Friday, 9 September 2016

Review - Passenger (Passenger, #1) by Alexandra Bracken

Title: Passenger (Passenger, #1)
Author: Alexandra Bracken
Pages: 496
Publisher: Harper Collins
Release date: 1st February 2016

Blurb from Goodreads:

Etta Spencer is a violin prodigy. When tragedy strikes and a mysterious power tied closely to her musical abilities manifests, Etta is pulled back through time to 1776 in the midst of a fierce sea battle.

Her capture was orchestrated by the Ironwoods, the most powerful family in the Colonies. Nicholas Carter, handsome, young, prize master of a privateering ship, has been charged with retrieving and delivering her to the family - unharmed.

Etta learns her fate is entwined with an object of untold value from her past. Ironwood is desperate to secure his future, but Etta must find it first in order to return home. Embarking on a perilous journey across centuries and continents, piecing together clues left behind from a mysterious traveller, the true nature of the object and Ironwood's dangerous game, could mean the end for Nicholas and Etta ...

My Review:
*I received a copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to Hachette Children's Group and NetGalley*

 Henrietta 'Etta' Spencer has been working towards one thing for years - her violin debut.
Then Etta's life is turned upside down when she finds herself in 1776 on a ship.
Nicholas Carter, a handsome sailor, delivers Etta to the head of the Ironwoods, Cyrus Ironwood, the man who organised her kidnapping.
Etta learns of her secret family history and must go on a journey through time to find an object for Cyrus Ironwood.
Can Etta find the astrolabe in time?
Will anything come of the attraction between Etta and Nicholas?

The concept for Passenger was very intriguing - I'm a sucker for time travel.
I liked Etta and thought she was relatable. I felt sorry for her because of the secrets that had been kept from her.
Nicholas was a good character and it was interesting to see things from his perspective as he was from a different time period.
The plot was good but I did lose interest towards the end. I liked the writing style but I wasn't gripped.
My favourite thing about this book (apart from the gorgeous cover) was reading about different time periods and places.
I was really excited going into Passenger and I feel a bit deflated after reading it. I'm disappointed that I didn't enjoy this more.

Overall this was an enjoyable read.