Friday, April 22, 2016

The 57 Lives of Alex Wayfare by M.G. Buehrlen + a Giveaway

All her life Alex has had visions. They terrify her and embarrass her and she does everything she can to avoid them. But when a vision launches her into 1920s Chicago where she meets a boy named Blue, everything changes. 

Alex is a Descender, a person whose soul has the ability to travel through time. But Alex is special. Alex is what's called a Transcender. Her soul has been reincarnated over and over and over, giving her the ability to travel through her own past lives. As she learns more about her ability and its usefulness, she also learns others are after her for her gifts and for her actions in her past lives. 

Time travel, reincarnation, and a corporation whose motives are questionable and whose founder will to everything he can to get Alex back into his fold or make her pay for leaving... M.G. Buehrlen's debut is an absolute mind bender of a read, that's for sure!

So when we meet Alex she's created a hard shell to protect her from what she basically views as a weird curse. She avoids anything and everything she thinks might trigger a vision - cats, ferris wheels, boats - and she doesn't read fiction or watch movies and TV she deems unsafe. Anything she can think of to keep the visions at bay. But it's made her very closed off. She has no friends.

But she is brilliant when it comes to science, tinkering and creating things that make life easier for those around her. It's her one real escape.

Until she learns the truth about her so-called visions. Given she's experienced them for so long, wishing and begging for them to stop, it's understandable that she'd very quickly adapt to the truth behind them and the revelation about her new ability. And once that happens, the action really begins!

But of course, since this is just the beginning of Alex's story we are left with a LOT Of questions. Questions I am dying to see answered very soon. Fortunately, my wait will be very short indeed because the sequel is hitting shelves next Tuesday. I for one am very much looking forward to the next installment, especially considering where we left off on this debut!

Rating: 4/5

But I can't imagine how torturous the wait has to have been for those of you who may have come to the series when it first launched back in 2014! Agh, you've been waiting so long!

See, M.G. Buehrlen was one of the many authors orphaned after the shuttering of Angry Robot's Strange Chemistry imprint. Which is a shame because there were a lot of really great titles under that imprint. Fortunately, Beuhrlen (and many others) have been snatched from the ruins and given new life with other houses!

The 57 Lives of Alex Wayfare and it's very soon to be released sequel, The Untimely Deaths of Alex Wayfare, have found a home at Diversion Books, who graciously provided me with the opportunity to not only cover both titles BUT to also offer you guys a chance to win a copy of The 57 Lives of Alex Wayfare of your very own! And since my review of The Untimely Deaths of Alex Wayfare may contain some spoilers for those of you who are new to the series, I'm going to include the giveaway on both reviews!

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traveler said...

Intriguing. Thanks for this great feature and giveaway. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

Emma A. said...

This sounds so cool! I love time travel books and this one sounds so different from other time travel books! I hope I get the chance to read it.