by Alexandra Bracken
This is one of those books that I really, really enjoyed but I don't have a whole lot to say about it -- which is the most frustrating to try and review to be honest.Summary: 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.
It wasn't all smooth sailing, I had a bit of a rocky start with the book and had to put it down a bunch of times. It was never because it was particularly bad, it just had a tendency to drag a bit (or at least, it felt like it did because the chapters were really long and sometimes the characters thoughts would drone on a bit) -- so in the beginning, it bored me. Or frustrated me because it always felt like it was on the edge of being great but was taking forever to get there...if that makes sense?
After the first third/half of the book though, it really started to hook me and pick up the pace. I loved Nicholas and Etta and their relationship -- that was probably my favourite part of the book. Especially because I was hooked on both their POV's, both of their characters, normally with dual narration I latch onto just one and then feel like I'm dragging through the other but I loved them both equally in this.
And the plot... Time travel stories are very, very hit or miss for me. This one, I'll say it was mostly a hit. It was like an odd mix of the Ruby Red trilogy by Kerstin Geir and The Girl From Everywhere -- I loved it as much as I loved the former and I think it was executed much better than the latter.
That's all I have to say about the book really. I enjoyed it a lot (although I was so annoyed by the ending -- WHY with the cliff hangers?! I need the sequel like yesterday). I'd rate it 4 stars out of 5.