Saturday, 8 February 2014

The 57 Lives of Alex Wayfare Review

The Fifty-Seven Lives of Alex Wayfare (Alex Wayfare, #1)

The 57 Lives of Alex Wayfare by M.G Buehrlen


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.

Lisa's Review - 5 out of 5 stars

I was lucky to get an ARC copy of this book to read, and I am so happy I did!
Since she was little, Alex Wayfare has been having visions that suck her out of her normal life, and cause her real life to be affected. Unable to explain them to her family, she is sent to see a counsellor, who she confides in. From here, she is found by Porter, who begins to explain to her what her visions mean, and tells her she is a Descender,  and she has 56 past lives. Now, in her 57th life, he wants her to help take down one of the men who created her and is using his powers wrongfully. But every time she dips into a past life, she meets up with Blue, a handsome boy she always feels a pull to. It doesn't take long for her to realise that Porter isn't telling her the whole truth.

I really loved this book, and found it delightfully easy to read, and was really enjoyable and somewhat unique in a time when a lot of books have a similar feel to them. I have never read a book before with a storyline anywhere near to this one, so it was refreshing and different. I really liked all of the different eras that Alex was taken to in her past lives, if anything I wish there had been a few more. There was a really great way that the story line was interweaved with lots of questions and twists and turns that were not predictable at all.

I was a little disappointed when this book ended as it is left wide open with lots of questions, and lots more or Alex's past lives to dip into, and I really hope that this is just the first book in a series and there is lots more to come, and they will definitely be going on my 'to read' list!

The 57 Lives of Alex Wayfare is expected for publication March 4th 2014




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