Sunday, August 11, 2013

Book Review : Traveler by Ashley Bourgeois & Kathryn McGowan

Ashley Bourgeois & Kathryn McGowan
551 pages (ebook)

Goodreads Summary:

Aislin Oriole, a senior in high school, stumbles upon a book that can link her to another world, a world that has magic beyond which she has ever heard of. But, can she trust herself and let go, to submerge herself in the world the book offers? Or will she run from it, convincing herself the world she has seen is only in a book, and not a reality? Within this new world, she discovers herself to be a savior, someone who must stop a pending doom from the world she left behind. 

Can Aislin muddle through the relationships and the intrigue she finds there to help those people who really need her? This exciting fantasy offers a fast-paced adventure filled with pirates, magic, and a mysterious world that keeps calling you back like a siren song.

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My Review:

The Way I see Aislin

When she lost her mother at the age of 17, Aislin's only comfort was reading. She would lose herself in the stories that she read, and it made her forget about the real world. Stuck with her stepfather, she wishes she could just vanish into another world.

The Way I see Alexander

Alexander Bookman is the new librarian at Aislin's school. Everything about books appeal to him. New books, old books you name it, he finds it. Taking care of the library and bringing the best of the Literary world to these students is important to him.

Aislin feels like she does not belong in this world. Her mom died from Cancer last year, leaving her with her stepfather. He always complains and makes her life miserable. Often she would dream that she was a damsel in one of her books, and that her Prince Charming would come and rescue her. When at the beginning of the school year she enters the library, which is her safe place, she meets the new librarian. She can't seem to shake the feeling that his presence is rather strange.

Alexander takes his new position as the school librarian very seriously. When a couple of teenage girls make fun of Aislin for reading so much, he comes to her defense. He is intrigued by her, and why she is drawn to the Fantasy section.

When a book accidentally falls on Aislin's head, she is very intrigued. This book is not like any other book that she's ever seen. When she brings it to Alexander for check-out, he refuses to give it to her telling her that the book is not yet registered at the library. Aislin is disappointed, but she lets it go. When the last bell of the day rings, she is surprised to find her backpack much heavier then before. When she opens it, she finds the book that the librarian refused to let her check-out.

Once the book lands in her hands strange things start to happen. When she confronts Alexander about it, he forbids her to read it. Problem is, she already did. She read about the story of Rahim and Brileia, their story captivating her, but their is one tiny problem with the book, the rest of the pages are blank. She becomes, "The Traveler" by reading this book. Alexander needs to fulfilling his duty as Guardian of The Traveler. Aislin moves in with him after her stepfather kicks her out of the house. He needs to protect Aislin, and teach her everything she needs to know to travel safely from their world, to this new mysterious world that she discovered in the book. 

Aislin travels from one world to another, and is set on helping Rahim & Brileia find their HEA and help destroy their enemy. 

My Rating:

I give Traveler 3 1/2 intriguing-fantasy filled stars! In Traveler, we get a taste of what it could be to be a character in one of the books we are reading. I enjoyed this story. It kept me turning the pages. It had a good balance of suspense, love and fantasy. I did not find that connection with the main characters, but I was intrigued enough by the story to keep on going. The writing style was a bit confusing at some points of the story. The book leaves us in a cliff-hanger situation. I was captivated enough by this story to continue following Aislin's adventure in REBEL. What I liked most about this book was Rahim & Brileia's love story.  



  1. This plot sounds very intriguing. I like the idea of being a traveller in a story (Kind of like the Neverending Story lol). I definitely want to learn more about the characters. I will be adding this tbr list if I don't win it! Your review is very balanced :)

  2. A balance of suspense, love, and fantasy sounds good. I love the casting pics you included!

    1. Thanks Andrea! I love casting the main characters ;)

  3. i wish you can turn this into a movie so that the viewers can see your writing style both ways.

  4. I always knew that libraries were a great place for adventure. ;D Sounds good! Thanks for sharing!

  5. I love the review you posted for me :) Thank you so much for your honesty, and for the time you took to read the book. It means more to me than you know. I love that you cast my characters--Aislin and Alex look much similar to that in my mind. I would love to see this book as a movie someday-and I am honored that you like it enough to continue to Rebel! Kingmaker will be out in November :)

  6. This is new to me. Thanks for your thoughts. Sounds like an interesting story.


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