Review: Passenger – Alexandra Bracken

Review: Passenger – Alexandra BrackenPassenger by Alexandra Bracken
Series: Passenger #1
Published by Disney-Hyperion
Published: January 5th 2016
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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

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Passenger has been a high priority read for me for a long time. I’m a huge sucker for time travel books and the mind warp that happens with them. And even though I haven’t finished the series yet I loved Alexandra Bracken’s first book The Darkest Minds. Excellent combination if you ask me. So basically I was really excited to read Passenger. It took me a while because of my timing of reading it during the holidays but in the end I really enjoyed it.

Passenger is about Etta, a violinist that lives in modern day 2015 with her mother. Etta is about to make her debut as a premier violist when everything changes. Suddenly Etta is in 1776, kidnapped, and being forced to find something her mother ‘stole’ years ago by the family that her mother ran from. Up until this point Etta had no idea travelers existed and now she finds she is one herself. All she does know is she needs to find what was stolen and save herself and her mother but she needs the help of Nicholas Carter, a handsome man around her age from 1776. Nicholas hates the family Etta is being forced to help for his own reasons but need them for others. Soon Etta and Nicholas find themselves jumping from time to time while running from danger and their relationship blossoming. But really what is more important, their selfish interests or their interest in each other?

This book was jam packed with action. Etta and Nicholas find themselves in a boatload of danger/trouble as they follow clues left by Etta’s mother to find the ‘stolen’ item. It’s pretty cool to see the two of them land in historic events and ancient places. The time travel aspect leaves everything open for discovery which is what I love about time travel books in general. But Bracken worked with these events for her story and didn’t make the event just be a back drop. The action and adventure was my favorite part to be honest.

The events were huge details in the backdrop of Passenger. They really told the story of change and time of war and what life was like. Without these events that Etta’s mother chose to visit, to leave a trail, I don’t think we would have understood what the character was really like. That right there is what fed the story. The backdrop was essentially the story.

I loved Etta and Nicholas together and separate. But they were more interesting together for sure. To be honest I’m not sure how I felt about the romance (one of the minor things that bugged me at times) but they worked so well together as people. They both here determined and fighters. They both did whatever they needed to to survive. I felt really badly for some of the choices they had to make a lot of the time but they always did what they needed to. Now the Ironwoods? Hated them (as I’m sure we are supposed to). But I also didn’t like Etta’s mother so there was that. I did like all the connections to people. That was fun to try and figure out.

I really enjoyed Passenger. Even with the parts that bugged me (which I won’t point out as to not ruin the book) I was happy with the progress and story telling. Honestly I think book 2 is going to be off the charts good with the set up that Passenger gave us. There are so many things still left to be explored and dealt with and I just can’t wait. Definitely a solid start to a new series.

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Blog Tour: The ABCs with Etta from Passenger by Alexandra Bracken (giveaway)

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Today we have a special edition of The ABCs brought to you by Alexandra Bracken for her character Etta in her new book Passenger (which is out in stores tomorrow!). And make sure you read all the way to the end to enter the giveaway.


Alex Bracken: This is so fun! While Nicholas and Etta are equal parts main characters, I have to go with Etta for this one—mostly because Nicholas is way too practical (his answers here would be: a compass, an atlas, and a new pair of leather shoes after fishing Etta out of the ocean).

Etta’s a modern day teen in New York City who’s had a pretty different upbringing from most other girls her age. Her training to be a concert violinist, and all of the competitions and travel that involves, has made her have a laser-like focus on reaching that goal… pretty much to the detriment of friendships, boyfriends, and, you know, taking a day off. But her BIG debut is finally, finally, finally coming up.

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Accessory: Madewell’s Transport Tote in English Saddle
This thing is a city living staple! When you live in a place like New York City, where you usually leave your apartment in the morning, travel via subway, and aren’t back until the evening—even on the weekends—you need a bag like this to throw whatever you need and gather up throughout the day. Groceries, folders from work, something else from Madewell… you name it! I can see Etta bopping around the city running errands, throwing in her music sheets, a snack, and flowers from the grocery store on the corner before walking a few blocks over to instructor Alice’s apartment. Etta is a pretty no-fuss kind of girl, so I think this suits her perfectly.

Book: Brooklyn: A Novel by Colm Toibin
On a break from her 209809234th reading of The Lives of Great Composers by Harold C. Schonberg and an endless succession of autobiographies and biographies of great musicians, Etta picked this one up after seeing someone reading it on the 4/5/6 train and fell in love with her city all over again reading it.

Clothing: Halston Heritage Cross Neck Chiffon Gown
Etta’s on the verge of her big debut as a soloist and will be in need of a few new formal dresses to rotate through for future performances. I picked this garnet color chiffon gown by Halston Heritage out for her for a few reasons: it looks comfy, it’s conservative enough not to raise any eyebrows but still cool and beautiful enough for an eighteen-year-old to wear, THAT RED IS AMAZING, and, well, she’d get a lot of mileage out of it. Our girl isn’t flashy when it comes to style—classic and understated all the way.

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Blog Tour: The ABCs with Etta from Passenger by Alexandra Bracken (giveaway)Passenger (Passenger, #1) by Alexandra Bracken
Published by Disney-Hyperion
Published: January 5th 2016
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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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About Alexandra Bracken

I’m Alex. I write about telekinetic teens and floppy-haired wizards. I love Star Wars, classic rock, and 18th century gentlemen. When I’m not up at 4 AM writing, you can find me running around the DC area, where I now live and write full time.

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Second Chance Sunday – The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

Second Chance Sunday – The Darkest Minds by Alexandra BrackenThe Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken
Series: The Darkest Minds #1
Published by Disney-Hyperion
Published: October 22nd 2013
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When Ruby woke up on her tenth birthday, something about her had changed. Something alarming enough to make her parents lock her in the garage and call the police. Something that gets her sent to Thurmond, a brutal government "rehabilitation camp." She might have survived the mysterious disease that's killed most of America's children, but she and the others have emerged with something far worse: frightening abilities they cannot control.

Now sixteen, Ruby is one of the dangerous ones.

When the truth comes out, Ruby barely escapes Thurmond with her life. Now she's on the run, desperate to find the one safe haven left for kids like her-East River. She joins a group of kids who escaped their own camp. Liam, their brave leader, is falling hard for Ruby. But no matter how much she aches for him, Ruby can't risk getting close. Not after what happened to her parents.

When they arrive at East River, nothing is as it seems, least of all its mysterious leader. But there are other forces at work, people who will stop at nothing to use Ruby in their fight against the government. Ruby will be faced with a terrible choice, one that may mean giving up her only chance at a life worth living.

Wow, wow, wow! That book was amazing in almost every meaning of the word. When I first started it I thought it was going to get boring and annoying real fast, and I have never been so happy to be wrong. The Darkest Mind was a well thought out story and I loved every minute of it.

The Darkest Minds is a story about Ruby, a girl that has been forced into what is essentially a concentration camp at a very young age because of a power she possesses; she can read minds and even remove memories. In camp, she has to hide who she is and what she can do for fear of her own safety and the safety of the people around her. This has been the way of things for 6 years and then one day it isn’t. One day she is out of Thurmond and a whole new set of problems arise. Meeting Liam, Chubs, and Zu, Ruby’s life and Ruby herself change completely. As the four of them make it to East River they learn a lot about life, but they aren’t expecting what they get when they finally reach the end of their journey. East River isn’t all it’s cracked up to be and now Ruby will have to make some of the hardest choices of her life and decide whether to embrace the power she has feared since she was 10.

The story is told entirely from Ruby’s POV and that may have been the best choice Bracken made because Ruby was awesome! She was stronger then she thought and was constantly putting others before herself making her all the more endearing. She was still a child in so many ways but what she had been through made her more adult like. It was a tough balance and it was done perfectly in my opinion. And the addition of Chubs who was one of the most loyal people you will ever meet, Zu the sweetest little girl in maybe the whole world, and Liam the crush-worthy swoon worthy alpha male, I was totally enamored. Liam and Ruby’s friendship alone was enough to make my heart flutter, not to mention other things in their relationship. Did I mention my massive Liam crush?!

Really what made the whole book was the way these characters fed off each other and now connected they were. It made everything else in the book, no matter how crazy it sounded, seem normal and that is what made this such a strong story. Through the ups and downs, the action and the quiet times, you could see how these 4 people became a family and it made you root for them even more. The end will shatter your heart even if you see it coming, which I did. But it will also make you want more because you’ll want people to pay that haven’t. Mark my words on that! A definite must read!!

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Waiting on Wednesday – Never Fade by Alexandra Bracken

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Title: Never Fade (The Darkest Minds Series)
Author: Alexandra Bracken
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Release Date: October 15, 2013{purchase}

Description: Ruby never asked for the abilities that almost cost her her life. Now she must call upon them on a daily basis, leading dangerous missions to bring down a corrupt government neverand breaking into the minds of her enemies. Other kids in the Children’s League call Ruby “Leader”, but she knows what she really is: a monster.

When Ruby is entrusted with an explosive secret, she must embark on her most dangerous mission yet: leaving the Children’s League behind. Crucial information about the disease that killed most of America’s children—and turned Ruby and the others who lived into feared and hated outcasts—has survived every attempt to destroy it. But the truth is only saved in one place: a flashdrive in the hands of Liam Stewart, the boy Ruby once believed was her future—and who now wouldn’t recognize her.

As Ruby sets out across a desperate, lawless country to find Liam—and answers about the catastrophe that has ripped both her life and America apart—she is torn between old friends and the promise she made to serve the League. Ruby will do anything to protect the people she loves. But what if winning the war means losing herself?

*Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine. It is a weekly meme that allows you to share a book you can’t wait to read!
**description from Goodreads

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