Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Book Review: The Photo Traveler by Arthur J. Gonzalez

The Photo Traveler by Arthur J. Gonzalez 
Publication: February 20th, 2013

Genre: YA Paranormal/Time Travel

Seventeen-year-old Gavin Hillstone is resigned to being miserable for the rest of his life. Left alone in the world after his parents died in a fire when he was four, he was placed in foster care, which for him meant ending up in an abusive home with an alcoholic adoptive father.

Gavin’s only escape is in taking and creating images. His camera is his refuge from the unending torture and isolation of daily life in his  “family.”

Until he learns by accident that he isn’t alone in the world after all. His father’s parents are still alive and living in Washington DC.

When he takes the plunge and travels 3,000 miles to find his grandparents, he learns that they—and he—are part of something much bigger, and more dangerous, than he could ever have imagined. Something that has always put his family at risk and that will now threaten his own life, while forever changing it.

He learns that he is one of the last descendants of a small group of Photo Travelers—people who can travel through time and space through images. But his initial excitement turns to fear, when he soon discovers that he and his grandparents are being pursued by the fierce remnants of a radical European Photo Traveler cult, the Peace Hunters. What Gavin has, they want!

His adventure will take him to past eras, like The Great Depression and the Salem Witch Trials. Gavin will have to discover who he really is and must make choices that spell the difference between life and death for himself, for the relatives he now knows and loves, and for the girl he will come to love.

For Gavin Hillstone, life will never be the same.


My name is Arthur J Gonzalez.  I’m 28 years old, born and raised in Miami, FL.  I graduated from the University of Florida.  I am currently   releasing my debut novel, The Photo Traveler.  The premise surrounds 17 – year old Gavin, who discovers he is part of a small group, called Photo Travelers, who can time travel through photos and images.

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My Thoughts:

First I want to thanks the author and Xpresso Book Tours for giving me the chance to read this book. This was given to me in exchange for an honest review.

And honestly it was an amazing read!

Let's divide it in a some categories to make it easier:

Cover: GOR - GEOUS! Absolutely adored it... as you may see I love purple hehe, that's what caught my attention in the first place.

Characters: Welt built, strong and defined personalities, outstanding ability of the author to "show" us how Gavin feels instead of just tell us.

Gavin's life has been extremely sad, a little tragic and his present is not the best when the book begins but that makes him a ver interesting character and makes you want to get to know him.

Writing: Nice. Simple and smooth, loved it.


"To this time, allow my travel. Take me there, let me unravel"

This is a time travel story, and it takes you to amazing places in a perfect way. Gavin travels through photographs. He can see an image and he can just jump into that world.

I found the plot great, interesting and the story is full of action. 
A lot of twists and turns that make it a super fast read, but not at expense of depth or quality, on the contrary, it is a fast read because it's highly entertaining!

I couldn't put it down, I read it in one sitting, and believe me, I don't have time to read a book in one sitting :D

One thing I could criticize, is that Gavin found out about everything too fast and too easily. But then again, the story has so many details and twists that there is no need to it. 

I discovered a beautiful world and adventure and I hope to read something else from Arthur J. Gonzalez soon.
I would totally recommend this book!


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  1. Time travel can be hard to accomplish but it sounds this one is pretty good. I also love the cover! Glad you enjoyed it, Rhomy!

  2. Thank you so much for the great support! :)



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