Review of Passenger by Alexandra Bracken

Title: Passenger
Author: Alexandra Bracken 
Series: Passenger Book 1
Publisher: Disney- Hyperion

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.

Rating: I will be giving this book a 3 out of 5 stars. This book has gotten so many wonderful reviews that I could not wait to pick it up. I have seen people on BookTube and Goodreads praise this book for so many different reasons. So going in I had extremely high expectations. Sadly, they were not met, at least not until almost the end of this book. I had such a hard time getting into this book and really connecting with the characters. That is not to say that the characters were not believable, I just personally struggled with it, and it was not until the end that I truly became engaged with the characters and their development. I did, however, really enjoy the world and the rules of time travel. They were so well thought out and believable that it made sense, which from some of the other time travel books that I have read, it didn’t really work but you just kind of go along with it. I am definitely considering pick up the second book when it does come out just to see where the author is going with this plot and the time travel that is woven within the story. If you are looking for something with a little bit of romance and time travel that is executed well then you need to pick this book up.