Passenger by Alexandra Bracken

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Goodreads Blurb 

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.

Review

I started reading Passenger during the summer. I had to put it down a few times and actually finished the book in November. I’m not sure why because I did enjoy Bracken’s writing style and the plot of the story. It reminded me of Outlander by Diana Gabaldon and that’s why I purchased the book. I love love love Outlander, and really anything that has to do with time travel.

I think maybe every time I tried reading it that I was in the middle of  reading slump and I wasn’t ready for it. I kept thinking, “I love time travel so I’ll just dive into this one!” I don’t know. I feel like this book is worth 5/5 stars but I can only give it 4/5 because I didn’t feel fully engrossed in the story until the end. I definitely will buy Wayfarer (the 2nd book) once it comes out (January, maybe?). The ending was way too intriguing not too. It was like a whole new story began the last few chapters of the book and it seemed immensely more entertaining to me than Passenger.

I think another qualm I had with the novel was the main character Etta. I didn’t feel attached to her character until the end of the book. I think she had a good coming of age story throughout the novel but she went from being this scared, timid girl who couldn’t perform her violin solo in front of an audience to a badass who was taking on men who were shooting at her and probably trying to murder her. I liked the stronger Etta but it took some time for her to get to that point. I actually enjoyed Nicholas and Alice’s characters much more. Alice seemed very loyal and it was neat that she had actually met Etta as a young woman then essentially became her tutor and grandmother basically. I hated her character’s ending. I kept hoping there was a way for them to help her.

As for Nicholas he was just admirable. He had been through his family disowning him and the world prejudicing against him. Yet he had this unshakable moral compass that never wavered. He’s the type of man that would have caught my fancy 😉

Something else I feel that must be said about this book is the cover is absolutely stunning. I love the font, the picture of the city within the bottle but it’s actually reflecting Nicholas’ ship. It shows how their fates would be intertwining. You can tell some thought went into the detail.

The purple and gold on Wayfarer is aesthetically pleasing too. I like how the blue and silver on the first novel and the gold and purple on the second one compliment each other.

I have several other reviews coming soon. I’ve been on Christmas break since the 16th and I’ve been relaxing with my husband and family so I’m about 2 books behind. Almost 3! I recently finished reading The Rose & The Dagger by Renee Ahdieh, a graphic novel called Saga (Volume 1) by Brian K. Vaughn, and I’m about to finish up Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo.

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Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

Goodreads Blurb

Nemeses! Dragons! Science! Symbolism! All these and more await in this brilliantly subversive, sharply irreverent epic from Noelle Stevenson. Featuring an exclusive epilogue not seen in the web comic, along with bonus conceptual sketches and revised pages throughout, this gorgeous full-color graphic novel is perfect for the legions of fans of the web comic and is sure to win Noelle many new ones.

Nimona is an impulsive young shapeshifter with a knack for villainy. Lord Ballister Blackheart is a villain with a vendetta. As sidekick and supervillain, Nimona and Lord Blackheart are about to wreak some serious havoc. Their mission: prove to the kingdom that Sir Ambrosius Goldenloin and his buddies at the Institution of Law Enforcement and Heroics aren’t the heroes everyone thinks they are.

But as small acts of mischief escalate into a vicious battle, Lord Blackheart realizes that Nimona’s powers are as murky and mysterious as her past. And her unpredictable wild side might be more dangerous than he is willing to admit.

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Review

I have really been into graphic novels this year. I think my obsession started with Lumberjanes, which Noelle Stevenson also helped create. I started reading those towards the end of last year and finished them up in 2016. After reading those I bought Ms. Marvel  and fell in love with that story as well. This isn’t the first time I’ve read graphic novels. I read The Walking Dead volumes 1-7 in college but quickly became disenchanted with those around volume 6. The language and content in those is basically equivalent to a 13 year old boy trying to cuss and talk dirty. It was gross.

But Lumberjanes restored my faith in the graphic novel genre! Probably because they were written by females and focused more on humor and fun than on gross stuff.

I’ll admit I wasn’t sure about Nimona going into it. The beginning of the story just throws you in. It felt a little too rushed. But as the story went on I enjoyed the characters! Sir Blackheart and Sir Goldenloin are probably my favorites. Nimona was awesome but I feel like her character was mostly there to help Goldenloin and Blackheart find themselves and to bring them closer again.

I think the ending was a good one. You know that Nimona basically survived and that she was always watching from afar. It was pretty sweet. I just wished that her and Blackheart had stayed besties. They really grew to care about one another.

I gave this one 4/5 stars. Loved the story but I wish the beginning would have been easier to get into. I had to force myself to read about 50 pages before I actually got into the story.