Traveler (Traveler #1), by L. E. Delano
Publish Date: February 7, 2017
Published by: Swoon Reads
Genre: YA Fantasy
My Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3 out of 5 stars)
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.
This book was both a quick and intriguing read, but overall was not that spectacular in the long run. I liked the premise of it at first, but the way Finn was introduced and how Jessa was introduced into the world of Dreamers and Travelers felt a little…middle-grade. Which wouldn’t be bad if this were a middle-grade book. There was also the lovely info-dump towards the beginning that had me sighing, and a love-triangle that had me rolling my eyes. What is it with love triangles where it’s the girl falling for the new mysterious guy she has a strange connection with while the best friend is left looking like a kicked puppy? Why can’t the best friend ever be the endgame love-match? Sorry, getting into my own personal desires here…
Anyway, the characters were interesting but didn’t really jump off the page at me or anything. The plotline moved very quickly, but the reveals felt not so much shocking as they were given without much foreshadowing. The ones trying to kill Jessa never gave off any indication or clues to the reader that they were the evil ones (in fact I had pegged someone else who was present or aware of Jessa’s location for every time she did almost die), and the whole reason why they were trying to kill her was a little too much “Chosen One” for me.
A quick, somewhat fun read, but not something that really stands out to me in terms of being unique or outstanding. I may still read the sequel, since I have an egalley of it, but we shall see.
Beat the Backlist 2018 | Books Completed Toward Goal: 6/20