I ORIGINALLY CAME BACK TO THIS TWO DAYS AGO FOR A QUICK RECAP IN PREP FOR THIS REVIEW AND WAYFARER BUT I JUST ENDED UP RE-READING IT AGAIN AND THEN ALL THE FEELS CAME FLOODING BACK SDKFHSOIDFHS.
Etta Spencer is a violin prodigy. When tragedy strikes and a mysterious power tied closely to her musical abilities manifests, Etta is pulled back through time to 1776 in the midst of a fierce sea battle.
Her capture was orchestrated by the Ironwoods, the most powerful family in the Colonies. Nicholas Carter, handsome, young, prize master of a privateering ship, has been charged with retrieving and delivering her to the family - unharmed.
Etta learns her fate is entwined with an object of untold value from her past. Ironwood is desperate to secure his future, but Etta must find it first in order to return home. Embarking on a perilous journey across centuries and continents, piecing together clues left behind from a mysterious traveller, the true nature of the object and Ironwood's dangerous game, could mean the end for Nicholas and Etta ...
OK DOWN TO THE REAL SHIT. THE REVIEW. WHOOP.
I cannot express how much I have thoroughly enjoyed this book. From the beginning, when I had read the first page, I was honestly surprised at how sophisticated and atmospheric it was. The story she had written was so rich with historical, intricate details; so needless to say, I WAS IMPRESSED.
The characters that she had created, Etta and Nicholas were complex and engaging. Etta, short for Henrietta, is a prodigy violinist, who is unaware she can time travel, until the day of her debut performance, where she is sucked back into time. I had originally pinned Etta for a weak, shallow character, like "meh", but I was so wrong. She was respectable, easygoing, likeable and a fucking badass (female protagonists whoop).
Nicholas, who was a sailor/"legal" pirate and also Etta's love interest, was also intriguing to read about and to get to know, throughout the book. He was unique compared to other male characters in fantasy novels, (imeancomeon. how often do you read about pirates who can time travel?) and he was determined; again, like Etta, a strong, likeable character.
I loved reading from both Etta's and Nicholas' perspectives; it was written in third person but it gave me the impression that it was more or so in one particular character's views, and also THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THEM AOSIFHAOIHFOIA. I appreciated how Bracken had incorporated an interracial relationship in her book and it made me so happy, especially how we are living in a modern society nowadays and so many things are changing :)
Naturally, being interested in the topic of time travel, I can say this book incredibly enjoyable. I do however, admit that it did take a bit of time to get into, BUT I MEAN, most fantasy novels do (ahem TMI series), amirite? I definitely recommend this to people who enjoy to fantasy novels, or historical fiction. If you loved Ruby Red by Kirsten Giers, then this book is for you. GO READ IT.
SPOILERY PART OF REVIEW* DO NOT READ THIS IF YOU HAVE NOT READ THE BOOK , IT WILL SPOIL IT FOR YOU AND YOU WILL REGRET AOISFHOIF. OKAY. COME BACK ONCE YOU'VE READ THE BOOK.
Again and first, I really enjoyed it. Bracken had managed to keep her novel relatively well paced, although, like I said it did take a while to get into. But once I was in, I WAS STUCK. Everything just spiralled and I resolved in flipping the pages abnormally fast, reading past my bedtime and giving myself real nice puffy eyes in the morning. woobee.
However towards the end, I did get pretty confused at what was happening. Let's say that time travel is confusing yet exciting to say the least. I was reading it, and way too lazy to flip back because I had read it and even though at the time it didn't make too much sense because SO MANY THINGS WERE GOING ON, yet I continued to the detriment of being unable to comprehend what the hell was going on. And Bracken had managed to leave me with one of her signature cliffhangers.
PLEASE DON'T KILL OFF ETTA, THE NEXT BOOK IS BASICALLY DEPENDENT ON NICHOLAS' AND HER'S RELATIONSHIP.
I was also quite confused towards the end, where Nicholas had attempted to shoot a Thorn, but ended up hitting Etta. AND ABOUT ROSE. I don't know how to feel about Rose. She essentially had killed off the other and only person who was able to take care of her. I was confused to how she would allow Etta to be thrown into this without basic or any preparation at all. And all her reason for this? Is because it is for the "good", which is so vague and it confused me about her intent in this book as not only a time traveller but as a Mum. Also, she could of at least warned Etta that she was capable on her own and that she was able to save herself, instead of sending her AROUND THE WORLD to save her.
The time concepts got my head spinning towards the end. I still don't quite understand how travelling to different parts of the world work. And creating new passages. And destroying the astrolabe. Although, Etta had managed to probably crack it, I don't believe she actually managed to destroy it. I think Bracken could have kept it simpler without so many plot twists and everything going on.
But overall I really enjoyed it despite the plot holes and confusion. I found this to so well paced and it was amazing. I enjoyed the different and diverse interracial relationship between Etta and Nicholas and how atmospheric and richly Bracken had written this.
I give this book a rating of 4/5 stars.
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