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Review: Passenger by Alexandra Bracken


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 Review

“This was the danger, the seduction of time travel, she realized – it was the opportunity, the freedom of a thousand possibilities of where to live and how to start over. It was the beauty open to you in your life if you only stopped a moment to look.”

“Our choices that matter in the end. Not wishes, not words, not promises.”

“You cannot fathom the distance I would travel for you.”

There was so much buzz surrounding this book, that I have to admit, I was a little intimated by it. I was scared and worried. Why, you ask? Well, I sometimes feel a lot of pressure when I have in my possession one of the most anticipated reads of the year. So many people were raving about this book and the pressure to love this book was on…..Once I started this book, I quickly realized that all my fears were for nothing. This book totally exceeded my expectations.

When I started Passenger, I pretty much went into it blind. Yes, I read the synopsis and heard from word of mouth that this book was amazing, but other than that, I didn’t know too much about it. And I have to tell you, that is the best way to go into this book. Passenger is such a unique YA tale. The writing is smart and intriguing. It is so well written and so easy to picture, it feels as though you are right there in the story. Passenger is well paced and is told from dual points of view. One of the things that I enjoyed about this story was that it had something for everyone. It had fantasy, action, romance, and intrigue. It had time travel, historic elements, mystery and suspense.

So, I know I haven’t really shared much with you about this book, because again, I don’t want to spoil the beauty of it. Here is what I can tell you: This is one of those books that is almost impossible to not fall in love with. This story is so well thought out and the characters are so easy to connect with. This is one of those books that adults will love too. As always, I do have to warn you that this story does end with a cliffhanger and I am super excited to see where the author will take us next. Alexandra Bracken is a new author to me, and I’m really looking forward to checking out more books from her in the future.

*I was provided an ARC copy of this book, via the publisher and NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review*

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