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. – Goodreads.com
This cover is beautiful and the first thing that caught my eye. When I realized the story involved time travel, that was just the chocolate icing on the cake!
Etta is a joy to read – smart, courageous, quick-witted, fair-minded. She may occasionally act before she thinks, but that’s part of her charm. Nicholas is perceptive and intelligent, but usually thinks before he acts – a trait that’s a good balance to Etta’s impulsiveness and their interactions are very humorous at times.
The rules and regulations of the time travel are meticulous and referenced several times during the book to refresh the memory of the reader – which helped me more than once. The vivid descriptions of the multiple settings are well-written, making the imagery easy and enjoyable.
I initially had difficulties with the typography of the book – I found it distracting to the point that I was pulled out of the story and it took several chapters before I was able to overlook it. For YA, this is a somewhat lengthy novel and the pacing ebbs and flows in places. Extensive details of surroundings and places were sometimes overdone to the point that I skimmed through sections.
Overall, this was an engaging read I’d recommend it if you enjoy time travel, a bit of history, suspense, mystery, and adventure. I’ll be looking forward to the next book in this series.
Passenger is scheduled for publication January 5, 2016. This review is based on a digital ARC from the publisher through NetGalley.