Review: PASSENGER by Alexandra Bracken


PASSANGER (Passanger #1)
Alexandra Bracken
Published: January 5th 2016 by Disney-Hyperion
Pages: 486
Passenger (Passenger, #1)

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐

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.

“It’s our choices that matter in the end. Not wishes, not words, not promises.”

Passenger started out great for me. The prologue was engaging and a wonderful introduction to one of the main characters, Nicholas, who was actually my fave, and it hooked me right in. The first 40% of the book were just as good, with twists and turns and a layer of mystery that worked really well to keep me intrigued and glued to my Kindle.

But then the rest of the book happened, haha.

The concept of time travelers was pretty cool to read about, especially when some of them were pirates! But I was a little confused about how things actually worked, and it didn’t help that the world-building was suuuuper slow. That made some parts boring to get through for me, which was huge contrast to how I felt about everything in the beginning.

And once all the time traveling began, things kind of took a nose dive for me. I found it extremely odd to read about Etta and Nicholas going on their quest and ending up in places where big historical things were happening. Mostly because we were supposed to care about their mission and not really what was going on in the timeline they ended up in, which was… really… weird to me.

The instalove also didn’t help at all. And I absolutely hated Rose’s justification for everything she did and all of the things she didn’t tell Etta. And the ending was a cliffhanger! So yeah, while I loved the first half of this book, the second was a disappointment. :/


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2 thoughts on “Review: PASSENGER by Alexandra Bracken

  1. Reg @ She Latitude says:

    Aww, that’s disappointing! I haven’t read this book yet and don’t think I will, but loved the premise. It’s always too bad when the second half of the book is worse – it’s better to end strong, I think. Hope your next read is better. ❤


    • owlsreads says:

      Yeah, I really loved the premise, but it was so weird having the plot focused on romance or the quest they were on while these really big historical things were going on and being totally ignored. And I totally agree with you! Better end with a bang 😛


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