Review: Passenger by Alexandra Bracken (spoiler-free)



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.

Published: January 5th, 2016 by Disney-Hyperion

My rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

This is my first ever Alexandra Bracken book and I’m happy to say I loved it! I’ve owned Passenger since last year and I’m kicking myself for not picking it up earlier.

From the very first page, I was hooked. I didn’t really know much about the book going into it, mainly that there was time-travel and a guy named Nicholas was the love interest but honestly, this book blew me away and it was way better than i expected!

Our heroine, Etta Spencer, discovers that she is part of a secret society of time travellers and she must journey through time to find an important and powerful object that could alter the world as they know it. I absolutely LOVED the descriptions of the many different settings and the imagery it created. You could tell that this book had been very well researched. There were many accurate historical facts and the details in each setting were incredible!

Etta was such a great heroine and you could really see her character development as she was thrown into each thrilling setting. Etta travels with Nicholas Carter, a young privateer who helps Etta retrieve the mysterious object. I absolutely LOVED Nicholas! He was such an interesting person with so much back story and he was a POC! I was so so happy to see diversity with one of the main characters and the representation of racism in this book.

The romance was amazing and i loved how Etta and Nicholas helped each other through every difficult situation (some of my absolute favourite moments were of them getting to know each other on the ship!😍) I also just want to say that i loved the formal way in which Nicholas spoke (his natural time is the late 1700s) #swoon!

The reasons why this book wasn’t quite a 5 star read for me is because, at times, the plot could move a bit slowly; especially the second-half of the book. I would have also loved if this book was set more on ships. My favourite part of the book was the beginning when Etta woke up and met Nicholas and the crew on a ship! (ok, i may be a little obssessed with ships and pirates!😂) Other than those things, this book was awesome and i’m really looking forward to Wayfarer…especially after that ending!abbie



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