Published by Disney-Hyperion on January 5th 2016
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Science Fiction, Time Travel
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
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Did you guys hear the news yesterday??? Passenger debuted at number one on the New York Times best seller list! I was so excited to see this news announced on Twitter! So, now I’m even more thrilled to be today’s stop on the Passenger blog tour! Today I’ll be sharing a mood board I created, as well as my review, but be sure to look over the tour schedule below to check out other reviews, guest posts, playlists and more!
I’m not quite sure how I’m supposed to put my thoughts on this book into coherent words. I was swept away, entranced and completely fell in love with Passenger, and now consider it a new all-time favorite. The combination of time travel, romance and historical fiction blend together into a beautiful story that spans hundreds of years, thousands of miles and countless emotions.
The story of Etta and her journey starts out in New York City, and we’re slowly clued in to the fact that she is destined for a future she knows nothing about. I loved that I was making important discoveries along with Etta, and appreciate the slow build-up of tension and mystery before the book really jumped into the action and started with the exciting quest she embarks on. I also adored Etta as a character. She’s smart, inquisitive, brave and forthright. Even though she was thrown into a completely unknown situation surrounded by unfamiliar people and places, she still managed to stay focused and determined to take her destiny into her own hands. I felt so connected to Etta and her perseverance made me admire her even more. Nicholas is just as intriguing and I was drawn to him. His quiet confidence, tenderness and fortitude immediately made my sympathize for him as a character, and all I wanted was for him to find a way to release himself from the guilt and pain of the past.
Bracken masterfully created main characters who carried their own compelling story line and came together to create an even more captivating story. Etta and Nicholas’ interwoven story kept me invested until the very end.
The swoon-factor of this book is off the charts! I shipped these two hard and without giving anything away, I will say that there is a such a strong connection between Etta and Nicholas that I absolutely adored. That’s not to say they didn’t have roadblocks and struggles to overcome. They have so much going against them (SO MUCH) and Bracken created the perfect amount of tension and drama between these two that I never knew which direction my ship was headed.
My absolute favorite part of Passenger was without a doubt the time-travelling aspect. I was blown away by the level of detail Bracken poured into her story. From New York City in the late 1700’s and war-torn London, to the dark and dense jungle and wide open desert, each and every detail was so specific that I couldn’t help but get sucked in to the world Bracken created. It was abundantly clear how much research she put into writing this book and her passion for her story is clearly evident. Her passion jumped off the pages, grabbed a hold of me and wouldn’t let go.
This was the first novel I’ve read by Alexandra Bracken, and it will absolutely not be my last. As a matter of fact, I’m reading The Darkest Minds right now, and even though it is completely different from Passenger, I’m totally loving it too. Whether or not you’ve read anything by Alexandra Bracken before, I urge you to pick up this book. It’s cinematic, epic and stunning!
Don’t miss out on the rest of the stops on the Passenger blog tour…