœur pour ce livre ❤
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101 reviews36 followers
August 10, 2016
This was so good! I read the ARE and there were so many moments where the things that happened were so clever, and I really appreciated DeLano's creativity as an author. I loved the plot and the characters and the other realities! Plus, the cover is gorgeous!
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358 reviews143 followers
February 9, 2017
Originally Posted On The Sassy Book Geek

**** Thank you to Swoon Reads for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review!****

So this was a book that had an interesting sounding premise and while it wasn’t a complete disaster it was a lot more boring and confusing than I expected it to be.I can definitely see how this would appeal to others but it really wasn’t for me.

The Plot

First of all this book isn’t really about time travel, it’s more like traveling to alternate realities where you have an alternate self that you swap places with, so like I said it got confusing. And the pirate ship on the cover doesn’t really mean anything because there’s only mention of a ship at all once or twice and there are no pirates, one of the Finns is a privateer and that’s it. Just saying.

So the way this book started was completely boring and only at about 20-30% did it get a little bit more bearable to read through, I honestly almost DNF’d this because the beginning was so slow. Although while the plot and story proved to be interesting enough to finish it was still really underdeveloped and didn’t have any real conflict or direction for the longest time. It was sort of just a mess. I felt that the story never had much depth to it or complexity to truly captivate me.

There’s also the fact that I found this book to be pretty full of YA tropes such as insta-love, the Chosen One/special snowflake, and a love triangle. I was honestly pretty sick of it because every time I found a trope there was another right around the page, especially the whole Jessa is a special Chosen One instead of a normal Traveler. Like really? Come on.

In general I can’t really tell you WHY I kept reading except that it just got a little more exciting half way through and some of the realities Jessa visits were really interesting, that was about it. However, even though some of the realities were neat I thought that the overall action and adventure aspects were severely lacking. You can travel to alternate realities and what do you do? Go to a cafe and eat special desserts? Boring. I wanted way more excitement than was provided and definitely a lot more world building too!

Also that ending was just downright cruel and confusing! Unfortunately I can’t really get into it because of spoilers but I really didn’t like (or understand why) things happened to some of the characters.

One other odd little tidbit of information that drove me NUTS in this book was the fact that Jessa’s brother Danny apparently plays Super Mario and Mario Kart on his Xbox. NOOOOO! For those of you who don’t know, this is impossible because Nintendo only makes its Mario games for their own consoles and can therefore NOT be played on an Xbox. This bothered me because I felt that if the author wants to include something like this in her book she should at least know what she’s talking about……

The Characters

I actually quite enjoyed the characters in “Traveler” which may be the reason why I could bear to finish this book and rate it 2 stars instead of 1.

Jessa is a likable heroine and actually makes pretty sound decisions, she doesn’t really go around abusing her power or making stupid choices. I liked her narration style as well, I found it easy to read and enjoyable.

Finn was sort of just okay he definitely was a sympathetic character but overall there wasn’t really anything speculator about him for me. However, one of his alternate selves is a privateer (basically a legal pirate) and HE was pretty swoon worthy.

Then there’s Ben, Jessa’s BFF and also other love interest whom I liked a lot more than Finn because he just seemed like a nice, good guy. I really didn’t like how Jessa treated him unfairly a lot of the time though, make up your mind girl!

Then just a quick mention of Jessa’s family I liked that her mom was fair, hard-working, and just a good parent in general and I also liked that there was representation of autism with Jessa’s brother Danny.

The Romance

I actually kind of enjoyed the romance in this book apart from the very insta-love feeling and the love triangle. Sometimes the whole “destined to be together” thing works in books and sometimes it doesn’t, but in this case I thought it worked.

The thing that really did bother me the most was the love triangle because it was so pointless, I understand Ben having feelings for Jessa but come on we as readers all know he won’t win because Finn and Jessa end up together in every reality…so.

And I will say the romance and the characters got SUPER messy and confusing at the end, which is part of why I HATED the ending.

In Conclusion

While this book wasn’t what I wanted or expected it also wasn’t as bad as the beginning led me to believe it was going to be. It turned out to be just sort of a mediocre book for me.

What I Liked:

-The characters
-The romance to some extent
-Some of the alternate realities

What I Didn’t Like:

-How confusing and directionless a lot of the plot was
-Lots of tropes
-Lack of action
-The ending


I can’t really say I’d recommend this book at all, however, as I said earlier I can definitely see how this book might appeal to others it just wasn’t my type of book.
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911 reviews598 followers
February 11, 2017
I was definitely hoping I would enjoy this story but I'm still pleasantly surprised by how much I did! It's a really interesting parallel realities book, I loved the idea of the Travelers and the Dreamers. A lot of the world building felt a bit info-dumpy to me, which I didn't love. I would have maybe liked to see her being able to explore a bit more on her own or with Finn rather than just told so much about how it works. But it wasn't too bad because I did want to learn about how it all worked.
I really liked Jessa, the main character. She felt like a very normal, realistic teenager. I liked when we were given the chance to see her experiencing her other realities and imagining what it would be like if we were in her shoes, seeing things that were so different from our lives but still being the same person. I really liked that and liked that she reacted similarly to how I think I may have.
I didn't like But it wasn't a big enough deal to really make me dislike the book.
I think if you are interested in alternate or parallel reality/universe books, you should give this one a try. The concept is really interesting, the book is a really quick read, I enjoyed all of the characters, and there's a swoony pirate! And if that epilogue is hinting at what I think it's hinting at, then you bet I'll be trying to get my hands on a copy AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.
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393 reviews169 followers
February 13, 2017
To be honest, I did like this book a lot. Though there were definitely some things that just didn't make any sense, or the motivation behind it was lacking.

For example (which I will mark as a spoiler just because just in case, it's not too spoiler-y though fyi):

Pretty sure I could go on, but that's all that has come up for now haha.
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13 reviews
February 22, 2017
Great book by a first time author. started reading this book at 8:30 did not put it down until I finished it. Well I put it down to take the dog out, but other than that! Already looking forward to book two.
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60 reviews1 follower
February 11, 2017

You know a book is good when you don't even want to stop to write a review, but instead get online to hunt down when the next book is coming out. I absolutely loved this book!

Jessa is a Traveler with the ability to slip into different realities using any type of reflective surface. The only catch -- most of these realities also have a Jessa already in them -- with different life experiences and relationships. She's not the only Traveler either... Finn lost her once in his reality and he's determined to save Jessa in this new one.

I absolutely fell in love with the characters in this book. Jessa, Finn, her best friend and even her brother... they're all memorable in every reality! I loved the shifting dynamics between them. The author did a fantastic job with incorporating all of these realities and experiences into Jessa's current existence. It was incredible to watch her character grow and blossom with each new experience.

I'd probably rate this book 4.5/5. There were a few issues that kept me from giving this a solid 5/5. The world-building was very good without only a few small hiccups and inconsistencies. I don't want to give away any spoilers, but the inconsistencies drew me out of the story. Also, the writing in the first couple of chapters was a little awkward. I stumbled through the first part of the book, getting annoyed with some of the repetition and redundant internal dialogue of the main character. At one point, I counted the author using the word "I" five times in three sentences.

Thankfully, things smoothed out after the first few chapters and then I couldn't put the book down. The author has a gift for writing dialogue and letting the plot unfold naturally. This book is a fantastic fantasy adventure with lots of action, adventure, and even a bit of romance (and those awesome tingles) that will appeal to both young adults and adults.

I highly recommend this book for anyone looking for a terrific new fantasy series. As for me, I'll definitely be following this author and series. I can't wait for the next installment to find out what happens next!

This review was originally posted on The Novel Lady.

*Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy provided via NetGalley with the sole purpose of an honest review. All thoughts, comments and ratings are my own.
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824 reviews63 followers
March 30, 2018
I received an e-arc of Traveler through netgalley.

Let me start by saying I did not expect to finish this in one day. But that is exactly what I did. I adored every minute of this and had a hard time putting it down. Jessa learns she is a traveler. She can switch places with other versions of herself in other realities. Unfortunately someone is trying to kill every version of Jessa in every reality. This book reminded me a lot of Infinity by Jus Accardo. Though this reminded me of that this was completely unique and different. The traveling is so interesting and I have never read a book that uses time/reality traveling like this before. There are serious topics through out this book but also adorable and hilarious moments that had me laughing out loud and grinning like crazy. I honestly could go on forever but this was just a fun and fast read. Can't wait for book 2!
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1,856 reviews10 followers
February 8, 2017
An interesting story about writing time-travel and romance! Not to mention that the cover is amazing!
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261 reviews9 followers
February 7, 2017
**I received a free copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review**

I loved this book. I loved this book so much I read it from start to finish in 2 days and finished it at 5 a.m. and I need to sequel NOW!

Right, so basically this book is about Jessa St.Clair who has a vivid imagination and dreams, writes stories about the things she dreams and one day sees that the guy of her dreams (literally) is in the real world looking at her. Safe to say she was a bit freaked and totally hesitant to hear him out. I was totally on board with this book when I thought it was about fictional characters coming to life, but when I found out what was REALLY going on? Yeah, I was completely hooked.

Without giving away too much this story is about how Finn, Jessa's not so fictional dream boy, is in her world to save her from an unknown enemy. They have this amazing ability to travel between realities with the task to change things there to make something else happen, but they also use the ability to cruise around and just live different lives. Totally cool and definitely something I'd be down to try. Also, there is a very slight love triangle between Jessa-Finn-and-Ben, but it's kind of also not there since the love triangle only exists in different realities and then...well, you'll have to read to figure it out.

Anyway, this book hooked me from the first sentence because it was immediate action that definitely caught my attention and kept it up until the last page. There is definite suspense, some romance, strong females and just an all around adventure through different possibilities.

Another thing I really love about this book is that Jessa's older brother has autism and through this book the author explores how one has a relationship with someone with it, but it also presents the observation that science doesn't exactly know what causes it. How is this accomplished? Well, pretty simply since through travelling to different realities where in some her brother doesn't have autism and in others he has a different form. I personally thought it was really interesting.

Another thing I really liked is that even though Jessa traveled to different realities with different forms of herself, she is essentially the same, which to me was interesting because don't we all wonder who we are on a universal level? Like, doesn't everyone wonder what they would be like if they had been born in a different time or in a more dangerous world? It was kind of nice to me to have this idea that no matter what the outside circumstances, our core personality traits would be the same. I love that. I also loved meeting a certain Finn version *wink wink*.

The thing that is really fun about this story is that you don't know who is hunting Jessa until a few chapters from the end and you don't fin out WHY until the late middle. I love books that don't throw the villian(s) in my face and take away the mystery and I really love a story that keeps me guessing the entire time. I love that this story kept me curious and interested until the end, I love that I didn't suspect anything until the proof was thrown in my face.

I really loved this book, I really love the pace and plot of this story. I love how it is set up for a sequel in a way that has me CRAVING it now but also kind of content with where the story left off. I love this story and can't wait till the sequel comes out so I can lose sleep over it!

I rate this book 5 out of 5 stars and I highly recommend everyone pick it up when it comes out! Seriously, put it on your TBR list and get ready for an amazing ride!
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113 reviews16 followers
February 4, 2017
Jessa is a writer, and all her material comes from what she dreams at night. Or at least that's what she thinks until one day Finn, who plays a role in her every dream, shows up one day and asks Jessa to have coffee with him. He explains to her that they are both Travelers who can go through any surface they can see themselves in to alternate realities, and this seems like an amazing talent until Jessa is told that her other selves are dying one by one in each reality. Finn is here to make sure that this Jessa stays alive.

Can I just say that I fell in love with this book?! I haven't had a book hangover like this one in a long time. I was mesmerized by every alternate reality that surfaced, wanting even more details and time in each than was allotted in the plot. The realities ranged from fluffy goodness to dystopian extremes, all pulling the reader in to its own place. I loved reading about all the different Jessas and their own stories. And of course, falling in love with Finn all the way. This book not only offers romance but adventure and a feeling of desperation for it all to work out. Traveler left me wanting more, and I cannot wait to lay my hands on book two.

I rated this 5/5 and highly recommend.

I received this free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
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Author 8 books45 followers
February 10, 2017
This is a great adventure that explores the idea of alternate realities that can be reached through some kind of reflective surface. There are a lot of interesting ideas presented the most prevalent being the idea that our little actions and choices influence other's destinies. A really fun story.
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2,214 reviews11.7k followers
February 6, 2017
I'm actually quite pleasantly surprised by TRAVELER. It was a fun mix of traveling between realities and solving a mystery, all told with a really light, easy to read style. While it could have used a bit more development in the world, the system of travel and the characters, I enjoyed it for what it was.
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650 reviews35 followers
February 7, 2017
Traveler by L. E. DeLano is a YA sci-fi/fantasy time-travel novel filled with action, romance, and mystery. Featuring two main characters that I really adored and a plot that was unique and interesting from the start.

Jessa St. Clair dreams of other worlds and writes her dreams all down in her stories. One day, one of her favorite memories from her dreams, Finn, appears in front of her out of the blue. In real life. He's come to warn her that her life is in danger and he is there to prevent her from dying. Of course, Jessa doesn't believe a word he says. So, Finn calls for backup and this is when things become interesting.

Soon we learn Jessa and Finn are Travelers, born with the ability to slide through reflections and dreams into alternate realities and times. That Travelers switch with their other selves in the other realities, and then when they switch back they keep all the memories. Like Jessa, it took me a second to wrap my head around, but the concept is very interesting. Besides Travelers, there are also Dreamers, those who are in charge of keeping track of all the possibilities in all the realities. This alone, the entire world building and mythology, was magnificent for me. The imagery and all the details in the various realities definitely enhanced the story.

Plot-wise, the story moved well and kept me interested as we tried to unravel who was trying to get rid of all the Jessa's in every reality and why. Though I will admit, there were some parts in the story that kind of reduced my overall enjoyment (ie. not a big fan of love triangles, and the ending kind of gutted me), but I'm still glad I read it.

Overall, Traveler by L. E. DeLano was a great debut novel that set up the stage for the next installment and I look forward to reading book two. I would recommend.

(I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book I received from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.)
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471 reviews52 followers
March 11, 2017
Jessa has spent her life dreaming of other worlds and writing down stories more interesting than her own, until the day her favorite character, Finn, suddenly shows up and invites her out for coffee. After the requisite nervous breakdown, Jessa learns that she and Finn are Travelers, born with the ability to slide through reflections and dreams into alternate realities. But it’s not all steampunk pirates and fantasy lifestyles—Jessa is dying over and over again, in every reality, and Finn is determined that this time, he’s going to stop it…This Jessa is going to live.

Rating: 4.75/5 Penguins
Quick Reasons: GAAAAAH, why must you hurt me, book?!; entertaining, complex, realistic characters; TIME TRAVEL FOR THE WIN!; there's also a sort of mirror worlds/through the looking glass thing happening that I adore; I need book two, and I need it now--give it or risk a temper tantrum!

HUGE thanks to L.E. DeLano, Swoon Reads, Xpresso Book Tours, and Netgalley for providing me with a free digital copy of this title in exchange for an honest review! This in no way altered my read of or opinions on this book.

"Jessa, now you know that you exist in multiple realities. But the truth is, there are fewer and fewer of you every day."

"What's that supposed to mean?"

"It means," Mario finishes, "you're being killed off. One by one. Everywhere. In every reality."

I go cold inside. "Who?" I ask. "Who's killing me?"

Mario's face is full of sympathy, but Finn's voice chills me to the bone.

"I am."

I think the wounded penguin noises I made after this read might have been loud enough to scare the entire WORLD, guys. Seriously. My heart? Broken into itty bitty pieces I could never hope to glue back together. I need book two...and I mean NEED, as in I will not survive without it, as in I am putting the fate of my poor penguin soul in its hands. Which is probably not the best idea, considering it doesn't come out until next spring at the earliest. BOOK, WHY YOU HURT ME SO?!

Let's just...try to be rational and coherent for a minute, okay? There is something deliciously "through the looking glass/mirror-worlds" happening in this book that I adored from the get-go. I've always been a sucker for alternate realities/time travel (perhaps that's the daydreamer stuck in me?), so when I read the blurb for this book however long ago it was, I immediately knew I needed to read it. And as I hoped, I wasn't disappointed in the least! The plot is intricately-woven and beautifully done, a crescendo of action and emotions that left me a sobbing wreck at the end. I mean...what more could I ask of a book?!

"Maybe she has a thing for enchanted pirates," he says.

I press my lips together and glare at him. "Maybe she hasn't noticed your smell yet."

The characters and their relationships/interactions are fairly believable and complex. While there were a few moments of trope to be found, the drama of the plot and the intrigue of the mystery enthralled me throughout...and the use of alternate realities helped, in a sense, to keep me somehow grounded. I LOVED stepping through the mirror with Jessa, in fact, and seeing the different ways she "altered" in each place. And Finn.... I just.... Let's just not talk about Finn right now, okay? My penguin heart can't handle it.

Basically, I NEED BOOK TWO! And I need it desperately. I think I left a large part of my heart trapped in the pages with Jessa, and I need the second book to retrieve them. Someone, PLEASE, give me book two sooner than next spring when it's promised?! PLEAAAAASE?! I definitely recommend this to lovers of time travel/alternate realities, complex and entertaining personalities, and fast-paced enthralling action. Take a step through the mirror with me, penguins; let's help save the world.
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606 reviews90 followers
December 26, 2018
(will be updated with quote once I'm back home)

I received this book as a gift through 2017's Christmas Book Santa!

The story follows Jessa, a high school student who loves to write. One day, while out with her friend, she is stunned to see someone she recognizes. One of her own characters, Finn - and he's not imaginary. He is real.

I liked the overall arc of the story and the idea of parallell worlds - and how Jessa and Finn can travel between them using reflective surfaces. I also liked the idea of them actually trading places with the Jessa and Finn of that world.

These aspects made it easy for me to get through the story, but I was not a fan of the many clichés. Maybe I'm getting too old for this type of YA-books, I don't know, but high school romances are vanishing from my TBR-list. I also felt like Jessa might have fallen a bit too fast for Finn - though, honestly, if one of my own characters suddenly walked up to me in the street... alright, fine, I would probably have ended up reacting in the same way.

What I really liked about this story was the ending. It was fast-paced, unpredictable and with a good twist. Which definitely makes me want to read the next book, despite the average rating!
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5,220 reviews462 followers
March 1, 2017
*Source* Publisher
*Genre* Young Adult, Science Fiction
*Rating* 3.5

*My Thoughts*

Traveler is the first installment in author L.E. DeLano's Traveler series. Meet the story's protagonist Jessa St. Clair. Jessa is a girl who is trying to figure out things for herself & her future. She wants to become a writer, or a journalist, and travel. But, the most curious thing about Jessa is that she's been dreaming about a boy with dark hair and green eyes. A boy who mysteriously appears to warn Jessa that she's in danger. This stuns Jessa because she never would have imagined that any of her dreams could possibly be true were it not for Finn's arrival.

*Full Review @ Gizmos Reviews*

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2,420 reviews321 followers
December 21, 2019
I really enjoyed the premise of this book, but there were certain plot points, one of which came off as love triangle-like, disappointed me. It ended on a huge cliffhanger and I want to read the second book, but I'm hoping it gives more information than this one provided.
I received an ecopy of this book through Netgalley; however, my opinions are my own
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631 reviews60 followers
March 12, 2017
Review to come!

Update 3/12/17:

See more reviews on my blog Novels and Necklaces

Actual rating: 3.5 stars

I was going back and forth between 3.5 and 4 stars for awhile with this book because on one hand, I really loved this book, but on the other there were some predictable/run-of-the-mill aspects that I didn't enjoy as much. So overall, I decided 3.5 stars is my actual rating, but 4 is my Goodreads rating because 1) it deserves the round up, and 2) it's still an accurate rating for how I felt. There is a lot to love about the story, and I think it was an excellent start to the series. Ms. DeLano set up the story perfectly for a sequel, and wrote a story that many will enjoy.

I'm very picky when it comes to my time travel books. Time travel itself can go in so many directions (<-- see what I did there :P), and if the author doesn't write it well, unfortunately the whole book is a thumbs down from me. But Traveler is a great example of what a time travel book should be. It was simple, but creative. Nothing too overwhelming and very straightforward. Ms. DeLano does an excellent job at explaining and showing just how the time travel works. So automatically, this made the story that much more enjoyable for me. Her writing is also superb and the pacing is almost perfect. There were a couple times in the beginning where I felt it was slow, but once it hit a couple chapters in (and the story really got going), there was never a dull moment. I was easily able to read this in one sitting because I wanted to find out what was going to happen next. There are a ton of plot twists that I didn't see coming, and the ending blew me away! I definitely didn't expect the conclusion of the story, and there is such a clever twist at the end that sets up the sequel perfectly.

Jessa is our main character (btw...love the name!). I thought she was a good lead female character, and easily relatable. She reacted exactly how any person would react to the new situation she was forced into, and she had an excellent sense of humor. I can't say that I 100% love her, but that will come in time I think when she matures and we have more character development with her. Finn is super sweet and I really loved him (especially the pirate version). He's very mysterious throughout the entire book, but he's very caring toward Jessa. I definitely want to know more about him though because we definitely didn't get the full story yet. Ben, Jessa's friend, is the other major character in the story, and he was fun and lovable. He's very supportive of Jessa and I loved how he stepped up to the plate once stuff started going down. Finally, Danny, Jessa's brother, played an interesting role. I'm actually interested to see what the author does with his character in future books because he might play a bigger role than what we originally imagine.

There is romance in the story, and I thought it was done pretty well. However, it wasn't my favorite. There's an obvious love triangle that doesn't really happen (yet at least). Once you read the book, you'll see what I'm talking about, but I honestly do think Finn is a much better pick. I adored Finn and Jessa's banter and it was one of the aspects of their relationship that really cemented my love for the story.

The couple of things that I didn't like was that some of the story was very predictable and cliche (at least to me). With such an original idea, I expected a little more than to have the story fall back on such cliche things. Also, I didn't 100% love how Jessa treated Ben throughout the story. I felt as if she led him on with her feelings, and I hate when characters do that. Granted, it isn't always obvious to the person, but still, it was pretty clear Ben liked Jessa as more than a friend from pretty early on. Finally, this book features a character with autism (Danny). First and foremost, I applaud any author that chooses to include such a character because there is not enough representation of ASD in novels today (even though it's very prevalent). This being said, there were times that I didn't think it was as well done as it should have been. Obviously, this could be the medical professional in me coming out, and no, not every person with ASD presents the same, but there are certain things that didn't line up with his character as well as Jessa's feelings when her brother didn't have autism in another timeline. These are just personal feelings though, so I tried not to let it effect my rating. Nevertheless, I still am very happy that such a character was included in this novel.

Overall, I would recommend checking Traveler out when you get the chance. It has a lot of potential to be an excellent series, and I'm excited to see where the story goes from here! The ending will blow you away, and with so many twists and turns...you truly never know what to expect in the next chapter! Definitely add this to your TBR right away!

Happy reading :)
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529 reviews34 followers
March 1, 2017
When Jessa is asleep she dreams of other worlds and a handsome green eyed boy. She writes all of her dreams into stories because she has dreams of being a great writer. One day the green eyed boy shows up in real life and knows he name. He explains that they are both Travelers can can move between different realities using their image in a reflective surface. The reason Finn has shown up now is because Jessa is in danger. Someone is killing all of the Jessa's in other realities, and they need to find out how to stop them.

Things I liked:
I stared out really loving this one and continued to enjoy it all the way until around three quarters of the way through. I will explain why later in my review. It kept me interested and wanting to know what happened the whole time.

I loved Jessa's close relationship with her autistic brother. I was excited when I read that we were getting a character with autism. I don't feel like that's a topic touched on in too many books, and I thought it was handled really well (in my opinion).

Finn. Seriously, I love Finn. Technically we meet two Finns and I really liked them both a lot. One slightly more than the other, of course. The main Finn that we see through most of the story is a sweetheart, but also fiercely protective with a jealous side. We get to meet Pirate Finn (from another reality) very briefly but I thought he had more of a sexy and charismatic vibe. Maybe it's just because I have a thing for pirates.

Ben. Ben is Jessa's best friend. He sticks by her side even when she makes it repeatedly hard for him to do so. He is loyal and also very sweet.

What I didn't like:
The ending. What. The. Heck?! So disappointed! I know there is going to be a sequel but I really did not care for the way things ended.

The "love triangle". I have a feeling this is going to be a theme in the next book as well. I'm not a fan of love triangles.

I hate that Jessa sort of completely cuts Ben out of her life as soon as she meets Finn. I realize she has a lot going on but that was really cruel.

In conclusion:
While I am a bit disappointed in the ending, I thought the story held my attention well and it was a quick read. I wasn't sure if I was going to enjoy the topic of "Traveling" but I really did. I really loved both Finn and Ben. Jessa maybe not quite as much, if I'm being honest. As to whether or not I will read the next book, I'm not sure... I am undecided at this point.
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