Book Review: Passenger by Alexandra Bracken


Passenger by Alexandra Bracken

My Rating: ★★★★★


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, his passenger, can find. In order to protect her, Nick 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.


5 out of 5 stars for Passenger! I know I’m probably just one in a million people hyping over this book but its just gotta be done. I literally just finished reading it and was so excited to write about because it was really amazing. I’ve been so lucky this month to keep picking good books, 2016 just started off with a bang, book-wise for me. I’ll definitely be reading more Historical Fiction (not that this book can be classified just as historical fiction.)

Anyway, back to the review! The plot of this book was just so interesting, it’s nothing like the Darkest Minds series. Firstly going into the book I had such high expectations and they were all met and exceeded. I wasn’t expecting this story to go the places it went, I mean I knew the book was about time travel and all but I didn’t know what that would be like. I’m trying really hard not to include spoilers into this review because all I want to do is talk about the details but don’t worry I’ll restrain myself.

I’ll just say, following Nicholas and Etta’s adventure, it was hard to forget that other agendas were happening in the background but the darn book just keeps making you hope and dream on behalf of the characters.

Of course in Alex Bracken style, this book had to end with a major cliff-hanger and I can’t even imagine when the next book will be out. All in all though it was a beautiful story, that gave me surprising insight on small pieces of world history. I can’t lie, it got me thinking about just how much the world has progressed and just time in general and how much we take things for-granted in this ‘era’.

“This was the danger, the seduction of time travel, she realized—it was the opportunity, the freedom of a thousand possibilities of where to live and how to start over. It was the beauty open to you in your life if you only stopped for a moment to look.”-Passenger Alexandra Bracken

This review has been soo hard to write (arrggg!) because I’m trying not to give anything away, but still write something insightful. If you’ve read the book you know what I’m talking about, if you have not go pick it up right NOW because I definitely recommend it.

The next book I’ll be reading is another hyped one, Truthwitch by Susan Dennard, so watch out for that review too.

*Thanks for reading*



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