Monday, November 26, 2012

Blog Tour and Giveaway: Gravity by Melissa West

Gravity by Melissa West
eARC received from Entangled Publishing
Release Date: December 18
Reviewed by:  Middle Sis Jenn
The Sisters Say:  Gripping and Grostesque--with a touch of romance!
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.

I had been looking forward to reading Gravity since I first read the blurb months and months ago.  The concept was new and refreshing, and I couldn’t wait to dig into Jackson’s secrets!  Now that I have read it, I will say—his secrets are definitely worth reading!  Adventurous and romantic, Gravity will lift your off your feet and send your soaring through a broken world teetering on the brink of destruction. 

The world building was my favorite part of this book.  Earth has been ravaged by war after war, to the point where nothing grows naturally any more.  As a result, humans had to reach out to the Ancients to try and bring the Earth and its resources back to life.  I found the new government interesting—how the future seemed to bleed back into the past where family lineage was the way to power; yet the technology was much more advanced than our own.  Prejudice and poverty are rife, and those in power seek to obtain perfection. 

I found Ari to be a kick butt heroine, even though she was daft at times.  Her father is one of the most powerful people in this dystopian world, and he is in charge of the safety of the citizens.  Since power is handed down through families, this makes Ari the next in line to be the sort of supreme commander.  She has ninja skills that would make Jackie Chan look twice, and she doesn’t give in to pain and vulnerability.  I liked that strength about her, and I liked that she also had a mind of her own.  She wasn’t brainwashed like you would think many who have been indoctrinated to believe something would be; instead, she looks at the evidence, weighs the consequences, and then chooses what she thinks is best for the world.  The only thing that bugged me at times is she seemed to be clueless when it comes to relationships.  There were things that she didn’t understand that were right in front of her, and that made me want to smack her at points.

Don’t. Ever. Peak.

But with Jackson Locke?  That’s just not possible!  He’s gorgeous—sculpted and made to look like the perfect human being, but he also has the hero complex that just makes me swoon.  Add the fact that he floats over Ari every night while she is asleep (hot!), and he is just full to the brim with sexiness!  But Jackson has secrets of his own, and I really didn’t see them coming.  Maybe I should have, but Melissa did a great job of making you focus on other aspects of the world and the forth-coming war that when you discover his secret, you don’t really see it coming.  Jackson made me smile—that’s how I would explain him.  He’s the guy that’s caring and can hypnotize you with a look, yet once the trance is broken, you see how dangerous and deadly he truly is.

 And The ENDING!!!!  Oh my goodness, I can’t wait for the next book to come out because I need to know what is in store for Ari and her world!  I was able to predict that something weird/crazy would happen just from the hints, but everything is still all up in the air; and I’m not really sure if I have any idea about what is coming.  So, Melissa and Entangled…..we need book 2 now!!!!  Now!!!  Please!!!

I did find a few plot holes throughout the story, but since this is just the first book, it is probably because those revelations have yet to be revealed.

Melissa creates a world torn apart by despair and greed, where its brother against brother, friend against friend—a world where fate is manipulated, love is perilous, and truth is obscured.  So ignore the warning, and take a peak!
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