2 it fell short for me stars..
I hate to give any author a below 3 star review. This is their lively hood they poured their heart and soul into this book.. This was definitely not the book for me. Maybe I was expecting this book to live up to the amazing hype it was getting?? Maybe I was going off the author’s name and how well her previous series did?? This is a book with time travel, pirates and different centuries to explore. What’s not to like??
So I’m going to start off by what I did like. There are a few scenes in this book that kept me reading. One particular scene Etta and Nicholas are in a tunnel and he calms her down by letting her play the violin.. on his arm. It was a sweet endearing quality. I really enjoyed that the main male character was not a cardboard cutout. He seemed genuine in the beginning sort of noble even. After that everything fell down hill.
The characters I felt lacked real depth it was more of a well here’s this couple thrust together they are gonna fall in insta-love. The fact that every group of people or character in this book was completely self centered almost the whole book killed it for me. Even Etta and Nicholas lie to each other for most of the book. I really hate to be negative about any author’s work especially since I’m in the minority on not liking this book. I don’t think this author’s writing style is for me. I generally love most of they YA I read but this one wasn’t for me. If you liked her previous series you will probably like this one.
This book was provided to me by NetGalley for my honest review.
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