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Violin prodigy Etta Spencer had big plans for her future, but a tragic accident 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 mysteries ties to. But discovering she can time travel is nothing compared to the shock of discovering the true reason the Ironwoods have snared 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 Nichola.
Publisher: [United States] : Disney Book Group : Made available through hoopla, 2016
ISBN: 9781484719503
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: hoopla digital


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STPL_JessKovs Sep 16, 2019

Passenger is an exhilarating scavenger hunt through a stunning display of rich historical scenery. It just takes a few hundred pages to get there.

I found the beginning to be a little slow and 50 pages in, I put it down and didn’t pick it up again for another couple of weeks. It took me almost another 100 pages to really get invested but once it grabbed me, I was swept up into a breathtaking, historically rich, adventure.

I’d recommend Passenger to the book lovers who want an entirely drug free yet lucid trip to another time. Just make it through the first 100 pages. I promise it will be worth it.

May 19, 2019

Bracken presents wise commentary on racial and misogynistic prejudices as they are present throughout history while also providing a charming set of cast members.

I'm afraid, however, this is where this novel's redeemable qualities stop. The narration sometimes felt as if it was speaking down to the reader, explaining things that didn't need to be explained. We are also reminded at least once a chapter that Etta is a violinist, whether it's stated directly or through a tired metaphor that goes something along the lines of, "A symphony of emotion welled up inside of her..." Don't get me wrong - sometimes the writing was gorgeous. But most of the time it wasn't.

Also - I can't quite place my finger on why, but aspects of the world building and plot seemed unbelievable. This takes place over the course of... d a y s. I found the speed of the romance a little unsettling?

What I really loved was the different times and locations Bracken chose. Even if a couple of these locations felt forced, it was just really neat to read. Plus, I enjoyed the characters - watching them strive after and struggle for what they desperately wanted. Sophia is especially a favourite of mine.

All in all, not the worst book. But better suited for an, "Oh, I need an easy read" or a, "There's literally no other books I have queued up" type of situation. Not a priority read.

Mar 03, 2019

Barely made to 8%. Couldn’t get into the story AT ALL.

Sep 20, 2017

Read about 30% of the book and that was a struggle. The novel is incredibly slow and Alexandra Bracken can't focus on what's important. Pages and pages are dedicated to topics unrelated to the plot. Bracken gets too excited about irrelevant details of this new world, but doesn't explain how the time traveling itself works. There's a bad case of insta-love, and the characters are cliche.

May 04, 2017

You know, I was kind of hoping for more from this story. It held my attention and provided a fun adventure, but I sort of felt like it was more of a chore to read it than I was expecting. Certain relationships were built too fast or left in too much obscure detail or weren't defined enough to justify them (in my opinion). Some events and character reactions felt too forced, other parts of the story felt like the characters were trying to convince me too hard about what they were feeling. Some social dynamics of the story also didn't appear to have been conveyed to their fullest. I guess I liked the book but I don't think I'd ever read it again, or really recommend it for anyone other than middle to high schoolers. It just felt like a fantasy that the author had and decided to write down. I don't know, I just feel that it could have been better

Apr 26, 2017

Good, but nothing amazing.

The Darkest Minds was far superior.

ArapahoeTiegan Feb 02, 2017

An exciting adventure story through time and across the world! Etta is pulled from her time and forced to find something her mother has hidden at the whims of Cyrus Ironwood. With the help of Nicholas Carter, who is originally meant to deliver Etta to Cyrus, Etta goes on a crazy adventure. Her and Nicholas and working to make Cyrus' deadline, as well as, leave themselves enough time to try to figure out a plan to not deliver the hidden item to Cyrus. Etta discovers a few of her mother's secrets along the way and starts to make sense of the life and relationship they had before Etta was thrown on this path. By the end of the book, there are still plenty of questions and I definitely want to know the answers - thank goodness there is a second book!

Jan 29, 2017

I feel like this is another book that I let wash my concentration away. My friend absolutely loved the book, which I am now starting to wonder what I missed. To me, this book was good but not entirely worthy of devotion. I enjoyed reading it, but it wasn't really THAT exciting, although some parts had me pausing. The female protagonist has a special ability and a dysfunctional family structure. She must choose between following her heart, or following her head, to ensure the safety of everyone she loves. The cliffhanger in this book though was really intense. I should probably go put a hold on Wayfarer now. 4/5 stars
- @Siri of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

'Passenger' by Alexandra Bracken is like no other book. I would deny the fact that I sadly took the book for granted and was a bit sceptical about its summary, thinking it would be some weird modern-day take on Titanic or something similar to 'If I Stay' since the protagonist is also a musician that is linked romantically to a male character. People say that you shouldn't judge a book by its cover, but its undeniable beauty is what made me intrigued and read it anyways. The book came with the full package in regards to looks and storyline. The book is, in fact, not a modern-day Titanic but an incredibly intriguing story involving historical events, human civilization, magic, time-travelling, emotions, and representation. The writing is descriptive yet straightforward and could work amazingly for a table read or script for a show or movie. Because of this, it makes the reader want to learn more of it and luckily enough, there are over 500 pages to keep the reader filled and on their toes. I look forward to reading the second one, and I hope it excels this book. This book needs more attention and possible development in the film industry. 4.7/5. @moonlightbae of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

Chapel_Hill_SarahW Dec 27, 2016

I think Bracken's skill is at building romantic subplots with interesting characters who really challenge each other. I loved her earlier book Brightly Woven with it's adventure, magic, and slow building romance; and I was hoping to like this one just as much. But alas, the time travel just does not make sense to me and I could not suspend my disbelief. However, there was enough here to interest me (great historical details including attention to period dress!) to probably read the 2nd book.

Dec 02, 2016

As I whole I thought the book was good, but I had issues with the pacing and structure. I do plan to read the sequel, but if I find the same issues, that will negatively impact my reading experience, more so than book #1. I found the prologue and first chapter to be very confusing, so much so I almost DNFed. I loved the last 30% of the book and thought it was really exciting! That cliffhanger at the end was great as well.

Bracken has a knack for world-building. I never felt like she was info-dumping when it came to explaining how time-travel works in her book. Information about passages and travellers were explained at the right moments; I was never confused about that. In addition, the settings were described really well – it was so easy to visualize all the different places Bracken takes us to. I wish we’d spent more time in Angkor, but I do see how other places warrant more space.

Although I could imagine the setting really well, the same can’t be said for physical actions. I didn’t feel like the author was clear when trying to visualize what a character was doing. For example, if character A is getting kidnapped, it’s important to know if they’re being carried by character B or on an animal etc. Important details like that weren’t made clear. Things were happening and then suddenly they weren’t anymore.

I loved Nicholas and connected with him immediately. I enjoyed being in his head. I liked learning more about him and his life. I also liked that the author made clear the issues Nicholas faces as a POC in various timelines and the way it opened Etta’s eyes. I did like Etta, but she struck me as a plain Jane; I didn’t really connect with her, or even think much of her. I’m really surprised by that because her being a violin protege should have gained a large emotional response. I’ve always wanted to play an instrument, like a violin in the way she plays – being so good to make a professional career out of it. Along with the time-traveling ability, that should have had me wishing to be her, but instead I just wanted to steal those two parts of her, nothing else.

I loved the chapters in which Etta and Nicholas were at sea, but there weren’t many of them. I know the title of the book refers to the time-travel element, but I feel like this book has been largely marketed as a pirate/sailing sea adventure. I just wanted more of that. There’s lots of references to pirates & sea adventures, but nothing really comes of that.

My issues with the pacing and structure mainly happened in the first half. Sometimes the pace was so slow and other times it was too fast. Certain characters would be sharing things about themselves and I’d feel like I missed some important character development that led to that point. This book is really big and the structure of it made it harder to get through. Like I said, if I find these same issues in the sequel and it’s just as or bigger than book #1, it’ll be a very unhappy reading experience.

I loved the ending and thought it was wrapped up really well. I have to commend Bracken for that cliffhanger – I could have completely hated the book and still read the sequel just to know about a certain thing that happens (assuming I read right to the end). I hope the sequel is like the ending – exciting, fast-paced and full of plot-twists.

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