Blog Tour: Passenger by Alexandra Bracken- Review+Giveaway

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Welcome to my stop on the Passenger tour, hosted by Irish Banana ToursSo excited to share my thoughts on this amazing book! Don’t forget to enter the giveaway before you leave; or you know, just buy a copy for yourself. This is definitely one you don’t want to miss this year. Trust me.

Alexandra-Bracken-PassengerTitle: Passenger (Passenger #1) Author: Alexandra Bracken

Publisher: Disney-Hyperion Release Date: January 5th 2016

Genres: Young-Adult, Historical-Fantasy, Time-Travel, Science-Fiction, Romance, Adventure 

My Rating:  5-stars

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.


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What to say about this book?!! Read it! This is the best historically researched book that I have read in a long time. I love the characters; especially the main two, Etta and Nicholas. Coming from two different times in history, these two embark on a journey to stop the changing of history at the whim of a madman. I love the world building and the different settings as they traveled from place to place throughout history. The writing is impeccable and I couldn’t put it down to save my life. I was left wanting more at the end, and I can’t wait to read book 2. From Etta’s aspiration of being the best violinist in the world, to Nicholas’ longing to be free from his oppressors, I loved everything that this book stands for. Nicholas doesn’t lose his cool (well, not on the outside, at least) when being discriminated against, and I loved him more for it. He’s all like…….

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And Etta was all fierce and stuff…..

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But she had to remember her place and time….

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I really hate Sophia, as much as I don’t like to use the word. I wanted to reach in and beat some common sense into her. Okay, so she’s from a different time, but she still tore my nerves to shreds. It was all about her and what she wanted.

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What I Loved…….

  1. The main characters, Etta & Nicholas. I love that they’re so very different, and the romance wasn’t forced. I guess it’s true when they say opposites attract. Etta is from modern New York, whereas Nicholas is from a different time and place in history that hasn’t been so kind to his being. I love how fiercely protective Etta is of Nicholas, and just her open-mindedness in general. I liked the blindness of their romance. There’s no way of knowing what could happen at any given moment. Etta is being used as a means to an end and there are forces at play that neither Etta or Nicholas can control. I’m eager to know just what will happen in book 2 because there’s a scene that cannot be ignored. I won’t spoil this but Bracken’s got some ‘xplaining to do on the romance front! 
  2. PicMonkey CollageThe time travel isn’t chalked full of equations and how-to’s, so it’s fairly easy to understand. I love the different places that the characters traveled to. I’ve never Googled so much in my life, as I did with this book! I needed to be able to visualize the people, places, and things. Not that Bracken doesn’t give you ample descriptions, but I have to Google a lot when reading any historical books. The fashions, societies, musics, dialects…they were all well fleshed out.
  3. I love the antagonist’s plan. Let’s face it, if this didn’t have someone out to change history and ruin the world, this wouldn’t be much of a read. I love all of the thrills from escapes that the characters went through. I love that everything wasn’t easy to get out of.

What I Didn’t Like……

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Other than the cliffhanger ending, there’s not really anything I didn’t like. There are the a-hole characters, but that’s part of the story and it keeps everything interesting. 

Recommend? YES PEOPLE!!

I really enjoyed this book, and although it’s labeled YA, I think that readers of all ages will enjoy it. I love the many genres that make up this story, so there’s something for everyone. Highly recommend this book!



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Alexandra BrackenI’m Alex. I write about telekinetic teens and floppy-haired wizards. I love Star Wars, classic rock, and 18th century gentlemen. When I’m not up at 4 AM writing, you can find me running around the DC area, where I now live and write full time.

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48 thoughts on “Blog Tour: Passenger by Alexandra Bracken- Review+Giveaway

  1. AAAAHHHHHH!!! I’ve been waiting forever for your tour review to be posted and I’m am so so so excited you loved it! Jumping up and down with giddiness now and this book is solidly on my TBR for sure. Thanks for the giveaway too 🙂


  2. Girl, how do you always find the best book tours and become part of them? I just want to read this one so badly! I have seen everyone loving it and it is so on my TBR already. I love the sound of pirates and fierce main characters and a story so perfect that the only thing wrong with it is the cliffhanger ending because of course, as readers, WE NEED MORE. Can’t wait to fangirl about this one just as much as you!! 😀


  3. I loved your review of this book and the animated clips are entertaining! I must read this book–everyone has given it 5 stars reviews.


  4. I hear she’s an amazing writer and I do want to read her stuff but I think this one is going to be a miss for me. Something about it is just not clicking for me. I mean I’ll think about it especially if you think it’s a don’t miss read. Great review!


  5. I really want to read this book! I am so glad that you loved it, Lekeisha! I had no idea that this was a time travel story and I have to admit that I am even more excited about it now than I was before. I am already on the wait list at my library so I should get my hands on a copy soon. Great review!


  6. I love time travel stories and even better if the historical details feel right. The characters sound intriguing even the villainess (startling to see she shares my name- haha). Definitely going on the wish list. Nice review, Lekeisha!


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