Wander Dust

Wander Dust

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by Michelle Warren

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Ever since her sixteenth birthday, strange things keep happening to Seraphina Parrish. Unexplainable premonitions catapult her to faraway cities. A street gang wants to kill her, and a beautiful, mysterious boy stalks her.

But when Sera moves to Chicago, and her aunt reveals their family connection to a centuries old, secret society, she’s immediately…  See more details below


Ever since her sixteenth birthday, strange things keep happening to Seraphina Parrish. Unexplainable premonitions catapult her to faraway cities. A street gang wants to kill her, and a beautiful, mysterious boy stalks her.

But when Sera moves to Chicago, and her aunt reveals their family connection to a centuries old, secret society, she’s immediately thrust into an unbelievable fantasy world, leading her on a quest to unravel the mysteries that plague her. In the end, their meanings crash into an epic struggle of loyalty and betrayal, and she’ll be forced to choose between the boy who has stolen her heart and the thing she desires most.

Wander Dust is the breathtaking fantasy that will catapult you through a story of time, adventure, and love.

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Wander Dust 4.4 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 117 reviews.
bindi09 More than 1 year ago
this book is definitly worthy of the keeper/favourite bookcase. i loved all the characters, sera was a kickass female lead and bishop is very swoon worthy :) if you want a different YA paranormal book to read this is definitly it :)
Rhym More than 1 year ago
Beautiful! What a wonderful new world was created here! Where will we wander next!?
Kujo222 More than 1 year ago
This book captured me from the first page! I wish I could have read it in one sitting, but I have to work too. The story takes you on a journey with Seraphina Parrish and through her eyes. She's thrown into a world that seems almost impossible, where she needs to wrap her mind around the impossible. What was really fun about reading this story is since you were in Sera's viewpoint this new worldview is revealed to you as it is revealed to her, and you get to be as confused as she is. I think that Warren really did well setting up the story, she immersed you so much into Sera's world that you were feeling the confusion, anger, happiness, sadness, and annoyance that Sera feels. Sera lives with her dad Ray, for her whole life they have moved around continuously, never staying in one spot for very long. Her mother died when she was a baby. As she learns she has a special ability she is sent to her aunt's in Chicago to attend a boarding school for Wanderers, which she is happy to finally be in one spot for a period of time. She finds out that with her ability she is put in a 3-person team who should be perfect together in order to better use their talents. The other two have been waiting for a long period of time for her to find her talent and arrive at the boarding school, which has left them with mixed emotions due to waiting for so long. This adds just another problem for Sera to work through. For the first half of the book you are confused of what exactly is happening and what are the real roles of the characters that introduced are, which very much works in this story. Even though you go through the story with Sera, it is fun to come up with different theories of what you think will happen. Some of my theories were confirmed or denied by the end of the book, but I still have a few that haven't been touched yet that I'm expecting will be talked about in the next book. The book is very fast paced and is intence from start to finish. Even though the book is fast paced it isn't too fast or and doesn't leave things out just to get onto the next thing. Also there is enough character buildup to satisfy readers in this story, but Warren has definitely left room for more explanations to come in the next two books. This was a great beginning to the Seraphina Parrish Trilogy, and I cannot wait to read Protecting Truth!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was absolutley sweet and exciting. An adventure in every page, some shocking, others enticing. Overall, it was an amazing piece of literature and i would reccomend it to anyone who wants a cute, clean, wonderful journey.
ReviewsbySarah More than 1 year ago
Let me tell you how much I loved this book. In the past few months, I have been invited to several "indie" release parties on facebook-- I haven't found one book that I have given a five star review to. This is the first. I loved this book so much. And I can't believe it is only .99! This was a lot of bang for the buck. Great job! This book came highly recommended by a friend, the same friend that recommended a few other disapointing books, so I was very skeptical. I love Time Travel, I loved Seraphina from the beginning. She was an intriguing character that I couldn't get enough of. I can barely wait for the second book.
Abinabberz More than 1 year ago
Amazing! the main character really comes to life, and the humor is funny. a very good read!
What_She_Read More than 1 year ago
¿¿¿ From the start, we learn that Sera has been by herself. Not many friends and a father that doesn't know what he is doing. We come to realise that Sera doesn't speak much or at all about school or friends. The onyl intel we get on her old life if one chapter, which only then involves her dad, yet still not a main part of her life. We understand this feeling as she skips past her old life's school, including those in it. It is as much of a blur to us as it is to Sera, which instantly forms our connection to her and her new life. Along with Sera we come to realize there are so many questions and mysteries. We also, use our own mental checklist of all things weird and unknown to us. This, for us continues throughout the novel for us, as it does Sera, ultimately bringing us closer with her. The story lets off a very quick pace. Just as it is all so new to Sera in this new world and getting confused in the time elapsed, everything seems to be moving pretty quickly. We get a little confused about how much time has passed in the present day. I know you might be wondering what I'm talking about if you haven't read this novel yet, but it's hard not to include a spoiler about what that actually means (if you read the book, and you should, then you'll find out). This, however, doesn't stop our interest in the novel, even if there is some action (at the end), the new world is quite as thrilling. As we read, we see her struggle to adapt to this new world she is thrust into, as well as the people within it. The love that blossoms as well as struggles throughout the book tests Sera, and we ultimately feel her pain and her struggle as she faces all of these challenges head first. The choices that she's faced to make leave us shocked and awed at her courage and strength, especially after all that she's gone through and all that she hopes and wishes for. Although there is no cliffhanger, unknown answers keeps us on edge, waiting anxiously for the next novel. Even after we finish the book, we are still wondering about it all and keep on finding more questions that haven't been answered. This leaves us utterly hanging, desperate for the second novel. Hmmm, yes, I stand corrected, it is a cliffhanger.
julesthecools More than 1 year ago
i really liked this book a lot. i saw the author advertised on Stephanie Myers Facebook and started following her. i saw that the book was advertised for 99 cents and said hey why not, i love reading. i was really was into the whole " wandering", time travel aspect . the characters where all very developed and it kept you guessing till the end. i can not wait till the 2nd book comes out and see how her mother ties into everything along with her team, Sam and her love interest Bishop.
Candace-LoveyDoveyBooks More than 1 year ago
Time travel is usually a theme that makes me nervous. I love the science fiction, but I'm always afraid of the choices characters will make because they can change the course of time and completely change the fate of the world. Wander Dust didn't give me that feeling of impending doom. Michelle Warren adds flare and mystery to time travel and creates a world discreetly separated by Normals on one side and Wanderers, Seers, and Protectors on the other. I pegged Seraphina as a rebel from the very beginning. She loved to spite her father just to get a rise out of him. For someone who didn't have a great relationship with her father, and never knew the guidance of a mother, Sera turned out to be a pretty well-behaved kid. She wasn't above breaking the rules, but she wasn't a wild child either. When Sera moved to Chicago to live with her aunt Mona, a different side of her showed. She's the kind of character you either love or hate. I love Sera because she thought about the situations she got herself into. She didn't always make the best choices, but she did what was best based on what little she knew of the Wanderer Society. There's much learned, and much still to learn, about the Wanderer Society. Readers are really only given a snippet of how students at the Academy, a boarding school for students of the Society, use their powers in the real world. The novel's pacing is fast, but sometimes it slowed down when Sera needed something explained to her. The characters in lecture mode were not appealing at times, seeming like they were just speaking at Sera to show they knew their information. Wander Dust is a wonderful start for The Seraphina Parrish Trilogy. There are a few unresolved issues in the plot that causes my curiosity to read what happens in the next installment. I have hopes that Book 2 of The Seraphina Parrish Trilogy will still be filled with the humorously outrageous characters and events of Wander Dust. *Ebook provided by author in exchange for honest review*
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book! Nicely written. Cannot wait to read the next one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an interesting story. I enjoyed the original plot, the captivating characters, and the vivid descriptions of the protaganists' experiences. I read the sequel right away and I can't wait for the final book in the trilogy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you like romantic fantasy, you would love this book. I barely made it thourgh dinner without picking it up and reading it! I hope everyone will enjoy this book when you read it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This one began as a mixed bag for me. It took some time for me to get to a place where I cared about the main character. But I'm glad I kept reading. The story grows into something lovely, exciting, and consuming, with elements that at times reminded me of Harry Potter, and other times made me think of quirky rom-coms that make me smile. All in all - slow start aside - a highly creative story well-told. Will definitely look for its follow-up.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Though there were a few moments of familiarity, I rather enjoyed this story and am looking forward to reading more. Warren may have borrowed a bit from some of her YA predecessors, but overall there was enough originality and heart to really capture the imagination. It also reminded me what it was like to be a teenage girl, and the disconnect from "normal" that goes along with those wacky, hormonal, angsty years, "Wanderer" or not. I would recommend this book to a friend, and am heading to the shop now for the second installment.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book. Makes your mind wander:)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I admit I was a tad skeptical when I started reading this book. However I'm definitely a fan now , and eager to start the next book. Very original, great for teens and adults. I'm very glad I gave this new author a try, she did not disappoint!
pinkladyroses More than 1 year ago
This is a great story about time travel. Michelle throws a different twist on it and it involves a Hogwarts like school and teachers and teams of wanderers as they are called. The characters seem real and are fun and interesting. The love story is cute and the bad guys are really scary and really disgusting too. It will be interesting to see where she goes with this story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I can't get the book out of my head. You have the feeling that you just can't stop after a page that you have to keep going.
Lauren817 More than 1 year ago
Wander Dust by Michelle Warren is another book that's been sitting on my eReader for the longest of times, and even though, I've been dying to read it, I didn't take the time to read it until recently. The Good? Wander Dust is an amazing book...spellbinding, intriguing, and full of magic and fun, I couldn't get enough! The Bad? Based on how great this one was, I'm now hitting myself over the head for not reading it sooner. But that's the way these things go, right? Anyhow, there was so much I loved about Wander Dust, and one of those aspects was the characters. Sera was someone I liked from the start. She was kind and just a bit naive but also strong and determined, especially when when it came to her future. Through out the book, I was constantly rooting for Sera ....to find her place in the world, to finally get out from under her father's thumb, etc. What I liked most about Sera's character, though, was seeing her make bonds with the other characters. Her Aunt Mona was such a great lady, and it was fun to see how close she was to Sera . I also enjoyed the various people Sera meets at her new school. From Bishop to Sam to Scarlet, everyone was a bunch of fun to read about, and I especially loved the occasional evil one such as the Woman in Black. The plot in this was a time of fun as well. When I first started this one, I didn't really know all that much about it, so I was so pleasantly surprised to see it involved time travel as well as other magical abilities. Michelle Warren did a great job of making the plot in this one was fresh and unique, and I just loved how she didn't allow it to fall into the typical paranormal cliches. The one thing, though, I really liked about the plot in this one was how little romance it contained. There's some, but it wasn't the main focus, and I have to say, I liked Sera's new life as well as her abilities being the main focus over it. The writing in this one was also great! Michelle did a fantastic job of crafting the world in this one, and even though, I found some parts to drag a little, it was all worth it in the long run. Plus I just loved how well she described the setting in this one...it really helped to make the book come to life. In all, Wander Dust by Michelle Warren is another great debut, perfect for fans of Timeless by Alexandra Monir! I simply can't wait to read the next one! Grade: B+
twimom101 More than 1 year ago
Seraphina Parrish is celebrating turning 16 like every girl should...celebrating with her clueless father and his self-absorbed girlfriend, Maddi. Of course you can't call it celebrating if no one besides the wait staff sings you Happy Birthday. And if that isn't bad enough...some creepy lady in black is following her and weirding her out. Oh and the earth moves and throws her back in time. Yeah that’s normal oh right. But the surprises don't stop there. Seraphina's dad is sending her to live with her aunt in Chicago. And the moment she steps off the plane things continuously go wrong; she loses her luggage, misses her train stop and gets chased by a gang wanting to kill her. So far turning 16 isn't so sweet. Wander Dust was such an amazing book. I loved the mystery, the time traveling and the romance; each played out wonderfully to tell a fantastic story. I did notice that a few things that were kept in the dark…but figured they will come to light in the next book, Protecting Truth. Characters were fun to read about…no annoying teens in this one. Although, I wasn’t liking Perpetua very much at all, nope not one bit. But Bishop and Sera were well written and I found myself just smitten with them. Wander Dust is so full of suspense and unexpected events…you will find it hard to put it down. And with an ending like that, it will leave you feeling eager for the next book and all that the author has planned for these ‘wandering’ characters
StarryNightBookReviews More than 1 year ago
I was lucky enough to be given an opportunity by the author to review this book. Wander Dust is a unique story about a sixteen year old girl named Seraphina, who is witty, strong and independent. Seraphina is no damsel in distress that is what I love most about her. She is very strong willed and try’s to do everything on her own, but what she must learn is to trust the ones closest to her but also be careful about how close you let some get.. She has so many questions but little answers so she sets off to find them. But things prove to be hard when you have the Grungy Gang after you wherever you turn, a mysterious boy following you and people who you started to trust turned ageist you. Wander Dust will leave you wanting the next book as soon as you’re done. The charters are great and the plot is wonderfully written I fell in love this this book in the 1st chapter .
PanicWritten More than 1 year ago
I initially came across Michelle Warren through Inkpop (a division of Harper Teen for young writers/readers). She posted the first chapter of Wander Dust on the site and offered 'free reads' to others. I thought she was crazy, but I was also intrigued. So I read her snip-it and was instantly hooked! Michelle takes us on a wild and mysterious ride, right from the first page. Each chapter brings more questions you just have to know the answers to. Who is this Lady in Black? Why is she sent to Chicago to go live with her aunt? Who are these creepy goons that seem to follow her after popping up out of thin air? Who? What? Why? Ahhhh! The world Michelle creates is fantastic! Forgive my geek out moment, but I TOTALLY want to go to a school like the Academy! It's like a mish-mash of Hogwarts and House of Night with fantastically embellished rooms, crazy instructors, and out of this world that-so-should-not-be-real type of ambiance. Michelle describes everything so flawlessly it was like being there with Sera and Bishop. The story behind Wander Dust is also incredible. I love a good time travel book and this one does not disappoint. The twist to the norm with the teams (Seer, Wanderer, and Protector) is fantastic and I love the chemistry required with the teams. Michelle weaves through a great plot full of intrigue, history, unexpected twists (which I LOVE), adventure and non-stop action. There was not a moment I got bored! It just keeps on a comin! Sera, Bishop, Sam, Stu, Macey... I just loved Michelle's characters. They each had a great voice and true personality. Even Mona, Sera's aunt, is someone who I could totally have tea with. She is like that quirky relative you can't help but adore. Sera is a great lead character. She is strong, but doesn't know it. And it's not that cliche sort of quiet strengths, but a realistic holy-crap-who-am-I-to-think-I-can-actually-do-this-crap kind of chick. Bishop is a great guy and I so look forward to seeing more from him. Michelle kind of back-played him a bit so I have my questions. Don't get me wrong, he is totally swoon worthy. Hell, green eyes and a British accent... SWOON Bishop certainly has some background and I am anxious to learn more and see how the relationship between him and Sera plays out. The romance was not as pronounced as you see in other YA reads, but that is not necessarily a bad thing! There were definitely those moments where you scream "JUST KISS HER ALREADY" at the printed words in front of your face. Moments that were incredibly sweet and made me giddy, and others where you could totally feel the fierce blush on Sera's face. It was awesome! Overall, Wander Dust was a GREAT read and I am so glad I found another fantastic debut author! Do yourself a favor and pick this puppy up and READ IT! Michelle is working on book #2 as we speak and I am definitely looking forward to it.
JLynnMc More than 1 year ago
Wow! This was a fascinating and unique story! It was impossible to put down! I loved the mystery of Sera trying to figure out what on earth is happening to her or if she might just be going crazy. She is a wonderful & caring person despite living with her emotionless father & moving around a lot. And then there's Bishop, who is absolutely amazing & definitely adds to the mystery as he seems to randomly appear when Sera least expects it. The other characters each add their own flair to the story, too. Especially Gabe who seems to add flair to everything he touches! (Not everyone is so easy to love, though, there's one in particular that will make your skin crawl!) All in all, I absolutely loved this story from beginning to end & can't wait for more!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I didnt think I would like this book as much as I did. I found it very beautiful and inspiring. The writing was flawless and the editing was great. A little slow in the begining, but as soon as things started flowing it was a thrill ride.
Anonymous 3 months ago