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PassengerPassenger (Passenger, #1) by Alexandra Bracken
Published by Disney-Hyperion on January 5th 2016
Pages: 496

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

Passenger is one of the first books I read this year and oh man. My year of reading is off to an amazing start. Why? PIRATES AND TIME TRAVEL! A great combination!

I took my time while reading this lovely. Not because I couldn’t get into the book, but because I wanted to savor every wonderful moment of it. It was beautifully written, and it didn’t skimp on the details. I could picture most of the book, in my mind. One of the parts that stuck out the most to me, and has stuck with me, is that gorgeous dress that was described in the very beginning. I could picture it, and I thought about it often while reading. I need the next book, and I need to know if she ever gets to wear that dress.

Normally I am not a big fan of jumping around when it comes to regions, but jumping between years and locations was a wonderful experience as a reader. Each location was full of amazing detail, and knowledge of the year they were in. I found myself looking up some of the clothing from Damascus and picturing the market where they were shopping. Each place was a fascinating, and I really look forward to visiting more places with Nicholas and Etta in the second book. Alexandra Bracken, Take me away!

Etta was an amazing main character. Strong, outspoken and standing up for Nicholas’ rights, regardless of what year she is in. That is the one thing that stuck out to me about her throughout the book. She really can stand on her own two feet, and I feel like she could without Nicholas around. She is incredibly selfless, and she would be willing to give up everything she loved to keep her family and loved ones safe.

Nicholas was just as much a sweetheart as he was a pirate. He was taken by complete surprise on the ship when Etta stood up from what she believed in, and I really feel like that is the point in the book where he started falling for her. He knows when she needs help, and when to just let her take the lead.  He didn’t need to be in the front and saving the day; it didn’t make him any less of a man. If anything, it made him that much more sexy. It was so easy to fall in love with him, and I did fall head over heels. <3

I am dying to know what choices are going to be made in the second book, from both Etta and Nicholas. In all honestly, I want to see the Ironwoods fall. I want to know what her mother has to say about all of this when she comes across Etta.

Passenger was the perfect way to start off my reading year, and if this is any sign of what 2016 is about to bring, then I can’t wait to see what other wonderful books are thrown my way.


Sarah LeBlanc

★ Borderline battler ★ Bookish lover ★ Hunger Games fanatic ★ Jodi Meadows Fangirl ★ Raising Awareness of Mental Health and BPD ★

  • Laura (PS I Love That Book)

    Oh my gosh. I want to read it so badly!!! *screams*

    All the amazing reviews!! All the praise!!! and here I am…

    Great review by the way ^^ you started 2016 in the best way possible.

    January 25, 2016 at 2:36 pm Reply

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