Tuesday, January 17, 2017

YA Book Review: Wayfarer by Alexandra Bracken

Title: Wayfarer
Author: Alexandra Bracken
Series: Passenger #2
Genre: Young Adult Time Travel
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Pub Date: January 3, 2017
Pages: 532
My Copy: Hardcover that I bought

Book Summary:

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.

Book Review: 

A fantastic sequel that i loved from start to finish. What I love about this book is that there is a lot more at stake in this book, the timeline is in danger and that a lot of people are after every one of our three main characters. We get a lot more humor in this book as well.

One of the things that I really enjoyed more in this book was Sophia. Sophia who annoyed me so much in the first book, became one of the more fun characters. She definitely had some of the best comebacks in this book with so many different and new characters that both her and Nicholas come back. I also like how they are trying to find Etta but don’t realize that Etta is on her own journey as well. Etta also gets to meet some interesting people. She gets to meet Julian Ironwood and finally meets her father. Her father is not what I thought he would be. He is actually an interesting character in his own right.

There were a lot of things that happened during the journey as we are time traveling with both sets of our time travelers. They get to meet some famous people from history like Nicholas the II of Russia. I thought that this was one of the most interesting parts of the book, as Nicholas was a very important person in world history and Russian history. I thought the moment that Etta, her father, Nicholas all played together seemed really like one of those moments where it was just pure enjoyment on all of these characters.

Sophia and Nicholas also have a journey where they meet two characters who seem to put the two of them in quite bad spots literally. I really hated Belladonna who really wants Cyrus Ironwood dead and decides to blackmail Nicholas into killing him. Belladonna has also injected poison into the ring and Nicholas can’t take it off or he will die because of the poison, so he now has no choice. Also history can change if they do anything drastic as Nicholas, Sophia and even Etta learn unfortunately.

Things happen to every character that you don’t expect. They are also 
not expecting to be hunted by certain groups and the reasons are all about the astrolobe. So sometimes our characters also go to time periods and learn that history has changed. So their lives go to an alternate timeline at certain periods. I thought that this was important because it meant that they have to stop Ironwood.

Stopping Cyrus Ironwood sounds easy, but every character realizes that if they kill him, they might disappear and go back to their original timeline or something worse if they don’t. They also have to be careful of when they kill him in a certain time period. There a lot of bad things and twists that you don’t expect. I certainly loved the way this book ended. It was a very unique twist, but on someone else. Also love how Etta and Nicholas found a way to be together.

A great sequel that I loved.


4.5 Hearts


  1. My library doesn't have the first book, I may have to search Overdrive for it. I'm wondering though if I'll struggle with the time hops.

    1. The book flows really well with the time hops, so don't worry about that at all. I had no trouble with it at all.

      Grace @ Books of Love