Author: Alexandra Bracken

Passenger by Alexandra Bracken | Review

Posted January 5, 2017 by Samantha in booktube, reviews / 0 Comments

Passenger by Alexandra Bracken | ReviewPassenger (Passenger, #1) by Alexandra Bracken
on January 5th 2016
Genres: YA Fantasy, YA Historical Fiction
Pages: 496
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Passage, n.i. A brief section of music composed of a series of notes and flourishes.ii. A journey by water; a voyage.iii. The transition from one place to another, across space and time.
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.
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The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken | Review

Posted January 24, 2015 by Samantha in reviews / 0 Comments

The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken | ReviewThe Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken
Published by Disney Hyperion on December 18th 2012
Genres: YA
Pages: 488
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two-half-stars

When Ruby woke up on her tenth birthday, something about her had changed. Something frightening enough to make her parents lock her in the garage and call the police. Something that got her sent to Thurmond, a brutal government “rehabilitation camp.” She might have survived the mysterious disease that had killed most of America’s children, but she and the others emerged with something far worse: frightening abilities they could not control.
Now sixteen, Ruby is one of the dangerous ones. When the truth comes out, Ruby barely escapes Thurmond with her life. She is on the run, desperate to find the only safe haven left for kids like her—East River. She joins a group of kids who have escaped their own camp. Liam, their brave leader, is falling hard for Ruby. But no matter how much she aches for him, Ruby can’t risk getting close. Not after what happened to her parents. When they arrive at East River, nothing is as it seems, least of all its mysterious leader. But there are other forces at work, people who will stop at nothing to use Ruby in their fight against the government. Ruby will be faced with a terrible choice, one that may mean giving up her only chance at having a life worth living.' to

I really wanted to be blown away by this The Darkest Minds, but I was left disappointed. I’m not sure what exactly I was looking for, but I just wanted more.

There were so many aspects I feel very neutral about. The concept and back story were interesting, but it’s something we have all seen before. The plot was extremely slow paced. I found the ending to be very fast, but overall pretty predictable. The characters were believable, but I didn’t find myself getting attached to them until the very end. The romance elements felt a little off. Overall, this book just left me feeling “meh.” I have no strong feelings either way about it.

I would categorize this book as more of a “survivalist” story than a dystopian. The world feels more post-apocalyptic than anything else, so fans of that kind of storyline will probably enjoy this. The characters felt very realistic as well, so if you prefer character driven stories, I would recommend this.

I do plan on continuing with the series, but as of right now, I am in no rush to do so. I hope the next book picks up the pace a little more and is less predictable. (edit: I have since decided that I do not care enough to continue with the series)

two-half-stars

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