Monday 4 November 2013

My review of Earthbound

Earthbound (Earthbound# 1) by Aprilynne Pike
Release Date: July 30, 2013
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Earthbound (Earthbound, #1)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.

Earthbound has an interesting characters and wonderful twists that will take you completely and utterly by surprise. 

Tavia is a normal girl until the plane crash that killed her parents and left her with no one but her aunt and uncle. Then she starts seeing things that aren't there and people who sometimes flicker out of existence. No one can give her answers and the only person who will listen to her is her best friend Benson, who might be just a bit more. 

Earthbound intrigued me and I did like it, but for some reason it just lacked... something! This book is one of those soulmates-being-reborn kinda books and it lacked a bit of originality in the main storyline.

This is my first Aprilynne Pike book and I did like her easy writing style and how the book flowed nicely at a steady pace. There were some good twists and surprises at the book that made the book that bit more exciting.
Even though I think that the plot lacked a tiny bit of originality because it's been done in books like Fallen by Lauren Kate and Transcendence by C.J. Omololu, I liked the characters, who all packed a little punch, and also the elements of magic! The main character has these awesome powers that were interesting to explore as she learnt more about them.

There was also a strange little love triangle going on that I didn't really like. It's between our main girl Tavia, her best friend Benson and a ghost boy (YES, a ghost boy) names Quinn. Though Pike manages to pull out some surprises to keep us guessing.

Earthbound is a satisfying read that will be enjoyed most by those moving into the YA genre and any person who likes a bit of fantasy in their life. I will be reading the sequel because I do want to find out what happens next!
A review copy was provided by HarperCollins

1 comment:

  1. Like you, I just found that something was missing with Earthbound. I never really connected with the story or the characters. Tavia wasn't a bad character, but I never felt attached to her. I did like the story line, thought it was interesting, however I still felt like something was missing. I may read the sequel, just to know what happens, but I hope that I am able to click with it more so than with this one.