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.
Goodreads rating: ✮✮✮✮ (3.9 stars)
My rating: ✮✮✮✮✮ (5 stars)
Passenger by Alexandra Bracken is all about secret passages through time, and stopping one man from ruining everything. It’s all about love, adventure, and finding out about yourself.
Etta has to be one of my favourite characters. She is brave, fierce, and a feminist icon. She can stand on her own two feet, and won’t let a man defend her if she can defend herself. She was so well-written, and I felt like I was going on this adventure with her and Nicholas, my sweet sweet Nicholas.
Bracken made me feel for Nicholas, a black man travelling through time, dealing with the issues he feels because of his skin colour. Even though Bracken is white, I feel like she writes Nicholas, and the prejudices he feels, in a realistic light, and truthfully, at least from my point of view.
I felt like I was on a roller coaster reading this book. I have laughed, almost-cried, got angry, and didn’t want to put this book down. This book is well-written, the plot will keep you hooked, and the characters will make you feel like you are going on the adventure with them.