Series: Earthbound (bk. 2)
Genera(s): Paranormal Romance
Subjects: mystery, supernatural, abilities, love, mythology, gods and goddesses, past lives, memory
Setting: In a secret underground facility in a desert
POV/Tense: 1st person POV, present tense: Tavia Michaels
Age/Grade Level: Teen
Length: 365 pgs.
List Price: $17.99
Publisher: Penguin: Razorbill
Summary/ product description: “Tavia Michaels has discovered that she’s an Earthbound—a fallen goddess with the power to remake the Earth—and that a rival faction of Earthbounds, the Reduciata, has created a virus that is literally wiping swaths of the planet out of existence.
Tavia is captured and imprisoned before she can act on this information, along with her eternal lover, Logan. Huddled in a claustrophobic cell, they lose track of the days, their attempts to escape proving as ephemeral as Tavia’s newly gestating powers. But then Tavia and Logan are mysteriously rescued. . . .
They’re brought to the underground headquarters of the Curatoria, another group of Earthbounds that Tavia doesn’t fully trust. There, she’s told that she can save the Earth before it disappears. She agrees.
Tavia quickly realizes that she isn’t like other Earthbound, and as her abilities continue to awaken, they begin to threaten her centuries-long relationship with Logan. When Benson—Tavia’s former best friend and romantic interest—appears at Curatoria headquarters, Tavia will again have to make a choice about who to be with even as she tries to stop the virus that is destroying the world and uncover the truth about the two Earthbound organizations that have her tangled up in their webs.”
My Review: When I read Earthbound, I had no idea what to expect. When I read the sequel Earthquake I got something pleasantly unexpected too. I loved Aprilynne Pike’s Wings series, so now I’ve read 6 books by her, and all of them are pretty awesome. Aprilynn Pike is a talented writer and amazing at narration. Wings was in 3rd person POV, and Earthbound in 1st person POV. I like 1st person better. I like Tavia’s voice. She’s relatable and smart.
To recap, In Earthbound, Tavia suddenly has the ability to create things out of nothing, but they only last temporarily. She is living with an aunt and uncle after her parents died in a plane crash. Tavia was injured in the plane crash too and had to under go brain surgery. Some people are out to kill her and a guy named Benson, who works at the local library, helps her. She’s seeing this blond guy, which turns out to be Quinn, her lover in a past life. At the end of the book she meets Quinn’s current incarnation, Logan. She also finds out she’s a goddess, an earthmaker.
In Earthquake Tavia tries to convince Logan of what he is, and then his house explodes and they are both captured by the Rediciates and taken to their facility. Logan later receives his memories when they are taken to the Curatoria facility in the Death Valley area. Their powers resurge, but Tavia still only has memories from her past lives as Rebecca and as Sonya. Logan can remember everything and he’s kind of disappointed that Tavia’s brain is damaged, but he loves her so deeply.
Tavia’s mad at Benson, having discovered a tattoo of the Reduciate symbol on his back. He does make a come back later and I never for a second believed her could possibly be on any side other than Tavia’s. I root for Benson because Logan/Quinn may be her soul mate, but Benson shows Tavia how much he cares. The romance gets a little pushed back because there’s just too much going on. Tavia got more important matters than her love life.
Most of the book revolved around the virus that’s killing people and earthbounds. The crazy thing about it killing earthbounds was that whatever they created disappeared. I’m not sure what that mean for destoyers, but can you imaging mountains, island, anything large going poof? This book has a dystopia/apocalyptic aspect in it along with the paranormal. The two brotherhood that are supposed to be opposing. The secrets, mysteries and betrayal. There are times you wonder what the heck it going on. Tavia can’t trust anyone, but maybe Logan.
I recommend this series to fans of: Fallen by Lauren Kate, The Immortal series by Alyson Noel, Halo by Alexandra Adornetto, Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini, any books with mythology, gods and goddesses, angels, demon, magic or abilities. Paranormal Romance in general. Try this book. Also if you liked any Aprilynne Pike books, such as Wings, Spells, Illusions, Destined, Life After Theft or Sleep No More, read Earthbound.
Cover Art Review: It looks more dystopian than anything. I was guessing the paper will be velvety or metallic, but it’s just gloss. The high-speed shot of a cracked frozen flower is interesting.