Review & Giveaway: Traveler by L.E. DeLano

Monday, March 13, 2017

L.E. DeLano
(Traveler, #1)
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.

In conclusion:
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. 

Author Bio:
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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  1. Thanks for hosting today, Julie! :)

  2. Aw no, a love triangle? >< And I'm sorry the ending was a letdown! Hopefully the next book is better and resolves any issues this ending caused :) great review!

    Brittany @ Brittany's Book Rambles

    1. Yeahhhh, we all know that I'm not a love triangle girl. lol! Thanks Brittany!

  3. Sorry this wasn't everything you hoped it would be, but I'm glad you found parts to enjoy anyway. I do love the idea of one of my favorite characters come to life, and I love when authors play with that idea.

    Nice review!

    1. Thanks! This one definitely kept me interested, even with the parts that I had issues with.

  4. The premise for this book is so intriguing, and I love the idea of the traveling! Plus that cover <3 And I actually love triangles, so that probably wouldn't be a problem for me lol. Glad you enjoyed some things about the book even if you didn't love everything!

    1. haha Yeah, you may not mind the love triangle in this one then! It kept me interested, but I just don't think it was my type of book, that's all. If you get a chance to read it, I hope you love it!

  5. This has such a cool cover and premise! Bummer that the girl character wasn't as well-drawn but at least it was mostly good. :)

  6. Yeah, I didn't hate it. It had some interesting moments. I just don't think this one was for me. I do really love that cover!

  7. Wow, your rating is actually a lot higher than I expected. I'm glad you didn't hate it overall! Would you have skipped it had you known that there was a love triangle (ish)? Man, I wish you had seen my review from a few months ago. But that's okay! Great review, Julie!

    Have a lovely weekend. =)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

    1. I really did enjoy the first half of the book, but it really fell apart for me in the second half. I thought her writing was good, I just didn't love where is went with the story...especially that ending. I really didn't love the love triangle at all but I had a lot of problems with the second half of the story, so honestly, yeah, I probably would have skipped it. =/

      Hope you have a great week!

  8. The ending totally threw me for a loop. I wasn't totally feeling that Finn so I wasn't 100% heartbroken, but still totally didn't see it coming. Great review. I really loved the concept of this one so I have high hopes that the second book is going to be even better than the first.

    Michelle Book briefs

    1. Yeah, I definitely wasn't expecting that ending at all. I thought it was a little disappointing. I liked that Finn for her better than the other pirate Finn. Pirate Finn is more charming and sexy but he always had no qualms about making out with her when he had his own Jessa. That really rubbed me the wrong way. Especially because of the "cliffhanger" ending. Ehh...I will probably be skipping the next one. I hope you end up enjoying the second book more tho!


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