Violin prodigy Etta Spencer had big plans for her future, but a tragedy has put her once-bright career at risk. Closely tied to her musical skill, however, is a mysterious power she doesn't even know she has. When her two talents collide during a stressful performance, Etta is drawn back hundreds of years through time.
Etta wakes, confused and terrified, in 1776, in the midst a fierce sea battle. Nicholas Carter, the handsome young prize master of a privateering ship, has been hired to retrieve Etta and deliver her unharmed to the Ironwoods, a powerful family in the Colonies--the very same one that orchestrated her jump back, and one Nicholas himself has ties to. But discovering she can time travel is nothing compared to the shock of discovering the true reason the Ironwoods have ensnared her in their web.
Another traveler has stolen an object of untold value from them, and, if Etta can find it, they will return her to her own time. Out of options, Etta and Nicholas embark on a perilous journey across centuries and continents, piecing together clues left behind by the mysterious traveler. But as they draw closer to each other and the end of their search, the true nature of the object, and the dangerous game the Ironwoods are playing, comes to light--threatening to separate her not only from Nicholas, but her path home... forever.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book centers on Etta, a 17-year-old violin prodigy. During one of her performances, she is thrust back in time to the eighteenth century.I have heard mixed reviews about this novel but based on the synopsis I decided to give it a chance. Also,the cover, wow.
What I Loved.
I will start by saying I love time travel books. I pink puffy heart love them. Ever since I saw ‘Somewhere in Time’ as a kid I have been obsessed with time travel.
I found the locations very interesting (a ship during the American Revolution, Paris in the ninth century, war-time London, Cambodia, the middle east in the fifteenth century). I also did like Nicholas as a character.
What I didn’t love
Where do I start? This book was so much work to read. I had to literally push myself to pick it up. The story was that incredibly slow.
The first half had very little action in it. It was filled with information dumps. The second...
I feel like I have been waiting for this book for so long. I heard the premise ages back, and I knew then that I would love it. However, Passenger is different than Alexandra Bracken's other books. Slow to the build, Passenger strengthens itself through Alexandra Bracken's gorgeous prose and the unique premise that this tale is spun around.
I found it to read more closely as a contemporary with simplicity, rather than a more science fiction read. This was primarily from the pacing of the novel. Rather than building upon itself for more action, Passenger progresses more slowly, allowing readers to savor all the different moments. To me, the peak of the novel seemed to unfold in the last 50 pages of the novel with a beyond brilliant ending, but I had wanted more of that sooner.
That being said, however, doesn't take away from the world Bracken has expertly crafted. I felt as if I was transported alongside Etta and Nicholas as they made their journey. Passenger is a...
Right away this Passenger nabbed my attention.
Nicolas is on a mountain with his half-brother Julian. He is bound to accompany serve him until his dept is paid. When the unthinkable happens and Julian slips, Nicolas must make a deal to get himself out of dept, again. Etta, of the Henry sort, is on the cusp of starting her life as a violinist. She has finally made it to her solo debut when her mentor is shot right before her eyes. As if that is not enough, she is ripped into the way past and discovers her mother has been keeping a BIG secret from her since she was born. Together Nicolas and Etta set off to find the treasure her mother has hidden by following the encrypted clues.
This is the first couple chapters which set us up for a very grand adventure.
What I loved: The characters are so well fleshed out. It is easy to relate to Etta, since she is from our time. Everything is amazing to her, as I imagine it would be to me. Also, she has a lot of...
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