Just Another Passenger On This Journey : Passenger by Alexandra Bracken

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Review time guys and did you guys see the pun that I did up there! 🙂 Also, I feel like I haven’t done a review in ages! I hope you enjoy my review of Passenger by Alexandra Bracken!

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Title: Passenger
Author: Alexandra Bracken
Release Date: January 2015
Retail Price: $16.00
Overall Rating: 7.75 :) /10
Genre: Romance, Adventure, Time-travel, Drama, Mystery

“And what she found in that soft, warm darkness had no beggining and no end, for this time was their own, and it created it’s own eternity”
– Alexandra Bracken, Passenger

You must all be thinking at this point, ” This is just another review on that Alexandra Bracken book, *skip*” Seriously though just stay around for a few more sentences because I’m going to try to convince you that it’s worth the read. Passenger was different in so many ways to my recent reads: it transports you to a whole new dimension and drags you along as a passenger on this riveting journey. There is everything you ever wanted in this novel: a cute couple, a gripping storyline and an unforgettable setting. However, I’ll admit I wish there was something more, just something that would stun me to edge that I could give this book a full 8-8.5! Nevertheless, I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and I highly recommend it if you love a good adventure, beautiful writing or a not-over-depressing story!

Passenger follows the story of two vastly different characters: Etta and Nicholas. Both are completely different people, who would never have imagined meeting each other. Etta is a violinist and Nicholas is a time travel, who travels through life on a ship. One day, Etta’s life is completely switched around. Following the events of a shooting of one of her closest people, Etta gets thrown into another dimension of Earth, where she meets Nicholas and what she discovers changes her life forever. Together with Nicholas, Etta has to throw herself into this unknown world to save her mother, her closest people and Nicholas. Along the way, they discover that things don’t look quite like they seem!

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I had so much fun reading this novel! Passenger begin with a prologue, which set me on my feet! As I read about this mysterious Nicholas and Julian, I was constantly questioning myself: What is happening?  To be honest, despite the ambiguous start, I actually love prologues like these because they always stick to the back of my mind and it truly made the story a lot easier to understand. Often we get prologues like these but they never end up making sense as the story progresses. Meeting Etta was interesting. At first, I was expecting her to be super annoying and frustrating due to the fact that she was such a goody-two-shoes at the start of the novel. However, her character was definitely more enjoyable as the story continued. Etta character had seemed complex right from the beginning. As a reader, I began to understand her history and how her whole life was plagued by her violin career (I actually felt so bad for her! )

After we got through a few chapters of the story, I got somewhat bored, as they explained the whole world and began to set the scene. Not only that but there was an overload of characters, which made it a bit hard for me to remember who was who. However, as soon as we got to the adventure, everything was turned around and I was constantly page turning. Nicholas’ character originally seemed very shut off. We didn’t get to know much about him, even though, I desperately wanted too. As the story progressed, Nicholas began to show cracks and we got to know more about him. I really wanted to know more about his history and past and I want to see him bump into Julian again!

The romance between Etta and Nicholas was slightly rushed. As soon as Etta washed aboard it was literally love at first sight (Who else isn’t a big fan of instant love?) but I’ve got to admit, they were cute. Towards the end of the book, they had some really cute moments that made me smile and fall in love with this new ship (Ahaha! Like a passenger! Get it?). I loved how Nicholas called her pirate because I mean, what reader doesn’t love it when a male character has a nickname for their love! ❤ Overall, though Nicholas and Etta were so cute and the fact that they were saving each other by risking their lives was something that was really commendable.

If you have read this novel, you can not dodge the fact that Bracken’s writing is amazing and I think we all aspire, to have a writing style as beautiful as her’s. Her writing has hit that point where it’s not too verbose and not too colloquial and undescriptive. It’s just right as at times her writing really makes you feel a certain way through so many words, yet, you aren’t constantly getting bored by too many descriptions! I love the fact that they incorporated time travel in this novel. It’s so hard to find a good book which takes Time Travel and transforms it into something worth reading. I think Passenger did this perfectly and for that reason, it made this book something really special!

The ending left me in tatters! I wanted to know what happened? After getting my heart attacked, when I nearly thought that Nicholas was going to die (Oh this better not be another Allegiant), Etta nearly dies and I was like, “Oh no! Save me!” I actually still can’t believe it ended like that! I want to know if Nicholas and Etta were ever going to perfectly stay together and I couldn’t believe her mother, either. Even though she supposedly tried to help Etta, she was really not that great of a mother. Please let there be another book because honestly I need it!

Passenger by Alexandra Bracken, was special and unique in its own way. Bracken’s writing is something truly unforgettable and I loved following the adventure of Etta and Nicholas!

I hope you enjoyed this review!

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Review: Ten Thousand Skies Above You by Claudia Gray

Title: Ten Thousand Skies Above You
Author: Claudia Gray
Release Date: November 2015
Retail Price: $19.99
Overall Rating: 8/10
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Romance

Ten Thousand Skies Above You is the second book in Claudia Gray’s Firebird series. You may have heard of the first novel, A Thousand Skies Above You, which was a major best-seller last year for Young-Adult fiction. It’s beautiful title and eye-catching cover was what gripped the eyes of teenagers and adults as they walked past the bookstore- but does it really live up to its covers and titles? After feeling skeptical to pick up the novel as I didn’t wanted to get my hopes crushed, I decided to pick up the first novel and after days of non-stop reading I finished the series in no time and The Firebird series was one smashing series. It has a unique storyline, world and characters but I do not want to give away too much. The second book, Ten Thousand Skies Above You, definitely did not disappoint as a sequel to the first book. If you love fantasy, you are going to love Ten Thousand Skies Above You.

Ten Thousand Skies Above You takes the world of The Firebird series to a whole new dimension (Haha! see what I did there 🙂 ). After the first dimension-jumping adventure, Marguerite, Theo and Paul have changed and as they struggle to return to their daily lives, a new problem arises. Paul’s soul has been splintered into many little pieces with each piece in many different dimensions, Marguerite, who is desperate to save her boy friend, jumps head first into the adventure and along with Theo, they both search in many different dimensions to salvage Paul’s fading soul. All three characters both discover things that nobody in any universe new before.

If you haven’t already picked up this series you are seriously missing out on a novel that sucks the readers into a twisting and turning adventure, that will make you forget about all other thoughts. Ten Thousand Skies Above You, is the second novel in The Firebird Series, and it is definitely a novel that won’t disappoint fantasy and sci-fi lovers.

*SPOILERS AHEAD FOR TEN THOUSAND SKIES ABOVE YOU*

Ten Thousand Skies Above You reigned supreme over the first novel, I actually liked this novel more. The first novel, had a lot of world and character development and explanation, whereas the second novel just jumped straight into the action and the development of the story was much more subtle. What I really enjoy about this novel is how extraordinary the world is, Claudia Gray has taken the cliche “time-travel” and has made it into a woven story that has intricate parts of fantasy and sci-fi intertwined together. The time-travelling in this novel, is quite different to your typical “time-travelling” and as the story continues the reader has questions buzzing in their head, which slowly get answered as the story progresses. Each dimension has its perks and I loved anticipating for what the next dimension will turn out to be, my personal favorite, is the Russian royalty dimension.

Marguerite’s personality and actions seem very relatable. Her actions did not frustrate or anger me, which was a huge plus. Marguerite goes against all the traditional views on females and as the main heroine of the story, I really respected her as a reader. I loved her empathetic and affectionate personality as she really cared for herself in The Russian Dimension and I loved how headstrong she was. Theo, is my favourite out of the two main males and his sarcastic, smart and slightly rebellious nature, made him my favourite. I can’t believe Marguerite didn’t chose him because I would have definitely chosen him. I was so glad that the second book, focussed more on his personality and character, rather than Paul’s.

Paul’s true character, did not play a major role as in the last book, he mainly showed up in the last quarter of the novel. However, I loved reading about his other personalities, in other dimensions. Paul’s character is missing a few gaps, he is a very shallow character and I really hope that in the third novel, this will change. Paul’s character was your typical introvert nerd, which really disappointed me and it seems like we never really get a chance to see Paul’s thoughts.

The plotline was one of my favourite things about this novel, similar to the reasons for why I admired the world building, this plot was really different. How often do you read a young-adult novel about a girl who loses the ones close to her in multiple dimensions? It was enthralling, I couldn’t stop reading. I have been patiently waiting for a book where the plot would hook me for days and I am so glad that this book had that. The plot in the novel was definitely more exciting in this novel, than in the first novel as we were much more familiar with the characters and world.

Overall, I highly enjoyed this novel and I have the release date of the next novel in my calendar. I can’t wait to read more about Marguerite and what happens to her family in the next book. What did you think of the book? Comment below!

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