ARC Book 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


If you like
1. Time Travel
2. Pirates
3. Adventure
… this is a book for you! The writing is engaging. I’ve never read Alexandra Bracken’s work before, but I feel like I should.

The first 3/4 of the book sped by. The reason I gave took away a star is because the book hurtled to a halt for the “suddenly we’re in love and we forgot we’re on a timed search because we just looooooove each other” moment. I love a romance. This one moved to quick and with too much emphasis at the wrong time.

Things sped up again toward the end and left me wanting the next book. This is sad because I read an ARC; the first book isn’t officially out yet. I guess I’ll have to read it again next year. 4/5 Stars.

Passenger is out in the US on January 5, 2016. Thank you to NetGalley and Disney-Hyperion for the eARC.


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