08 Sep

Awesome Review by Blogger Bella


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Book review: The Photo Traveler by Arthur J. Gonzalez

Hello reader,

Welcome to my last book review for this week! I’ve had a lot of fun reviewing books. It wasn’t easy, it was challenging but now I’m more confident in writing reviews. Yay!

My last review post is on Arthur J. Gonzalez’s young adult debut book, The Photo Traveler. I read this book a year ago but it stuck with me because of how brilliant it is.

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The story is centered around 17-year-old Gavin Hillstone, who leads a pretty miserable life. His parents died in a fire when he was just 4 and he is now living with an abusive family with an alcoholic adoptive father. Being a photographer, his only escape came from taking photos. One day he accidentally discovers that he isn’t alone after all; his paternal grandparents are alive and living in Washington.

Fed up with his life with an abusive foster family, he sets off to find his grandparents and learns the shocking truth about himself and his parents. He learns that he is descended from a small group of people called The Photo Travelers- people who can travel through time and space through photographs. With this discovery, Gavin’s life is profoundly altered, and his very existence is threatened.

I came across this book purely by accident and after I was done reading it, I immediately went I search of Arthur J. Gonzalez and told him how awesome his book is and he was such a nice guy about it and now we’re now friends (haha, not really- I wish).

Gonzalez wrote the book in a unique way, adopting an easy flow of dialogue that takes you into the story from the very first page. For a debut novel, this book is very well written and I found it pleasant to read. Should I mention the action? Yes, yes, I believe I should. It is great! Despite being set in the present, you are transported to various eras of time with the lead protagonist, Gavin. I was awed at Gonzalez’s ability to fluidly transport me, the reader into the past and the present and to also feel what Gavin feels. It is exhilarating! Time traveling is probably a hard subject matter to write about and Gonzalez makes it seem so easy! The book is a very interesting read that a lot of people will enjoy, it would also make a great movie!

According to Bella, The Photo Traveler gets a rating of 4 out of 5 lovely stars and a strong recommendation for all you readers who appreciate time travel, history and just a great, well-written book.

(Dear Arthur, in the off-chance that you might have come across this review, I am still patiently anxiously waiting for the sequel,The Peace Hunter.)

Thank you dear According to Bella reader, for joining me on my book review week. Here’s to more book reading!

‘Til next time
-Bella

 



21 May

5 Star Review by CityOfBookReviews !


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#ReviewShare #TimeTravel *5 STARS* The Photo Traveler by @ArthurJGonzalez

The Photo TravelerThe Photo Traveler by Arthur J. Gonzalez
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was a fabulous read which had me totally immersed in the characters and events. Once I got started on this book, I couldn’t put it down as Arthur Gonzalez incorporated real events and characters in history, some of which I had never heard of.

While I typically prefer print books, I was glad to read this one on my Kindle, where a simple highlight could take me to more information on the Salem Witch Trials. I can’t remember the last time a book made me want to research history, but this one did.

If you’re wary of the time travel motif, never fear. The book centers around time travel, but there was a depth to the characters, their relationships, and history itself that kept my attention. If you like time travel with a slight twist and a young adult touch, you won’t be disappointed with this book.

Disclosure – As a Quality Reads UK Book Club member, I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I received no monetary compensation for my book review. This book review is based on my thoughts, opinion and understanding of the book. This book review does not reflect the opinion of other book club members.



01 May

GREAT REVIEW BY AUTHOR’S-FRIEND.COM!


The Photo TravelerThe Photo Traveler by Arthur J. Gonzalez
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
First of all, I’m super-duper in love with time travel stories so I started this book with bated breath. Based on what other book club members had told me, I had high expectations and I am delighted I wasn’t let down. Gonzalez allows Gavin enough freedom to tell his story without guiding the reader too much. You go where Gavin goes. I felt that Gavin was someone I knew and I had this bond with him which allowed me to think about what was happening and what part of the story had been changed by a time travelling alteration. Every character, bad or good, had a story to tell without confusing the reader. Best of all was the ultimate plan of the villains and their plans to change the world. All in all, plot and content wise, this was one of the best action packed time travel books I have read in a long time. The dialogue was too amateurish for my liking but assuming that the target audience for the book is a younger group, they might appreciate this more than I did. Disclosure – As a Quality Reads UK Book Club member, I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I received no monetary compensation for my book review. This review is based on my thoughts, opinion and understanding of the book. This book review does not reflect the opinion of other book club members.

 



14 Apr

High Class Books Sending Love for The Photo Traveler!


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The Photo Traveler by @arthurjgonzalez My rating: 4 of 5 stars #SciFi #YA #ReviewShare

The Photo TravelerThe Photo Traveler by Arthur J. Gonzalez
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It’s easy to dislike time travel books with complicated plots and I’ve had my share of those where the author insists on creating a multi-layered plot but then falls short of pulling the reader in. The Photo Traveler does not fall into this category and I think the writing was simply excellent.

All I can say is – “Where’s the sequel?” I thought the ideas was fantastic and every scene in the book will keep you on the edge of your seat. You will be given some clues to the ending along th way, a puzzle to piece together but rest assured you will have to be patient for Gonzalez to give you the answer.

If you love young adult science fiction with lots of excitement, a historical setting, and a dash of a love-triangle, this is your read. It’s like junk food for your brain without all the abusive relationships of other young adult fiction. I definitely recommend giving this book a shot.

Disclosure – As a Quality Reads Book Club member, I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.



19 Mar

Love this 4 Star Review by: http://unbiasedbooks.blogspot.com


 

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MONDAY, MARCH 17, 2014

The Photo Traveler by Arthur J. Gonzalez @arthurjgonzalez #reviewshare #ya #bookreview

The Photo TravelerThe Photo Traveler by Arthur J. Gonzalez
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

If you are looking for an ordinary character that is caught in extraordinary circumstances this is the book for you. I found the beginning to be a bit slow but after that I was hooked. Gonzalez has a writing style that is both entertaining and original.

The story did not end the way I expected it too and it is the ending that has left a bad taste in my mouth. I felt very invested with the story but got nothing back at the end. If you do not like cliffhangers then this is not a book you’ll appreciate.

What I did like about the book was Gavin’s personality which many teenagers will be able to understand and absorb. The author has a sense of imagination that reminds me of Lemony Snicket. Despite everything bad that happened to Gavin he did not wallow for too long and this was a plus point for me as it can also help teenagers who read this story to understand the importance of moving on.

Disclosure – As a Quality Reads Book Club member, I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.



18 Mar

4 Stars by http://everythingforbooks.blogspot.com


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4 Stars to The Photo Traveler by Arthur J. Gonzalez #SciFi #YA #ReviewShare @arthurjgonzalez

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The Photo TravelerThe Photo Traveler by Arthur J. Gonzalez
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

More than one scene in the book made me think of my own family and if anything that is the best part of the way it is written. The author’s words are dripping with emotion so you cannot help but feel for and with the characters.

The editing is another story. While the book has been checked for spelling errors, it has definitely not been edited properly. Text repetition, punctuation errors, timeline confusion, plot points that sometimes do not connect are just some of the few things that made me take off a star which is a shame really. I liked the originality and the characters were quirky, dysfunctional enough to be my own family.

“I jump into their arms feeling the most warmth I’ve felt in the last several hours. Knowing I’ve found them and that they’re safe shields me from the reality of the frostbite that’s been taunting my fingers and toes.” This was my favourite quote, it brings to mind the feeling we all have for some warmth and love. Recommended but only if you are fine with a few bumps.

Disclosure – As a Quality Reads Book Club member, I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.



17 Mar

Great Review from: http://nobodyimportantreviews.blogspot.com


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Monday, March 17, 2014

#ReviewShare #YA #SciFi – 4 of 5 stars – The Photo Traveler by @arthurjgonzalez

The Photo TravelerThe Photo Traveler by Arthur J. Gonzalez
My rating: 4 of 5 starsThe plot was interesting and it pulled me in most of the time. But Gavin’s plight is worthy of a Hollywood movie much like Andrew Garfield in the new Spiderman movies. His desire for family and some excitement, are answered but at a price. He learns the truth about himself and it isn’t always the best thing.

If you look at a picture, you are able to travel back to the time when it was taken. Although this part is not real it did add a new level of immersion into the story. Characterisation was realistic and I liked the overall actions of the main characters.

The setting of the story was average. Most times as the characters travel back in time, their actions overshadowed the setting. The book is addicting and the story is an amazing start to the series but it’s not perfect and could use another round of editing.

Disclosure – As a Quality Reads Book Club member, I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.