Saturday, December 3, 2011

Review: Wander Dust by Michelle Warren

By: Michelle Warren
Publisher: Indie Published
Release Date: November 30, 2011
Genre/Age: YA Fantasy/SciFi
Pages: 374
Source: ARC from author

Ever since her sixteenth birthday, strange things keep happening to Seraphina Parrish.

The Lady in Black… burns Sera’s memories.

Unexplainable premonitions… catapult her to other cities.

The Grungy Gang… wants to kill her.

And a beautiful, mysterious boy… stalks her.

But when Sera moves to Chicago and her aunt reveals their family connection to a centuries old, secret society, she is immediately thrust into an unbelievable fantasy world, leading her on a quest to unravel the mysterious that plague her. In the end, their meanings crash into an epic struggle of loyalty and betrayal, and she’ll be forced to choose between the boy who has stolen her heart and the thing she desires most.

Wander Dust is a breathtaking fantasy that will catapult you through a story of time, adventure, and love.

Who doesn’t dream of being able to travel through time? Getting to see historical events firsthand, visiting people long since dead, or even just popping back to see a really great concert one more time. In Wander Dust, Seraphina Parrish not only finds herself taking mysterious uncontrollable trips, but ends up thrown into an entirely new existence of new rules, new friends, and new evil.

Wander Dust is such a fun novel, and the world that Michelle Warren has created is fantastic. Just like the kids in Harry Potter discover a whole new world at Hogwarts, Seraphina finds there’s more to Chicago than she ever thought possible, and exploring it with her is a wonderful journey. (And it really makes me wish there was some fantasy world in my life! How cool would that be?!)

Seraphina is a resourceful heroine who you can’t help but root for, and the supporting characters really make the backdrop of the story, ranging from hilarious to sweet and annoying to just plain evil. I’m definitely looking forward to seeing more of everybody. There were a couple of times where certain things bothered me (like Sera’s instant connection to a photo of a boy – I am not a huge fan of insta-love), but then things were always eventually explained in a way that made me not annoyed, which I definitely appreciated.

Of course time travel always has the potential to be incredibly confusing and headache-inducing, but the time travel aspect of the novel is done very well and I really enjoyed it. It would have been fun to visit even more places and time periods, but this is the first in a trilogy, so fingers crossed for more adventures in future novels!

With engaging writing that pulls you right in, nonstop action and discoveries, and a fascinating world to explore, Wander Dust is a great start to a thrilling fantasy trilogy. I can’t wait to read more!

*Check out my stop on the Wander Dust Blog Tour to read an interview with Michelle and enter to win a signed copy of Wander Dust, a gorgeous Tolkein quote necklace, and awesome signed bookmarks!*


  1. Fantastic review!! I was already sold on the book, but your review has bumped it up to the top of my wishlist for sure. It's a relief to know that the time travel aspect of this book was done well, because you are right about it being more trouble than it's worth sometimes. =)

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