Review: Passenger by Alexandra Bracken

Hey all, Dani here.

 

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Summary

Passage, n.
i. A brief section of music composed of a series of notes and flourishes.
ii. A journey by water; a voyage.
iii. The transition from one place to another, across space and time.

In one devastating night, violin prodigy Etta Spencer loses everything she knows and loves. Thrust into an unfamiliar world by a stranger with a dangerous agenda, Etta is certain of only one thing: she has traveled not just miles but years from home. And she’s inherited a legacy she knows nothing about from a family whose existence she’s never heard of. Until now.

Nicholas Carter is content with his life at sea, free from the Ironwoods—a powerful family in the colonies—and the servitude he’s known at their hands. But with the arrival of an unusual passenger on his ship comes the insistent pull of the past that he can’t escape and the family that won’t let him go so easily. Now the Ironwoods are searching for a stolen object of untold value, one they believe only Etta, Nicholas’ passenger, can find. In order to protect her, he must ensure she brings it back to them—whether she wants to or not.

Together, Etta and Nicholas embark on a perilous journey across centuries and continents, piecing together clues left behind by the traveler who will do anything to keep the object out of the Ironwoods’ grasp. But as they get closer to the truth of their search, and the deadly game the Ironwoods are playing, treacherous forces threaten to separate Etta not only from Nicholas but from her path home… forever.

My Thoughts

First can we talk about how pretty that cover is? Seriously, a lot of books are getting covers that just make you want to pick them up. I’m so glad I decided to cave and get the hardcover of this book. It’s lovely.

Overall rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

This book started out a little slow for me. Okay, half-truth there. The prologue was intriguing but then I spent the next few chapters waiting for it to get good. And it did. It just needed a little time to bring Etta into the world of time travel and establish the rules of the universe, etc.

I started turning the pages faster once Etta and Nicholas made their deals with the Ironwoods and started out on their journey. I couldn’t help it. I wanted to know what happened next, and when/where Etta and Nicholas would go when they entered a passage. That was a cool way to handle time travel; they went through these passages that not only transported them through time, but also through place.

Everything started coming together and the pace was picking up. So was the plot and my curiosity. Then, man, the way this book finished…it was an action packed thrill ride.

Now I have to wait until January for the next one, which is also the final one. Duologies are cool, but I find these great books and with a lot of them I think the concept and the world and the characters are so freaking awesome, but I only get to spend two books there. This is why I like big epic fantasy series…more time to adventure in the worlds and more time to hang out with the characters.

I want Etta and Nicholas to be together. I think they work as a couple.

Actually, no, can I have Nicholas instead?

Where to Buy

Again, this is a book that can be found anywhere where books are sold: Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Books-a-million, Book Depository, etc.

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