Book Review: Passenger

Posted February 10, 2016 by Maryam in book review, Maryam / 1 Comment

Book Review: PassengerPassenger by Alexandra Bracken
Published by Disney Electronic Content on January 5th 2016
Genres: young adult, science fiction, fantasy, romance
Pages: 464
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased

Violin prodigy Etta Spencer had big plans for her future, but a tragic accident has put her once-bright career at risk. Closely tied to her musical skill, however, is a mysterious power she doesn't even know she has. When her two talents collide during a stressful performance, Etta is drawn back hundreds of years through time. Etta wakes,confused and terrified, in 1776, in the midst a fierce sea battle. Nicholas Carter, the handsome young prize master of a privateering ship, has been hired to retrieve Etta and deliver her unharmed to the Ironwoods, a powerful family in the Colonies—the very same one that orchestrated her jump back, and one Nicholas himself has mysteries ties to. But discovering she can time travel is nothing compared to the shock of discovering the true reason the Ironwoods have snared her in their web. Another traveler has stolen an object of untold value from them, and, if Etta can find it, they will return her to her own time. Out of options, Etta and Nicholas embark on a perilous journey across centuries and continents, piecing together clues left behind by the mysterious traveler. But as they draw closer to each other and the end of their search, the true nature of the object, and the dangerous game the Ironwoods are playing, comes to light—threatening to separate her not only from Nicholas, but her path home... forever.


I definitely picked this book because of the cover. I mean, can you say COVER LOVE? That cover reminded me of Jolly Rogers, from Once Upon A Time. Remember that episode where Captain Hook’s dearest ship was cursed in a bottle? YEAH. So yes, I picked up the book because of it. BUT also because of the time-travelling factor. I’ve always loooove time-travelling, whether it’s to the past or the future.

I was really looking forward to this book, and trust me, I was beyond frantic when I realized that it’s been a week after the release date and my local library had not yet restocked it. So in my haste, I actually ordered it from Amazon, which took less than a week to arrive, SO YAY. So yes, fine, my review. OMG can I just dsjkfasjkdbgdsjsdkhjldfdg

YEAH. PIRATES. That part captured my attention, from the time when Etta went aboard a pirate ship. I have to admit that it wasn’t so pirate-ish. There was no arrrr-matey, or such, but there were mentions of pirates. Maybe legal pirates? HEHE. Anyway, after that scene, I hungered for more. I could not put down this book.

Etta was a likeable enough character. She was fiesty and hot-tempered, and she knows how to stand up for herself, which made me cheer for her alllll the way. I really really love that fact, the fact that she stood up for herself, because do remember that this is a time-travelling book, and women in the past never got their own say in anything. One thing is for sure, the girl knows to not panic, despite all the strange things that happened to her in the blink of an eye. I love her character throughout the whole book, because never once did she give up, or let herself break down. She was strong.

The entire story plot was unique in the sense that it took us back to many many different histories of the world, such as World War 2, and all. This made me interested to learn more about those times, especially since Alexandra Bracken story tell them in a way that mad me wish I was living in that time. And the facts were definitely accurate, compared to what I learn during history lessons in school, and this goes to show that the author actually did her research well.

YOU NEED TO READ THIS BOOK NOW, and I need to sob one corner because the next book will only be out in 2017. GAH.

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