Friday, 10 May 2013

The Photo Traveler by Arthur J. Gonzalez Blog Tour - Review + Giveaway

The Photo Traveler by Arthur J. Gonzalez

The Photo TravelerTitle: The Photo Traveler

Series: N/A

Author: Arthur J. Gonzalez

Published: 20th February 2013

Source: Paperback copy from the author for an honest review


Seventeen-year-old Gavin Hillstone is resigned to being miserable for the rest of his life. Left alone in the world after his parents died in a fire when he was four, he was placed in foster care, which for him meant ending up in an abusive home with an alcoholic adoptive father.

Gavin’s only escape is in taking and creating images. His camera is his refuge from the unending torture and isolation of daily life in his  “family.”

Until he learns by accident that he isn’t alone in the world after all. His father’s parents are still alive and living in Washington DC.

When he takes the plunge and travels 3,000 miles to find his grandparents, he learns that they—and he—are part of something much bigger, and more dangerous, than he could ever have imagined. Something that has always put his family at risk and that will now threaten his own life, while forever changing it. 

He learns that he is one of the last descendants of a small group of Photo Travelers—people who can travel through time and space through images. But his initial excitement turns to fear, when he soon discovers that he and his grandparents are being pursued by the fierce remnants of a radical European Photo Traveler cult, the Peace Hunters. What Gavin has, they want!

His adventure will take him to past eras, like The Great Depression and the Salem Witch Trials. Gavin will have to discover who he really is and must make choices that spell the difference between life and death for himself, for the relatives he now knows and loves, and for the girl he will come to love.

For Gavin Hillstone, life will never be the same.

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My Review

The author sent me a paperback copy of this book to review for this tour and what an amazingly nice surprise it was to find out that he signed it! I sat down to read the book, then noticed there was a lovely message written in the front for me, it was very exciting and made for a lovely start to the book!

I really liked the writing style of this book. It was easy to fall into and before I knew it, I'd already finished half of the book! I was really excited about the subject of the story too as I've been quite obsessed with time-travel of late.

I'm not sure I liked the idea that it was okay (and encouraged) for Gavin to go back and spend time with his parent. I think it just felt too easy and I wanted more opposition and difficulty (as cruel as that sounds) because it makes for a more interesting read.

The characters were all very cool, though I feel their characters emerged too suddenly. What I mean by that is I could tell most of the character within the first couple of sentences and while there were still some secrets, it wasn't anything major enough for me to go wow, I did not see the character doing that. It took me a bit to warm up to Gavin too, but I understand why his emotions were quite haywire for the first few chapters, I'm sure mine would be if I were in that position, none-the-less his character wasn't immediately lovable though Gavin did grow on me.

This book had a nice, easy writing style and the story was really fun and different. This book may seem big but once you get into it, it seems to take almost no time to be read because everything just flows so well. A unique idea on time travel that I really enjoyed.

3.5/5 Whales

Tour-Wide Giveaway

The Photo Traveler Notebook
10 e-copies of The Photo Traveler
Signed paperback copy of The Photo Traveler

-Ends 19th May 2013

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