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- Publisher: Czidor Lore, LLC (May 7, 2014)
- Publication Date: May 7, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00K6A0964
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"The concept is very imaginative and well-defined....In spite of the sci-fi fantasy theme, the notion of love and trust in Travel Glasses made quite an impression on me." -Readers' Favorite, Lit Amri
"This was a refreshing deviation from the plug any date into a time travel machine and push a button approach of time travel seen in so many other novels." -YA Love Magazine
"As a first installment in a new series this provides an intriguing start." -I Am Indeed, Amazon top reviewer
"Well written and intriguing it caught and kept my attention right through,and was what so often appeals to me about YA, a great story and relaxing to read. I certainly want to know more..." -Jeannie Zelos Book Reviews, Amazon top reviewer
"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." -Dory, NetGalley reviewer
"could easily be viewed as the resulting thought experiment conducted if Albert Einstein had met Lewis Carroll for an evening of tea and contemplation" -J.L. D., Amazon reviewer
"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." -Debra, Amazon reviewer, Debb's Reads book blog
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For me this was a somewhat deceptive novel that managed to capture me within the offered sample even though it gave a slight difference of appearance than my usual fare.
When we first meet her, Calidora Winston lives in a resort community coming near the end of tourist season and she's contemplating back-to-school. She lives with her Uncle while her mother is off somewhere keeping busy. She is out for a run, because she has given up on making friends and has eschewed technology; since the time she befriended someone online who later began publishing lewd and hateful pictures and information about Calla and even though Calla had used a different name the person had somehow found and publisher her real name. So she spends her days running and this day something mysterious knocks her down; that's how she meets Valcas who assists her and asks her out to dinner.
So, yes, I thought pretty much a romance coming up here. But I'm glad I continued to read. Soon it appears that Valcas has saved her from some sort of attack and he appears to have to do so again while they are on the date, which he admits is not a date since he came to help her. This pushes her into a time travel nightmare that starts out almost romantic but quickly turns to something that sounds creepy and makes Valcas look mostly like a kidnapper. The story is vindicated when Calla starts feeling the same way and decides to be proactive. When Calla discovers that the time travel device is built into the strange glasses that Valcas wears everywhere, she plots to steal them and escape. But escape is not so easy, since the rules of time travel involve the need to focus on someone in history as your target point.
When Calla escapes she seeks out the creator of the Travel Glasses based on a rather suspect algorithm of what she would expect the creator to look like. Oddly she does manage to find a gentleman who claims to have created them and that Valcas had stolen them. The place where she finds the man is something straight out of Alice in Wonderland and it doesn't take long for this reader to decide that the turn this story is taking could easily be viewed as the resulting thought experiment conducted if Albert Einstein had met Lewis Carroll for an evening of tea and contemplation.
Aside from the ease with which she finds the creator of the glasses the time travel rules stay fairly tight and consistent. There was one minor possible quibble that comes with the mention of silhouettes, which perhaps I missed something or it might be better explained later as to who and how a time traveler becomes and is qualified as a silhouette. Otherwise I felt that for the story internally the time travel held it's consistency well. You will have to read the novel to see what I mean about those mentions above. There are even a clever set rules and regulations enforced by the TSTA Time and Space Travel Authority.
This novel took several twists and turns to get to the meat, which I felt was when Calla finally decides to confront her kidnapper and manages to do so in a timeline that is prior to the act. This allows her the possibility of seeing what lies behind the nature of Valcas and it allows the reader a chance to see more depth in Calla as she navigates through it all and begins to grow into a character that the reader can better relate to and understand.
The unveiling of Valcas possible motives and the discovery of the true Callas made this novel a gem and I'll be moving on to the second novel to see what happens next.
This is a rather unusual time travel tale that might be more comfortable in a paranormal classification, but still holds strong as SFF time travel. And it might be a bit less of a romance than it appears on the surface.
All that being said, the writing itself is good and the story is moving - I continue to be baffled by our main character. Also there are no disturbing grammatical or spelling errors, which is a breath of fresh air in a low cost kindle book.
I enjoyed the creativity of this story and the author’s take on time travel. Her delightful use of imagery puts you in the scene, taking you along for the ride on Calla’s adventures. It was well written, the characters were defined, and the concept was intriguing-which is exactly why I wished the author had gone deeper. There were areas glossed over that, with greater exploration, would have served to draw me in more. There were story elements as well that could have used a bit more explanation. I also had trouble understanding Calla. Without going too far into SPOILER territory, I found Calla too nonchalant with her situation. After what she’d gone through, and her self-abandonment of friends and family, I didn’t understand why she was ‘going with the flow’, especially with Valcas. She eagerly, or perhaps a better word is blindly, accepted him and the circumstances that she found herself in because of him. I felt she did the same with Edgar, and others, putting herself in their hands with very little questions asked. It didn’t seem the way someone who had been so previously burned by trusting people, would behave.
Overall, I enjoyed the read and would definitely recommend it. Travel Glasses held my attention with plenty of action, mystery, and romance. The author spun an imaginative and charming tale with an ending that leaves you more than a little curious about what’s to come for Calla in book #2.
Top international reviews
The travel glasses are a marvellous invention, which allows Calla to explore every time that ever was; and never was. I loved the creativity, it felt almost like Fantasia, where you move from one surreal scene to another (but without the flying ponies!).
It was an enjoyable ride through Renaissance Venice, turn of the century England, and modern America.
I want to say that I loved it, but I'll be honest, I didn't get it.
The initial meeting felt a little too stretched that, despite being a self-imposed hermit, Calla agrees to go to dinner with a stranger she has literally bumped into. Then despite dinner being weird, when the strange guy says run, she runs.
Calla's main drives and objectives seem pretty blurry throughout. She wants to avoid a certain bad guy, but does so by stalking his past and family connections.
There's a frequent thought that arises that she could use the glasses to track down her workaholic mother or estranged father, and I really wish she had pursued that route. I'm sure it will arise later in the series, but I thought it would be more prominent in this book, especially as it's mentioned in the synopsis.
I felt that further into the book, I got more questions than answers. Calla would hover around a topic and questions, then move on with no solution. When she returned to her uncle's, how much time had gone by? Why was the waiter at the restaurant a prick? Why didn't Calla freak out when she agreed to get engaged? Plus a few others that might be spoilerish.
Overall, I'd recommend it if you're looking for a very creative ride.
The world building was fantastic, and thanks to the creative and vivid descriptions, it was easy to see each place that Calla visited, from Edgar's small cottage in the clearing by the still stream to the White Tower with its long door-lined hallway.
Learning about the futuristic technology and inventions, and the 'physics and laws' of time travel at the same time as Calla, helped me to feel what she was feeling.
The characters were well-developed and each had their own personality and voice. As the book continued I learnt more about each one, their backgrounds and the reasons behind their behaviour and actions.
I loved this amazing start to a new series and have already read the second book. I'm now waiting for book 3.
It got too convoluted and confusing and I had the feeling that the author wasn't quite sure where the story was going.
However, this is only my personal opinion and others may well love it.
Well-developed and with a fluid writing style, the plot is filled with twists and turns that keep the reader on edge from beginning to end. The action never slows as Calla begins a journey to learn more about her dogged tracker travelling not only to the home of the inventor of the glasses, but to the past, falling under the spell of one of Vulcas's silhouettes. With clever dexterity Chess Desalls blends past and present, reality and illusion as Calla not only learns about the intricacies of the travel glasses, but the danger of getting her lost in time and space the more she travels.
Unique and inventive technology like the zoboscope, holo-brary, and Estrel-Flyer gives an otherworldly, unreality as well as an artistic dimension to a plot where Calla searches for the truth behind Valcas's drive to gain kingdoms and power. As the story flows swiftly and smoothly towards a climax where she will again confront the real Valcas, a wrench is thrown into the mix when her mother calls from TSTA ( Time and Space Travel Agency) that prompts a cliff-hanger with details about her past, her father and the charges pending against her.
The personalities of the characters are fascinating and complex although some are surreal. Calidora (Calla) Winston educated online and betrayed by a friend tends to be a loner, preferring the security of a non-technological environment. Estranged from her mother and living with her uncle she 's a worrier, but as the adventure unfolds becomes bold, resourceful and brave. Valcas the nephew of the inventor of the travel glasses is smart enigmatic and arrogant. Growing up with only the friendships in the holo-brary to keep him company while his parents travelled, his emotions shifted between excitement, anger, pain, and loss, knowing little hope or happiness until meeting Calla. Edgar Hall is the highly intelligent, gentle and helpful inventor who befriends Calla in her travels while his younger version although kind seems distant, absorbed by his scientific research. These main characters and others infuse the adventure with passion, energy and drama.
I liked "Travel Glasses" a fresh and imaginative YA scify-fantasy that looks at trust and relationships, and gives a unique new spin to a romance. I look forward to reading the sequel.
The next book sure is going to be interesting.