Waiting on Wednesday: Passenger by Alexandria Bracken

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine where bloggers spotlight an upcoming title release we are eagerly anticipating.

Passenger by Alexandria Bracken

20983362passage, 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

I wanted to start looking through the early 2016 releases to see what I have to look forward to, and this is one of the first I found that really caught my attention.

First of all, I love the play on the different possible meanings of the word passage. The synopsis alone shows how each different meaning fits into Etta’s story, and I just think that is super cool.

As a history major, I am also just a huge nerd about books that take place in the past, especially books that jump from time period to time period. I know a lot of history folks hate historical fiction because it is usually inaccurate and all, but for me it is really more about whether or not an author gets the feel of a time period than if every single detail is perfectly accurate. There are limits- you can’t write a WWII book suggesting Hitler was a victim or anything crazy like that- but in general I’m not one to complain about authors taking creative liberties within reason. I particularly like the idea behind this one because it sounds like the setting will change a number of times throughout the book, and I love books like that because I never know where we are headed next. (If you want an example of a book that does this very well, check out A Thousand Pieces of You.)

Passenger releases February 5, 2016! Anyone else looking forward to this one too?


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