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 falls into a world of worlds after meeting Valcas, a time traveler who traverses time and space with a pair of altered sunglasses. He offers his further protection in exchange for a promise. After learning that his search for her was no mere coincidence, she tracks down the inventor of the Travel Glasses in hopes of discovering more about Valcas’ past and motivations. With Valcas hot on her trail, Calla hopes to find what she’s looking for before he catches up.
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.
Travel Glasses won Runner-Up for YA fiction in the 2016 New York Book Festival. View all the winners here: http://www.newyorkbookfestival.com/
The Independent Author Network’s picks for the Outstanding Book in each of its awards categories are in, and I got an exciting email this morning! Here’s what they said:
"Our judges can’t pick one!
We are pleased to announce that your books, Travel Glasses and Insight Kindling, are the co-winners of the Outstanding “Young Adult” in the 2016 IAN Book of the Year awards."
This also means both books are in the running for IAN’s Book of the Year! The top three places will be announced Sept. 1.
Both titles are in the running for the 2016 Book of the Year, in an awards contest hosted by the Independent Author Network. Exciting!
Travel Glasses and Insight Kindling are Readers’ Favorite winners!
This morning, Readers’ Favorite listed its 2016 award contest winners, and both books did well. Travel Glasses won an honorable mention in YA Mystery, and Insight Kindling won the bronze medal in YA Adventure! How fun is it that the award seals match the covers?
Read more at https://chessdesalls.wordpress.com/2016/09/01/travel-glasses-and-insight-kindling-are-readers-favorite-winners/