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Travel Glasses (The Call to Search Everywhen Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Chess Desalls
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Book Description

Calla Winston’s mobile devices sit in a corner of her room, covered in dust. Weeks ago, she shared photos and laughs with her best online friend. Now, after having felt the sting of betrayal, she prefers being hidden and friendless. She equates privacy with security and technology with pain.

Then she meets Valcas, an otherworldly time traveler who traverses time and space with a pair of altered sunglasses. When an ethereal being knocks Calla to the ground near her family’s lakeside cottage, Valcas uses the Travel Glasses to help her escape. He offers his further protection in exchange for a promise. Intrigued by Valcas and the possibility of time travel, Calla accepts. That is until she learns that his search for her was no mere coincidence.

Calla sets off on her own, taking the Travel Glasses with her. Torn between searching for her estranged father and reuniting with the rest of her family, she tracks down the inventor of the Travel Glasses in hopes of discovering more about Valcas’ past and motivations. The Travel Glasses take Calla’s mistrust of technology to all new levels. But without them, she’ll never make it back home. With Valcas hot on her trail, Calla hopes to find what she’s looking for before he catches up.

The Call to Search Everywhen is a serial series of novel-length installments. Travel Glasses is YA fantasy filled with metafiction and other literary twistiness. It's a thought-provoking narrative about trust, relationships, reality and illusion.

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Product Details

  • File Size: 3680 KB
  • Print Length: 242 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0990379965
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Czidor Lore, LLC (May 7, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00K6A0964
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #373,719 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars fun, captivating read May 17, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
I don't know about you, but for me, breaking open a young adult novel is like sinking into a comfortable couch in your childhood home. Travel Glasses has that familiar, slightly-angsty narration and the mysterious love interest that grabs hold of me, although at 21, I'm a good five years beyond the novel's target readership. I reviewed a free copy of the novel in exchange for an honest review, and I’m eagerly awaiting the release of its sequels.

The fantastical element that is characteristic of most recent young adult novels comes early in the narrative: the narrator Calla's love interest, Valcas, owns a pair of the eponymous "travel glasses," which allow him to travel through time--glasses that Calla soon gets her hands on and uses to escape menacing forces and Valcas himself. Travel Glasses tends to play into tropes, such as that of the “Frail. Gentle. Old. Kind” genius, but what separates it from other novels is that it acknowledges its commonalities in an almost tongue-in-cheek manner.

The bibliophilic narrator is surprisingly self-aware--a pleasant change from some novels in the teen genre. Somewhat of a self-proclaimed luddite, the seventeen-year-old Calla realized the irony of the different situations she finds herself in as a result of time travel. She also rejects the Stockholm-syndrome trope by using her wits at every opportunity to escape from her love-interest-turned-captor. Each character has his or her own strong voice, and Calla's inner narrative is distinct and easily likeable.

There are, of course, the occasional reminders that I am reading a book meant for a younger audience.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Page Turner! Chess Desalls' Debut Novel June 18, 2014
By debb
Format:Kindle Edition
Travel Glasses: The Call to Search Everywhen Book One by Chess Desalls
Chess Desalls’ debut novel; she’s on her way to having a great series.

Calla runs to sort out her life; little did she know soon she would be running as a time traveler. Valcas physically runs into Calla at her family’s lakeside cottage. He takes her to dinner to show how sorry he is; that dinner would change her life. Next thing she knows, she’s in a jet ski turned rowboat, and in the year eighteen-hundred-and-twelve.

Chess has written a page turner; from the first page I was gripped by her storytelling. I love the idea of glasses for time travel. And the characters, people she writes about, are so real to me that I am emotionally involved in the story.

Who is Valcas? She needs to find out. I don’t want to give away any part of Chess’ story. I want you to read the unfolding as I did. This is her debut novel and I know her series will be great if this first book is any indication of future work.

I was gifted the eBook in return for an honest review. Five stars!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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Travel Glasses is the first book in its series that explores very interesting and original themes. The basic premise of the novel is very original and the setup raises all sorts of interesting questions. For instance, if you were granted the ability to time travel where would you travel to? The past, the present or the future and why? Would you dare to visit your future self? How would such a visit alter the decisions in the present? If given the opportunity, would you pry into your family’s or even your friends’ past lives?

Further, Travel Glasses also has a very rich, fanciful setting. Especially with Chess Desalls’ abstract details that paint the creative worlds within the novel, and the mechanisms of the travel glasses. The downside of this rich imaginative element however, is that a lot of the story is awkwardly suffocating through its wide-ranging amount of explanation; particularly with the mechanics of the travel glasses and the rules it entails. This combined with how plot-driven the novel is, brought down my appreciation of the novel to a notch.

Also, considering that the novel is a plot-driven story, it does not spend as much time developing depth for its characters. Valcas was such an untouchable character, that my pursuit in reaching him was discouraging and exhausting. Added to that, the romantic relationship between Calla and Valcas was more creepy than romantic; he was literally hunting her down and by the time we found resolve to Valcas’ motives, the initial concern was brushed away too casually.

That said, I have mixed feelings about Travel Glasses. On the one hand, it’s an easy-read, it’s fun and full of adventure. On the other hand however, it leaves you begging for answers; like, what is imaginary and what is real?
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Mysterious Stranger Out Of Nowhere November 16, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
This series must be read in order. This is the first book.

Calla has become a hermit. She had a bad experience online and has completely disengaged with all things cyber. She also does not really get along with the kids her age that live in her tourist town. Bullies are something that she has always felt with( and tried to avoid). First by finishing school online from the earliest age possible and second by graduating as soon as possible. She has been out of school for years though soon she will start college ( well that's the plan anyways). All she does is run and sit in her room and read. She doesn't know her father and is estranged from her mother ( she can't bear her daughter's resemblance to said father so she works all the time)... She lives with her Uncle and keeps to herself. In essence she is disconnected from everything and everyone. Until the night that all changes when she meets a gorgeous stranger beside the lake in very odd circumstances. She feels an instant attraction to him and accepts his dinner invitation without a thought. Who is this mysterious boy who seems so interested in her? What does he want? More importantly what happened by the lake?

This fast paced time travel adventure is filled with action, thrills and suspense all centered around a mystery and a very unlikely romance. I truly enjoyed it even though I am still a bit lost. I can't wait to find out what happens next! There are still tons of mysteries to unravel as well as many adventures to explore! I will be avidly waiting for the next installment! All good time travel adventures should leave you a little lost after all!

***This series is suitable for mature young adult through adult readers
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5.0 out of 5 stars Travel everywhere and everywhen
The travel glasses evolve seamlessly from present technology. They transport us everywhere and everywhere—except for the return to now. Thought provoking and entertaining. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Marjorie Bicknell Johnson
3.0 out of 5 stars Frustrating Protagonist but Gripping Story
I’m sort of conflicted with this review because I liked so many aspects of it just as much as I didn’t like other parts. For me it was a completely new take on time travel. Read more
Published 11 days ago by Katy Messier
5.0 out of 5 stars It's a read you definitely wont regret!
A short novel with the thrilling beginning of a new series. The perfect cure for reading slumps, once you are two pages in, you will not be able to stop till you reach page 240. Read more
Published 18 days ago by Dory (FishThatReads)
5.0 out of 5 stars A Touching Story
A very beautifully written love story, although I got 'lost' in time. Each new time she visited she left a little piece of herself behind, but happily love finds a true path.
Published 1 month ago by Marie Gibson
5.0 out of 5 stars A great YA time-travelling adventure.
A great YA time-travelling adventure. A quirky, strong heroine and lots of twists and turns. Although the story certainly has some dark moments, it never loses its sense of fun and... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Travis West
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
loved this book. can't wait to read the next one. great start to a new series
Published 1 month ago by J. Sutherland
3.0 out of 5 stars Charming and imaginative!
Travel Glasses (The Call to Search Everywhen, Book #1) was a fun read. The story centers on Calla Winston, a young girl who, after some unfortunate experiences, has become... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Cynthia S.
4.0 out of 5 stars What An Interesting Time Traveling Book
I really loved they idea of being able to travel to the past by the way of wearing glasses. Calla and Valcas where such interesting characters. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Lori
5.0 out of 5 stars Time Travel
The concept of time travel has been around for a long time. It is depicted in many science fiction movies and novels, such as The Time Machine, Doctor Who, and more recently, Back... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jessica Wren
5.0 out of 5 stars Who doesn't love time travel
At first I wasn’t sure what was going on however I realized I was just as confused as seventeen-year-old Calla must have been being knock to the ground so quickly she did not see... Read more
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Chess Desalls recently authored the first two installments of the YA time travel series, The Call to Search Everywhen. She's a longtime reader of fantasy and sci-fi novels, particularly young adult fiction. When she's not reading or writing, she enjoys traveling and trying to stay in tune on her flute.

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