Review: Passenger by Alexandra Bracken

Posted October 3, 2016 by Annie in Reviews / 3 Comments

Review: Passenger by Alexandra Bracken
Passenger
by Alexandra Bracken

3.5 Stars

BOOK INFO


Released: January 5 2016
Series: Passenger #1
Published by Disney-Hyperion
Format: eBook
 

“What immediately striked me about this book is the fact that Bracken doesn’t try to dumb down her writing for the benefit of her younger readers. Her vocabulary and the themes explored in this novel are timeless and suit every age.”
~ Under the Covers

This is my first book I’ve tried from Alexandra Bracken and the main reason why I picked up this book was because of the cover. It’s so eye-catching that I wanted to know what the story was about. PASSENGER is a Young Adult novel with a bit of a Fantasy twist.

What immediately striked me about this book is the fact that Bracken doesn’t try to dumb down her writing for the benefit of her younger readers. Her vocabulary and the themes explored in this novel are timeless and suit every age. That was easily my favorite part of this book. It had a bit of an “old story” feel to it, almost as if you’re reading some sort of ancient folklore.

Similarly, the main characters Etta and Nicholas have an old soul quality to them as well. Although they are young, they are mature beyond their age which is why I think this series can interest everyone. I would recommend this story to anyone who enjoys epic journeys and mysteries involving clues.

That being said, this book wasn’t what I expected it to be. I liked the characters but I never quite fell in love with them. Similarly, I liked the writing a lot, but I also felt like some parts dragged on while there were some scenes where I thought it could be cut and become a tighter, more compact story. But this is a saga we’re talking about so I can kind of see where author was trying to go with it. Still, I think I was just expecting something a little bit different. I’ll be reading the next book, WAYFARER, just to see if that one packs a bigger punch.

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I’m an obsessive makeup junkie and a compulsive reader. I like to call Under the Covers Book Blog my stomping ground, but when I’m not talking about books with my girls, I write New Adult Dystopian and Contemporary Romance under the pen name Ana Jolene (http://www.anajolene.com). I also work as a virtual assistant for authors. You also can find me as a reviewer and columnist for FreshFiction.com.

When it comes to books I’m pretty adventurous. I read everything from Paranormal Romance to Urban Fantasy, New Adult, BDSM, LGBT fiction, Cozy Mysteries and even YA. If it’s got the littlest trace of romance in it, then I’ll probably read it. That being said, my all-time favorite authors are J.R. Ward and Karen Marie Moning.

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Thanks for the review.

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I hadn’t realized this was published by disney-hyperion … my nephew reads many of their books

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Thanks Annie for the review