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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. Bu ...more
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Published February 7th 2017 by Swoon Reads
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L.E. DeLano Cover design was by Kathleen Breitenfeld and Rich Deas in the art department at Macmillian. I am so in love with it!

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**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 hav
Jan 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
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 fr
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!
Feb 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
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 tha
Jan 04, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2017-releases
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 co
Apr 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
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 the
Jessica (The Psychotic Nerd)
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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!
Apr 09, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-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 fossi ...more
Caroline Vaught
Jan 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing

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:


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 syno
Jul 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nyp
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! ...more
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 ...more
Heather (The Sassy Book Geek)
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 whe
Feb 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
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):
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Jan Dumas
Feb 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: friend
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.
Feb 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley, book-tour

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 h
Feb 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 c
Feb 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017
An interesting story about writing time-travel and romance! Not to mention that the cover is amazing!
Mercedes Roth
Jan 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
**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
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 ...more
Angie Taylor
Jan 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
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. ...more
Jan 23, 2017 rated it it was ok
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. ...more
Feb 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
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
Elizabeth Mathis
Mar 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
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 det
Heather Hughes
Feb 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I received this advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.

When I read the reviews about this book, I was kind of conflicted. Some of them said that nothing really happened, but I highly disagree.

So, we have Jessa. She’s a normal teenager who participates in school activities with her best friend, Ben. (By the way, it’s so obvious from the beginning that Ben has a thing for Jessa). Anyway, we immediately meet Finn, the handsome boy that she has been seeing in her dreams for a long while. He
Sandra (LadyGrey Reads)
(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 i
*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
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
Jaime (Two Chicks on Books)
Dec 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Super cute story and I can't wait to read book 2! Also I love je some pirate Finn I need more of him in book 2! ...more
Cassie C
Feb 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
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Update 3/12/17:

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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. Ther
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 ...more
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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.

Her debut novel, TRAVELER was selected as a Keystone To Reading Secondary B

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Traveler (2 books)
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