Google+ Reading Teen: PASSENGER By Alexandra Bracken // Blog Tour, Review, & TWO Giveaways You DON'T Want To Miss!!

Thursday, January 7, 2016

PASSENGER By Alexandra Bracken // Blog Tour, Review, & TWO Giveaways You DON'T Want To Miss!!

by Becca...

Woot, woot! Today is a great day, because I FINALLY get to spread all my Passenger love around! Thanks Hannah for organizing this amazing blog tour, and Disney-Hyperion! I'm so excited to be apart of it, and share ALL THE FEELS with our readers today with my review, a giveaway of Passenger, AND a super special (cough painted by me cough cough) giveaway, exclusively for Reading Teen readers! EEEP!!

by Alexandra Bracken
Series: Passenger #1
Hardcover: 492 pages
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion (January 5, 2016)
Language: English
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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.
My Review:

Passenger is one of those books that starts out a little slow, but once you get over that 100 page or so threshold, well, it's a hell of a book. Out of all of the time-travel books that I've read in the YA genre, I have to admit that Passenger is now near the top of that list in ranking best to worst.

Passenger is the story of Etta Spencer, violin prodigy, and the night she disappears from modern-day New York and ends up in an unfamiliar world, a very unfamiliar world that Etta quickly realizes isn't just miles from home, but years. Etta Spencer has time travelled and ended up in the arms of Nicholas Carter, quite literally, on a ship in the middle of the ocean. Soon, Nicholas and Etta figure out they have a lot in common with traveling through time, and that the same man is actually both of their enemies, spurring them onto a journey across continents and centuries, dodging danger and discovering each other, despite the threat of Etta being separated from not only Nicholas but her way home forever.

One of the things I've always loved about Alexandra Bracken and her books is her lyrical writing and gorgeous prose, and Passenger is no different! I was absolutely thrilled with how much I loved Passenger, even though it took me a little longer to get into than her previous series, The Darkest Minds. Great debut of a sophomore series from Bracken though! Passenger is told in two different point-of-view's, Etta and Nicholas's. I have to admit I think I preferred Etta's first over Nicholas's. Nicholas was so full of anger, and Etta was innocent in all of this and had no idea what was going on. I felt so bad for her with how people treated her, but what made me love her even more was when she stood eye to eye to them and fought tooth and nail like a true pirate. Watching her character grow and transform into this fierce traveller was fascinating and satisfyingly perfect for historical fantasy readers!

I loved traveling alongside Etta and Nicholas, but I have to say that when they were in WWII was my favorite. For some reason, I'm partial to things set in this time period, and I loved that Etta got a chance to see someone she never thought she would see again. I may have cried a little bit, but it was a bittersweet kind of cry. Even though I prefer Etta, I still have to admit to loving Nicholas and all the things he's triumphed throughout his incredibly hard and emotional life. I couldn't imagine being in his shoes, but I'm glad that he met Etta, because they both complete each other so perfectly. There was some definite swoon-age going on in my heart, I can tell you that!! But I do hope there's way MORE KISSING in book 2, because does there really need to be a reason right here? Everyone needs to kiss more! :)

Passenger is a total roller coaster ride of devastatingly perilous situations to steamy hot, fan-yourself moments that readers won't want to get off when they reach the last page, especially with that dang cliffhanger ending! I cannot wait to get my hands on the next installment of this adventurously fantastic look at civilizations in the past, and I know other readers will feel exactly the same way. Don't miss this book, friends. It's a new favorite, for sure! I give Passenger 4 stars.

Exclusive Reading Teen Giveaway:
(1) Hand-Painted Custom Passenger tote from Pivot Book Totes

Yes, that's right! This hand-painted Custom Pivot Book Tote for Passenger is being given away to one of you lucky readers! Dun, dun, dun. Who will it be? Enter below! May the odds be ever in your favor!

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I’m Alex. I write about telekinetic teens and floppy-haired wizards. I love Star Wars, classic rock, and 18th century gentlemen. When I’m not up at 4 AM writing, you can find me running around the DC area, where I now live and write full time.

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