A Love for the Ages

A Love for the Ages

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Passenger

by Alexandra Bracken

passage, n.
i. A brief section of music composed of a series of notes and flourishes.
ii. A journey by water; a voyage.
iii. The transition from one place to another, across space and time.

In 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, Nicholas’ passenger, can find. In order to protect her, he 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.

I don’t often read time-travel books but the cover and the synopsis were just too irresistible. Plus who doesn’t like adventure, romance, and cool ships?

Speaking of romance, this was much more of a love story than I’d anticipated. I mean it makes sense but the synopsis isn’t super mushy or anything, so I thought it be more of a time-travel adventure with a dash or devastating romance. Really it was more equal parts adventure and love, which was fine by me once I got into that mindset.

The characters and the storyline were fabulous. I loved them. The cast was wonderfully diverse. The supporting characters didn’t grab me as much as I’d hoped, but the main characters did not disappoint.

The plot was action packed and extremely engaging. It was well paced and I really had no complaints until I reached the end. Towards the end the plot lost a little bit of its energy and its grip on me. Despite having almost 500 pages to go through the beginning, climax, and reach the resolution, the ending gave hardly any solutions or answers and created a lot of questions. I wanted some loose ends to get me excited about the sequel and build some suspense, but unfortunately I felt like there was too much of that and not enough resolution so I was more disappointed than interested. What did I read all that for if I don’t even get to know how some of the main points worked out?

It was beautifully written though, the style was elegant and seemed to be made for telling fantastical tales. It built up an enchanting air of magic that resonated deeply with me. Without such amazing, dimensional writing, this story would not have been nearly as rich and riveting as it was. Alexandra Bracken sets a fantastic example for fantasy authors everywhere.

Add it on Goodreads.

Buy it from Liberty Bay Books.

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March Love Stacks Giveaway

March Love Stacks Giveaway

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The fantastic Love Stacks giveaway is back! Get excited and get entering!

Love Stacks giveaways are monthly giveaways hosted by me, using gently loved ARC copies provided by Liberty Bay Books. The giveaways are open to entries for the entire duration of the month, and it is possible for an individual to win multiple different months’ prizes. All winners are chosen randomly by Rafflecopter. Winners MUST BE U.S. RESIDENTS.

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Winnings Include:

-One ARC copy of Ash and Bramble by Sarah Prineas
-One ARC copy of Julia Vanishes by Catherine Egan
-One ARC copy of Rebel of The Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

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January Love Stacks Giveaway

January Love Stacks Giveaway

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What better way to start off the new year than with a giveaway and some of my favorite books? I loved them so much that one of them even made it onto my top 5 reads of 2015 list.

If you’re new to my Love Stacks giveaways, here is a little bit about them: Love Stacks giveaways are monthly giveaways hosted by me, using gently loved ARC copies provided by Liberty Bay Books. The giveaways are open to entries for the entire duration of the month, and it is possible for an individual to win multiple different months’ prizes. All winners are chosen randomly by Rafflecopter. Winners MUST BE U.S. RESIDENTS.

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Winnings Include:

Good luck and happy reading!
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October Love Stacks

October Love Stacks

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You can still enter to win the September Love Stacks Giveaway, all the way through October 20th, so don’t forget to enter to win those creeptastic prizes. Meanwhile, you can also enter to win this month’s stack!

If you’re new to my Love Stacks giveaways, here is a little bit about them: Love Stacks giveaways are monthly giveaways hosted by me, using gently loved ARC copies that are courtesy of Liberty Bay Books. The giveaways are open to entries for the entire duration of the month, and it is possible for an individual to win multiple different month’s prizes. All winners are chosen randomly by Rafflecopter. Winners MUST BE U.S. RESIDENTS.

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One of a Kind Reads 

-One ARC copy of The Letter for The King by Tonke Dragt, Laura Watkinson (Translator)

-One ARC copy of The Game of Love and Death by Martha Brockenbrough

-One ARC copy of Blood and Salt by Kim Liggett

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Late September Giveaway

Late September Giveaway

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Life has been crazy, as usual, these past few weeks and it seems I’ve fallen behind on everything. Among said things, is the September Love Stacks giveaway, but I’m getting it up now, while it’s still September. I will make sure it runs until October 20th so that everyone still gets a month to enter.

If you’re new to my Love Stacks giveaways, here is a little bit about them: Love Stacks giveaways are monthly giveaways hosted by me, using gently loved ARC copies that are courtesy of Liberty Bay Books. The giveaways are open to entries for the entire duration of the month, and it is possible for an individual to win multiple different month’s prizes. All winners are chosen randomly by Rafflecopter. Winners MUST BE US RESIDENTS.

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Creeptastic Prize Pack

-One ARC copy of The Accident Season by Moira Fowley-Doyle

-One ARC copy of Edgewater by Courtney Sheinmel

-One ARC copy of Dark Shimmer by Donna Jo Napoli

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Good luck!

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August Love Stacks

August Love Stacks

99ee6-lovestacks Happy August everyone! It’s time to kick off yet another Love Stacks giveaway. Love Stacks giveaways are monthly giveaways hosted by me, using gently loved ARC copies that are courtesy of Liberty Bay Books. The giveaways are open to entries for the entire duration of the month, and it is possible for an individual to win multiple different months prizes. However, if two stacks are being given away in one month, then there will be two different winners, one per stack. All winners are chosen randomly by Rafflecopter. Winners MUST BE US RESIDENTS.

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From Ghostly to Gory:

-One ARC copy of Slasher Girls & Monster Boys

-One ARC copy of A Curious Tale of Inbetween by Lauren DeStefano

-One ARC copy of The Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall by Katie Alender

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Best of luck to you all and thank you for your participation!

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July Love Stacks

July Love Stacks

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Well, I’m a little late due to being away from internet for a while, but a new month has begun and so has a new Love Stacks Giveaway! I will be away from the internet again for a while soon, but I will try to get some posts scheduled. Goodness knows I have plenty of reviews waiting to be written. In the meantime I wish y’all luck!

All the books being given away are all lightly used ARC copies kindly provided by Liberty Bay Books. The same rules apply and here they are:

Rules:
-USA Residents ONLY, Sorry! (Shipping is pricey!)

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Risky Romances:

-One ARC copy of Better Off Friends by Elizabeth Eulberg

-One ARC copy of Under the Spotlight (A Jamieson Brothers Novel) by Angie Stanton

-One ARC copy of Miss Mayhem by Rachel Hawkins

-A piece of Mystery Reader, Writer, Critic Swag!

These were all fun (and not all strictly romance) and enjoyable reads that are on my list of books to review. So sadly you can’t here all my thoughts just yet. The only exception to this is Better Off Friends which I’ve already reviewed here.The only thing I will divulge is that despite Under The Spotlight being “the final installment in the Jamieson Brothers trilogy,” you do not need to have read any of the Jamieson Brothers trilogy to understand and love it. I certainly didn’t! That’s not to say that you shouldn’t, but rather that it isn’t 100% necessary to read the first two books before getting to this one.
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