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I Belong

Early Review: Earthbound by Aprilynne Pike

Title: Earthbound

Author: Aprilynne Pike

GenreYA Paranormal

SeriesEarthbound (Book 1)

Publication DateJuly 30, 2013

Format: Hardcover, 352 Pages

ISBN-10: 1595146504 (Razorbill/Penguin)

ISBN-13978-1595146502 (Razorbill/Penguin)

Reviewed by: Bridget


Love, fate, and power collide in this new series by #1 New York Times bestselling author Aprilynne Pike!

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 will soon discover that she’s an Earthbound—someone with the ability to create matter out of nothing—and that she alone holds the key to stopping the Reduciata, an evil society that manipulates global events for its own shadowy purposes. Tavia will ultimately have to make a choice: to come into her powers and save the world from the evil Reduciata or to choose free will and a love of her own.

Quick & Dirty: This was a really fun read full of action, cute romance, betrayal, and suspense.  I am a big fan of Aprilynne Pike’s work and this was a great start to her new series.

Opening Sentence: I remember the plane going down.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review

Tavia Michaels is the only survivor from a plane crash that killed both of her parents.  It has been two years now, and after multiple surgeries and lots of therapy, life seems to finally start feeling normal again.  Tavia lives with her step aunt and uncle that she hardly knew before her parent’s death.  She has come to care about them, but it’s hard for her to let people close to her.  She has one really close friend that she shares everything with.  His name is Benson and he is a college student that works at the local library.  She felt an instant connection with Benson and has been secretly crushing on him for months now.

Then one day everything changes.  Tavia sees a boy that looks like he could have stepped right out of a history book.  He has long blond hair pulled back into a low ponytail, and he’s wearing breeches, a long fitted coat and a top hat.  He also happens to be the most beautiful boy Tavia has ever seen.  Then he starts to pop up all the time in random places but no one else ever seems to see him.  Tavia starts to wonder if she is going crazy.  She starts to notice that she is being followed, and she starts to develop weird powers.  As things start to unravel she doesn’t know who she can trust or what she is, but the boy she keeps seeing might have some answers for her.  Hopefully, Tavia will live long enough to find out what is going on and what she is.

Tavia is an interesting girl.  She is so broken by what happened to her parents that she has a hard time opening up to people.  She cares about her aunt and uncle, but she feels like she is burden to them.  As she starts to realize that nothing in her life is as it seemed, she really has no idea who she can trust.  She is a really caring person, but she trusts people too easily.  There were times when her voice irritated me a little bit, but overall I did really like her as a character.   I was able to feel her emotions and by the end of the book I really connected with her.

Quinn is our mystery boy that Tavia keeps seeing.  He is totally swoon worthy with long blonde hair, green eyes, and totally gorgeous.  He always seems to pop up when Tavia is in trouble, and then he disappears.  I don’t want to spoil anything so I’m not going to go into a lot of depth about Quinn, but he is a very intriguing character that I am excited to get to know better.  He isn’t in the book a ton, but there is a love triangle so I know that he will be a bigger factor in the future books.

Benson is the boy that Tavia has befriended and she has really relied on him ever since the crash.  He is the only person that she feels comfortable totally confiding all of her secrets in, and she has also totally fallen for him.  She hasn’t said anything to him about it because she doesn’t want to ruin their friendship and she knows that she has a lot of emotional baggage so she feels that he deserves better.  Benson is a total book nerd.  He wears sweater vests, glasses and is really smart.  He seems to really care about Tavia and he is a good friend to her.  I actually really fell for Benson and I am totally Team Benson at least for now.

This was a really fun read for me.  There is tons of action and suspense.  The plot is very intriguing — full of twists and surprises.  I really loved the romance, it is sweet and totally gave me butterflies.  I really liked the characters and I cared enough about them that days later I was still thinking about their story.  The book flowed perfectly and I had a really hard time putting it down.  I have been a fan of Aprilynne Pike for a while now and this is a great addition to her already wonderful books.  There is a slight cliff hanger at the end so of course I am dying to read the next book in the series.  I would highly recommend this series to anyone that enjoys YA Paranormal action books.

Notable Scene

I look up, our faces only a few inches apart, and my chest freezes.

My hand lowers slowly, his lips soft against my fingertips, until only one finger rests on his bottom lip. A distant part of me hears Benson’s breath, unsteady as it speeds up, his eyes burning into mine.

I’m not sure who reaches out first or how it happens amid everything going on, but in an instant my fingers are grasping at his hair, pulling his face down to me, his hand behind my neck, pulling me up, tilting my mouth to his. His lips are desperate on mine, seeking, demanding, taking.

But how can they take what I’m savagely giving?

His whole body trembles as he steps forward, pressing against me, trapping me between the bookshelf and the warmth of him. The corners of books dig into my back as our bodies meet, push, wrap. I grasp at the soft fabric of Benson’s sweater-vest, and my fingers dig into his ribs just beneath. His hands are still behind my neck, my head—fingers weaving through my hair as he brings my mouth harder against his—but the length of his body rocked snugly against mine feels like its own kind of embrace.

I rip my mouth away to gulp for air but return immediately to his lips, needing more of him. Tiny groans vibrate in his throat and they make me want to hold him tighter, kiss him deeper. I don’t know how long it lasts—forever and yet not nearly long enough—before Benson throws his head back and lets out a long sigh. His hands frame my face and he lets his forehead rest against mine as we both struggle for air. His breath is hot on my lips and when I breathe, it smells like him.

And something in me knows that everything is different now.

Better? I hope so.

“Is this the part where I’m supposed to apologize?” Benson asks, and his voice is so low, so weak, it makes me want to cry all over again.

“Are you sorry?” I whisper. And I don’t know what I want to hear.

“Never,” he says, his whisper barely audible.

A strange joy fills me and this time it’s not overwhelming. It’s calm. Peaceful almost. “Then don’t apologize.”

FTC Advisory: Razorbill / Penguin provided me with a copy of Earthbound. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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