Travel Glasses

Travel Glasses

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by Chess Desalls
     
 

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2016 IAN OUTSTANDING YOUNG ADULT WINNER
2016 NEW YORK BOOK FESTIVAL YOUNG ADULT RUNNER-UP
2016 READERS' FAVORITE HONORABLE MENTION IN YA MYSTERY

Calla Winston's mobile devices sit in a corner of her room, covered in dust. Weeks ago, she shared photos and laughs with her best online friend. Now, after having felt the sting of betrayal, she prefers

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2016 IAN OUTSTANDING YOUNG ADULT WINNER
2016 NEW YORK BOOK FESTIVAL YOUNG ADULT RUNNER-UP
2016 READERS' FAVORITE HONORABLE MENTION IN YA MYSTERY

Calla Winston's mobile devices sit in a corner of her room, covered in dust. Weeks ago, she shared photos and laughs with her best online friend. Now, after having felt the sting of betrayal, she prefers being hidden and friendless. She equates privacy with security and technology with pain.

Then she meets Valcas, an otherworldly time traveler who traverses time and space with a pair of altered sunglasses. When an ethereal being knocks Calla to the ground near her family's lakeside cottage, Valcas uses the Travel Glasses to help her escape. He offers his further protection in exchange for a promise. Intrigued by Valcas and the possibility of time travel, Calla accepts. That is until she learns that his search for her was no mere coincidence.

Calla sets off on her own, taking the Travel Glasses with her. Torn between searching for her estranged father and reuniting with the rest of her family, she tracks down the inventor of the Travel Glasses in hopes of discovering more about Valcas' past and motivations. The Travel Glasses take Calla's mistrust of technology to all new levels. But without them, she'll never make it back home. With Valcas hot on her trail, Calla hopes to find what she's looking for before he catches up.

The Call to Search Everywhen is a serial series of novel-length installments. Travel Glasses is YA fantasy filled with metafiction and other literary twistiness. It's a thought-provoking narrative about trust, relationships, reality and illusion.

Many thanks to the cover design team at www.damonza.com for the beautiful new cover art.

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Lit Amri
"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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940149263882
Publisher:
Czidor Lore, LLC
Publication date:
05/07/2014
Series:
The Call to Search Everywhen , #1
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
54,639
File size:
4 MB

Meet the Author

Chess Desalls is the author of the YA time travel series, The Call to Search Everywhen. She's a longtime reader of fantasy and sci-fi novels, particularly classics and young adult fiction. Her nonfiction writing has led to academic and industry publications. She's also a contributing editor for her local writing club's monthly newsletter. The California Writers Club, South Bay branch, has awarded two of Chess' stories first place for best short fiction. When she's not reading or writing, she enjoys traveling and trying to stay in tune on her flute.

chessdesalls.com

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Travel Glasses 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
miztrebor More than 1 year ago
Overall, I enjoyed what I read in Chess Desalls first The Call to Search Everywhen novel, Travel Glasses. It wasn’t the easiest book to follow, but it shows potential for future books, and that’s a good indicator for the start of a series. As with all books dealing with time travel, it’s not always easy to keep the story straight, whether you’re the writer or the reader. In this case, I think it the traveling aspect of the story was a bit confusing. At the same time, the main character was just as confused as the reader. This may or may not have aided in being a little forgiving on how much the story jumped around without trying to build a world around the “where” and “when” was taking place. I’m hoping that with the second book, things will be a little easier to follow and to enjoy because the characters have revealed more toward the latter end of this book. The characters in this book also suffered a bit. While I was able to sympathize with many of them, and grew to like some, there were times when they felt a bit flat. And if not flat, they felt breezed over at times. I would have liked a little more attention given to them to help ground me in the story that was all over the place (literally, since there’s a lot of traveling taking place). Still, by the end, I think I got a better understanding of the main characters and also a clear direction to where the series will go. It just took longer that expected to get to that attitude toward the book. As I stated before, I did enjoy this book. I feel that I could end up enjoying book two, Insight Kindling, much more and in turn reading further into the series as they’re released.
FishThatReads More than 1 year ago
A short novel with the thrilling beginning of a new series. The perfect cure for reading slumps, once you are two pages in, you will not be able to stop till you reach page 240. The plot of Travel Glasses was not one you could simply predict. It's full of never before seen twists which you will come to love. There are very few characters which are included in more than once chapter by name. I liked this. Once a name is mentioned then you know instantly who they are since they are quite distinguishable from one another, Desalls made it simple for me with this (I usually lose the connection between name and character while reading when there is too many characters, especially when one is alike to another.) It let the characters grow deep, we learn the characters backgrounds, we learn their reasons for their actions it all gets explained as we read on, Calla develops from this timid stay at home girl to this endearing character standing bravely for herself. Some characters were very simple, not much depth and rather predictable. For example, the Venetian boy from the 16th century, I forgot his name though, he was the stereotypical boy drowned in love for a girl. There was also that twist with Callas mother including the TSTA, I didn't like the twist and i especially didn't like how Calla adapted to the twist. The relation between mother and daughter changed too quickly. The ending of this novel was also pretty strange with the characters actions. Through the story, you come to disliking the pale eyed Valcas along with Calla, then at the end she takes his hand. This made me pretty frustrated. The sci-fi aspect of the novel was perfectly executed, everything was wonderfully explained and it felt real to me, it felt very possible, less fictitious.  The TSTA, glasses, rules, bright light, nowheres and everything made sense to me. Best of it all, this is a theme I haven't hear of. Its not a copy of any other sci-fi novel I have ever heard of, and trust me, I've heard of a lot. The description of the surroundings was clear. Each place Calla visited was viewed as depicted, every setting was one I enjoyed seeing. They were all creative, from the White Tower with its purple and red sand, each room in that very, very long hallway, Edgars workplace. I loved them all. Desalls writing wasn't extraordinary, but it was one which you read smoothly along with. I never found a problem in her writing and I am excited for reading Insight Kindling. Do me a solid, and read this book. It's a read you definitely wont regret! Received eGalley from NetGalley and from the very kind author as well.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite In Travel Glasses (The Call to Search Everywhen, Book 1) by Chess Desalls, a young woman named Calidora ‘Calla’ Winston meets Valcas, an otherworldly time traveler who traverses time and space with a pair of altered sunglasses. When an ethereal being attacks Calla near her family’s lakeside cottage, Valcas uses the Travel Glasses to help her escape. He offers his further protection in exchange for a promise. Intrigued by Valcas and the possibility of time travel, Calla accepts. That is until she learns that his search for her was no mere coincidence. I’m impressed with Desalls’ spin on the time travel theme, and the beautiful cover art complements the story well. The concept is very imaginative and well-defined. That said, it took a while for me to figure out the direction of the plot. Also, I found Calla to be too offhand at times even when she was in dangerous situations. Nevertheless, as the story progressed, everything became clearer and Calla shows more depth as a character. The mystery about Valcas is also well-written and will no doubt evoke readers’ curiosity. The ‘science’ of the theme is complex, but the time travel method and the world building are clearly explained in a timely manner, chapter after chapter. This also allows the story to progress at a swift pace. In spite of the sci-fi fantasy theme, the notion of love and trust in Travel Glasses made quite an impression on me. Overall, I enjoyed the story and look forward to reading the next book in the series.
KatyMessier More than 1 year ago
I’m sort of conflicted with this review because I liked so many aspects of it just as much as I didn’t like other parts.  For me it was a completely new take on time travel. It felt like it went even farther by introducing much more than just travel via time but also into other worlds.  What got me is that while I became so wrapped up in the story, I really wanted to smack Calla upside the head with the very book she’s in.  I understood why she wasn’t trusting and perhaps even antisocial but we never really got an explanation as to why she was treated so badly at the lake by her peers.  For me that plot hole was frustrating and made her difficult to empathize with.  As the story moved on she just seemed slow to figure things out while in others she seems way ahead of the game, usually to her own peril.  With as much annoyance as I had with her I still became quite connected I think primarily due to the fact I loved the main story so much.  Perhaps even because of the interesting connection I had with the characters and the very surprising ending – I’m very excited to dig in to the next book in the series.  FTC Disclosure: I received this free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.  This in no way influenced my opinion of the book and I was provided with no other compensation. 
TimeIsAnIllusion More than 1 year ago
If you are a fan of fantasy Time-Travel (with just a dash of romance), you might want to give Chess Desalls' "Travel Glasses" a try. At times it stirred thoughts of Alice In Wonderland, as I read it. Especially with so many hops to so many different 'unusual' places.  Perhaps it was the bizarre and oddly colored vegetation that first sent my thoughts in that direction.  Calla (like Alice) asks the people she meets lots of questions about what is happening to her and continually receives evasive replies, partial answers, or no answer at all. Though there are some aspects about Calla that seem assertive, demanding answers to her questions is not one of them. Desalls' writing style features well-described characters and (imaginative) places, but I found myself confused at times by what motivated her characters.  In the opening, Calla seems to be withdrawn from contact with her peerage, particularly due to a briefly mentioned cyber-bullying, yet she accepts a dinner date with Valcas moments after meeting him.  I never got a feeling for who the mysterious Valcas is (in any of his time-lines) or what motivates him. I realize that there is intent to further unravel the secrets as the series continues to unfold, but I would have enjoyed a little more revelation before the close of 'Travel Glasses'.  I will be interested to see if more questions are answered in the sequel: "Insight Kindling".
gaele More than 1 year ago
3.5 stars – rounded  In what promises to be a clever start for a new time-travelling series, Ches Desalis presents the heroine, Calla  and gives her several new experiences.  Calla is a clever character: fairly typical teen with her eye on “after”: after heading to university, after leaving the  town she is in, after everything.  She doesn’t get on well with the others her age in town, so her schooling was online: in fact her life is fairly closed off from the outside world, and that led her into making online friends.  Not knowing her father and estranged from her mother because of her resemblance to her father, Calla lives with her uncle, and essentially has made her room the center and only space in her life. With a betrayal from her online community, Calla has put away her devices, and just exists: reading, pacing and dreaming of different.   Narrated in first person, we are limited to Calla’s view of the worlds that she encounters, this works for and against the story, as Calla is not a very visually aware person, and she does not always describe what she is seeing thoroughly, and that limits the reader’s ability to visualize setting and place. This doesn’t really become an issue until the story starts to gain traction, but it does become an issue that could have improved the tale significantly.  When Calla meets Valcas by the lake, and notices the strange glasses he is wearing, she is intrigued, but unsettled. He’s handsome and obviously interested in her, but fortunately instead of jumping into a relationship, Calla retreats to think it all over.  Valcas’ glasses come with more than just an odd look, though.  They are a means of time-travel, which he demonstrates for her. This is perhaps one step too far for the isolated and  isolative Calla, and her entire confusion about the travel, and the fact that Valcas has imprisoned her.  Stealing the glasses to get back to what she knows, the chase is on.   What emerges, eventually after a rather slow start with some confusing developments in terms of Calla’s choices soon becomes a fairly fast-paced chase. The ‘travel glasses’ as a concept is incredibly unique: who wouldn’t want that option. But, the repeated information bombs in the story, most very detailed and all tell no show were huge halting points. Since Calla is not a greatly skilled narrator of ‘what she sees’ to give the reader  a feel of the place or objects, the overall impression is a fairly cut-and-dried visual for the reader: most importantly leaving gaps that reader’s need to leave blank.  While I loved the need to engage in the visualization, there needed to be more to grab on to and fill the story in color. I feel like most of this book was in pen and ink drawings, missing the depth of full color.   Secondary characters, with the exception of Valcas, are less developed in terms of background, and while the ‘pre-glasses’ Valcas was interesting and helped to build his character as a flawed being, not just a confusing villain, the others aren’t given great depth to engage in. I liked the book, I just think there was more development needed to description and characters, with perhaps a few less “challenges’ presented in terms of the adventures. There were many elements stuffed into a relatively short book, and many unanswered questions arise. As a first installment in a new series this provides an intriguing start.  I received an eBook copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility
jeanniezelos More than 1 year ago
Travel Glasses, The Call to Search Everywhen 1, Chess Desalls Genre: Teens and YA, fantasy .Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews Some YA reads contain a story that appeals to all ages, the only different from adult reads is that the plot is solid but the text is easy to follow and this is one of those. Well written and intriguing it caught and kept my attention right through, and was what so often appeals to me about YA, a great story and relaxing to read. I certainly want to know more... Calla, she’d had a bit of a tough upbringing, and in recent years been a loner to due some horrific cyber bullying by an online “friend”. She’s a bright girl, and her uncle who she lives with worries about her and her isolations. So when she comes across Valcas and he asks her to dinner that night she accepts, thinking it will please uncle Al. It does, but in also starts a chain of events that take her to other worlds and times, with danger shadowing her every step. Its a really fun read, very unusual and with some novels like this I’ve a shedload of questions that never get answered, but here – each time I think “ I wonder why/how/who/what?” the answer comes, and not through that horrible device so often used of simply telling the reader the answers, but by Calla thinking her way through, using logic to find them, or by looking at what’s happening to her, or sometimes just asking questions of another traveller. That makes the story so much more realistic, more interesting than what often happens, where we just read pages of text giving the reader the answer. I want to feel as if I’m Calla, and learning along with her from events and mistakes. I need to feel “in” the story to fully enjoy it, not just be an onlooker. Its a real fun journey, but fraught with danger, and Valcas, from seeming a young, kind and good looking man, now seems to be so much more and to be pursuing Calla possibly to harm her. I really liked him, and being an incurable romantic can’t help hoping there’s some solid reasons behind his behaviour. We learn so much about him through her travels, and about other travellers, and I really enjoyed this book and look forward to reading the next. Stars: Five, a great read full of fun and drama and suitable for teens and adults alike. ARC provided by Netgalley and publishers.
ValerieLP More than 1 year ago
Chess Desalls is a breath of fresh air in the Young Adult genre ~ no zombies or vampires! Travel Glasses, or more accurately, The Call to Search Everywhen Book One, is just what it sounds like, a book about time travel where the characters travel through time and place using a special pair of glasses. What a fun, innovative idea, I thought when I bought the book. And boy was I right! Her characters are polished with just enough mystique to capture and maintain our interest throughout the book. The main character, Calla, is an insecure, yet determined 17 year old girl with father abandonment issues, whose mother is always gone. Calla lives with her emotionally distant uncle and is unable to discuss peer problems when they arise. It's no surprise when a handsome, sophisticated stranger appears in the form of the enigmatic Valcas and sweeps her off her feet. After a terrifying brush with an unknown darkness, Valcas convinces her she is in mortal danger. Using the travel glasses, they flee into his past. Bad decision! But then, she is only seventeen. Yet as her impulsive behavior endangers her, it also helps launch her own fast-paced adventure. Word of warning! Do not gallop through the book, no matter how tempted. And you will be tempted. Desalls writing sparkles and the adventure is gripping. If you go too fast, you will miss out on all the author's well placed hints, tantalizing clues and fabulously developed plot twists. Finally, let me say that time travel holds a particular fascination for me, and I approach it with a systematically critical eye. Chess Desalls' clearly woven plot addresses each twist and turn of time travels potential dichotomy. Her world and characters are persuasive, logical and convincing. It is an exciting adventure with a unique approach to time travel. Join Chess in her search of EVERYWHEN. I highly recommend this book and can not wait to read the next installment. Thank you Chess Desalls.