Aprilynne Pike’s latest novel Earthbound is a fantastic beginning to what is sure to be a great series. Tavia is hiding-out with her aunt and uncle after being the only survivor of plane crash. She lost both of her parents and is now just trying to piece her life back together. On the plus side, she met a cute boy at the library who seems to be the only one pulling her out of her haze of grief and recovery. Things are starting to go back to normal – whatever that is – until Tavia starting seeing a mystery boy who is dressed in clothes dating back to the 1800?s. However all of this is only the beginning of “strange new occurrences” for Tavia and before long she and Benson, her library boy, are fleeing from her aunt and uncle.
I am so excited for this new series. Pike has a very lush and dynamic language that made it very easy to escape into her story, specifically when describing the cold. I felt like I was walking outside in the bitter colds of the arctic. Her characters are engaging and believable. I really like Tavia. She is an amazingly well developed character and I found her to have a unique voice that immediately pulls you into the story. I also liked that she isn’t a petty shallow character, but is a girl who is already thinking for herself before the crisis happens. Although surviving a plane crash does seem like it would make you more grown-up than simply going to school and learning that you have a cool supernatural ability. Needless to say, I am eagerly awaiting book two.— Jody
Love, fate, and power collide in this 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.