Traveler (Traveler #1)
Author: L.E. DeLano
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publication Date: February 7, 2017
Publisher: Swoon Reads
A teen writer discovers that every mirror is a portal into an alternate version of her life in this romantic YA fantasy by author L.E. DeLano.
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 teacakes, 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.
Traveler is the first book in a new and refreshing young adult fantasy series that fans are sure to love. There's always plenty of books about time travel, but rarely do you find alternate realities. The idea is a breath of fresh air to me - mostly because instead of one or even two realities, there are so many varying ones in the world the author creates for the characters. With every mirror and dream being portals to alternate realities - the possibilities are basically endless, and that brings a ton of possibilities to life before our eyes. I loved learning all about the Travelers and what they're able to do, along with all the intriguing things the alternate realities contain. I really hope that the author expands on these topics in the following books.
The main characters are complex and rounded with unique traits. Jessa is the narrator of the book, which made her the more accessible one for me to connect with. She's a fellow lover of books and writing - and that only made me like her more. She grows and matures a lot over the course of the novel, and I liked watching her character change. Of course, we can't forget about the second main character, Finn, and his role in the story. I enjoyed getting to know him and learning about his life as a Traveler. The relationship between Jessa and Finn is complicated, but it changes and grows throughout the book and I really loved watching it happen. The story is told from Jessa's perspective, in the first person - which is by far my favorite style of writing. I think it's a perfect fit for the book. It wouldn't have had the same kind of effect on me as a reader if it had been done differently. There were some parts of the story that felt cheesy and predictable, but it only bothered me a few times. I'm hoping that the next book will flow better and I'll be able to fully immerse myself into it. I'm excited to see where the next book will take them and what sort of trouble they'll find. I'm glad this is the beginning of a new series and I'm looking forward to learning more about Travelers and their gifts. Recommended for fans of YA fantasy, science fiction, contemporary, supernatural, and even romance.
L.E. DeLano is a YA novelist rep’d by Barry Goldblatt Literary agency, author of the upcoming “Traveler” (Swoon Reads/MacMillan 2017) and lifelong writer. Her work has been featured on various online outlets and she lives in Pennsylvania with two very adventurous kids and two very ridiculous cats. In her spare time, she writes (of course) and binge-watches way too much Netflix.