Book Review: Passenger – Alexandra Bracken

20+ days… Well in between I’ve been reading some novellas and went on a ski trip, so I didn’t read much during my time in Switzerland… So I guess to compensate for the loss of blog posts, I’ll make a post about my trip :)

20983362Name: Passenger
Author: Alexandra Bracken
Publisher: Hyperion/Quercus
Release Date: January 5 / April 7, 2016



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.

Book Cover Comments

The city inside the bottle? And the reflection of the pirate ship, as well as that elegant font? Totally love it.

The Actual Review

(kill me its been too long ago)

So I thought we’d start with the negatives first, so that we can enjoy the rest of the good part. So this is my second Alex Bracken book, and it has the same problem: despite a fair plot progression and moving from place to place, for some reason, my pace of reading this book is rather sluggish slow, to a point where I needed more than a week to finish this book. I almost couldn’t make it before my flight to Switzerland.

But no matter how slow my reading pace turned out to be, Passenger was a magnificent book. Beginning with the general of time travelling itself, not that I’ve read a lot of time travelling series (the other ONLY one being Edelstein Trilogy), is that each series offers a different set of methods and rules to time travelling. The way Alex Bracken makes sure no cords are tangled together and no logic messed up? Perfect. The way some of the rules are added in to make people’s lives harder, their desires hard to reach.

It’s very interesting seeing Etta and Nicholas come together and further develop their relationships. Being from two completely different times and worlds, Etta and Nicholas learns the way of each other, and I think Alex Bracken grasped the century and culture gap really well. While Etta is more open and free as we do, Nicholas is fairly conservative, and has a lot of manly pride to uphold. But in the end, no one can deny a romance across time, a nice and slow development that builds up to their first intimate touch, ooo the fluttering butterflies in my heart whenever theres a sweet scene.

I think Etta is a really strong character, in the sense that she is very determined, and upholds her beliefs and mottos. The way she tries to break free from her problems, find solutions in different ways, see if things might work out, and even think about the impossible, these are all the qualities that makes Etta so real, a character that a lot of people can connect to.
I’m not gonna talk about Nicholas because I really don’t remember much details, but this silly boys back and forth dilly dallies with Etta just kills me. The way he wants it but believes he cannot has it? Despite annoying, it just proves how Alex Bracken was able to grasp the ideas of the old days, the sort of traditional way of thinking.

One thing about the plot that I really really wanted to talk about? The ending. Extremely WOW-ing plot twist that no one ever expected to pull out, revelations regarding those around Nicholas, as well as close characters to Etta, and what happens and some of these paths intercross, truths and lies, concealment, I didn’t expect that ending to come along that way.


Enjoy a slow romance and a bit of time travelling, as well as an unravelling mystery, quest and revelation? Then I’m sure you’ll enjoy Passenger.

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Joanne Lumiere

Joanne is the narcissistic founder of her book blog, Joanne Lumiere. Born and raised in Hong Kong, this 18 year old brat is currently attending college in Los Angeles, and still doesn't know how to read books with sophistication, and yet she runs a blog.

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