Passenger Review


Passenger by Alexandra Bracken

Title: Passenger

Author: Alexandra Bracken

Song: Concerto for Violin and Orchestra Op 14 in E minor

Published: January 5, 2016                      # of Pages: 496

Date Started: January 26, 2016              Date Ended: January 31, 2016

Category: Fiction, Historical, Time Travel

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.”


This was my first ever Alexandra Bracken book. And let me tell you, she did NOT disappoint! Looks like I’ll have to pick up all of her other books and read those also. I especially liked how she wrote about the discrimination in that time period. The way she described it and wrote made me feel as if I was in that time period and I loved every minuet of it.

The plot of this novel was brilliant! The whole Time Travel, and different parts of history idea was so unique and wonderful. I couldn’t put it down! The story line was written wonderfully, especially with every small key component in its rightful place. Just the details in general and how the author wrote this book was breathtaking. The opening was just wow. Showing us the life of our two main characters, From the life at Sea, to the life of a Concert Violinist. Brilliant, simply brilliant. The rising action was written very well as well. With how they lived on the seas and finding out why she was where she was. All the way to the Climax. Oh. My. God. The climax hit my feels though, 100% feels filled people. The detail that went into writing it was intense and magnificent! I couldn’t put it down, no, wouldn’t put it down. The falling action was fast pace and action packed. From traveling to fighting the bad guys, this was a must read. Alas now we have come to our conclusion! THE PLOT TWISTS hit my feels hard guys. I was freaking out and my heart broke in two. Then came back together! Then broke again. {Cries from Feels} THAT ENDING THOUGH GOT ME SO HARD. So yes. You must go read this book then freak out about it with me.

The characters in this book where absolutely fantastic! Our female lead and protagonist of the story is Miss Henrietta {Etta} Spencer. A concert violinist who had a dream of being the best there was. That is, until she was sucked away into a different time onto a ship where she met Nicholas Carter. A pirate. {a good one that is} and where she finds out as to why she was pulled into his world. She then finds, is it worth trying to fix the past? When your future has already been ruined? Then there is Mr Nicholas Carter. Our male lead who dashingly helps Miss Spencer on her journey of discovery. And of a life she never knew she had. He is of African descent, and because of this in the book he is treated poorly. But he faces discrimination in the eye and beats the crap out of it in the story. {Go Nicholas!} I found this brilliantly planned and acted on. Since back in that time period there was a lot of discrimination and for the book to show them who is boss was amazing. Now besides these brilliant characters we had or supporting characters who helped make the story what it was. Miss Sophia Ironwood, the girl who brought Etta into their world. Rose Spencer, Etta’s mother. Alice, Etta’s violin teacher and childhood friend {in a way}. Master Ironwood, the old man who thinks he rules the world. Without these main supporting characters, the story wouldn’t have been as magnificent as it turned out to be. I loved it all and I honestly couldn’t have imagined them any different. All of their character developments flowed smoothly and carefully, {in a good way} and I can’t wait to see how they do in the future!

Overall, this book was fantastic. I loved the whole idea of it all. Especially the time travel to different parts in history. It was action packed, drama filled, romance and everything in between! I could NOT put it down! I can’t wait until the next book comes out, that is if there is a next book. Please oh please let there be another book!

Congratulations Alexandra Bracken on a brilliant story! One that I’ll never forget.




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