Book Review of Passenger by Alexandra Bracken

passengerTitle:  Passenger

Author: Alexandra Bracken

Genre:  Young Adult Fantasy/Historical Fiction

Release Date:  January 5th, 2016

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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My Review:  I have been in a book slump for a while, not really finding anything I liked, until now. I will say that the first 50 pages did drag a little, which I later realized were setup for everything that was going to happen later, but I did have to really push to get through the first few chapters to get to the meat of the story. Once I got there though, I could not put this book down. I was reading and listening to it on audiobook on the way to work because I had to know what was going to happen next.

Passenger explores the idea of time travel, no not a Doc Brown kind of way, in a way that actually sounds pretty plausible. There are wrinkles in the timeline scattered throughout the world that “travelers” can use to be transported to a different time. That is just a basic quick summary, Bracken does an excellent job of spelling it out much more clearly in the book so it makes complete sense. I found the whole concept very intriguing and better than many of the time travel books that I have read in the past.

As for the characters, we switch POV between Etta and Nicholas as the story progresses which I loved. I always enjoy getting into multiple characters heads because I think it tells a more well-rounded story. Poor Etta, has no idea what is going on half the time and is playing catch up with this new world, but she takes it in stride and was a strong character. Nicholas, was an interesting puzzle to put together, his life has not been easy, but he has come out of it resilient and with a good moral compass. I loved both of them, especially the slow burn of the romance that blossomed between them that was not rushed and was extremely sweet.

The action and suspenseful elements were also fantastic and I was flipping pages and reading frantically to find out what was going to happen next. Passenger is one of those books that while it is categorized as YA, it would appeal to older audiences as well I think. It has a little bit of everything, is very well written and will keep you reading well into the night to finish it.

The ending is not really a cliffhanger, but it does leave a lot of questions that you are going to want answers too. I am eagerly awaiting the sequel which I think comes out in January. I will also be looking into Bracken’s other books as well since I love her writing style. Overall, fantastic book that I loved so much, I know it will be one I will be re-reading in the future just so I can go back and visit this world again and again.

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Guess who’s back?

So back in December of 2012, I said I was going to take a break for a couple of months…here were are almost four years later and I have decided to pick back up with blogging again.  I was so burnt out and had so many books to review and felt the pressure to get things done, I lost my love of reading somewhere along the way.  So, this time around I am just going to keep it casual.  I am not really going to run a lot of contests or have a number of posts I have to have up in a certain amount of time, I am just going to review books once I get to them and share them up here with whoever wants to come to my blog and read them.  I am reading books more regularly now, and will be putting up reviews soon, even if only about ten people read my blog, lol.  It does not matter to me though, I love books and I love sharing my thoughts and that is the point of this blog.  So I am back, I will be putting reviews up soon and I am looking forward to getting back in touch with others in the blogging/book world. 🙂

Taking a Break…

I think the title says it all, but I am going to take a little break from the blog. In about three months I will have been blogging for three years. It is crazy how fast that time has gone, but I am starting to get burnt out. I love all the authors I have gotten to talk with and all of my fellow bloggers, but I am starting to look at my blog as an obligation rather than something I love, and I never wanted it to come to that. Instead of reading books that I know have a release date coming up, I find myself going to back-listed titles or something other than the books that I need to review. Telling me I have to review a book, pretty much guarantees that I will put it off as long as possible and that is what I have been doing. This same issue has also kept me from reading lately. I am looking at reading as a chore and I hate that! I absolutely love to read, but I am putting too much pressure on myself to get reviews out, so it has taken all the fun out of reading and blogging.

I also have a lot going on in my personal life right now and just feel like I need a mental break in general. So, that is what I am going to do. I am going to take off for a little while and regroup. I want to find the joy in reading again and if I keep up the pace I am at, that is not going to happen. I want to read a book because I want to, not because it is being released in five days and I have to get a review up. I know I am putting the pressure on myself, but honestly it should never have come to this. I love blogging about books, I love reading and I love meeting people with those same passions. So, I am going to take at least until the holidays are over off. I will probably be up an running again in January, so I won’t be gone that long. I might put up a couple of already scheduled posts here and there, but I won’t be on twitter that much or any other social media. I am going to spend time with family and find my love of reading again.

I want to thank everyone who reads my blog and I will see you soon!

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