Passenger Blog Tour: Book Review + Giveaway

Posted January 1, 2016 by sophie in Blog, Blog Tours, Reviews / 8 Comments

Passenger by Alexandra Bracken
Published by Disney-Hyperion Format: ARC
Series: Passenger #1
Source: Publisher Provided

I received this book/movie for free from the above-listed publisher/studio in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book/movie or the content of my review.


Release Date: January 5th, 2016
Pages: 464
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Formats: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook
Synopsis: 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 have loved Alexandra Bracken’s stories since her very first book, Brightly Woven, was published, so I knew she could write a complex and believable world. And honestly, I can never get tired of time travel plots, so pushing the tremendous hype (just look at that gorgeous cover and the buzzy marketing campaign that surrounded the release), I jumped in.
What I found was a character I immediately loved — Etta. She’s a very talented, violin prodigy when we first meet her, but by the end of the story, she has grown so much and her path is so very different from her original goals. The dual points-of-view work really well to explain the world and situations as Etta teams up with Nicholas (a sailor on a 1776 ship). The stakes rise as the two of them travel from time period to time period in search of an object that cannot fall into the wrong hands.
There are times in the story, when the stakes are not quite enough to keep it from feeling like it’s a little slow, but Alexandra’s writing buoys you through those moments, and the blossoming romance between Etta and Nicholas is a banter-filled one, which is always entertaining to read.
But, watch out for what is one heck of a cliffhanger ending. It will leave you eagerly waiting for the next installment. For fans of time travel stories, this is a must-read book.


3 winners will receive a finished copy of PASSENGER. US only.
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Tour Schedule:
Week 1
1/1/2016- Page Turners Blog– Review
Week 2

About Alexandra:
Bracken was born and raised in Arizona, but moved east to study at the College
of William & Mary in Virginia. She now writes full time and can be found
hard at work on her next novel in a charming apartment overflowing with books.
You can visit her online at or on Twitter (@alexbracken).
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8 responses to “Passenger Blog Tour: Book Review + Giveaway

  1. Great review. I've been eyeballing this one for a while now. I always get worries about books like this because they can get a bit slow in the middle but I'm glad the author didn't allow that to happen.

  2. I read the Darkest Minds trilogy about a year ago and fell in love with her writing, so I absolutely CANNOT wait for Passenger to come out! 😀

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