The Blonde Bookworm: Wayfarer by Alexandra Bracken -- Review

Wayfarer by Alexandra Bracken -- Review

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Title: Wayfarer (Passenger #2)
Author: Alexandra Bracken
Pages: 532
Publishing: January 3rd 2017 by Disney-Hyperion
ISBN: 1484715764


All Etta Spencer wanted was to make her violin debut when she was thrust into a treacherous world where the struggle for power could alter history. After losing the one thing that would have allowed her to protect the Timeline, and the one person worth fighting for, Etta awakens alone in an unknown place and time, exposed to the threat of the two groups who would rather see her dead than succeed. When help arrives, it comes from the last person Etta ever expected—Julian Ironwood, the Grand Master’s heir who has long been presumed dead, and whose dangerous alliance with a man from Etta’s past could put them both at risk. 

Meanwhile, Nicholas and Sophia are racing through time in order to locate Etta and the missing astrolabe with Ironwood travelers hot on their trail. They cross paths with a mercenary-for-hire, a cheeky girl named Li Min who quickly develops a flirtation with Sophia. But as the three of them attempt to evade their pursuers, Nicholas soon realizes that one of his companions may have ulterior motives. 

As Etta and Nicholas fight to make their way back to one another, from Imperial Russia to the Vatican catacombs, time is rapidly shifting and changing into something unrecognizable… and might just run out on both of them.


Wayfarer was one of my most anticipated reads of 2017. I have been looking forward to this book since last summer when I read Passenger. I fell in love with the characters and felt like my heart was ripped out of my chest in the last few cliff-hanger moments in Passenger. So you can imagine, when Wayfarer hit the shelves, I was immediately diving in. The book picked up right where Passenger left off and the characters were just as wonderful as i remembered. 

Bracken does such an incredible job with all of the details involved in a story based on time travel. There were definitely moments where I had to go back and re-read a few pages, but the writing was spot on and beautiful. The amount of research and planning that went into this book is hard to think about! Bracken also did a remarkable job of handling the topics of race and sexuality. I loved how the characters were strong, well-rounded, and stood up for what they believed in. 

I loved about 98% of the story, but with every book, there is always something I wish went a little differently. There were a few parts that were a little slow, and I really wanted Etta and Nicholas to have more time together because I just love their relationship SO much! I think it made the in between portions of the story more enjoyable though, because I was constantly hoping for them to miraculously run into each other. 

All in all, Wayfarer was a beautifully written story with the same amazingly complex characters, and a few new characters who I fell in love with as well. I would highly recommend reading Passenger and Wayfarer if you are a YA lover or if you love historical fiction. Well done Bracken! 

Rating 4/5 


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