Passenger by Alexandra Bracken



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.


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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