Monday, April 10, 2017

Review: Earthbound by Aprilynne Pike

Title: Earthbound 
Author: Aprilynne Pike

Series: Earthbound #1
Publication: August 21st 2013 by HarperCollins Children's Books 

Genre: Paranormal ~ Young Adult
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Rating: 3/5

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.

I won't say Earthbound is a favorite of mine by Aprilynne Pike but I definitely liked the story in general. It was intriguing and something sort of new. Only the romance didn't sit well with me.

The premise of the book was interesting for sure. A girl being the sole survivor of a plane crash that also killed her parents. Months later she's grieving and in therapy. It's then that very strange things start happening like having visions of a boy she feels drawn to. Soon she and her best friend (and crush) Benson start to unravel everything.

Tavia was an okay character. At time I liked her and at other times I liked her way less. The romance was probably my least favorite thing about this book. It was very cheesy and I just couldn't get why she liked Benson. And I'm not even going to dwell on the love triangle that was forming. 

I'm not actually sure I want to read the sequel. At one hand of course I want to, to find out what happens next but on the other hand I'm not sure it's worth it. Yes, Earthbound was a very quick read, one that didn't take a lot of effort to finish but the romance was just not my thing.

All in all, Earthbound had good as well as bad things. The story overall wasn't half bad, but some decisions Tavia made were just dumb. The writing, though, was the best thing in this book. I've always loved Aprilyinne Pike's amazing writing.

Aprilynne Pike is a critically acclaimed, #1 New York Times best-selling author of young adult fiction. At the age of twenty she received her BA in Creative Writing from Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston, Idaho. When not writing, Aprilynne can usually be found running; she also enjoys singing, acting, reading, and working with pregnant moms as a childbirth educator and doula. Aprilynne lives in Arizona with her husband and their four children.
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  1. Aprilynne Pike's "Wings" series was actually the first series that got me into reading :P! Words cannot explain how much i love those books! I really need to read more from her! Gosh and her flowery covers are always super gorgeous! I'm sorry you didn't really enjoy it though :(
    Kariny @kariny's boox frenzy

    1. The Wings books are amazing! They're also one of the first books I read in English. But I think Glitter is her best book so far. ^_^

  2. I'm gonna say nooooo to the love triangle. Not for me <3

    1. It wasn't a real love triangle just yet in the book but I'm sure it's gonna be a problem in the sequel. And I didn't even like any of the guys. Ugh

  3. On the positive side, I'm glad the writing was something you could enjoy. I always prefer romantic angst that's not related to a love triangle. Thank you for your thoughts!

  4. The cover to this one is gorgeous. It sounds like it is a decent read and a decent storyline... but the romance being a love triangle and not understanding the reasoning behind it kind of ruined the enjoyment of the story for you :/


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