Passenger by Alexandra Bracken
**This review is based on an ARC from Netgalley, release date 1/5/16.
Summary from Goodreads:
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.
So, I have mixed feelings about this book. It was good enough to keep me reading, but I was also ready to be done with it if that makes sense. The book just seemed to stretch on a little too long. The time-travel aspect was interesting, but I felt that there was a bit too much detail at some points. I enjoyed the romance factor and thought Nicholas was an awesome character. I found myself angry at Etta’s mother, Rose, for not telling her what was happening ahead of time and didn’t quite understand all the family drama that had occurred over time. I also thought I was going to be highly ticked off towards the end, but ended up not being so bad. I am possibly interested enough to read the next book, I haven’t decided yet.
I can see some of my students enjoying the adventure and romance aspects of the book, so I will purchase for my high school library.
My rating: 3.5/4