New York Times reviews Alex Bracken’s ‘Passenger’!

The New York Times has reviewed Alexandra Bracken’s newest book, Passenger.

Below is a small excerpt of the review

This is the sort of book that gracefully walks the fine line between excitement and instruction. By the end of it, the young reader might find that she has learned a good deal while she was thoroughly enjoying herself.

To read the full review please head over to New York Times.

If you haven’t already, be sure to pick up Alexandra Bracken’s Passenger at a bookstore near you.

Read the First 3 Chapters of Alexandra Bracken’s ‘Passenger’!

Hyperion and Alexandra Bracken have released the first three chapters of Alex’s upcoming Novel, Passenger.

Click here to read the first 3 chapters of Alex Bracken’s Passenger.

Read the synopsis below:

Violin prodigy Etta Spencer had big plans for her future,but a tragic accident has put her once-bright career at risk. Closely tied to her musical skill, however, is a mysterious power she doesn’t even know she has. When her two talents collide during a stressful performance, Etta is drawn back hundreds of years through time. Etta wakes,confused and terrified, in 1776, in the midst a fierce sea battle. Nicholas Carter, the handsome young prize master of a privateering ship, has been hired to retrieve Etta and deliver her unharmed to the Ironwoods, a powerful family in the Colonies — the very same one that orchestrated her jump back, and one Nicholas himself has ties to. But discovering she can time travel is nothing compared to the shock of uncovering the true reason the Ironwoods have ensnared her in their web. Another traveler has stolen an object of untold value from them, and, if Etta can find it, they will return her to her own time. Out of options, Etta and Nicholas embark on a perilous journey across centuries and continents, piecing together clues left behind by the mysterious traveler. But as they draw closer to each other and the end of their search, the true nature of the object, and the dangerous game the Ironwoods are playing, comes to light — threatening to separate her not only from Nicholas, but her path home…forever.

Passenger will be released in bookstores January 2016.

Cover Reveal: Alexandra Bracken’s New Book ‘Passenger’ Revealed + Interview and Excerpt!

The cover for Alexandra Bracken’s new book Passenger has been revealed by Entertainment Weekly!

Check out the cover for Passenger below:

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Read the synopsis of Passenger:

Violin prodigy Etta Spencer had big plans for her future, but a tragic accident has put her once-bright career at risk. Closely tied to her musical skill, however, is a mysterious power that she doesn’t even know she has. When her two talents collide during a stressful performance, Etta is drawn back hundreds of years through time. Etta wakes, confused and terrified, in 1776, in the midst of a fierce battle. Nicholas Carter, the handsome young prize master of a privateering ship, has been hired to retrieve Etta and deliver her unharmed to the Ironwoods, a powerful family in the Colonies—the very same one that orchestrated her jump back, and one Nicholas himself has mysterious ties to. But discovering she can time travel is nothing compared to the shock of discovering the true reason the Ironwoods have snared her in their web. Another traveler has stolen an object of untold value from them and, if Etta can find it, they will return her to her own time. Out of options, Etta and Nicholas embark on a perilous journey across centuries and continents, piecing together clues left behind by the mysterious traveler. But as they draw closer to each other and the end of their search, the true nature of the object, and the dangerous game the Ironwoods are playing, comes to light—threatening to separate her not only from Nicholas, but her path home forever.

EW also came shared a very great excerpt from Passenger:

CLICK HERE TO READ THE PASSENGER EXCERPT

Here’s the official description of Passenger:

Violin prodigy Etta Spencer had big plans for her future, but a tragic accident has put her once-bright career at risk. Closely tied to her musical skill, however, is a mysterious power that she doesn’t even know she has. When her two talents collide during a stressful performance, Etta is drawn back hundreds of years through time. Etta wakes, confused and terrified, in 1776, in the midst of a fierce battle. Nicholas Carter, the handsome young prize master of a privateering ship, has been hired to retrieve Etta and deliver her unharmed to the Ironwoods, a powerful family in the Colonies—the very same one that orchestrated her jump back, and one Nicholas himself has mysterious ties to. But discovering she can time travel is nothing compared to the shock of discovering the true reason the Ironwoods have snared her in their web. Another traveler has stolen an object of untold value from them and, if Etta can find it, they will return her to her own time. Out of options, Etta and Nicholas embark on a perilous journey across centuries and continents, piecing together clues left behind by the mysterious traveler. But as they draw closer to each other and the end of their search, the true nature of the object, and the dangerous game the Ironwoods are playing, comes to light—threatening to separate her not only from Nicholas, but her path home forever.

EW also interviewed Alex Bracken about Passenger

What can you tease aboutPassenger?
I’ve been pitching it to people as National Treasure meets Outlander. There’s a very swoony—if I do say so myself—romance between Etta and Nicholas. Seeing as she’s from the 21st century, and he’s from the 18th, they’re both extremely surprised by how well they work together and understand each other’s hearts and minds considering how different their backgrounds are. They’re drawn together to find an object of unbelievable power that’s been stolen by another time traveler with only a set of clues as their guide. It takes them across all centuries and continents, all the while trying to figure out if there can be a future for them. It’s also a story about ambition, the price of it, how far people are willing to go to achieve what they desire, and living with the consequences and sacrifices of those choices.

What was the inspiration behindPassenger?
This is definitely a case of me writing the exact book I really wanted to read that I couldn’t find out there—a story that combined history, romance, fantasy, and adventure. I actually had the first idea kernel before I started writing The Darkest Minds series, but it took a long time to cook the story, so to speak. A few weeks after I turned in In the Afterlight, I had a lightning bolt idea about how to fix the world building problem that had kept me from writing it initially, and the rest, as they say, is history.

Is there anything else you’re working on?
I just finished working on a retelling of Star Wars: A New Hope for younger readers that I’m incredibly excited about. As someone who grew up with a Star Wars collector father and spent the ages of 8 to 13 reading Star Wars novels almost exclusively, this has been a huge amazing experience for me…. I jokingly call mine The Star Wars Breakfast Club because it’s split up into three point-of-view sections—Leia, Han, and Luke—and plays with the labels others have been quick to place on them and their struggle to prove to both themselves and the galaxy they’re more than what others would have them to be. You can catch The Princess, the Scoundrel and the Farmboy out later this fall.

Are you guys excited for Alexandra Bracken’s new book Passenger to hit stores?

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