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The Fifty-Seven Lives of Alex Wayfare (The Alex Wayfare Series Book 1)

The Fifty-Seven Lives of Alex Wayfare (The Alex Wayfare Series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

M. G. Buehrlen
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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.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2397 KB
  • Print Length: 285 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Strange Chemistry (3 Mar 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #451,058 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I have to admit that off the bat the synopsis of The 57 Lives of Alex Wayfare wasn’t something that called to me. I don’t usually go in for anything that involves reincarnation or any kind of time shenanigans: mainly because stories I have encountered that involve such things in the past are either very predictable or become so confusing and tangled that the plot either seems to break or not hold water. But hey, I have this blind trust in Strange Chemistry that comes from liking all the books I have read by them so far, and so I picked up The 57 Lives of Alex Wayfare without thinking too much about it.

And oh boy was I surprised. Within two pages I was hooked, within ten I already loved Alex and how the story was narrated. By fifty pages, this book quickly became one of those I just couldn’t put down (which wasn’t healthy for mine or my brother’s bedtime as I was being his audiobook for this one!). Alex is geeky, nerdy, different, and a whiz with technology. It’s nicely refreshing to have a female character being a whiz with technology without her being some kind of genius mechanic in a sci-fi context. Plus Alex is instantly likeable, and it’s impossible to not feel for her from the start: the eldest of three children, Alex is different. Since she was little, she’s had flashbacks, or deja vu, or whatever she decides to call the flashes of other lives that feel so much like hers without being. She’s terrified of cats and Ferris Wheels because of those flashes and has become an outcast at school for her strangeness. With her sister suffering from cancer, parents working hard to find a cure, and a younger sister who is ashamed to be related to her, Alex would give anything to be normal.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable read 11 May 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
*I received a copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to Angry Robot Ltd and M.G. Buehrlen*

Alex Wayfare has realistic visions where she's in the past. Then she meets Porter who explains to her what the visions are - Alex accessing her past lives.

This was a very enjoyable read that gripped me from the first page. I loved that Alex was a different person with different personalities in her past lives. The storyline was interesting and my favourite parts were when Alex travelled back to the past.
I would definitely recommend this book.
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This YA book is so good for me because the romance takes more of a back seat: it's not a book full of oestrogen fuelled flirting, thank goodness! The characters are likeable and act realistically and you can really get into Alex's frame of mind. The romance that is there is well paced, and the plotline has some great twists and turns that show you just how much thought has gone into it - Roll on Alex Wayfare #2
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4.0 out of 5 stars The 57 Lives of Alex Wayfare by M. G. Buehrlen 3 April 2014
The Fifty-Seven Lives of Alex Wayfare was a book that I was excited for as soon as I heard about it. So, of course, when I saw a copy was available to request on Netgalley I jumped at the chance to get it. Thankfully, Strange Chemistry approved my request and I was super excited to read it.

The Fifty-Seven Lives of Alex Wayfare follows 17 year old Alex who has hallucinations. These hallucinations pull her in without warning and Alex finds herself strange wounds she can't explain. Alex is desperate to find out why she is having hallucinations and to try and get rid of them. And then she meets Porter. Porter tells Alex that her hallucinations aren't really hallucinations, they're glimpses of her past lives. Alex is a Descender which means she is able to travel back in time by going through Limbo (space between life and death). Alex has had fifty-six past lives that she can travel back to. While Alex is exploring her previous lives, she keeps running into the same mysterious boy with blue eyes. As Alex continues descending, she starts to realise that someone is trying to stop her from descending and also trying to stop her altogether.

All I want to do is say how much I loooooooved this book. Seriously, it's one of the best time-travel books I've read because the whole time-travel aspect really wasn't that complicated. I've read a few time-travel novels that have left me with headaches trying to wrap my head around the time-travel process (Tempest for example - but I still love that book), but I had none of that with Alex Wayfare. It was a very simple and easy method to understand and I was extremely grateful for that.

Alex is an intriguing character. She's suffered from visions ever since she was a little girl and they limit the amount of things she can do.
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