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Review by Suze
Jessa and Ben are best friends and they're inseparable. Ben is great with Jessa's autistic brother Danny, which makes Jessa like him even more. Even though Jessa spends most of her days with Ben she dreams about someone else. She doesn't know who he is, but she has seen him plenty of times and is constantly writing stories about him. Jessa's biggest ambition is to be an author and she writes whenever she has the chance.
Jessa's dream guy might be more real than she thought, as one day he asks her to have a cup of coffee with him. He knows exactly what she likes and doesn't like. She finds out that his name is Finn and they know each other in many forms, each a little bit different, but also still the same. Finn tells Jessa that she's a Traveler, which means she can travel to alternate realities. Finn wants to warn Jessa, because she's in danger. To keep an eye on her he becomes a permanent fixture in her world and Danny loves him as well. While Jessa's fighting for her life she's trying to cope with the attention of two amazing guys. However, they don't want to share and that isn't always easy. Will Jessa be able to remain safe, both physically and emotionally?
Jessa is a capable and confident girl. She's strong and she works hard. She's also kind and helpful, which is why I liked her straight away. I loved how much she cares about her family, especially her brother Danny. He's very special to her and L.E. DeLano writes about him with a lot of love. Jessa finds it important that her friends are nice to her brother and they have a beautiful bond. That was one of my favorite things about Traveler.
Jessa has quite a lot of boy trouble. She and Ben are having a valuable friendship, but Finn's appearance in Jessa's life puts them under pressure. Ben and Finn are equally protective and they aren't very good at sharing. This makes interesting reading. Jessa has different connections with both of them and that makes things difficult for her. I couldn't wait to find out where that would lead. Their relationship isn't like a standard love triangle, it's complex and interesting and I liked L.E. DeLano's refreshing approach of the subject.
Traveler is a terrific time travel story. I could easily picture the various worlds L.E. DeLano is writing about. She describes them by using funny details that stand out immediately, so they're not difficult to remember. The possibilities are endless, but she keeps it easy to follow, which is something I loved. Traveler uses a well known concept of parallel universes, which I always find fascinating as the success of the stories usually depends on the fantasy and creativity of the author. It was fun to take a look into L.E. DeLano's imaginary world. Traveler has an unexpected and open ending, which instantly made me want to read more. I really liked this compelling story.
Traveler is a great book for readers who like YA stories about alternate realities and time traveling. Keep in mind that it's the first part of a series and that there's an open ending because of it.
About L.E. DeLano
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.
US/Canada only giveaway
One very lucky winner from the US or Canada will receive a print copy of Traveler.