August 20, 2013

Blog Tour: Hover by Melissa West – Review and Giveaway

Welcome to our Tour Stop for

Hover (The Taking #2) by Melissa West

presented by Rockstar Book Tours!


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.

add to goodreadsHover (The Taking #2) by Melissa West
Publication Date:  August 13, 2013
Publisher:   Entangled Teen

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** This title was provided to us by the Publisher for an honest review.
We were in no way paid for our opinions **

You can check out our review of book 1, Gravity, HERE!

Gabby NewAfter reading author Melissa West’s Gravity, the first novel in her the Taking series, I was super excited to find out what would happen next to main character Ari Alexander. From how Gravity left off (Spoilers ahead so if you haven’t read the first book I request you check it out and leave now) Ari and thousands of other survivors ended up on Loge in hopes of survival from the neurotoxin that almost killed all of them.

Now Ari and Jackson are both trying to find a way to survive on Loge. Zeus is using the human survivors on Loge as slaves who will fight against their own planet. Zeus is desperate to find a way to save both his people and Loge. What Ari discovers is that Zeus has a wicked plan in mind that will save Loge and that there are a small band of his own that are willing to turn the tables on him. Then there’s the matter of her emotions toward Jackson a.k.a. Zeus’s grandson.

Are and Jackson both grow closer together, accepting that there is something between them both but that they may or may not be able to act on it. Zeus’s eerie attitude toward Ari has dark consequences, ones that make Ari more willing than ever to stand against him and free the humans on Loge. However as the time to face off against Zeus and his men grows closer, Ari begins to wonder if there’s anybody on Loge who can be trusted. The stakes are raised, one wrong move could mean the end and Ari has got everything to lose.

Compared to Gravity I definitely loved Hover a ton more. It was everything that Gravity wasn’t for me. It was fast paced, thrilling and kept me guessing a lot. Hover was exciting. Ari is stuck in a situation that I don’t think a lot of Gravity’s readers expected. She broke the rules on Earth, now she’s on an entirely different planet that’s dying acting as the last hope for the human survivors/slaves on the planet. Ari completely takes on a new role. She’s not just Ari Alexander anymore she’s somebody with a ton of responsibility on her and is expected to fill some pretty big shoes. I really loved Ari’s character growth in the novel, it was great.

Another thing that readers who read Gravity know is that Ari and Jackson had this sort-of-romance going on. Personally, I really liked it in Gravity and was excited to see what would happen next for Ari and Jackson. In Hover the two of them do both continue with their sort-of-romance except it goes from being a sort-of-romance to a full on romance. The only problems they both face are how Jackson is on Loge and is Zeus’s grandson, Ari seems to be Zeus’s least favorite person (and his most despised) and Ari is supposed to lead a crucial role in the rebellion against him. Ari and Jackson both become this adorable pairing that both have to endure terrible things.

Hover takes everything to another level, I think that past readers will love this sequel and will enjoy the faced paced action and plot. There are so many unexpected twists and turns, things that I never expected to happen happened and after that cliff-hanger ending I know that whatever happens  to Ari next is going to be insane. I would recommend the Taking novels to fans of sci-fi, badass female protagonists and readers who want a series that will keep them guessing.




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. Represented by Louise Fury of L. Perkins Agency.


 Connect with the Author:  Website / Twitter /Facebook Goodreads


Be sure to check out the other blogs participating in this tour!

8/12/2013- K-Books– Interview

8/13/2013- Bookish Things & more- Review

8/14/2013- Chocolate Coated Reviews- Guest Post

8/15/2013- Library of a Book Witch– Guest Post

8/16/2013- Step Into Fiction– Interview

8/19/2013- Book Sniffers Anonymous– Review

8/20/2013- Chapter by Chapter– Review

8/21/2013- The Book Hookup– Character Interview

8/22/2013- Jenuine Cupcakes– Guest Post

8/23/2013- The Book Goddess– Review


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  1. Kat Joyce

    Is the give away international?

  2. Stephanie W.

    Great review! I read Gravity awhile ago and really liked it! I can’t wait to read Hover and see what happens next!! :)

    Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  3. Viki S.

    This looks like something I should check out – thanks.

  4. Denise Z

    This series looks great. I have not read Gravity, but just hopped over to check it out and added to the wishlist along with Hover. I am looking forward to reading the series :)

  5. Amy Pollard Woolard

    I can see myself getting lost in this one!!

  6. Sophia Rose

    I was unfamiliar with this series thanks for sharing your review thoughts on it. It sounds great. I love Sci-Fi Suspense stuff.

  7. Sophia Rose

    Oh, FYI, when I went to ‘fan’ Melissa on GRs, the URL provided led to a different author. I fanned Melissa, but just thought that I’d let you know.

  8. Chapter by Chapter

    Thanks for letting us know Sophia! I’ve forwarded along the information :)

  9. Stella C

    Awesome review and thank you Melissa for providing Hover!

  10. Mandy Earles

    This looks really good. I’m gonna have to add it to my TBR shelf!

  11. Katie Amanda

    Books about other planets is so creative. I’m impressed by Melissa’s imagination. Thanks!

  12. Robin Christofaro

    The book sounds amazing..can’t wait to read it!!

  13. Kimberly Sheridan

    The book sounds like something I would really enjoy, and the giveaway is awesome such a nice mix of goodies. Thank you for this chance!

  14. Sherry Johnson

    Thanks for the chance to win.Love the cover.

  15. Cait

    Love the sound of this book!! Epic blurb, too!! Woot! Congrats on the release,Melissa!!! :)

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  17. Ellen

    I can’t wait to read Hover. I really liked Gravity, and this sounds even more exciting. I am so glad that the romance continues between Ari and Jackson – I was really hoping it would. The only thing that bothers me is the cliffhanger, but I will survive. Great review.

  18. Chris Kruk

    Great review sounds like a great read

  19. Chris Kruk

    Great review, great cover, anxious to read

  20. Mer

    This does sound great! I haven’t read the first book yet, but it’s going on my to read list. I love sequels, as it’s another chance to stumble across a good read.

  21. Joy F

    I like the cover. Thanks for the chance.

  22. Paige

    I have a copy of book one on the way to me so I’m excited for a chance to read this one too!

    Paige @ Comfort Books

  23. dv8

    Why pretend to like yoga?

  24. alicia marie

    I really liked Gravity, so I can’t wait to read Hover! Thanks for the great review : )

  25. Ariel

    I can’t wait to read Hover! I loved Gravity, I need more of Jackson!<3

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