Passenger (Book 1) by Alexandra Bracken book review

Usually I don’t review a book in a series till the series is complete, but I just can’t wait for this one. “Passenger” by Alexandra Bracken is an amazing book. It’s about time travel. This girl named Etta Spencer is a violinist. She’s practically a prodigy. When she goes to play for this benefit at the museum in New York, something strange happens. When she plays her song, she can hear this weird sound. Drawn to it, she embarks on this adventure through time. For she is no ordinary girl. She is a time traveler. It’s this hereditary thing and is governed by this big family, who are all basically evil people.

Etta is summoned by the head of the family and taken on board this ship, manned by this guy named Nicholas. They come from two different worlds and two different ethnicities. You think today’s society is racist? Try the mid 1700s, where slavery was legal. Etta must survive this ship and whatever is ahead of her if she has any hope of getting to her time and saving the people she loves.

This book has so much going on for it. I was a little confused at first, but once I got it, I was hooked. Definitely a book worth getting. The discourse between the families and Etta’s mom was very action packed and thrilling. Also, the romance between Etta and Nicholas… man that was awesome. I think any fan of Doctor Who will love this book.

I think one thing that I loved about this book was how it brought up the topic of time and how people who time travel can alter the future. It was also great when the subject of what the true timeline was. I mean, would the timeline that Etta knows still exist if they go and try to fix it?

So far, I am very thrilled to learn what happens later on in the series. This was one of the book series in which I will definitely have to reread once the entire series is out. I’m hoping that it be made into more than just three books. I love the idea of time travel and the characters are so well written that I’m hooked on finding out what happens to them.

Of course it’s too early to rate the series, but for the book itself, I give it 5/5.

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To all the boys I’ve loved before by Jenny Han book review

I feel like I haven’t been reading that many contemporary novels that have nothing to do with fantasy or sci-fi. So I took a break from fantasy for a few days and read Jenny Han’s “To all the boys I’ve loved before” series. It’s about this girl named Lara Jean who writes a letter to every boy she’s ever loved. It’s a way of getting over someone. She doesn’t actually send them, but one day, they somehow get sent out. I mean one of those letters is to the boy next door, Josh, who is dating Lara Jean’s sister, Margot. Lara Jean is the middle child. Her two sisters Margot and Kitty are her two best friends in the world. When Margot goes off to college in Scotland, Lara Jean has to deal with the world on her own. She has to be the older sister Kitty looks up to and to make sure her dad is okay.

In order to make Josh feel jealous, Lara Jean fakes going out with one of the guys she used to love, Peter. Yeah, typical high school romance thing. I’m sure you can guess what happens next.

Lara Jean is your basic “stereotypical” housewife. Seriously, she bakes, she makes scrapbooks and she does all those things that basic housewives do. It’s all very nauseating. I know I was kind of a shut in like her, but man did I wish I had her skill to bake and to keep up a sort of independent life. I feel like most of my life was consumed by cleaning and making sure things weren’t messy, which they habitually were. Honestly, sometimes I feel like this book had the perfect home planned out. Even with a missing mother, their family seemed a little bit more perfect than I can imagine. I guess that’s what always goes through my mind whenever I read about these high school romances.

I was intrigued by the first book, but the second book felt like a waste. I mean, it was interesting to read, but I felt like it didn’t need to be said. I just felt like it was a one book thing. The characters were a bit too …. perfect. Seriously right out of your perfect suburban town. There is literally this place I’m thinking of where I associate people like that.

While I didn’t really think it needed a second book, I have to give it a 3.5/5 stars. It was a fun read, but nothing extraordinary.

The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken book review

Okay, so I have yet to review this book series. I actually finished this book last year, but forgot to review the series. The series is called “The Darkest Minds” by Alexandra Bracken. It tells the tale of this dystopian world where children are effected by this disease in which they get these weird powers. They are divided upon colors, which classify each power. These powers can range from being able to do stuff to technology, to telekinesis, to even reading minds. The story centers on this girl named Ruby who wakes up one day and is forgotten by her parents. She is then sent to these camps where they will be subdued. Basically, they put these kids in these internment camps and it’s kind of like the adults vs. the kids. Bad things happen and stuff hits the fan. Ruby was taken when she was ten and until she was 16, nothing really bad happened. Until she was found out.

Now Ruby is on the run from the Tracers who want to bring her back to the camp and from the vicious Children’s League, which promises freedom for kids, but is a corrupt system in which it might not be a good thing to be in league with them. Ruby must survive to find her parents and undue what she has done. With the help of Liam, Chubs, and Zu, Ruby is able to help further her escape from the internment camp. There is so much debate on the necessity of these camps that you really get caught up on whether or not it is right for them to even have them.

For me, this series took some getting used to. I did not get hooked right away. I got hooked in the middle of the first book, which is okay, but I would have liked to have been pulled into the story from the beginning. The characters were all very interesting. My favorite was Chubs, because he was so complex and he really did grow on you. Sometime during the third book, I did kind of get a little bit bored, but I was still anxious to see what was going to happen in the end.

If you loved the 5th Wave, I would suggest reading this book. Even though it has nothing to do with aliens, I feel like the same intensity you got with the 5th Wave, you will get with the Darkest Minds series. The way the story is told, you will definitely want more.

One thing I did not like, however, was the mystery of who Ruby was in the beginning. I get that sometimes, a book can’t tell you everything, but at the same time, I would like to know who I’m dealing with in terms of the protagonist. We kept getting small hints of what happened in Ruby’s life, but it wasn’t made clear till almost the end of the first book. This might not be a deal breaker for most people, but I sat there wondering who this girl was and why she was in danger.

Apart from that, I did enjoy myself while reading this series. I hated the ending and wished there was a way she could rewrite it.

Overall, I have to give this series a 4/5 stars. It was great but it did have points where I just was not interested. I would recommend this book for anyone.

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