by Alexandra Bracken
Release Date: January 5, 2016
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.
I thought this book was absolutely fantastic. I had recently fell in love with time traveling books, and when I found out there was going to be a new one I just had to get it. The main thing I like about this book is that it’s a historical fiction of sorts because you’re learning about all the places Etta and Nicholas travel to, and it makes it seem like you’re right there with them. The pacing of the book is great, although the beginning is a tiny bit rushed in my opinion. I also like the fact that the book is told in both Etta and Nicholas’ POV. And can I also say that the cover is absolutely beautiful and ties into the story perfectly. I give this book a 5 out of 5 stars and I can’t wait for the next and final book in this duology.
So we start of the beginning of the book with a prologue in Nicholas’ point of view. Nicholas is a African-American male (which could cause problems in other centuries). He’s with his half-brother Julian searching for a mysterious object on the side of a mountain. Then Julian slips and falls bursting into “glittering dust”.
We then start the first chapter with Etta as she is preparing for a violin recital. We meet her mom Rose, who also plays a major part in this story…(not big enough to have her own POV though it seems ;). We also meet her violin teacher Alice, who is this lovely old lady. And then it kind of escalates from there. All of a sudden she hears her mother and Alice arguing, then she hears a weird sound. Next thing she knows some girl named Sophia is grabbing her.
She wakes up on a boat in the middle of who knows where and who knows when. That’s when we learn that this was Sophia’s doing and that she’s kind of a bitch…in my opinion of course. It turns out they’re on a boat full of pirates and that’s when Etta and Nicholas meet for the first time. And Sophia knows Nicholas and doesn’t like him…go figure.
So we learn that Grandfather wants to see Etta and force her to find the mysterious object that Nicholas and his brother were looking for and only she can find it. We learn that he has Rose captive and that he’ll harm her if she doesn’t bring the object back to him. So Etta tries to escape and fails, and Nicholas follows her and then they figure out the clues together. This is when we see the beginning of their “relationship”.
- Don’t. Approve.
I just wanna say there’s a scene where I had to shake my head frowning because Nicholas is 20 years old, and Etta is 17 years old. I don’t care WHAT time you’re in…NO.
So after we get past that we finally get to the part where they find the mysterious object..and guess who showed up!! SOPHIA!! There was an altercation, Sophia stole the mysterious object, and Etta bursts into “glittering dust”.
So after Nicholas cries we get to see none other than Rose…who had apparently escaped. So now it’s up to her and Nicholas to save the day.
So, to wait for book 2 haha.
I am excited for the next book to see how everything wraps up. I definitely recommend reading this book and the next one when it comes out. And if you’ve already read it, let me know what your thoughts are on it!!