Friday, February 21, 2014

The Fifty-Seven Lives of Alex Wayfare (Alex Wayfare #1) by M.G. Buehrlen - Ashley's Pre-Reading

*I received this book as an eARC from Strange Chemistry/Angry Robot on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

Title: The Fifty-Seven Lives of Alex Wayfare (Alex Wayfare #1)
Author: M.G. Buehrlen
Publication Date: March 4, 2014

For as long as 17-year-old Alex Wayfare can remember, she has had visions of the past. Visions that make her feel like she’s really on a ship bound for America, living in Jamestown during the Starving Time, or riding the original Ferris wheel at the World’s Fair.

But these brushes with history pull her from her daily life without warning, sometimes leaving her with strange lasting effects and wounds she can’t explain. Trying to excuse away the aftereffects has booked her more time in the principal’s office than in any of her classes and a permanent place at the bottom of the social hierarchy. Alex is desperate to find out what her visions mean and get rid of them.

It isn’t until she meets Porter, a stranger who knows more than should be possible about her, that she learns the truth: Her visions aren’t really visions. Alex is a Descender – capable of traveling back in time by accessing Limbo, the space between Life and Afterlife. Alex is one soul with fifty-six past lives, fifty-six histories.

Fifty-six lifetimes to explore: the prospect is irresistible to Alex, especially when the same mysterious boy with soulful blue eyes keeps showing up in each of them. But the more she descends, the more it becomes apparent that someone doesn’t want Alex to travel again. Ever.

And will stop at nothing to make this life her last.

Why?: This synopsis sounds so cool - a girl with flashbacks to history who has actually lived those lives.  And then there's the part where someone wants her to stop traveling which means mystery and danger and I am really excited about that too!

Expectations: Since I have yet to be disappointed by a Strange Chemistry or Angry Robot novel, I have pretty unreasonably high expectations for this book. Not only does it sound like something I would love, but it's also published by one of my favorite publishing houses.

Judging a book by its cover: I love the colors of this cover, and I really like how the girl is standing in the woods but all you can see is her silhouette. The cover is really pretty too, and I like how the author's name is a different color than the title. I would be pretty likely to pick this book up based solely on the cover.


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