The 57 Lives of Alex Wayfare by MG Buehrlen

Today is the release date of YA Books Central head Ninja's YA book:

On my Nook Tablet:

To celebrate Mandy's book release I'm putting on my own 'nerdy' glasses:

Here's the blurb:

For as long as 17-year-old Alex Wayfare can remember, she has had visions of the past. Visions that make her feel like she’s really on a ship bound for America, living in Jamestown during the Starving Time, or riding the original Ferris wheel at the World’s Fair.

But these brushes with history pull her from her daily life without warning, sometimes leaving her with strange lasting effects and wounds she can’t explain. Trying to excuse away the aftereffects has booked her more time in the principal’s office than in any of her classes and a permanent place at the bottom of the social hierarchy. Alex is desperate to find out what her visions mean and get rid of them.

It isn’t until she meets Porter, a stranger who knows more than should be possible about her, that she learns the truth: Her visions aren’t really visions. Alex is a Descender – capable of traveling back in time by accessing Limbo, the space between Life and Afterlife. Alex is one soul with fifty-six past lives, fifty-six histories.

Fifty-six lifetimes to explore: the prospect is irresistible to Alex, especially when the same mysterious boy with soulful blue eyes keeps showing up in each of them. But the more she descends, the more it becomes apparent that someone doesn't want Alex to travel again. Ever.

And will stop at nothing to make this life her last

What's to love?

It's part Quantum Leap, part Dr. Who,and even some Somewhere in Time mixed into one gripping tale.

I'm a huge fan of time travel novels but this one is a little different. Alex can travel back in time by accessing Limbo(a really cool space in between Life and Afterlife). Alex's adventures have some twists and turns that at times take her off guard like the 1960s skinny dipping one. Also she feels an intense connection with one stranger she keeps 'bumping' into. The intensity of each encounter drives Alex to want to know more about this stranger. This reminded me of Chris Reeves character in Somewhere in Time when he first bumps into the Jane Seymour character.

Love the twists and turns in this time traveling/past lives tale. The chemistry between Alex and Blue(especially the 1927 dance scene) pulsed with chemistry. The premise behind being a Descender is very intriguing and Buehrlen does a great job showing us in detail how Alex feels when she goes back into one of her past lives. There were times I was on the edge of my seat, wondering where Alex would go and what revelations she'd encounter. There is a big climax with a surprising twist.

I can't wait to see where Alex goes in the sequel!

A must read for time travel fans!


Shari Green said…
Sounds very fun! Another one added to my list. :) Thanks, Kim.

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