on Nov. 12, 2013 :
I honestly reviewed this book for my stop on the blog tour.
Seraphina has to have had the most depressing sixteenth birthday ever. She's at a restaurant with her father and his girlfriend, and he's so into his girlfriend, he barely noticed his own daughter. On her birthday!! He also doesn't notice Sera is almost set on fire by her own birthday candles! Suffice it to say, I couldn't stand Sera's father - he's cold and completely uncaring. Not like a father should be at all. I really didn't like him.
Sera's sixteenth birthday is when everything begins. She sees the Lady in Black for the first time at the restaurant, leading her to have nightmares about this Lady setting fire on her house. Then other strange things begin happening to her, and she started thinking she might be going crazy. That's exactly what I'd think about myself, too! At a certain point, though, I'd start asking my father some questions.
Sera's mother died in a car accident a long time ago - before Sera had a chance to get to know her at all. If you've read some of my past reviews, you know this immediately endeared me to her character. I completely understood this character although I was lucky enough to have a. known my mom and b. had a loving father.
One random day, Sera's father decides she should go live with her mother's sister. I was so happy to meet Mona - she's a breath of fresh air in Sera's life. While I was sad for Sera because she couldn't believe her father was shipping her off, I also felt this was a decision that ended up benefiting her. Her father wasn't the parent that she needed him to be, and by living with Mona, she would be able to learn more about her mother.
All in all, Wander Dust was a great read. I connected with Seraphina right away, and while I felt like she should have suspected something magical was happening to her a while ago, I also understood the fear that she might be going crazy instead. I love reading stories with time travel - it was a lot of fun for me that time travel is included in this story. I loved the romance, and I'm excited to read the rest of this trilogy!
(review of free book)
on March 27, 2012 :
Wander Dust left me breathless.
The story is beautiful, well written and full of mysteries. I love the concept of a team of 3--Wanderer, Seer and Protector and what they were learning in their special school just for them.
Seraphina (or Sera for short) was just a normal girl celebrating her 16th birthday with her father, Ray, and his girlfriend, Maddi. Or so she thought until she saw the flames of her birthday candles flickering back to life in water and then some lady in black traumatizing her by just gazing at her. The experience left her unconscious. She thought she was hallucinating when that was not her only encounter with the lady in black. If you think that was weird, what do you think of Sera whisking into some other places by just wearing her late mom's bracelet (the birthday present from Ray)? Not to mention everybody she saw there was wearing stuffs that were over 20 years ago. Definitely weird huh?
A letter arrived for Sera when she came back from her little journey. There was only a torn photograph of a boy inside it and nothing else. She's captivated by what she saw and the sense of calmness she had whenever she gazed at the picture.
Sera was sent to her Aunt Mona's place after getting into some troubles in school. On her journey there alone, she was attacked by the "he grungy gang" and that was when she first met the boy in the photo. She continued to see him stalking her outside her school while she was having classes. She mustered her courage after a few days to face the guy and talked to him and was thus introduced to the term "Wandering" and there she met her team mates--a Seer and a Protector after she had transferred school. (Can't tell you who!)
Then, she learnt that she can wander back in time to see her mother and to save her! Hence, she had a mission...
Michelle Warren did a great job in introducing the concept of Wandering to us, together with the world that she has created. There was never a moment that I felt the story dull or the pacing slow when I read the book. Definitely worth a read. Here's a little teaser for you:
"I wish you wouldn't have given the sundial bracelet to Terease"
"Why?" I question and press my head onto his chest, pushing my arms back into his open jacket and around his back.
"If I had it to lead me to my deepest desire, I know it would always be a direct path to you."
What are you waiting for? Grab a copy if you haven't done so! Join Sera as she learn what Wandering is all about and follow her on her mission to go back in time to save her mother. Will she be successful? Read to find out!
And I'm very excited for the second book.
4/5 Stars for Wander Dust.
(reviewed 25 days after purchase)