Gravity by Melissa West Blog Tour, Review and GIVEAWAY!

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gravityGravity (The Taking #1)

by Melissa West

Release Date: 12/18/12

Entangled Teen

284 pages


Summary from Goodreads:

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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Gravity had an interesting concept, and I will admit that I spent most of the book being intrigued by the idea of The Taking. I will admit that it seemed a little juvenile in places, especially because these kids were still in school, but more than that they felt very very young.
Ari was an interesting protagonist, but it still felt awkward that she was willing to break the rules so easily. I also felt like she came to terms pretty quickly with the idea of Jackson being an Ancient (no spoilers there, it’s in the synopsis!). Jackson was also an odd duck, and I felt like he kept waaaaaay to many secrets from Ari. Especially given that he wanted her to trust him almost implicitly. What I did like was that Ari was a fighter, and it didn’t frighten her to think that she needed to fight to help improve life.
There were times throughout this book that I could not believe the balls this government had, there were also a few twists there that I absolutely enjoyed. The ending was predictable, but in a good way because it was exactly what I wanted to happen. I think that this ending will really open Melissa West up to write a kick-ass sequel.
I’m giving this book 3.5 out of 5 stars. The juvenile behavior of the characters, and some of the un-needed crypticness shaved off 1.5 stars in my opinion. Still though I’m looking forward to picking up Hover!


melissa westAbout the Author

Melissa West writes young adult and new adult novels for Entangled Teen and Embrace and Penguin/InterMix. She lives outside of Atlanta, GA with her husband and two daughters and spends most of her time writing, reading, or fueling her coffee addiction.

She holds a B.A. in Communication Studies and a M.S. in Graphic Communication, both from Clemson University. Yeah, her blood runs orange.


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