(The Call to Search Everywhen #1)
by Chess Desalls
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.
Calla Winston never expected the man who knocked her off to the ground would be the one who could take her to the past. A past full of mystery, intrigues, innovations and surprisingly futuristic technology. Valcas, the man with travel glasses, with eyes that kept on changing, with the purpose of showcasing her as his betrothed. Calla used her charm and wits to be able to return to the present, but something always seemed to hold her back. What does the future look like when she was stuck in the past?
Time travels are always a fascination for me. I’ve often wished to turn back time, to right the wrongs I made, to see what really happened behind my back, to see historical places, to meet legendary people. When I got this book months ago, I was mesmerized by the beautiful book cover, primarily because I love the color green. When I got to the synopsis, I was intrigued. How could a pair of sunglasses defy time?
And then it hit me. This was going to be a really interesting time-travel story. And I wasn’t mistaken. Chess Dessal’s writing was imaginative and expressive. Valcas and Calla’s relationship was unique, one-of-a-kind. The travel glasses played a very fascinating and pivotal role in the story. Before you know it, you are sucked into the past together with the characters and you are left perplexed, excited, dumbfounded and hypnotized. Travel Glasses surely defied time!
Chess Desalls recently authored the first two installments of the YA time travel series, The Call to Search Everywhen. She’s a longtime reader of fantasy and sci-fi novels, particularly young adult fiction. When she’s not reading or writing, she enjoys traveling and trying to stay in tune on her flute.
Travel Glasses is YA fantasy filled with metafiction and other literary twistiness. Sign up for her newsletter to receive updates on giveaways and new releases.