January 11, 2016

Review: Passenger

****ARC recieved through Netgalley for an honest review.****

Passenger (Passenger, book 1) by Alexandra Bracken


Genre: Young Adult Time Travel
Edition Reviewed: Ebook
Amazon: Paperback | Kindle
Goodreads: Passenger (1)

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.


Oh, wow. Amazing! Etta is an amazing female lead. Well developed and she actually has a personality and a brain! She's a fighter! Even when her life is thrown into chaos and her life torn apart she doesn't give up. Her life is left hanging in the hangman's noose, she never doubts herself. She fights. Thank you Bracken. Thank you for an amazing female lead.

More importantly thank you for addressing time travel so well. For making a fantastic and diverse male lead. For portraying so expertly what life was like for females and African Americans. While not being overly preachey. The way both characters reacted to the times was refreshing. Not to mention how Etta, a woman of the 21st Century dealt with it. Highlighting the rights and freedoms that those of us in the modern age take for granted. Not to mention not being heavy handed.

Thank you dear Bracken for an amazing love story. It was perfectly matched as the unfolding time traveling adventure swept me away! What a heady rush! Great romance and great time travel? (I know I'm being vague,but I want readers to discover it on their own.) The first 50% of this book was a solid 5 stars from me. Sadly the other half kicked in.

What was wrong? Pacing. The romance basically paused the story so that the romance could develop. It happened again and again. The action and sweeping adventure would kick in, and then queue pause for romance time. It lead to slow pacing, and I almost got readers' burn out as I grew bored when the meat of the story was on hold. Don't get me wrong, the romance is excellent! I highlighted so many swoon worthy lines. It was just bad pacing. Things picked up for the last 10 % of the book and the book ended on an amazing plot twist/cliffhanger.

In the end I'm trying to not give too much away. I want this book to be a surprise for readers. The time travel of Passenger is so unique and well thought out! The idea of getting into a portal in New York and being dropped off in not only a different time, but halfway across the glob is inspiring! (Not to mention some of the other cool rules of travel.) Etta and Nathan are currently one of my top couples, and I look forward to reading more about them. They're both so well developed, and most importantly Nathan is actually a good guy. Not some jerk disguised as the “bad boy” type. Oh, how I want the next book so bad. Bracken throws one heck of a curveball at the end. There are some serious questions to be answered! What away to kick off 2016s new round of books.

Sexual Content: Sexual humor some frank discussions about sex. Minor dark themes. There is a sex scene, not explicit. But I did not like the way safe sex was not addressed. She's time traveling and it's in the past. Contraceptive anyone? (Maybe that's a plot twist . . . one time is all it takes.)

3/5- Adored it, just a few minor details held it back.

Previous book(s) in series:
Reviewed on BW: Amazon: Goodreads:
Passenger (1)
Wayfarer (2)

Passenger (1)
Wayfarer (2)

Passenger (1)
Wayfarer (2)

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