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.
Where to start with this one…
There is a lot of hype with this book, booktube and goodreads are filled with five star reviews, calls for this to be the best book of 2015.
Can I be honest? It was okay, but it wasn’t fantastic. Definitely not worth the slew of five stars (am I the only one that actually thinks about the stars they give?).
The time travel was interesting, the action was interesting. The romance? Ugh! The amount of cliched longing staring was nauseating. And don’t get me started on the backwards and forwards of these two characters. ‘I love her’, ‘I can’t’, ‘It’s not right’, ‘Does she love me?’.
Can we please stop making all the female YA characters obsessed over what boys think of them!? Did you know that there are some women who don’t like men? Women who don’t like anyone? Aren’t interested in relationships? Have goals that don’t include giving up all their power because someone shows an emotional interest in them?