Passenger

Passenger is an exhilarating scavenger hunt through a stunning display of rich historical scenery. It just takes a few hundred pages to get there.

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Book Blurb from Chapters Indigo

On 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, his passenger, can find. In order to protect her, Nick 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.


passage, n.

i. A brief section of music composed by 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.

Let’s be real. We all judge books by their cover. At least a little bit. My first inclination is to pick up the books with visually striking covers.

And Passenger has one of the most stunning covers of the year.

Once I stopped drooling over the cover, it actually took me a couple of weeks to really get into the story.  I found the beginning to be a little slow and 50 pages in, I put it down and didn’t pick it up again for another couple of weeks. It took me almost another 100 pages to really get invested but once it grabbed me, I was swept up into a breathtaking, historically rich, adventure.

Etta is a badass and once she started to show her character I was instantly enthralled by her. She is complex, reflective and strong with some girl boss flair. Nicholas, as a character has amazing depth and is very in tune with the world around him. As a couple…not my favourite but individually, so lovely and engaging. The historical snapshots were so vivid, it was hard not to fall into the story, like Alice into Wonderland, despite not being super into the love story. The time travel could have gone into timey-wimey nonsense territory but Alexandra Bracken had a creative, clear cut concept that kept out major plot holes (unlike Steven “plot holes are life” Moffat).

Overall, beautifully written and seriously elegant. And in true Bracken flair, the cliffhanger left me waiting for book two to find out how this is all tied together.

I’d recommend Passenger to the book lovers who want an entirely drug free yet lucid trip to another time. Just make it through the first 100 pages. I promise it will be worth it.
Until next time,

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Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

With the pure sass of the original novel, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies adds an extra layer of badassery to a classic.

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Book Blurb from Chapters Indigo

“It is a truth universally acknowledged that a zombie in possession of brains must be in want of more brains.” So begins Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, a bold reimagining of Jane Austen’s classic novel. As our story opens, a mysterious plague has fallen upon the quiet English village of Meryton—and the dead are returning to life. Feisty heroine Elizabeth Bennet is determined to wipe out the zombie menace, but she’s soon distracted by the haughty and arrogant Mr. Darcy. What ensues is a delightful comedy of manners with plenty of civilized sparring between the two young lovers—and even more violent sparring on the bloodsoaked battlefield. Complete with romance, heartbreak, swordfights, cannibalism, and thousands of rotting corpses, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is an audacious retelling of English literature’s most enduring novel.


I was SO unsure about this concept that it took me almost 7 years and a movie trailer to give it a try. As a lover of anything zombie or apocalyptic, I should have been all over this book back in 2009 but my love for Austen made me hesitant. After seeing the movie trailer, I was instantly drawn in and went straight to Chapters to get a copy.

The dialogue stays very true to the original novel. It’s the in between moments, the moments of action, that bring on the badass. It was ALMOST exactly like reading Austen but instead of dancing, sometimes there is duelling. Occasionally at the same time. Our main characters maintain their well known hostile flirting with a side of sass while delightfully dealing with the unpleasantries of killing zombies in a most civilized manner. Muskets and Katanas are considered unladylike but one must always be armed with at least an ankle dagger, while not as effective, it is a subtle and delicate weapon. While taking a turn around the garden, one must always be on alert for shuffling and moaning.

It was a quirky and cheeky read. However, if you aren’t a fan of Austen prose and Regency era dialogue and manners this book may not be for you. But if the concept of Austenland combined with The Walking Dead appeals to you then get reading!

Until next time –

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