Author: Alexandra Bracken
Release Date: January 5th 2016
Page Count : 496
Genre : Fantasy, Young Adult, Historical Fiction, Scifi
Reviewer : Taylor
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.
This book was beautiful! It took my breath away to many times to count!
Etta is a character I could get behind she only knew herself as the girl who plays violin. She made it her life in hopes of being the best at what she does but more so for hope that her mother would see her as the best. Etta’s character development is off the charts we truly see her grow into a women whom is much different from the girl we first meet.
Nicholas my god! I love him I don’t know what else to say. He was a slave and “bastardized” son of a prominent family. Now he travels the seas as pirate with a secret heart of gold but sadness often over takes him leaving a bit of shadow overcasting his self belief. Not often do we see male characters who are a bit self deprecating. He believes he is not worthy of so many things because he has let society and family beat him down.
I love the diversity of this book. Can we get a round of applause for this beautiful interracial couple!? I am a firm believer in a character is not diverse just because you said they were. I truly felt for Nicholas he felt so incredibly real to me. His struggles through life in all the different time periods was eye opening, trying to imagine what it would it be like to be judged so harshly by even your own family. This was just wonderful writing. Etta felt like a real violinist to me as well. Bracken did not skim over the details and simply say “Etta plays the end”. No she made it noticeable in Etta’s movement, the way she spoke, and even in the way she loved. I mean the subway scene people!
Needless to say I was so hooked I even bought the audible to listen to while driving. This book was an easy five stars.
“Do you remember…that couple in London, in the station?”
“The ones who were dancing?” she asked. “What about them?”
“Would we…be able to dance…that way?” he said, finding it harder to catch his breath. “In your time?”
Etta pressed her lips together, clearly fighting to offer him a smile. “Yes.”
“Thought so. Will you stay…until I sleep…?”