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July 24, 2013

Blog Tour: Earthbound by Aprilynne Pike


Title: Earthbound (Earthbound, #1)
Author: Aprilynne Pike
Publisher: Razorbill
Publication Date: July 30, 2013
Source: Publisher
Format: ARC
Pages: 352

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 immediately searches for answers, desperate to determine why she feels so drawn to a boy she hardly knows. But when Tavia discovers that the aunt and uncle who took her in after her parents' death may have actually been responsible for the plane crash that killed them--and that she may have been the true intended victim--she flees for the safety of Camden, Maine, where the boy she sees in her visions instructs her to go.

Now, Tavia is on the run with no one to trust. No one, that is, except for her best friend and longtime crush, Benson.

Tavia feels torn between the boy who mysteriously comes to her at night and the boy who has been by her side every step of the way. But what Tavia doesn't know is that the world is literally falling apart and that to save it she will have to unite with the boy in her visions. Only problem? To do so would mean rejecting Benson's love. And that's the one thing Tavia Michaels swore she'd never do.


Having loved Aprilynne Pike's Life After Theft, I was definitely excited to be picking this one up. I have to admit, the synopsis didn't sound that intriguing to me, but I still thought it was interesting. The main protagonist, Tavia, was the sole survivor of a plane crash that killed her parents. Sent to live with her distant aunt and uncle, Tavia starts experiencing weird things in the town. Tavia starts envisioning a boy that no one can see, and not only was he imagined, but he also looked like he just got pulled from the 1800's or something. Then we have Benson, who is Tavia's best friend and long time crush. I think Benson played a huge part of why I still continued reading this book, because I absolutely loved him! Yea, yea, everyone's probably fed up of best friend romances, but I'm still a sucker for those.
 As a character, I wasn't able to connect to Tavia at all. She just felt  blank for me. Thinking about it now, I don't think she was memorable at all. I think Benson felt like a better written character than she was. Tavia just felt like she was 2D. The twists and the mysteries in this book were what made me want to continue reading as well. I have to admit, the plot felt a bit lacking, and it was kind of boring at some point, but I still continued. There was a lot of shocking scenes and the book, but there were also some parts that made no sense for me whatsoever.
 Overall, Earthbound was an okay read for me. It was honestly a shame because I had such high hopes for it after reading Life After Theft. The ending was interesting, but I don't think I'll be picking out the second book when it comes out. I guess it was just one of those books that don't click with me. Of course, me disliking it doesn't mean that whoever is reading this is going to dislike it to. Give it a chance, and I hope you will enjoy it more than I did!


  1. I love Aprilynne Pike's Wings series but haven't picked up either of her new books. This one sounds interesting though! It's just a pity you didn't enjoy it as much as the other one. I hate it when you can't really connect with an MC! Personally, I am a little tired of best friend romances though. I always feel terrible for the best friend when the MC doesn't return the feelings... :(

    Great review!

    - Rachel @ Booktastic Reviews

  2. The cover was always such a turn off for me so I never picked this one up, but now I really don't think I will. Is Life After Theft worth a read though?

    1. YES! Life After Theft was amazing!! I REALLY enjoyed reading that one!

  3. I'm reviewing this tomorrow. I agree that Benson was a great character -- Nerd Power :)

  4. I like Life After Theft, and I was curious about this one. Sounds okay, I think I will wait and see if my library is going to carry it.

  5. Personally, I think the synopsis sounds really good, but it sucks that you weren't able to connect with Tavia! I don't like 2D characters at all.. The plot seems okay: some good parts and some bad. I'll have to look out for more reviews of this one, but thanks for the honest review, Farah!

  6. bummer, because the synopsis sounds interesting and I LOVE that cover. I haven't read any of Pike's other books, so maybe I should give another one a try first.

  7. I do like the premise for this one, and it sounds like something I would enjoy, but it sucks when you can't connect with the main character. I don't know, maybe I'll pick it up and see how I like it. Sorry it didn't work out for you!

    Great honest review, Farah! :D

    ~ Maida
    Literary Love Affair 

  8. Ahhh that's too bad, I was actually REALLY feeling the premise so I'm sorry to see that this one mostly fell flat for you :( I hate it when I just can't connect with an MC and it really does pretty much ruin the read for me. I still might try this one but I'm in no big rush now. Thanks for your honesty Farrah :)

  9. I know what you mean about Tavia. She got more interesting for me once the story moved forward.

    Kate @ Ex Libris

  10. Aw man! I hate it when readers are not able to connect with the protagonist. When you mentioned that the MC survived the plane crash, I was really intrigued to read Earthbound. But when you mentioned that the MC wasn't memorable, then I'll just pass on this one. It really sounds like a great read, but ugh, why does the character have to be so flat D: I think I'll pick up Life After Theft, but not this one.

    Little Book Star

  11. I think that people must come up with something new - best friend romances are getting on my nerves. Anyhow it's awful when you can't connect with the main character and it ruins the story. I'm sorry this one wasn't as good as expected. Great review :)

  12. Aaaaww, I haven't read anything by Aprilynne Pike though I have Life After Theft in my Kindle. Too bad this was a miss because I was interested in the blurb! Thanks for the honest review, Farah!