Published by: Swoon Reads
Publication date: February 7th 2017
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
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.
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 her name. He explains that they are both Travelers and 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 find out how to stop them.
There were a lot of things that I enjoyed about this one:
It kept me interested and wanting to know what was going to happen the whole time. I really loved Jessa's close relationship with her autistic brother. I was excited when I read that we were getting a character with autism. I don't feel like that's a topic touched on in too many books, and I thought it was handled really well (in my opinion). I also really loved Finn. Technically we meet two Finns and I really liked them both a lot. One slightly more than the other, of course. The main Finn that we see through most of the story is a sweetheart, but also fiercely protective with a jealous side. We get to meet Pirate Finn (from another reality) very briefly but I thought he had more of a sexy and charismatic vibe. Maybe it's just because I have a thing for pirates. Ben is a really great character too. Ben is Jessa's best friend. He sticks by her side even when she makes it repeatedly hard for him to do so. He is loyal and also very sweet.
There were also a couple things about this one that I didn't love:
I didn't love the ending. I know there is going to be a sequel but I really did not care for the way things ended. I won't say more than that because I don't want to give anything away. I am not a fan of "love triangles" either. This is just a personal preference tho, I know a lot of people that love that trope. I have a feeling this is going to be a theme in the next book as well. Another thing that bugged me was when Jessa sort of completely cuts Ben out of her life as soon as she meets Finn. I realize she has a lot going on but that was really cruel.
While I am a bit disappointed in the ending, I thought the story held my attention well and it was a quick read. I wasn't sure if I was going to enjoy the topic of "Traveling" but I really did. I really loved both Finn and Ben. Jessa maybe not quite as much, if I'm being honest.
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.
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