Earthbound – Aprilynne Pike

16101072Title: Earthbound
Series:
(
Earthbound, #1)
Author:
Aprilynne Pike
Category: Young Adult
Rating: 3

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Tavia Michaels is the sole survivor of the plane crash that killed her parents. When she starts to see strange visions of a boy she’s never spoken with in real life, she begins to suspect that there’s much about her past that she isn’t being told.

Tavia immediately searches for answers, desperate to determine why she feels so drawn to a boy she hardly knows. But when Tavia discovers that the aunt and uncle who took her in after her parents’ death may have actually been responsible for the plane crash that killed them–and that she may have been the true intended victim–she flees for the safety of Camden, Maine, where the boy she sees in her visions instructs her to go.

Now, Tavia is on the run with no one to trust. No one, that is, except for her best friend and longtime crush, Benson.

Tavia feels torn between the boy who mysteriously comes to her at night and the boy who has been by her side every step of the way. But what Tavia doesn’t know is that the world is literally falling apart and that to save it she will have to unite with the boy in her visions. Only problem? To do so would mean rejecting Benson’s love. And that’s the one thing Tavia Michaels swore she’d never do.

MY REVIEW

When I first heard of Earthbound, my reaction was something like this: “A girl who can create matter?! SIGN ME UP!” In hopes that it had some of cool pseudo-science that the late show Fringe had left behind, I quickly added this to my TBR list.

The beginning sucked me in with the suspense. Tavia is the only survivor of a plane crash that killed her parents along with countless other passengers. She shouldn’t have survived. Tavia is sent to her aunt and uncle whom she barely knows in order to get away from the media and their obsession with the sole survivor of a horrific plane crash. Tavia’s trying to work through things, both physically and mentally after this tragic accident shifted her entire world. Until she starts seeing things. People that aren’t there. Soon after meeting the mysterious otherworldly Quinn, Tavia begins to develop strange abilities and make things appear and disappear out of thin air.

As Tavia delves into her past and trying to find out her connection to Quinn and her newfound abilities, Tavia learns the deadly truth about what really happened on the plane, and her “aunt and uncles” possible involvement with it.

With the help of her crush, Benson, the two run off to Camden, Maine, where Tavia thinks Quinn may be waiting for her.

What could’ve been a great novel felt short and lacking to me. A majority of this novel is spent with Tavia going back and forth, “Oh Benson, I love him. But ugh, Quinn, I love him too. I love both of them. Hey, Benson, come back here, I love you!” Tavia keeps going back and forth of her feelings for her crush Benson and Quinn who she has these complicated feelings for despite talking to him twice, and even that wasn’t real.

If Pike had spent more time on the plot and actually fleshing it out rather than flesh out a boring love triangle, this book could’ve been amazing and epic. The summary was so interesting, and the concept was fun and original. The execution, however, not so much. Three stars, because the last few pages picked up and interested me, especially after getting rid of some annoying characters for the time being.

 

The Unseen (Omnibus) – Richie Tankersley Cusick

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Author: Richie Tankersley Cusick

Rating: 5/5

Synopsis

Out walking alone one rainy night, Lucy becomes convinced that someone – or something – is following her. Spooked, she ducks into a cemetery to try and lose her stalker. Panicking in the darkness, she slips and stumbles into an open grave – only to discover she is not alone in there. She manages to escape, but soon begins having terrifying visions and dreams – and she still can’t shake the feeling of an unseen presence, always watching, waiting… Who was the girl in the grave? And what did she do to Lucy?

READ AT YOUR OWN RISK. IN THE IMMORTAL WORDS OF RIVER SONG, “SPOILERS!”

There’s 4 books in this series, all served up in two novels (think The Vampire Diaries reprints where there’s two books in one novel).

This is a good read. I had a dream that was based on the first book a while back and when I found it in a store, I bought both of the omnibus’ (omnibui?) since I had only read the first out of four years ago.

It was a very easy read, especially if you like mystery and horror and wondering whats happening next, it’s really good. While the characters weren’t always up to par and the protagonist, Lucy, makes the most dimwitted decisions on planet earth, it is a lovely read.

One night after moving to Pine Ridge to live with her aunt and step-cousin, Angela, Lucy gets lost and ends up in a open grave… and she’s not alone! There is a girl in the grave, whose touch burns Lucy’s hand. The girl dies in her arms, making her promise never to tell anyone what happened in that open grave.

Soon she is plagued by nightmares and visions, and the feeling that someone is watching her every move. When Lucy discovers that the girl who gave her this terrible curse is the sister of Byron Wetherly, he tells her about his sister, Katherine’s strange powers, and that whomever killed her may be after her.

At the end of the book, Angela disappears, Bryan dies, and Lucy is so utterly alone.

BUT, Byron may not be as dead as she thinks, and it’s up to Lucy to figure out what is happening to her and save the people she cares about before her mysterious stalker makes her his… forever.

I really enjoyed this. There were times I was like, “WHY ARE YOU SUCH AN IDIOT, LUCY” because she has evidence time and time again that there really is something messing with her, and she’s dense enough not to keep complete hold on it to prove herself. I’m surprised there weren’t any times where Lucy may have thought everything was entirely in her head. Under the circumstances, I’d even begin to think I was losing my mind.

All in all, good read. Fast paced, but sometimes slow. It’ll definitely keep your attention, though, through all four books (or two omnibui, whatev).

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