Friday, 10 June 2016

Passenger by Alexandra Bracken - Spoiler Free Review:

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 travelled 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 traveller 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.

Alexandra Bracken’s writing is beautiful. The story is filled with metaphors and similes which add to the detailed descriptions she paints for us, making for an enthralling read full of adventure and mystery.

“Glass lanterns crashed around her, exploding like pale fireworks” page 44  
“Shivering and swaying like a drunkard with each faint breeze” page 47

My favourite thing about the book would have to be the plot. The time travel aspect was executed really well - you can tell she spent a lot of time researching the various time periods and locations as well as the customs that would have been present. The story also deals with questions such as: “What if I run into myself or if I change the future?” which is really interesting.

It was a little slow in parts but at the same time the book was over before I knew it. And that ending! All I can say is I can’t wait to read the next book.

The only negative comment I really have to make is with regards to the romance. Don’t get me wrong, I adore the characters Alxandra has created. Etta is strong and powerful and Nicholas, well he’s Nicholas (she says as though that explains everything). He’s cool - yes I couldn’t think of a better word, please don’t kill me - and it’s really fun to follow them throughout the story as two people from different time periods. Seeing how they each reacted to things the other passed off as normal was probably the best part. But the romance was just a bit much, it escalated so fast.

Overall this book was wonderful. If you’re the kind of person who liked to read books about time travel filled with adventure then I would highly recommend you read Passenger.

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