Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Earthbound (Earthbound #1) by Aprilynne Pike

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins UK, Children's, and Netgalley.
Earthbound (Earthbound, #1)Blurb (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.

Earthbound by Aprilynne Pike

My rating: 3.25 of 5 stars

Earthbound (Earthbound, #1)(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins UK, Children's, and Netgalley.)
18-year-old Tavia recently survived a plane crash that killed 256 other people, and since then she’s been living with some distantly related family – Reese and Jay.

Tavia doesn’t have many friends anymore, apart from a boy that she met at the library – Benson, so when she starts noticing someone following her, he’s the person she tells.

There’s more going on than Tavia realises though, when it suddenly seems that she can make things appear out of thin air, and her relatives may not actually be her relatives.
What is really going on? What are the strange triangles Tavia keeps seeing? Who is the man who is stalking her, and who is the man with the sunglasses? Are her relatives really who they say they are? Can she trust Benson? And why can she suddenly create something from nothing?

This was an interesting paranormal story, with plenty of twists and turns. It had its dull moments too though.

Tavia was an interesting character because of the fact that she had no idea what was going on, but she also didn’t really ask enough questions. If I suddenly had strange supernatural powers, I think I might worry more about what was going on than what Tavia actually did. I’m also not sure I’d be quite so quick to trust people as she was.

The storyline in this was pretty good. There were loads of twists and turns that I didn’t see coming, but at times I did wonder where the story was going. I liked the action that we got at times, but the pace between these action scenes was a bit too slow in comparison, and some parts of the story really seemed to drag.

The actual plot did feel a little flimsy in places too, but most of the time I was in the dark as to what was going on, and it was the mystery behind all the crazy stuff that was going on that kept me reading. When certain things were revealed, I was a little unsure as to whether what was going on felt really believable, and I’m still not really sure how solid certain plot points were.

The ending really seemed to drag for me, and I’m not sure why as the answers that we got and the action should have made the end really good. There were a lot of answers revealed at the end, including some that I hadn’t guessed at, but ultimately the ending was left very open for the next book in the series. I’m a little unsure as to how I really feel about this one overall as there were parts that I liked, and parts that were a bit slow and boring. I think I’ll read the next one in the series, but I don’t think I’d want to read the books back to back.
Overall; an okay paranormal story, with lots of twists and turns, but some slower parts too.
6.5 out of 10.

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