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Blog Tour: ‘Gravity’ by Melissa West Review, Author Spotlight and Giveaway

Blog Tour: ‘Gravity’ by Melissa West Review, Author Spotlight and Giveaway

I received this book for free from blog tours in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Blog Tour: ‘Gravity’ by Melissa West Review, Author Spotlight and GiveawayGravity by Melissa West
Series: The Taking #1
Published by Entangled Teen on December 18th, 2012
Genres: Aliens, Dystopian, Love & Romance, Mystery, Science Fiction, Space, Young Adult
Pages: 284
Format: eARC
Source: blog tours
four-stars
In the future, only one rule will matter:

Don’t. Ever. Peek.

Seventeen-year-old Ari Alexander just broke that rule and saw the last person she expected hovering above her bed — arrogant Jackson Locke, the most popular boy in her school. She expects instant execution or some kind of freak alien punishment, but instead, Jackson issues a challenge: help him, or everyone on Earth will die.

Ari knows she should report him, but everything about Jackson makes her question what she’s been taught about his kind. And against her instincts, she’s falling for him. But Ari isn’t just any girl, and Jackson wants more than her attention. She’s a military legacy who’s been trained by her father and exposed to war strategies and societal information no one can know — especially an alien spy, like Jackson. Giving Jackson the information he needs will betray her father and her country, but keeping silent will start a war.

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review

Sydia is the city where our main character Aria lives in what happens to be North America. The world has been broken up into sectors, and people live with the alien race called the Ancients. Aria’s world is one of strict order, governed by her father, the military commander. She has to follow rules, abide by them or suffer the consequences. So when her Ancient comes to take her, and she realizes it’s her nemesis, Jackson, the handsome and popular boy from her school, her normal life is swept out from under her.

I did have the funniest notion that Aria was falling for an alien. AN ALIEN. Not of your species. I found it odd, but then again love is never simple. The heart wants what it wants, and Aria wanted Jackson. It obviously complicated matters since Aria is set to marry the president’s son Lawrence, but rest assured, this isn’t a love triangle. (So overdone). I liked Aria, she had strength as a character, but was as vulnerable as a kitten, and when her decisive actions were needed she quickly took the spot to lead. Her mistakes had consequences, but that’s what the teen years are for right? Make mistakes and learn from them. And Aria learns a lot. Her best friend Gretchen is feisty and loyal. More into fashion than Ari, she would dress her up in the prettiest outfits. And when they dress up in the future, they don’t go to brick and mortar stores. I found the option to dress so fascinating. I hope they invent this in the future!

Gretchen selects another category of dresses. The program pulls a virtual version of her body and then crosschecks the perfect dress color, length, and shape, making sure not to duplicate any purchases in the last two years, then gives her fifty options. Each dress appears on the virtual Gretchen, and within a second she’s clicking for the next to appear.

Humanity is still the same as ever. There’s still the same superiority of the classes. The rich, and the poor. The educated, and the non-educated. It felt rather realistic to an extent. I also found it fascinating that humans weren’t able to produce food at massive proportions anymore. They had food pills. Like what astronauts eat. (I hope that doesn’t come true..)

Gravity is just wonderfully plot driven, that you don’t get all your info dumped in the beginning, which I rather enjoyed. You’re constantly wondering, “Why are the Ancients on earth? What’s their purpose? Why does Jackson need Aria’s help? Who can she trust? Etc.” The best way to describe this is Alias meets Roswell. Spies, and aliens mashed together into one sci-fi adventure. I really enjoyed it.

Pick this one up if you’re into science fiction, dystopia, and aliens. Oh and the romance isn’t as cheesy as others, even though it was rather quick.


quotes

Average people don’t notice them. After all, there are tons of pretty people in the world. People with seemingly no imperfections, which is how they have existed for years—hidden among our beautiful.
Tastes? Have you been licking me and I never knew it?
Feel better? I’m not some tree you need to mark.
I’ve never understood why we send our future into the fight, but that’s how it has always been, and how it will always be…if we survive this.

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rating

4/5

four-stars

15 Comments

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  2. The Cover Contessa

    August 22, 2013 at 11:16 PM

    I have heard amazing things about this book. I really need to read it!

  3. Diana Grace

    January 19, 2013 at 2:14 AM

    I’m so glad you like this book, I have read the book and I absolutely loved it!! I cannot wait for the second book, Hover..

  4. Jessica

    November 11, 2012 at 2:39 PM

    This one sounds really great! I love the idea and your review only helped fuel that. It sounds like there are some differences from an average story that make this one exciting!

  5. Jen

    October 29, 2012 at 2:34 PM

    I can not wait to read this book

  6. Cassi

    October 26, 2012 at 6:19 AM

    This book sounds AMAZING. Just the summary is suspenseful 🙂

  7. Karina A.

    October 26, 2012 at 2:38 AM

    This sounds pretty good. With the not so cheesy romance and cool outfit change, I would probably pick this up. Thanks for the review!

  8. Jaime Lester

    October 24, 2012 at 11:03 PM

    First, thank you so much for the giveaway! I have loved the cover of Gravity since I first saw it, and they synopsis had me intrigued. I am so glad that you liked this one. I am even more excited about this one now. Thank you, thank you!

  9. Liza @ Reading with ABC

    October 24, 2012 at 7:59 PM

    The concept sounds rather unique. I’ve had it in my TBR list for a while now. I’m glad you like it and thank you for your review

  10. Shane @Itching for Books

    October 24, 2012 at 5:18 PM

    Awesome review, and cool excerpt. Thanks for participating.

  11. SweetMarie83

    October 24, 2012 at 3:09 PM

    Ooh, this sounds really good! I keep seeing it around but I hadn’t actually stopped to read anything about it until now. Great review, Giselle!

  12. Devon

    October 24, 2012 at 12:24 PM

    I have never really read a book like this one before. i love the whole alien dystopian concept and hope it lives up to the hype. Great review =)

  13. Tiff @ Mostly YA Lit

    October 24, 2012 at 11:53 AM

    Love the sound of this one. Concept seems like a nice mix of dystopian with cool alien elements. I like the sounds of the romance and fashion, too!

  14. Stephanie @ Bookfever

    October 24, 2012 at 4:33 AM

    Nice review! This book sounds really good and I’m so glad this isn’t a love triangle. Those are indeed overdone. Thanks for sharing! :]

  15. Rebecca

    October 24, 2012 at 4:30 AM

    I only read the premise for Gravity this week but I have to say, it sounds pretty good. What really has me captured though is wow they choose their clothing! Wicked cool! And just imagine how easy it would be to try on different outfits! Hassle free and time saving – yes please! 😀

  16. Sierra @ Yearning to Read

    October 24, 2012 at 1:22 AM

    I seriously cannot WAIT to read this! The concept seems like it could be the typical sci-fi, but that it has the potential to be greater than that! I suppose I’ll find out, now won’t I? 😉

    Great review and thanks for the giveaway!

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