Review : Passenger by Alexandra Bracken 

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.  (From: Goodreads)

Title: Passenger 

Author: Alexandra Bracken 

Genres: YA, contemporary, historical, fantasy 

Publisher: Hyperion (US), 2016

Edition: hardcover, 486 paged 

⭐ disappointing star…

Let’s get just into this bestseller!  So many people told me how good it was.  But since when does Remi enjoy a popular book?

Things I Disliked About It 

– world-build 

Deficiency of world-build.  Most of the time the characters were just on the ship.

– time-travelling 

I don’t like time-travelling story.  Never.  Thought this one would change my mind, but…nah, I was wrong.  

– historical fiction 

I don’t like historical fiction with the calling of sir and miss all the time.  This genre is just never my taste.  Yes, in case you wonder, this is one of the reason I don’t like The Infernal Devices very much.

– violin thing 

So…I’m obsessed with music, mostly singing.  However, I don’t know why I just don’t like to read books with characters who perform music on the stage because it would make me think of my horrible childhood.  I learnt piano, but I never liked it.  I used to need to perform on the stages or join the competitions.  Ugh!  Nightmares!!!


You should pick up this book if you 

– like time-travellings 

– enjoy historical fictions 

You should stay away from this book if you 

– don’t like boring background 

– are allergic to dragging stories 

That’s all for my review of Passenger by Alexandra Bracken.  Let me know what you think!  

Thanks for reading and I’ll see you next time.  Bye 👋

xoxo Remi 


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