Aug 10, 2013

Hover By: Melissa West Review

Hover (Gravity #2)
Author: Melissa West
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Pages: 250
Rating: 4/5
Releases August 13th, 2013
A copy was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
On Earth, seventeen-year-old Ari Alexander was taught to never peek, but if she hopes to survive life on her new planet, Loge, her eyes must never shut. Because Zeus will do anything to save the Ancients from their dying planet, and he has a plan.                                                                             
Thousands of humans crossed over to Loge after a poisonous neurotoxin released into Earth's atmosphere, nearly killing them. They sought refuge in hopes of finding a new life, but what they became were slaves, built to wage war against their home planet. That is, unless Ari and Jackson can stop them. But on Loge, nothing is as it seems...and no one can be trusted.

     Hover is the second installment in The Taking series by author Melissa West. I read Gravity only a few weeks ago but after loving it so much, I knew I just HAD to read Hover the moment I could get my hands on it! 

     I continued to pretty much love Ari in Hover. Certain circumstances force Ari to put her father's training (both physical and mental) to use and as a result she becomes a tougher, more heroic heroine. I found myself admiring her dedication to risk her own life and fight for those she loved and complete strangers. In addition to the changes in Ari, Hover also brings a different view to Jackson's character. A lot of his past is revealed in Hover and with every revelation, my thoughts toward his character changed in a good way. No longer is he only the hot, fighter and protector of Ari, but now he's all of those things AND a tortured soul-- creating just another reason for me to gush over him! :')

     If you've read Gravity (which I sure hope you have if your reading this review :P) then you know Jackson and Ari's relationship kind of collapses due to the feeling of betrayal Ari has towards Jackson after he chose not to tell her Zeus was his grandfather. Ari's inability to see the real reason why Jackson kept his identity a secret frustrated me a bit in this novel because she kept pushing him away when it was blatantly clear he loves her and is trying to protect her. However this strain in their relationship allowed for their connection to become more trusting, passionate and strong. In Gravity it's apparent Jackson really understands Ari, but in Hover, Ari builds a better understanding for why Jackson is the way he is after finding out about his past. This mutual  understanding builds a strong  foundation for them that makes the ending of Hover even more tortuous! 

     I'm writing this review at 12AM, literally just after finishing Hover. The ending! Oh the ending! It's made the wait for book three somehow more difficult! In addition to such a dramatic ending, the events leading up to the end were filled with lots of action, bad-ass-ness and twists that make Hover impossible to put down! The unfamiliar setting of Hover and the mysteries, fears and horrors  that come along with it gave Hover a darker feel than Gravity that I absolutely loved and devoured!

     Overall, Hover was a satisfying sequel that emotionally has you in bliss one moment and your heart racing in others. I will be closely counting down to the release of book three! Have you read Gravity? Are you excited to get your hands on Hover on August 13th? Be sure to let me know in the comments below! Keep Reading!

Your Y.A. Bookworm,
Caitlin <3

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