Monday, April 18, 2016

Alexandra Bracken
Publication Date:
January 5, 2016
486 Pages


Passage, n.
i. A brief section of music composed of a series of notes and flourishes.
ii. A journey by water; a voyage.
iii. The transition from one place to another, across space and time.

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.

The Why:

Time traveling, traveling through eras and family secrets that violin prodigy Etta is learning quickly. It was an intriguing, time traveling, but well-written novel even though the pacing dragged a bit.
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This book took me forever to read and when this month was my second time picking and this time I listened to it on audiobook. I knew it how the story dragged a bit in places for me when I was expecting action, there was none.

 But that didn't keep from reading the book and to soldier on. But the attention to detail that Bracken as she described Etta's world and the many places her and Nicholas went were fascinating and intriguing.


The world building was great with amazing descriptions as both Etta and Nicholas raced against time to travel through different eras and times.


Ella is thrust into this world she knows nothing about and to me, she just went with the flow. She didn't ask any questions.

As a reader, I'm just thinking that they would probably have to use duct tape to shut my mouth for me to stop asking questions.

 But I do understand why she didn't, because I mean she was just was plopped into this world with Nicholas and when she wanted answers something else came up. I can see why some people would feel like it was instalove between her and Nicholas. But I really enjoyed their relationship even though it was looked down upon when they traveled through the eras.

Nicholas was a character that complex and was gave a little piece of him at the time, whereas we knew Etta's past and her feelings because she had no problem telling Nicholas (and the reader) how she felt.

 I loved reading Nicholas' background and the drive for why he started time traveling in the first place. I loved how Bracken peeled back his character each chapter and then we finally got to see the 'complete' him by the end. I loved that it showed the diversity of him being a person of color which was the main reason why I picked this book up.

Final Rating: 
3.7/5 Keys

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