Saturday, January 23, 2016

Passenger by Alexandra Bracken

Hardcover, 496 pages
Release Date: January 5, 2016
Published by: Disney-Hyperion
Passenger, #1
Source: Own
For fans of: Time Travel, Sparkly Covers, YA

     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


     I really hate to do this. Like I really do. This is the January release I was most excited for and was looking forward to. And it just fell flat. I even put off writing this review because I was SO scared about how I was going to review this. For a while I said I was just putting it to the side, but in all actuality I know it's just not for me.
     Etta is beginning to lose everything she's worked for. Including her time on stage that has finally come. But then something happens and Etta is thrust into something she has no idea about. A different century. She meets Nicholas who is sort of over the ship and they must collaborate to find something important. The only problem? Etta doesn't want to. Soon they realize they must work together, or Etta may not get home. Ever.
     I have to admit, I stopped reading this one because I wasn't in the mood for it. Normally when that happens I'll stop and try reading something else. But this time when I stopped, there was just no reason I wanted to crack it back open. I was in a certain mood for something with a lot of action and romance and the place where I was ended up being just a bunch of rules for their time travel and frankly I was bored. 
     But to point out, there WERE some points that I did like. There was a POC and he was a main character. This was really the only reason I wanted to finish it. In the end it wasn't enough. Then there was Bracken's wonderful prose. I loved her writing skills and how they flowed, but the content was what got me. Just wasn't something I cared enough about. Maybe it was because me personally I'm not a huge historical fiction fan, but whatever the case, I wasn't a fan. 
     Whatever the case may be, I wan to tell everyone to still pick up the book if you're interested. Just because this wasn't my cup of tea doesn't mean it won't be the same way for everyone! Give it a chance! 
Overall, I give this



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