Traveler by L. E. DeLano
Summary from Netgalley:
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.
This was a fun read. The book has some flaws, especially in the science department, but I enjoyed reading about the other realities and some of them I wouldn’t mind visiting myself. You do need to be willing to except the travel through mirrors to other dimensions and with the people in each reality switching places. It is a little confusing, but once you decide to roll with it, you do enjoy the ride. I especially liked the reality that had the food that was all glittery. I also appreciated that the author included a recipe for the glitter mousse that the characters enjoyed in that reality. I haven’t tried it yet, but it looks good.
The adventure part of the plot was good, someone is killing all of the Jessa’s in all of the realities and Finn is trying to prevent them. And there were a few plot twists I didn’t see coming, especially who was behind the killings. The romance between Jessa and Finn was sweet, and even the somewhat love triangle that sort of happens, in different realities, was good and not too predictable.
I really liked Finn, especially the Irish pirate version, which I hope we get to see more of. It does get a little confusing with all of the different realities and versions of the characters, but the story is mostly told through Jessa’s point of view, which helps to keep things moving and less confusing. I also appreciated the autistic brother, I felt that the author did an honest portrayal of him and of what Jessa’s life was like living with him. It was nice to see different versions of him as well, some with and some without autism.
This was a debut novel by this author and I think she is off to a good start. I will definitely be keeping an eye out for the next book in the series. I also just love the cover! It is what made me take a look at the book in the first place on Netgalley.
Here is a video that the author made. Enjoy!
ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.