{ARC Review+G!veaway} Gravity by Melissa West

October 19, 2012 Uncategorized 25

Welcome to my stop on the gravity blog tour!
Gravity by Melissa West
199 pages
Expected Publication: October 30, 2012 by entangled publishing
age Group: YA
Source: eARC from publisher


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.

Gravity is such a cool concept. This whole don’t peek thing? Yea, Ari breaks that in the first few pages. And then the book just springs off from there. The whole concept of “ancients” fascinated me. I dare say it might be my favorite take on aliens yet. 
Jackson is pretty freakin’ awesome. I liked him right away. He seems so secretive though. I feel like he was still keeping secrets up until the last page. I wish throughout the book he would have progressed towards being a little more open with Ari. Nonetheless, I thought Jackson was a great character- strong, kind, understanding, and smart. Ari too! She was just the right amount of rebel for me. And I can’t even tell you enough how much I loved her standing up to her father and saying that it was his fault because he raised her to be a strong person that thinks for herself. I wanted to start clapping when I read that! 
There are so many government secrets in this one, but the awesome thing was that unlike some of Jackson’s secrets, I feel like we made some progress on figuring out what the government was doing. And it was awful, in an imaginative makes you think kind of way. I loved the pacing of the book and I really loved the romance in Gravity. It made me swoon a little everytime they would get together. But I do wish we got some more information on the “taking” process and on the patches. Just little things like that I wanted brought up and fleshed out. Helps create a fuller picture. 
I am dying to know what happens in the next book. There were some twists and turns that I was totally not expecting in Gravity and it will be so awesome to see what happens next because of them. Fans of young adult dystopians and science fiction will really enjoy Ms. West’s take on aliens. Gravity sucked me in and didn’t let go. I loved the world building and the characters, and the plot line if ramped up at a perfect spot for an awesome second book!
4/5 gavels

Author Spotlight:
Melissa  West
Melissa lives in a tiny suburb of Atlanta, GA with her husband and daughter. She pretends to like yoga, actually likes shoes, and could not live without coffee. Her writing heroes include greats like Jane Austen and Madeleine L’Engle. 

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

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25 Responses to “{ARC Review+G!veaway} Gravity by Melissa West”

  1. Tiffany

    I think the concept is really interesting. Why is the rule ‘don’t look’? So you never know who the aliens are? And does that mean that in this society, humans and aliens live together without knowing who is what? This concept sparks a lot of questions and the characters seem amazing, which makes me eager to read the book (:

  2. Annwitch

    I like the alien concept, I think it will make a really interesting book. Could aliens be living among us? Thanks for the great giveaway and review.

  3. Erin

    It sounds really interesting. I’d have to read more to understand the “don’t look” policy, but it sounds cool. Aliens are totally in right now.

  4. Dynie

    I love the alien part but don’t understand the “don’t look” part. I guess I’ll just have to read the book. Thanks for the chance to win it.

  5. poisnivyred

    I think it sounds very cool. I know I would have a hard time with that rule, peeking is the first thing everyone wants to do when being told not to, so I’d really love to find out why the rule is in place!

  6. mariehahn13

    I love that there are aliens! And I’m curious about the whole “don’t look” policy. Can’t wait to read it! 🙂

    Thanks for a great giveaway!

    songbird1613 at yahoo dot com

  7. mamabunny13

    The concept is interesting. I like the idea of the “ancients” and also that Ari breaks the rules in the first few pages. Get that excitement going right away!

  8. Jen Haile

    I love a good government conspiracy with aliens thrown in the mix! Cool concept! Can’t wait to read it!

  9. Tammy

    It looks very interesting. I have not read alot of aliens books, so I will have to have to put this one on my tbr pile.

    Thank you for the giveaway 🙂

  10. Tia Dalley

    I think Gravity sounds Awesome. The “Don’t Peek”, would get almost anyone. I love me some aliens, and twists and turns make for a great book. I was wondering about this one and by your review I think I should hop to it and add to my TBR list. Thanks for the Great review and giveaway!

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