The Wanderers

The Wanderers

by Jessica Miller


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What do you do when you learn your family is the one who's holding all the secrets. Secrets that could get you killed...Ella is looking forward to starting college in the fall with her best friend Josie. She

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ISBN-13: 9781481171410
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 12/06/2012
Series: Wanderers , #1
Pages: 386
Sales rank: 1,197,668
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

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The Wanderers 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow! A must read! I loved how the author slowly would throw in little tips here and there about what's going on. At one point I forgot it was a paranormal book! The story between Tristan and Ella is thoroughly entertaining and had me cracking up at times. Love Tristan! Hello, who wouldn't? Great first book in the series! And what a cliffhanger! So glad I do not have to wait for the next book. If you haven't picked this book up already then what are you waiting for? Go get it now. I'm telling everyone i know to get this book!
Tina_Chan More than 1 year ago
This book ended up surprising me in a good way; I actually enjoyed this book more than I expected. I'm not a particularly avid YA paranormal reader, so I found this book to be a pleasant surprise. I think the reason why I liked this book a lot was because Ella, the main character, really grew on me throughout the pages. She comes from a wealthy family (a nice break from the usual comes-from-a-poor-family-slash-abandoned-at-birth character background found in a lot of the books I've been reading recently) with loving parents and gets perfect grades. Yet...she's not what she seems. Ella wants to develop her own sense of independence, she wants to be in control of her life, and starting college seems like the perfect time to do so. Watching Ella change as a character--and yes, she does make a few stupid mistakes during her early weeks at college--was interesting and had me turning the pages. Enter Tristen and Jack, two other major characters. Tristen basically seems like a jerk and honestly I felt like hating him. Jack, on the other hand, seems like a nice kid; the type of boy who gets overlooked all the time but is a nice person once you get to know. So boy was I unprepared for the plot twist Miller had in store for these two characters. (I'm not going to spoil it but let's just say it involves a game of cat and mouse in which the cat might sometimes where the mask of a mouse....oh wow, that was a really bad metaphor, wasn't it?) It was interesting how the author doesn't introduces the paranormal aspect of the novel until much, much later into the book (like on page 250 in a 340 page-ish novel.) But I kind of liked it like that since nothing felt rushed or force and it allows for character development and plot thickening. My only quip with The Wanderers is the Tristen-Ella relationship. I felt like they were on and off and on and off again, so some parts were predictable. Nevertheless, the book is fast paced and well written.
LilMissBookmark More than 1 year ago
I was truly surprised with The Wanderers. The author really keeps all of the secrets off of the blurb on the back of the book. You pick up this book thinking it's about one thing and BOOM! It's not. Now don't take that the wrong way. It's nice to be honestly surprised sometimes when reading. All too often, the blurb will give away too many surprises ... which is why I only read the summary of a book only once - just to see if it's interesting and then I'll put the book down until I forget what it's about. I know, weird. Anyway ... in the beginning, I was really entertained with The Wanderers. The author seems to have channeled what it is like to be a teenager and in that awkward phase of your life, with all of the pressures and influences that you're surrounded with. The plot is really mysterious and you just can't put a finger on what exactly is going on. Good stuff. I found the main character, Ella, to be endearing and sweet but then she would have the bursts of petulant immaturity which were a bit annoying but I'm assuming that it was put in to make her seem like a teenager? I don't know. It felt like it was almost on the verge of being a full blown temper tantrum and if that had happened, I would have just put the book down. I'm not really interested in reading about spoiled kids who throw tantrums. It didn't come to that, thank goodness. A bit into the book, Ella became self-righteous and she started scolding people ... I don't know. Is it that big of a deal? No. But it bothered me enough during the story to make me write a note about it so I figured it was worth mentioning. For the most part, the characters were really well written. I enjoyed the interactions between them and actually looked forward to the next scenes just to see what they would say to each other. While the mystery surrounding the plot was intriguing during the beginning, about halfway through, I found it really tiresome. I just wanted to throw my own tantrum because I wanted it to get to the point. Dragging out the mystery is great ... until it's too long. Hell, I'm not an author. I can't imagine all of the hard work that goes into writing a novel but I am a reader and I know what I like. I like mystery but not too much because it becomes boring and I'll put the novel down. Which is what happened this time. I needed a breather to see if maybe I was just impatient and not wanting to fully invest ... which I didn't think was the case because I really like the story. I like the meat of The Wanderers and even after the few issues that I had, I still enjoyed it and I'll probably pick up the next installment. Probably. But I'm a little torn. There were just some grammar issues that made me want to scream and I hope that the your/you're and then/than issues are resolved in the next novel. Basically, pick it up. It's a good paranormal novel and it will keep you entertained and wishing for more when you get to the end. I'm pretty curious as to how this plays out next ...
crystal_fulcher More than 1 year ago
Here's how I work a lot of the time. An author, publicist or someone asks me to review a book. I read the summary, decide I want to review it and then a few weeks later read the book. I purposely don't re-read the summary because sometimes they tell me too much about the book and I form opinions up front. So when I started The Wanderers, I had no idea what it was about (I can't seem to remember yesterday, but if When Doves Cry by Prince comes on the radio I can sing every word). And I liked not knowing. I went into the book with a clean slate and excited. The Wanderers did not disappoint. I was hooked from the first page. Ella enticed me. She's a nice girl, she's been through a rough time and she just wants to start over at college. But there is a family secret and that leads to the start of the buildup of tension in the story. Then there is college, Ella's best friend Josie who is interesting and Jack and Tristan. I liked Jack okay, I had a friend like him in college. But I loved Tristan. Loved the love-hate relationship Ella had with him. Even with his faults I knew he had a good heart. There is a lot of back and forth and Ella could seem wishy-washy at times, but I really didn't feel that she was. She really was trying to work out her feelings for Tristan, a known playboy which she didn't like yet she was attracted to him. And Ella is the girl that can make a bad boy into a great man for one woman. So the love/attraction part of the story is quite intriguing. But that's not all there is to this book. I'm not giving any spoilers, but let's say the book did not lack action. I found it exciting the whole way through. The tension built well and though everything happens fast at the end, I never felt like it was rushed. The pacing of the book was great, it hooked me and kept me enthralled until the very end. The paranormal element is great and well-done. I'm still not sure whether to classify this as New Adult or not, it's not YA because they are in college, but while there is some grittiness to the book, it's not as gritty as what I consider New Adult, but then again I think the true definition of the genre (kids in their late teens, early twenties trying to find themselves and their way in the world) then this does qualify. Ella, Josie, Jack are all somewhat typical kids in their late teens feeling their way through the college scene, dating and just making up their minds (or not) about life. So it does work. Overall this book is stellar and I was so glad the author allowed me to read this and had Reborn (The Wanderers #2) also ready for me to review so I could jump right into reading it. So I'm reading it now, look for it's review next week. But if it's anything like The Wanderers, I'm in for another fun ride that will keep me up late at night to see what will happen next!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an amazing book! It's very well written and the plot and climax is surprising! It definitely was a good read! I want to thank Jessica Miller for sending me an eBook copy of this in exchange for an honest review! This book starts out with Ella going off to college. She's happy to get away from her overprotective parents and be free, especially after the accident. Josie, Ella's best friend, invites Ella to a party and that's where everything starts. She meets a boy, Tristan, and he...has magnificently gorgeous blue eyes. He's logical and confident, a little over the top, and she's scared whether or not he'll rip her heart to pieces. Alright, the characters. They're beautifully written. They weren't just part of the background. They were needed in the story. What I mean is that they didn't just paint the background, they had been in the front lines with Ella and Tristan. Without them, I don't think I would've liked this book as much. Each character had their own personality. They weren't robotic or the same in any way. And Jack... You'd think you knew everything about him while you were reading the book, but you don't. He's such a mystery. I can't believe I was actually debating on which team I'd be on... Team Jack or Team Tristan? Oh my sweet love. Let's talk about Tristan. He's smart. He's reasonable. He's like other high school boys and he knows how to enjoy one. He's logical too. Omg. He's just the perfect guy. Every single detail that Jessica has written about him is amazing. This book was very unpredictable. I couldn't figure out what it was that made it so irregular, aside from the fact that Jessica is a very good writer. It is a paranormal book, but while you're reading, you wouldn't know if this novel is about vampires, witches, werewolves etc... until halfway through the book. I loved how Jessica slowly revealed everything. It kept me reading through the whole book and when it was revealed, I jumped with excitement.  Some things that bothered me about this book was it's spelling, grammar and misused words. It didn't bother me so much that I had to stop reading overall(which I wouldn't have done anyway), it was just something that needed to be improved. I also wished there was more contact with people back at her home after she moved onto college. Overall, I really enjoyed the book. The romance with Tristan and Ella was amazing written and the storyline was so awesome. The ending though...makes me want to read more, except, at the same time, I don't because Tristan was someone that kept me reading.
Sheri-A-Wilkinson More than 1 year ago
The Wanderers by Jessica Miller  Ella and her best friend Josie are starting college, they are looking forward to the college life, she even meets a few young men. But her  nightmares of an evil man who is after her, seems to be coming true. Also a student ends up murdered. Not knowing who to trust, Ella soon learns the deep held family secrets and her life as she knows it will never be the same. A well written story with likable and not so likable charters. A bit of mystery to keep you wanting to read more, and secrets that surface that add the spark of a fantastic read. I recommend to Y/A and adults as well. I look forward to the next book in the series Reborn.
LiveLaughandLoveBooks More than 1 year ago
This book has me a little torn. While I found it entertaining I did think that it had some unnecessary parts that made it drag on just a bit. The main characters, Ella and Tristan were frustrating too. One minute it's 'hey this is fun and flirty banter' and then it quickly turns into 'hey I want nothing to do with you' which then Tristan goes back to being a's just a little irritating. But once stuff comes out and things are revealed then it certainly begins to pick up and I got excited, however...Ella seems to continuously make bad decisions. I am really hoping book two turns out to be better. Hopefully I will read that in the near future! *I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for a fair and honest review.*
Lilly_C More than 1 year ago
[I was given a digital edition for free from the author, in exchange for an honest review] The book focuses on the life of eighteen year old Ella and how she discovers the true origins of her family. First chapter offers a small glimpse at the mystery that will be slowly unraveled through the pages of the novel. Ella lost her boyfriend in a car accident and since then she’s been having nightmares about the strange yellow eyed man who tried to kill her that night and the anonymous person who saved her. After this incident, her parents become overprotective and thus she feels suffocated by all their care and attention. She is looking forward to going to college with her best friend Josie to get away from them and her two older brothers. While there are some aspects that I did not enjoy, the book was a great read, with amusing expressions and moments. The author’s writing fells natural and I found myself enjoying the witty dialogues between the characters. Despite the slow progress of the plot, I got caught up in the pages and did not want to put it down till the last word! One of the things that I did not like is the difficult way in which the story unfolds. We are overloaded with irrelevant actions or dialogues and because of it the book is longer than needed. Also, there are moments when one may think: “Ok, now she finds out” but nothing happens. It becomes frustrating by the end. From characters point of view, Ella is close to the typical teenager who wants her independence. What I did like about her was the fact that she was neither too good nor was she too rebellious. She had a little bit of everything. What I did not like was the fact that she never asked questions or she never waited for an explanation. For example, she overhears one of her brothers arguing with their father about the decision of not telling her the truth, but she does not try to find out what was that all about. Ella’s friend Josie is the party type girl, always wanting to have fun. Her actions have an important role in shaping Ella’s love life. As for Tristan and Jack, the two boys fighting for Ella, I can say they were very nicely presented in the book. Even though Tristan was asking for forgiveness too much, his personality brought so much light and charm to the story. I believe that the book needs a little bit of editing as well, as there were some grammar mistakes and repeated words. But then again, I probably had a draft version. Overall, I really enjoyed the book and since the ending left me wanting for more, I will for sure read the next books in this series. This was a fun read, with a story that keeps you hanging till the end, I would like to thank Jessica Miller for the opportunity and congratulate her for this great book!
Sammy_Eso More than 1 year ago
The Wanderers is a Major MUST READ!!!!The YA novel is amazing. It was filled with romance and suspense and some humor. What made me fall in love with this book was the way the characters specifically lead characters Ella and Tristan acted. Normally the lead female character gets mad at the lead male she gets over it quickly and lets everything go because the male is so dreamy. This was not Ella, she stuck to her convictions and held out. Tristan for the most part had to really work for her forgiveness, not always but at the critical points she definitely made him work for it. At times I actually felt bad for Tristan, which is shocking seeing as with most books I am yelling at the book saying what is wrong with you don't forgive him so quickly and easily just cause he smiles at you. I also loved Tristan while at times I had to just shake my head at his behavior I knew he was still a good guy who cared for Ella. I also loved his personality and how he annoyed Ella and made her laugh. Jessica Miller created two characters that I actually fell in love with both of them. I cannot wait to read the second book to find out what happened. I received a copy of this book in return for an honest review.
kjf914 More than 1 year ago
I'm a little torn with this book. I did find it entertaining, but I felt the story was way too long. I think a lot of these scenes were unnecessary. The main characters, Ella and Tristan were a bit frustrating. One minute they had a funny, flirty, sarcastic banter going on and the next minute Ella wanted nothing to do with Tristan and he was back to being the campus player. Once all (or rather some) of the secrets are revealed, it definitely begins to pick up. however, Ella turns into the stupid girl in horror movies that constantly makes bad decisions and does something stupid. That being said, it is still an interesting plot, it just needs a little more work.
Jessica_Peterson More than 1 year ago
Decent YA Paranormal Romance; Entertaining but Predictable Series: The Wanderers #1 My Rating: 3 Stars Good Reads Rating: 3.96 Stars Content Rating: 16+ (some language, sexual situations) This is a decent YA Paranormal Romance, if you’re looking for something to fill Twilight’s shoes. The beginning felt really slow to me however; we didn’t really kick it in to paranormal gear until about 65% of the way through. The beginning feels like YA/NA contemporary: girl goes off to college…sorority shenanigans…hot guy takes interest for no obvious reason…crazy slutty best friend…not much else happened for the first half of the book. If I had been expecting a contemporary chick-lit book, that would have been alright, but I was a wee bit disappointed, since I was expecting this scary demon paranormal-ville. I mean, Miller threw us a few bones with the many “Someone is watching me” scenes, creepy memories and possible hallucinations of glowing eyes, etc. But most of it was the main character, Ella, being like “I had such a scary dream”. So not much went on in the supernatural department. I remember checking and re-checking the genres on good reads, just be to sure I knew what kind of book it was. And then you get half way through the book and it’s like an avalanche. All of this information is dumped on you, and I can’t help feeling like the next book would be far more enjoyable since you have all the ground work now, and a much clearer sense of where Miller is going with the story. The plot was fairly predictable, but enjoyable nonetheless, once we got into paranormal town. Ella was one of those YA heroines that isn’t the most annoying character you could imagine, but she does a lot of stupid things. She makes a ton of stupid decisions, especially in the second half of the book. Tristan, Mr. Romance, was super undefined to me. Miller has him sleeping with girls right and left and then he’s like, following Ella around, and then five minutes after working his butt off wooing Ella, he’s sleeping with another girl. I still don’t know how Miller wants us to feel about him. I liked him well enough, but I didn’t believe his devotion to Ella, even when things got serious. Josie, Ella’s best friend was actually pretty annoying. Aside from throwing herself at guys, she kept pushing Ella to do things she wasn’t really comfortable with. I understand wanting your friend to live a little, but chill out. You should know what kind of things your best friend is or isn’t comfortable with. And if she says NO to something, stop asking. Their friendship seemed a little incongruous. There were some grammar issues that got kind of annoying, like using the wrong tense of a verb. I think having another editorial sweep through The Wanderers would be helpful. I found these issues kind of weird, because otherwise the writing is solid; Miller writes in a confident, comfortable voice. Review by Jessica @ Ramblings on Readings
Danielle_C_Smiley More than 1 year ago
I have mixed feeling on this one and have fluctuated between 3 and 4 stars, finally landing on 3.  The book starts off great with wonderful, easy-flowing writing and an intriguing  mysterious supernatural event, but then the pace really slows as the author introduces us to Ella's life.  While I really liked the depth this gave some of the main characters (except for her parents who seemed fairly unrealistic to me), this section suffers with no more mention of the supernatural and Ella's wordy discourse on her being rich, but not spoiled. Once past this, the middle hits and the book is incredibly hard to put down.  Ella's and Tristan's courtship is very entertaining and romantic.  Their relationship is extremely well done, with the notable exception to Ella's incessant need to argue and call things off.  She was hard to like at times because she was so unreasonable, selfish and unkind. The book has a great mystery that unfolds and keeps a reader eagerly awaiting answers.  There's a lot of action through the latter part of the book, too, which made for an engaging read.  The ending was intense and emotional with a serious cliff hanger that I'm not so sure I appreciate.  While I don't mind cliff hangers, I could do with a bit more closure. Overall, I was left with a few questions that may or may not be answered in future books.  For example, I had a hard time accepting that her parents kept their secret from her even before Kyle's accident and that they bothered allowing her to go to college when they had other plans for her, especially with a deadline involved.  I also am confused as to why her older brothers are not called upon first for the thing she's supposed to be do (sorry for being so vague, I try never to spoil).    Regardless of my questions and some concerns I've voiced, this is a very entertaining read and I very much wish to continue on with this series.  I am eager to see where the story goes from here! I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.  See more of my reviews on my blog, Known to Read.