The Photo Traveler by Arthur J. Gonzalez
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
As a time travel book, the storyline was terrific. You have an ultra unlucky kid who needs a hole he can sink into, a comfort zone of sorts. He finds this comfort zone with his ability to look at pictures and travel back to when they were taken. I'm not a 100% for keeping the parents in the story because it was as if Gavin couldn't move on or didn't want to move on.
As a YA book, I've had better. Gavin as a lead character didn't seem like the best choice. It always seemed that the secondary characters like his grandparents, parents or the people he was running from could take over and make this their story at any time. Had his character matured a bit more during the novel, I would have liked him more. Overall, The Photo Traveler by Arthur J. Gonzalez was a good read that combined more than time travel and science fiction. It had elements of history, fantasy and an adventure the reader can go along for the ride.
Would I recommend this read? Hmmmmmm. It's one thing to have a cliffhanger ending when the second book is already with the editor or in the final stages. It's a whole other thing to have a cliffhanger ending and then tell readers, I'm working on the second book. I will recommend this book based on the author's writing and on the storyline but if you are not one for cliffhangers then best to stay away.
Offensive content?: Based on language and settings I'd say even an advanced 10-year-old would enjoy it.
Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from the author. I did not receive any payment in exchange for this review nor was I obliged to write a positive one.
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