Wayfarer by Alexandra Bracken

Spoiler-Free Review: Wayfarer by Alexandra Bracken

When I read Passenger, the first book in the duology by Alexandra Bracken, I have to admit I really wasn’t a big fan. But I’m a little bit neurotic when it comes to reading and finishing series, so when the sequel Wayfarer came out earlier this year, I knew I needed to read it. Click here to read my review for Passenger by Alexandra Bracken.

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Spoiler-Free Review: Wayfarer by Alexandra Bracken

Title: Wayfarer

Author: Alexandra Bracken

Genre: YA, Fantasy

Published: January 3rd, 2017 by Disney-Hyperion

Goodreads description

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.

About: Alexandra Bracken

Alexandra Bracken was born and raised in Arizona. The daughter of a Star Wars collector, she grew up going to an endless string of Star Wars conventions and toy fairs, which helped spark her imagination and a deep love of reading. After graduating high school, she attended The College of William & Mary in Virginia, where she double majored in English and History. She sold her first book, Brightly Woven, as a senior in college, and later moved to New York City to work in children’s book publishing, first as an editorial assistant, then in marketing. After six years, she took the plunge and decided to write full time. She now lives in Arizona with her tiny pup, Tennyson, in a house that’s constantly overflowing with books.

Alex is a #1 New York Times bestselling and USA TODAY bestselling author. Her work is available across the world in over 15 languages.

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My Review


I know I probably should have stopped reading after Passenger, but I just couldn’t bring myself to leave this series unfinished. Unfortunately for me, I continued to be bored throughout Wayfarer. I will admit, however, that the plot grew to be slightly more interesting in this sequel because of the introduction of some supernatural forces.

Personally, this duology’s plot just didn’t capture me in the first book. This was the first historical fiction/time travel novel I’ve ever read, and I think that these genres just aren’t really suited to my tastes.


Personally, I wasn’t particularly attached to any of the characters, because I didn’t grow attached to them in the first book. There were a couple of characters who were introduced that I was slightly more fond of, though I can’t name them for spoiler’s-sake.


Bracken’s writing style includes so much description that the pacing tends to feel incredibly slow, even during the “action-packed” scenes. As with Passenger, I felt as though this book was far too long – most likely because of the dense and (in my opinion) unnecessary descriptions.


It wasn’t a terrible book. At first, I thought that I might really enjoy it, especially more than Passenger. But then it put me in a reading slump for about three months and it took forever to get through this book. I wish I liked it, but I just don’t think I enjoy Alexandra Bracken’s writing style.

I give Wayfarer  2.5/5 stars.

Spoiler-Free Review: Wayfarer by Alexandra Bracken

Let’s talk about it

Are you a fan of Alexandra Bracken’s writing? Have you read Passenger and Wayfarer? I would love to know what your thoughts on the books are! Do you enjoy her description-heavy writing style? Are you a fan of historical fiction and time travel? Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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