The Photo Traveler was so much better than I thought it would be. I think the awful cover is why I didn’t read it sooner, the cover shouldn’t affect my reading choice but it does! Call me shallow but as this book has to do with photography and the power of images, I do think a more imaginative and artistic cover would work well in its favour. Once I got over my cover snobbery, I was delighted to find that it had a very creative theme and an interesting main character who grew up a lot during the book.The Photo Traveler by Arthur J. Gonzalez
Published by Arthur J Gonzalez on February 18th 2013
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Seventeen-year-old Gavin Hillstone is resigned to being miserable for the rest of his life. Left alone in the world after his parents died in a fire when he was four, he was placed in foster care, which for him meant ending up in an abusive home with an alcoholic adoptive father. Gavin's only escape is in taking and creating images. His camera is his refuge from the unending torture and isolation of daily life in his "family." Until he learns by accident that he isn't alone in the world after all. His father's parents are still alive and living in Washington DC. When he takes the plunge and travels 3,000 miles to find his grandparents, he learns that they-and he-are part of something much bigger, and more dangerous, than he could ever have imagined. Something that has always put his family at risk and that will now threaten his own life, while forever changing it. He learns that he is one of the last descendants of a small group of Photo Travelers-people who can travel through time and space through images. But his initial excitement turns to fear, when he soon discovers that he and his grandparents are being pursued by the fierce remnants of a radical European Photo Traveler cult, the Peace Hunters. What Gavin has, they want! His adventure will take him to past eras, like The Great Depression and the Salem Witch Trials. Gavin will have to discover who he really is and must make choices that spell the difference between life and death for himself, for the relatives he now knows and loves, and for the girl he will come to love. For Gavin, life will never be the same.
Loved travelling via the photos to the different settings. I felt the settings came to life and I loved the flavour they added to the story.
Interesting male pov and I fully appreciated that it was a male author writing a male pov as it just came across as authentic.
The time travel element was a bit mind boggling with its implications which I loved!
Insta-love. It was a bad case of insta-love and I wanted to eye-roll. On the other hand it was also kind of cute, I just wished it had been built up a little better.
The main character seemed a bit immature at times. BUT I did enjoy his growth during the book.
Overall I’m glad I finally made time for this one and I have every intention of reading book 2 now. Because, cliffhanger!
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I would like to thank Arthur Gonzalez for giving me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.