December 27, 2012

Review of Gravity by Melissa West

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.

add to goodreadsGravity (The Taking #1) by Melissa West
Publication Date:  December 18, 2012
Publisher:  Entangled Teen

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Gabby NewThis is one of the novels of 2012 that I have been really excited for, the cover is pretty sick and the description I found on Goodreads had me hooked instantly. You mean to give me a novel about romance, aliens, the future and the fact that everybody on Earth might suffer should the MC (main character) not make the appropriate choices? You had me at aliens.

Gravity by author Melissa West is the story of main character Ari Alexander, the daughter to one of the most powerful men in North America . The story is set in a dystopian future in which aliens invaded Earth due to their planet running out of water, after a treaty was signed, the aliens and humans decided to live in a peaceful existence… that is as long as the humans allow them to steal small amount of their microscopic cells. Every single night at midnight aliens come when humans put on their patches and steal parts of their bodies, no big deal right? That is, until Ari loses her patch and finds herself awake when her alien is taking from her, and she learns just who her alien is. The super attractive, Jackson Locke who is (gasp) an Alien spy. Jackson and Ari work together to find out just what secrets are being kept from the public and what the alien leader, Zeus, is hiding. It’s not until Jackson and Ari begin to fall for each other that things begin to get dramatic and it becomes evident that nothing is ever going to be the same again.

Can I be the first to say that when it came to the possibility of Jackson being an Alien spy, I totally figured it out right after he and Ari first “meet”? The fact that Ari’s patch magically showed up seemed too unlikely, I knew that there was something wrong with that attractive Jackson and I’ll admit that I ignored my gut when it came to how sweet he was to Ari. After reading the Lux series by Jennifer Armentrout, I’ve found myself falling pretty hard to alien bad boys and Jackson is the complete package. He’s the one character that Ari literally cannot have, and that just made me (and Ari) want him so much more. He was sweet, badass and positively to die for despite his mood swings.

The sci-fi world found in Gravity is one that I wouldn’t mind living in, despite the fact that an alien would be stealing from my body and that the human species is under attack by an alien threat. But I mean, other than that, I wouldn’t mind getting to be like Ari or her friend Gretchen. Why? Because the two are total badasses! They get taught how to fight in school and throughout the novel Ari gets to use her fighting skills in a style that is straight out of a Suicide Squad action scene (and that’s a comic for those of you who don’t know).  From start to finish, Gravity was a novel that I had such a fun time reading, especially with the strong opening chapter and the cliff-hanger ending. All in all, I want the next book… now.

I would recommend Gravity to fans of alien novels, YA dystopia & romance as well as fans of sci-fi.

About the Author:

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


  1. kimbacaffeinate

    I am glad you enjoyed this, all of the elements sounds awesome. Cannot wait to read it!

  2. Chapter by Chapter

    I hope you get to read it soon! Looking forward to what u think of this one!

  3. Ashley

    Great review!! I’m so glad you enjoyed this book because it’s one I’ve been wanting to read for a while! Hopefully I’ll get around to it soon. :) I love sci-fi, dystopia, and romance, so it sounds perfect for me!!

  4. Chapter by Chapter

    Can’t wait to hear what you think of it!

  5. Michael

    Got this book for Christmas. Awesome Review, Now I can’t wait to read it. Sounds like a good story. =]

  6. Chapter by Chapter

    Let me know what you think of it!

  7. A wonderful review!

    I’m so pleased to see you enjoyed this one as much as I did. The characters were fab and I’m hoping things work out for Jackson (who I adored) & Ari in the sequel.

  8. Chapter by Chapter

    I can’t wait to see what happens next!

  9. Helen

    I agree – the summary on this one always makes me so excited to read it. I haven’t quite gotten into the alien books yet, still sort of in my obsessed-with-dystopian stage, but this ones sounds like it has a bit of a dystopian tilt to it, so I might just like it :)
    Great review!

  10. Chapter by Chapter

    Definitely try it out!

  11. That’s exactly how I felt when I read the book, like I needed it right than! Great review!

  12. Will definitely read Gravity. I haven’t read a book with aliens involved so this one will be a new read for me.

  13. kimbacaffeinate

    Great review, this is another book high on my wishlist. I love that it has aliens.

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