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Passenger by Alexandra Bracken

passenger-coverIn 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.  -Blurb and book cover image via Goodreads.

I first stumbled across Passenger after seeing it being endlessly plugged by BookTuber Jesse the Reader among many others. Normally I’m not one to go hunting down hardback copies of books, but for some reason, Passenger made me want a hardback copy, and I’m glad I did get one in the end. I recently saw the paperback version sitting on a shelf in a bookshop, and it just didn’t seem to have the same appeal as the hardback. Leaving that aside, judging a book by it’s cover isn’t necessarily the way you should go, but in this istance, I’m glad I did. Pirates and time-travel–what more could you want in a book.

This book is perfect for fans of time travel adventures, where the adventure just doesn’t stop and you need to keep reading so you can find out just what’s going to happen next. There’s also a little romance in there for good measure–sure what good YA book doesn’t?!? loved Passenger and I loved how easy it was to delve into this book. To be honest when I actually got my hands on this book, I was a little intimidated by the size of it, but I was hooked, and before I knew it I had already devoured over a 100 pages. It was brilliant getting the different perspectives of both Etta and Nicholas, and it was great seeing how their stories intertwined with each other, and how their relationship grew as the book progressed. I found myself turning page after page, just waiting to find out what happened next. The revelations that are made in the book are absolutely fantastic, and if you were to describe to me the cliffhanger situation when I was only halfway through the book, I wouldn’t have believed you–just fantastic!

If I were to pick out anything negative while reading this, it’s that I felt like there were a lot of things left unexplained. Now, I know that we are to getting a sequel next year, so maybe that will have the answers, but I felt like we could have a bit more insight into the background of all the different families that were part of the time travelling world.

This was the first book that I have read by Alexandra Bracken, but it definitely won’t be the last. I’m so looking forward to the sequel, Wayfarer (due for release Jan. 2017), but until then, I’ll have to read The Darkest Minds trilogy to keep me at bay.

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