Monday, January 11, 2016

Review: Passenger by Alexandra Bracken

Title: Passenger
Author: Alexandra Bracken
Series: Book One in the Passenger Series
Published By: Disney-Hyperion (January 5, 2016)
Source: Copy Provided by the Publisher (in exchange for an honest review)
Genre: YA Time Traveling/Fantasy
My Rating: 4.5 Stars!


Book Description:
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.








Beautifully written and composed, Bracken's jump into young adult time traveling fantasy, was done flawlessly. 

With an imaginative but easy to comprehend and believe take on the art of time traveling, it was not only well done but realistic in feel. 

This truly was a story that swept you away and took you on one adventure to the next in a seamless flow, each fraught with new dangers and discoveries as Nicholas and Etta bravely faced them and overcame them together.

The romance was perfect, with just the right amount of forbidden temptation and swoon worthy moments that were endearing but not overpowering that it foreshadowed the rest of the story.

This truly is one of the most exciting time traveling stories out there right now in the genre and I think all readers young and old are going to be excited for this and on the edge of their seat awaiting each new installment, I know I am.





*All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influenced by the author or publisher. I was not compensated for this review.*

53 comments:

  1. I'm glad you had better luck with this one, Ali! It sounds like you were very immersed into the story which is always the best feeling ever.
    Lovely review! :)

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  2. I am quite curious about this one, Ali. I absolutely loved Brightly Woven, which is sitting on my "honor-shelf" every since I read it :) I wonder which of the two distinct styles she has used in this - her first book was lyrical, understated, and precise in how she used language to punctuate ideas. Her following series, by contrast, was very commercial and quite pedestrian, stylistically speaking. So I'm VERY curious about this new one... Great review!

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    1. I haven't read any of her other books so I'm not sure how they compare but this was well written and fun.

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  3. So glad you love this! It's definitely one of my faves. Great review!

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    1. Yay! Glad you loved it too. It really was so much fun!

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  4. Oh time travel you say??? Love time travel stories. Esecially if they are super confusing. Great review!!

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    1. This isn't confusing at all and so easy to see and believe.

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  5. Ooo flawless?! I really need to read this then! :D Fantastic review as always!!

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  6. YEAH ALI!!!!! I really loved this one too, and I completely agree, this take on time travel was easy to grasp. I love time travel, but sometimes it makes my head hurt which is my only issue, but that wasn't the case at all here:) Can't wait for book 2!

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    1. I agree Jenny and I'm so excited about book two, it can't get here soon enough!

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  7. Hi Ali, Great review. I want it! ;-)
    Happy Monday!

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  8. I want to read this one so much! Happy to hear you loved it :D

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    1. You are going to love it too I think!

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  9. YESSSSSSSSSSSSS!! I am so happy you loved this too Ali. I thought the concept was so interesting and of course I love time travel and quests. Yep the romance was well done!

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    1. Yes definitely! I can't wait for book two!

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  10. I've seen this several times before but was never sure if I should read it.. now I'd love to get this already! time travelling is a difficult element to play around with and it's really great to know that it was executed flawlessly in here. Great review :)

    czai @ the Blacksheep Project

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    1. It was done very well and so easy to understand.

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  11. I'm so glad you liked this one, Ali. I'm very excited to read it though I don't need that much time travel because it makes my head spin around. lol Glad that the romance is just right.

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    1. This one won't be hard to follow at all. ;)

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  12. I really enjoyed this one too, so glad to see your good review!

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  13. I am glad I came over and read your review after reading Nick's. I really want to check this one out, and your review has reassured me.

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    1. I really hope you try it, Kim loved it too so I really think you will as well.

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  14. I've been curious about this one, but as you might remember, I don't do all that well with the time traveling elements. They bog me down :/ This is something I would have to borrow before making any impulsive purchases. Love your review nonetheless!

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    1. Thanks Claudia, if it helps, this doesn't bog down at all. :)

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  15. I don't think I realized this was about time travel. haha Glad to hear you thought it was done well though!!

    -Lauren

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  16. Oh wow I need read this book~
    After read the Darkest Minds I need this on my life
    xx

    www.sakuranko.com

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    1. I will definitely be picking up her Darkest Minds now because of this one. ;)

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  17. I love your excitement over this one! I haven't read many time travel book, but I'm definitely super excited for this one. So happy you enjoyed it! :)

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  18. It's been a while since I've read a time travel. Love when I find a good one like that :D

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  19. I'm not really a time travel fan. Sounds interesting but I don't know. Nice review!

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  20. I love books like this. It really gets me thinking. I mean, can you imagine waking up in a different year? I love thinking about that and just letting my mind wander.

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    1. I know! Which of course explains your wonderful series as well. ;)
      I really think you would like this one Tyler!

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  21. YAY! So happy you loved this one so much. I plan to buy it as soon as I get paid. It's one I have been anticipating for soooooooo long!!!

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    1. I hope you end up loving it as well!!

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  22. See, the thing is I hate traveling books, lol

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    1. I can understand that. ;) Although this is done very well so you never know.

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  23. Yes, Yes!! "This truly is one of the most exciting time traveling stories out there right now" I have my copy and I'm so excited for this!
    Lovely review, Ali :)

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    1. You are going to love it Kim! Can't wait for you to start it!

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  24. I seriously can't believe I missed out on this ARC. I LOVE time travel. Not it has to sit on the tbr shelf until I find time. :(

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    1. Definitely make time for it, I think you will like it.

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  25. Still not sure about this one. I like the time travel aspect but I don't know. Great review though :)

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  26. I'm so glad you enjoyed this one, Ali. I've been seeing some polarizing reviews that had me worried!

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    1. Yeah I think it is one of those that won't be for everyone and you either hate it or absolutely love it.

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  27. Fantastic world building and character development with a storyline that doesn't fail to pull you in. Oh and did I mention time travel? There's a lot of that too! Not to mention, the cover is absolutely gorgeous.

    Marlene
    Info site for Water Main Break

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