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Travel Glasses (The Call to Search Everywhen Book 1) by [Desalls, Chess]
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2016 NEW YORK BOOK FESTIVAL YOUNG ADULT RUNNER-UP

"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

"I certainly want to know more...
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Jeannie Zelos Book Reviews, Amazon top reviewer

From the Author

Book 3, Time for the Lost, is out now! The Call to Search Everywhen boxed set (books 1 through 3) is also available. 

Product Details

  • File Size: 3673 KB
  • Print Length: 242 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Czidor Lore, LLC (May 7, 2014)
  • Publication Date: May 7, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00K6A0964
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #613,851 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Travel Glasses (The Call to Search Everywhen Book 1)by Chess Desalls

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.
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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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Valcas is helping Calla, and he could use her help too. He's saved her from some thing that's after her, and it's not safe for her to return home. He's also in a tight spot and she can help him by posing as his betrothed. Calla realizes a bit late that the rule she's to play for Valcas seems more long term than she originally thought. When she learns he's searched her out specifically she becomes upset, and Valcas has her locked in her rooms. Young Calla knows the only way out of this palace is the same way they got in. She must retrieve Valcas's traveling glasses, the ones that give him the ability to travel through time and places. To do this, she must act the part she was brought here to be. After she has the glasses, she goes on her own mission to stay safe and learn what she can of Valcas.

Natalie narrates this story with accents for characters from different parts of the world, and time. We have Romaso from Venice and Shirlyn from England. Valcas has a prim and proper sound to him that is relayed in his speaking and the terms he uses. However in the beginning I didn't feel a lot of emotion in her voice while reading. In the end of the book it felt her connection with Calla and Calla's growth grew in her voice acting.

The first few chapters happen fast and left me with lots of questions. All good as I wanted to know all the answers! What's after Calla? Why? What's knocking her over? He say's it's 1812? Why does Valcas have sunglasses on in the dark? Things change fast and I'm curious as to why and how, jet ski to row boat. I have to keep going to see what's going on!
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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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