Book Review // Traveler by L.E. Delano

Book Review // Traveler by L.E. DelanoTraveler by L.E. DeLano
Series: Traveler #1
Published by Macmillan on February 7th 2017
Rating: four-half-stars
Genres: Young Adult Fiction, Fantasy, Contemporary, Romance, Time Travel
Pages: 352
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Synopsis:

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 cupcakes, 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.
Praise for Traveler:
"Absorbing...DeLano has taken the love triangle and made it fresh again with inventive, paranormal twists and well-developed settings. With each new Jessa, readers will become intrigued with a different character's story even as they root for the original Jessa to stay safe. Featuring skillful world-building and carefully plotted suspense, this novel will leave readers eagerly awaiting the sequel." — School Library Journal
“Spicy, electric and unputdownable. LOVED IT.” —sfinnamore, reader on SwoonReads.com
“Ellie Delano does an incredible job in taking her readers on a whirlwind of a ride with Jess and Finn. Delano’s unique writing style coupled with an impassioned and topsy-turvy plot makes for one amazing read.” —Toni Gardner, reader on SwoonReads.com
“I LOOOVE Jessa and Finn. And I like the idea that Jessa will always be Jessa and Finn will always be Finn. Therefore, no matter what, they will always love each other.” —ronsharonron, reader on SwoonReads.com

Traveler is one of those books that’s so incredibly frustrating. On the one hand, it was an incredible adventure, but on the other hand? L. E. Delano is an evil writer, who has no heart. What I will say is that the review I read right before I read the book totally messed with my head, because while it explained the concept, it also just completely baffled me, so that when I was reading I was spending too much time thinking of that review I’d read. So, here’s a pro tip for readers: never read a review of a book you’re reading, it will throw you off track completely.

In the end, I really liked Traveler. It had an interesting concept, fantastic characters and wasn’t as hard to understand as the review I read made it out to be. I do have questions – while I understand the whole Jessa is always Jessa thing, it’s also kind of not true? Because when a Jessa dies in another reality, like previous, and Finn finds a *new* Jessa, that’s not the same Jessa. It’s a different Jessa. Yes, they still know each other, but it surely can’t be the same feelings, because it was a different person? Basically what I’m trying to say is that what happened at the end of Traveler was just not fair, and that’s all I can say because otherwise it would be a spoiler but believe me – I HAVE QUESTIONS. *Rages*

I loved Jessa. All of the characters were incredible, actually, and I loved that while Jessa was totally confused about the whole traveler concept, she just got on with it, once she knew it was true. She could have easily just blocked Finn out of her life, called him crazy, had him arrested or something, but instead she was willing to take a risk and believe him, to travel. And the actual traveling aspect was amazing. I loved seeing all the different Jessa’s in all the different places, I liked that the places were all unique, but that there weren’t too many to get confusing. The subtle differences were fantastic and I am craving some glitter mousse like you wouldn’t believe.

Probably my only issue with Traveler was the love triangle. I like a love triangle, but considering Finn and Jessa seem fated to be together, leaving Ben as a spare part (and a bit of a pawn, considering what takes place with another Jessa) was a bit harsh. I mean how bloody dense is Jessa, that when Ben talks of having a date (to make Jessa jealous!!!) and then says he thinks she likes another guy (Finn!!!) Jess is too dense to realise he meant her all along. *eye roll* As long as they don’t push the triangle too far, because it’s not really a triangle, let’s be clear, then all will be well. I don’t know how many books are planned in this series, but I liked that there was a conclusion of sorts this time around. I am excited for the second book, because after everything that’s happened there is still a lot to be told. And I’ll be right there for it.

four-half-stars
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2 Comments

  1. March 16, 2017 / 4:07 pm

    Great review, Leah! This sounds like a fun and unique read! The characters sound very well crafted and easy to like! Glad you liked it! 🙂

  2. March 19, 2017 / 7:00 am

    I’m glad you liked this one! I didn’t have a good time with it haha and I think I barely gave it 2. I agree the triangle was very tedious and I couldn’t really understand how Jessa didn’t know Ben was in love with her? It was painfully obvious.😂 And I was also confused with “is Jessa Jessa in ever Jessa-universe”??! Plus it was kind of scary how she’d come home and like the other Jessa cut her hair! Yikes.😂But anyyyyyway. It does have a beautiful cover and the food at that glittery place sounded awesome! And it’s great that you liked it.

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