Passenger – Alexandra Bracken

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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, his passenger, can find. In order to protect her, Nick 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.

Note: This review is spoiler-free!

Why did I pick it?

I’d seen this book mentioned on Goodreads a few times. It seemed to get mixed reviews but as a big fan of time travel novels (Outlander is a fav!) I thought I had better check it out and decide what I thought for myself.

What I loved about it

WOW, this was so different! I think with YA I sometimes get a sense of Deja Vu, as some of the storylines follow a similar formula. Not so with Passenger. It felt new and edgier than anything I’ve read recently and it was a breath of fresh air.

What I loathed about it

Sometimes I felt the book got a little lost. I wanted it to be like a Dan Brown novel, fast-paced with constant twists and turns, it certainly felt like it was building towards this. Although it did have it, at some points the book seemed to falter and lose it’s way. Unfortunately, at those points, I found it a little hard going and had to push through to the good stuff!


I can see why some readers found this hard work. It’s very rich in detail and initially, the “rules” of time travel were a little difficult to follow.

However, the story and the world created in the detailed descriptions was deeply intriguing to me. I loved the slower pace and the relationship built between Etta and Nicholas in particular.

Patience is required with this one due to the slower pace, but the locations and character development make it well worth the effort.

When and where can you can get it

You can purchase Passenger on Amazon today



  1. September 8, 2017 / 9:26 pm

    I have seen this book popping up in my feeds too, so I’m glad I got to read your review!

    • hannah
      October 3, 2017 / 9:52 pm

      you should give it a try!

  2. September 9, 2017 / 2:12 am

    I like how well written your review was because it was very clear and concise. Quick points about what you liked and didn’t like about it and where you can get it. Well done 🙂

    • hannah
      September 18, 2017 / 7:42 pm

      thanks! I like to keep them short and to the point as I hate to give spoilers!

    • hannah
      September 18, 2017 / 7:42 pm


  3. September 9, 2017 / 11:00 pm

    Awesome review. I am currently checking to see if I have this book as a want to read on Goodreads. If not, I will be adding it. 🙂

    • hannah
      September 18, 2017 / 7:43 pm

      I’m due to start the sequel wayfayer soon, it looks fabulous!

  4. September 10, 2017 / 1:00 am

    Great book review! I liked how you spelled out what you did and didn’t like without giving away too much of the plot or the twists and turns.

  5. September 10, 2017 / 11:00 am

    Wonderful review, I haven’t read this book but time travel plots are interesting.

  6. A Sparkle Of Grace
    September 11, 2017 / 12:22 am

    This book sounds interesting. I haven’t read any books in a long time.

  7. September 15, 2017 / 5:11 pm

    This sounds super intriguing! I’ve never read a time travel novel (to my knowledge) but I think I’d like them xxx

    • hannah
      September 18, 2017 / 7:43 pm

      they make a very refreshing change!

  8. September 16, 2017 / 3:59 pm

    Oooh intriguing, I really want to branch out more with what I’m reading and time travel sounds like a great place to start! I like that it’s a little complicated – it gives you such a sense of achievement when you finish a book that’s otherwise tough going, don’t you think?

    Also – are you part of Abbey Louisa Rose’s book nook? Let me know on Twitter if not and I’ll send you the link!

    Kate x

    • hannah
      September 18, 2017 / 7:44 pm

      yes I am! I’m just finishing my September “new” read as we speak 😛

  9. Olivia mulhearn
    September 17, 2017 / 4:43 pm

    Ooo this sounds really good

  10. A Sparkle Of Grace
    September 18, 2017 / 1:23 am

    This definitely sounds like something I would like, I’ll have to look into getting it.

    A Sparkle Of Grace

  11. September 18, 2017 / 9:34 am

    Your reviews are always so well structured and amazing to read! Loved this post hun xx

    • hannah
      September 18, 2017 / 7:44 pm

      thank you!

  12. September 29, 2017 / 5:40 pm

    I always see this popping up on goodreads too, i’ve added it to my ‘to read’ folder on goodreads! X

  13. November 25, 2017 / 12:02 pm

    I haven’t read many time travel novels really so thanks for being so honest about the review. It sounds like a very different type of YA novel with a lot of promise.

    Jen xxx

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