08 Sep

Awesome Review by Blogger Bella



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.


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


21 May

5 Star Review by CityOfBookReviews !



#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


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!



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



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


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


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.

15 Dec

5 Star Review by ‘Readers’ Favorite’


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The Photo Traveler
(The Photo Traveler Series)
by Arthur J. Gonzalez
Young Adult – Fantasy/Sci-Fi
420 Pages
Reviewed on 12/13/2013

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Author Biography
Author Biography

THE PHOTO TRAVELER is young adult author Arthur J. Gonzalez’s first novel. Arthur was born and raised in Miami surrounded by his loud Cuban family. He graduated from the University of Florida, where he acquired his coffee obsession and his chocolate hoarding antics. He’s the proud father of one baby girl, Sookie—his miniature schnoodle dog. Arthur is a self-professed goofball who spends 98% of his life laughing. He’s now working on his second novel.

Book Review

Reviewed by Melinda Hills for Readers’ Favorite

Many people use the phrase ‘getting lost in an image’ but what if it really happened? In The Photo Traveler by Arthur J. Gonzalez, that is exactly the position Gavin finds himself in when he finally locates his biological grandparents. Living with adoptive parents after a devastating fire destroys his home and apparently kills his parents, Gavin lives through the horror of the death of his new mother, hostility of an older sister, and increasing abuse from his ‘dad.’ Just before his 18th birthday, when the situation escalates totally out of control, he leaves this dysfunctional environment in Nevada and travels to the last known address of Ed and Estelle Greene, the parents of his father. There, he learns about his unique ability to travel into the actual time and place of any photograph. Now anxious to track his parents, Gavin begins to travel in time where he discovers some very unsettling information and has to face the consequences of altering the past. The important question is whether the present will remain the one he knows or if things are thrown completely out of balance.

The Photo Traveler is a unique story dealing with time travel and the seriousness of the so-called ‘butterfly effect.’ Gavin is thrust into extraordinary circumstances when he learns of his legacy as a photo traveler and the fact that there are only very few of these special individuals left. He does not know who he can trust and is forced to think quickly in many situations when the players show their true colors. The Photo Traveler is an exciting story that opens up plenty of questions about the nature of time, making choices, and changing your mind. It is up to each person to decide if being able to go back in the past is really a good thing or not. Like they say, you have to be careful what you wish for.

10 Dec

Critic Elizabeth Hughes Loves The Photo Traveler! (Review)


Elizabeth Hughes’ Book Periscope

The Photo Traveler is a really good book. I highly recommend it. If you like sci-fi thrillers, then this is a book for you. Even if you don’t, I am sure you will enjoy this book tremendously.
The Photo Traveler starts out with Gavin, who has been adopted by an abusive family. He believes his parents have been killed in a fire. The adoptive father had not always been abusive until his wife was murdered at a store, while she and Gavin were out shopping with their daughter, Mel. After that day, Jet, his adoptive father, blamed Gavin and made him pay by beating him.
Gavin finds out he actually has biological grandparents that are still alive, and sets off to Washington DC to find them. Once there, they tell him that he is a Photo Traveler, and his parents may not indeed be dead. He also finds out that there are people after them for vials that contain a liquid that will allow travel at any time, not just through photos taken in the past. With those vials they could change the world. Gavin goes through many surprising journeys trying to find the truth of his life, and the lives of his grandparents, and to find out how the vials are used to change history and possibly the future.
I very highly recommend The Photo Traveler and cannot wait for the second book to come out. Thanks for the great book, Mr. Gonzalez. The Photo Traveler is definitely my cup of tea!!

28 Oct

UK Love for The Photo Traveler _ Review by Boundtofashion.blogspot.co.uk


The Photo Traveler.

Something slightly different from what I usually do here on my blog, but it’s time another of my interests, or passions to be more precise, stepped into the limelight.
Books. I love ’em. Can’t get enough of them. Probably why I am studying English Literature at university right now. So I thought, why not give a little insight into what I’ve been reading recently and perhaps offer up a few little cheeky suggestions.
Speaking of suggestions…
You guys definitely need to check out ‘The Photo Traveler’ by Arthur Gonzalez. It’s his debut novel, and guys- it’s really good. It’s a totally unique idea, a group of people with the ability to jump in and out of photographs from any time and any place, as long as it’s really exists or existed. Genius!
The Photo Traveler Cover
As soon as I heard the premise I was hooked and imagining all the places I would go if I had this ability. But enough about me. The story focuses around 17 year old Gavin Hillstone who discovers he is one of the last of a kind to have this special power to jump through images.
He also discovers his parents didn’t abandon him as he had always thought, but were rather lost to him through mysterious circumstance. What’s brilliant about this story is the sub plot of what happened to his parents remains in the back of your mind whilst Gavin’s adventures take you across the world and throughout time. One of my personal favourites was the Salem Witch Trials, lots of excitement there.
But his parents aren’t the only ones in danger, Gavin himself has to protect himself against the formidable Peace Hunters, a group who will stop at nothing to get their hands on Gavin.
Brilliantly gripping and flawlessly written, I found ‘The Photo Traveler’ one big exciting moment from start to finish. Gavin is your typical seventeen year old with abandonment issues and a need to know where he is from, but there is something so likeable and relatable about him that you just can’t help yourself wanting him to succeed.
Filled with a plethora of good and bad characters to keep you entertained such as Gavin’s wonderful grandparents, it’s not only Gavin who is unsure who to trust, but you as well. Gonzalez has a real talent of drawing the audience in, much like his character’s ability, and making you feel like you are really there.
So if you’re looking for something to fill the fantasy YA void I know ya’ll are suffering from, this is definitely one to try.
Elle x

19 Sep

4.5/5 Stars by Reviewing Chaos



#Review – The Photo Traveler by @arthurjgonzalez #YA #fantasy

I introduced this book to you back in July and am thrilled to finally have the chance to share my review with you as well!


Gavin has had a miserable life.  Losing his parents at a young age, he ends up in foster care and then adopted.  He was loved in that family until the day he received yet another loss-  his adoptive mom was murdered and his adoptive father becomes even worse – drinking and beatings.   One day he discovers he has living grandparents and strikes out to find them.

One would think that life can only go uphill from here for Gavin.  He does find his grandparents and now has a loving family but also now knows the secret of his legacy- he is a photo traveler.   Gavin will endure even more loss, along with more love than he’s known.

I really enjoyed reading The Photo Traveler.  The ability to go into a photo and go back to that exact time is amazing.  This book will pull you in.  There were plenty of twists and turns happening all the time.  As I was finishing the book,  I had maybe 20 pages left and had to stop for the evening.  I assumed the last 20 pages would just be wrapping things up but when I picked it up the next morning  I was shocked at how many new twists happened -leading us into a second book in the series!  Just when you think it’s over – BOOM! some new twist happens and you’re going in a different direction!  I love these kinds of books that keep you thinking and constantly reassessing everything!   One particular idea that I loved was the fact that although Gavin’s parents “died”  when he was 4years old, he is now able to go visit them and build a relationship with them thru photos.  Now some might feel it’s cheating to do this, but I loved it.  He has been through so much, it’s nice of the author to allow him this little concession!

All in all, I felt this was a well written Young Adult book.  Plenty of action abounds with a splash of romance thrown in to keep us girls happy!  Check it out and let me know what you think!!

4.5 Stars