Highlighting Passenger-Alexandra Bracken’s Upcoming Time Travel Novel + Giveaway

Today I’m so excited to give one of my readers a chance to win the upcoming novel by Alexandra Bracken, Passenger. I’m reading it now and I’m really liking how she’s handled the details of time travel.

About the Book

PassengercoverIn 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.
In stores January 5
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About the Author

AlexBrackenAlexandra Bracken is the New York Times bestsellingauthor of The Darkest Minds and Never Fade. Born and raised in Arizona, she moved east to study history and English at the College of William&Mary in Virginia. Alex now lives in New York City, where you can find her hard at work on her next novel in a charming little apartment that’s perpetually overflowing with books. Visit her online at www.alexandrabracken.com and on Twitter @alexbracken.

Giveaway

One (1) winner receives: a copy of PASSENGER
Giveaway open to US addresses only.
Prizing and samples provided by Disney-Hyperion.
Please note prizing will ship early January following release of the book.
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Addicting Take on the Chosen One Trope

CarryOnCarry On

By: Rainbow Rowell
Release Date: October 6th 2015
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Format: Hardcover

Summary

Rainbow Rowell continues to break boundaries with Carry On, an epic fantasy following the triumphs and heartaches of Simon and Baz from her beloved bestseller Fangirl.

Simon Snow just wants to relax and savor his last year at the Watford School of Magicks, but no one will let him. His girlfriend broke up with him, his best friend is a pest, and his mentor keeps trying to hide him away in the mountains where maybe he’ll be safe. Simon can’t even enjoy the fact that his roommate and longtime nemesis is missing, because he can’t stop worrying about the evil git. Plus there are ghosts. And vampires. And actual evil things trying to shut Simon down. When you’re the most powerful magician the world has ever known, you never get to relax and savor anything.

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My Thoughts

I’ve not read much from Rainbow Rowell but after hearing so many great things about Carry On I picked it up and immediately dove in. I really didn’t know what to expect though I had heard this book was less contemporary and had paranormal elements. I’ve not ever read Fangirl– the novel where the main character of this book, Simon Snow, was introduced. You don’t need to read Fangirl prior to this one though it might add some things that I missed. I’d like to know from someone who have read both books.

This novel was Rowell’s take on the typical trope of the ‘Chosen One’ and though it had elements that felt very much like other books I’ve read (Harry Potter comes to mind-which from what I can tell was totally intentional) it still brought in some fresh twists and introduced characters that were lovable and a joy to read about.

Simon Snow was the main character (as I mentioned) and he was so wonderfully flawed. I loved that he had trouble dealing with his chosen one status. He never felt worthy or that he was truly the one prophesied. There’s nothing new about a flawed main character- or one that the world relied on. But, something about Snow did feel new. He was so REAL. Rainbow Rowell has the unique ability to make her characters so incredibly human and relatable no matter what their lives are like.

I was very curious to see how Rowell would handle magic in her first fantasy book. I’d say this was really light fantasy. It’s similar to the Harry Potter world in that it took place in and around London (so lots of British slang and tea). Also, the magic was incorporated into the world we live in. Carry On introduced another magical community that hides in plain view from the mundane or normals. Though this had been done before it was nice to go back to a light fantasy that still incorporated magic and a dragon. Dragon’s are ALWAYS a good addition in my world.

The magic was very clever in this novel. To cast spells the magic user needed to say quotes from main stream music, popular phrases, etc. It was incredibly clever and a really humorous and creative way to incorporate spell casting.

The romance in this book was super cute and between two guys which was in itself a different take from the typical trope. It was really well done and executed and you really enjoyed watching these two characters wrestle with their feelings and realize how much they meant to one another.

It’s really hard to relate how this book felt to read because it was really an experience. The pacing was a tad slow in the start but it picked up and really took me hostage near the end. I stayed up far too late finishing it because it was a ‘one more page’ type of book. The fact that Rowell was incredibly aware of what type of book she was writing and how it could be compared to other popular fiction just added to the book in my opinion. It was so cleverly executed and never took itself too seriously. I say that but, the content did approach some very serious topics and though Rowell handled things with a light hand the reader does take away some really heartfelt and important messages.

Final Thoughts

Anyone with a desire to read a clever, heartfelt fantasy written in a highly addictive manner should pick up Carry On. Of course, fans of Rainbow Rowell will not be disappointed.

 

Top Ten Tuesday- Diverse Books

I found myself drawing a blank after I got to the seventh book or so. I’m sure I’m forgetting a good amount I’ve read but these are the ones that stand out the most. I am only show-casing books that I have read.

I’m linking to either my review or Goodreads if you’d like to learn more about the book. I’m doing the smallest of details within this post just to give you the most general idea of why I’ve selected it for the list.

AnythingCouldHappenAnything Could Happen by Will Walton

I really loved this book and I’m not even a contemporary fan! I received this book unsolicited and really wasn’t sure it would be for me but I immediately fell in love with the characters. This book features a gay teen coming to terms with  letting his friends and family know.

 

TheAccidentSeasonCoverThe Accident Season by Moïra Fowley-Doyle

I just read this one recently and really enjoyed it! Fowley-Doyle incorporated sexual preference into the novel without it being a really big ‘thing’ It all felt natural which I thought was well done.

 

OfDreamsandRustOf Dreams and Rust by Sarah Fine

I love Sarah Fine and these two books (Of Metal and Wishes and this one) feature an Asian main character. Sadly, I can’t think of many books that do. I adore Sarah’s writing and characters.

 

SixofCrowsSix of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Oh how I love Leigh. I fell in love immediately with her character Kaz who I’m counting as diverse since he has a limp and had to use a cane. I absolutely adore his character and everything about this book. I might even like it more than her prior series. Okay, maybe not more because I love those books so much. I love SoC as much as them and can’t wait to see where she takes the series.

GameofLoveandDeathThe Game of Love and Death by Martha Brockenbrough

The main characters of TGoLaD are in love at a time when their difference in skin color makes it nearly impossible for them to be together. I felt that Brockenbrough did an excellent job of getting me into her character’s minds and lives.

 

MagoniaCoverMagonia by Maria Dahvana Headley

Magonia features a main character that suffers from an unknown illness that makes it nearly impossible to breathe. This book is all sorts of strange and I loved it.

 

 

SugarSugar by  Deirdre Riordan Hall

Sugar deals with a main character that is overweight, Puerto Rican and abused at home. I felt that Sugar’s point of view was incredibly well done and I really fell in love with her inner strength.

 

9780399171611_large_The_Wrath_and_the_DawnThe Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh

TWatD utilized a diverse setting and culture for this story. I adored reading about the foods and Renee’s descriptions were incredibly vivid. I was so intrigued I had to turn to Google to look closer at the location, clothing and foods mentioned.

 

SheIsNotInvisibleShe is Not Invisible by Marcus Sedgwick

This was my first book by Marcus Sedgwick and I loved it. I admit that I was intimidated since I’d heard so many great things about his books. I was surprised with how easily I became immersed. SINI features a blind main character- this was my first read that did so and I felt it incredibly well done.

SayWhatYouWillSay What You Will by Cammie McGovern

SWYW features two main characters that suffer from a physical or mental illness. Amy has cerebral palsy and can’t control her body or walk without a walker. Matthew has obsessive- compulsive disorder and suffers from hand washing and repeated thoughts.