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"Chess has written a page turner." -Debb Reads Blog

"As a first installment in a new series this provides an intriguing start." -I Am Indeed *Top Reviewer*

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From the Author

Hi! I recently authored the first two installments of the YA time travel serial series, The Call to Search Everywhen. I'm a longtime reader of fantasy and sci-fi novels, particularly classics and young adult fiction. There's nothing quite like a good fairy tale or fable. When I'm not writing I enjoy traveling, reading and trying to stay in tune on my flute. :o)

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  • File Size: 3680 KB
  • Print Length: 242 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0990379965
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Czidor Lore, LLC (May 7, 2014)
  • Publication Date: May 7, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00K6A0964
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #331,850 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Parisa M on 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 By debb on June 18, 2014
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!
lavoiedebra@gmail.com
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dory (FishThatReads) on May 8, 2015
Format: Paperback
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. The plot of Travel Glasses was not one you could simply predict. It's full of never before seen twists which you will come to love.

There are very few characters which are included in more than once chapter by name. I liked this. Once a name is mentioned then you know instantly who they are since they are quite distinguishable from one another, Desalls made it simple for me with this (I usually lose the connection between name and character while reading when there is too many characters, especially when one is alike to another.)

It let the characters grow deep, we learn the characters backgrounds, we learn their reasons for their actions it all gets explained as we read on, Calla develops from this timid stay at home girl to this endearing character standing bravely for herself. Some characters were very simple, not much depth and rather predictable. For example, the Venetian boy from the 16th century, I forgot his name though, he was the stereotypical boy drowned in love for a girl. There was also that twist with Callas mother including the TSTA, I didn't like the twist and i especially didn't like how Calla adapted to the twist. The relation between mother and daughter changed too quickly.

The ending of this novel was also pretty strange with the characters actions. Through the story, you come to disliking the pale eyed Valcas along with Calla, then at the end she takes his hand. This made me pretty frustrated.

The sci-fi aspect of the novel was perfectly executed, everything was wonderfully explained and it felt real to me, it felt very possible, less fictitious.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By B&C Arroyo on October 15, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
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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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