Tuesday, April 15

Review: Earthbound (Earthbound #1)

Earthbound (Earthbound #1)
Aprilynne Pike


Published By: Harper Collins
Publication Date: August 21, 2013
Date Read: April 10, 2014
Genre: YA - Paranormal Romance
Source: ARC from Publisher
Format: eARC
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From Goodreads:
If love can survive death, are soul-mates eternal?

Eighteen-year-old Tavia is the only survivor of a plane crash that killed her parents. Grieving and lonely, she starts having strange visions; of a boy she's never met but feels compulsively drawn to. A boy who tells her to do things she never dreamed of.

Tavia begins to suspect that secrets are being kept from her, and that her kindly aunt and uncle know more than they are letting on. Was the plane crash really an accident? Or is Tavia part of something bigger than she ever imagined?

With only her instincts and long-time crush, Benson, to rely on, Tavia must decide where her destiny lies, and who with.

#1 New York Times bestselling author Aprilynne Pike has created a heart-stopping romance built on a love triangle like you've never seen before and filled with epic stakes and a centuries-long conspiracy. Give it to fans of Nightshade and Fallen
"We're both dancing our routine of deception, and neither of us wants the other to find out. So we dance. We laugh. We smile."

I got an eARC of Earthbound, the first installment in a new series by Aprilynne Pike about a year or so ago and I just never got round to it until now. I hadn't read anything by Aprilynne Pike before this and has heard mixed things about her Wings series so didn't really know what to expect. All I knew was that I thought Earthbound sounded interesting. My response after reading? Oh. My. God! Why didn't I pick this up sooner? Why didn't I pick up anything by Aprilynne Pike sooner? I fell head over heels in love with this book.

Tavia's life has been uprooted. The lone survivor of a horrific plane crash she has lost everything. Her family, herself and even her brain function. Living with the mysterious aunt and uncle she has never met before Tavia doesn't know who to trust. When she starts seeing visions of a strange boy that she has unexplained intense feelings for Tavis must face some truths. Why is it she can do things nobody else can? Are those people really her family? Was the crash really an accident? Running away from home Tavia goes on a journey of discovery. To discover the secrets that everyone is keeping from her.

Earthbound is one of those gems of a book that you discover every once in a while and it blows you away. I have instantly become a fan of Aprilynne Pike. I was sucked in right from the start with her addictive storytelling skills and I couldn't put it down. I just needed to know what was going to happen with Tavis. Who was she? What is she and why does she keep seeing this strange boy? The fantastic thing about this book is that it's a journey of discovery and it doesn't bug you that you don't know what is going on because Tavia doesn't know what is going on and so you are on the journey with her to figure it out. It definitely holds your attention because you really want to find out the secrets.

The one negative thing I could say isn't really a negative thing. It has a love triangle. I have to admit I have a love-hate relationship with love triangles. I either love them or hate them. In this particular case I loved it and that is probably because it takes a back-burner to the more important storyline. There's a love triangle between this mysterious boy in her dreams and her best friend and confident Benson. I liked both of the guys and actually started to be suspicious of them both. The best thing is that the love triangle is also a suspicion triangle as either guy could actually be after Tavia for her powers. The most important part of the book and the main plot is finding out what Tavia is and discovernig the answers to all the questions. I love that the love triangle is just a sub-plot rather than the main plot.

I was really pleasantly surprised with Earthbound and I am dying to get my hands on the sequel Earthquake, that is due out in a couple of months. I will most definitely be checking out Aprilynne Pike's other works and I am most definitely a fan now. Earthbound surpassed all of my expectations and I am really looking forward to finding out what happens next.

"The chance to choose my own heart's desire and to be with the person I want is worth it."


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