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review 2017-04-19 11:31
DNF: Wayfarer
Wayfarer (Passenger) - Alexandra Bracken

I didn't like the first book in this series much, but this is one of my auto-buy authors, and I snagged a copy from Netgalley with my Hatchette Children's auto approval. And even bought a finished hardback (despite the fact that this is not a series I really like, the hardback is really pretty). Sometimes I've found second books better than first books. 


Unfortunately, I only made it 250 pages or so before calling it quits. Following on from Passenger, Nicholas and Etta are now separated and struggling to find each other and deal with the changes brought about by the events of the end of Passenger. More secrets are revealed, more plot twists. However, I just can't seem to get into this series at all. 


It's beautifully written, plus points for diversity in the characters, and there is clear attention to detail and a phenomenal amount of historical research must have gone into plotting the novel, but I just don't like it. It's long winded and boring and not capturing my interest at all. 


Not for me. 

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review 2017-02-27 18:46
Passenger by Alexandra Bracken
Passenger - Alexandra Bracken

It was okay.
The story itself involved some freaky time travel, that sometimes I didn't fully comprehend. Along with these people all on the hunt for an heirloom of sorts, that can be used for the greater good evil of those who have it. 
What I did love was the chemistry between Etta and Nicholas. Here were two totally different people that were brought together and became enamored. It was a nice change of pace to the slightly boring story, when these two started to blossom their romance. 
In light of it, I may even read the next book just to see what transpires between them some more. 
Do I think everyone will love this book? No. I do, however, think many will enjoy the love story in it as much as I did.



Source: www.fredasvoice.com/2017/02/passenger-by-alexandra-bracken-5.html
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review 2017-01-21 00:00
Passenger - Alexandra Bracken Really enjoyed this book once it got going. A lot of fun and I enjoyed the time travel aspect of it.
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review 2016-11-18 00:41
Not a good month to read this book
The Darkest Minds - Alexandra Bracken


Mini-Review :


I think lately dystopian novels about tyrannical and crazy governments targeting a group of its citizens for being different and a "threat"....is just a bit too real for me. I finished this book and I was depressed....impressed with the story and the characters and how it all came together, but still depressed by the realness. When faced with tragedy and fear...many people don't live up to their better natures. When we need them to the most. And that ends up being a disaster for everyone.


The basic story of this book: a mysterious disease hits the world and targets only children under 18. Most die, but the ones that survive obtain abilities. Some which are VERY scary. So of course in order to "protect" and public and "find a cure" for this affliction the US government, led by a questionable President, decides to remove these children from their homes and put them in "facilities" that will protect the public from them and of course...protect them as well. Cause they care for these poor children and are trying to "fix them" Huh huh. Needless to say...putting young kids, in basically concentration camps surrounded by guards who fear them, goes about as well as one would expect. Our heroine is one of these kids locked away...who has been hiding her real ability for years, because it is the most dangerous one of all, and she knows she would be "disappeared" if anyone found out. When we meet her, she is about to be found out....


Despite being depressed at the end...I did enjoy the book a lot. The characters and relationships were believable, and you rooted for them from start to finish. You feel their disappear and hopelessness and you hope they can dig out some happiness in the hellscape that is their reality. I look forward to reading more...but maybe when I’m in a better mood. I'll give it 4 years. lol


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review 2016-07-20 02:35
A New Hope Book Review
Star Wars: A New Hope The Princess, the Scoundrel, and the Farm Boy (Star Wars, Episode IV) by Bracken, Alexandra (September 22, 2015) Hardcover - Alexandra Bracken

I have to say, if I didn't listen to the audiobook of this one I don't think I would have enjoyed it as much. Listening to it was very much like watching the movie. It had the sound affects and the music making it an enjoyable experience. 


This book is a retelling of A New Hope, Star Wars Episode Four. It tells the perspective of Leia, Han and Luke. Diving into each of their opinions and thoughts on events throughout the movie. 


An interestingly enough adaption but I could have used more new scenes throughout the story. 



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