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Saturday, July 12, 2014

EARTHQUAKE by Aprilynne Pike; Blog Tour: Book Review

Welcome to today's stop in the Earthquake blog tour. Today I'm thrilled to share my review for Aprilynne Pike's newest release.

By: Aprilynne Pike
Published: Razorbill
Release Date: July 15th 2014
Series: Earthbound #2
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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.

Just when you think things will be resolved, Earthquake shakes things up a bit. This book definitely lives up to it's title. Nothing is what I thought it would be in this sequel, and it was fabulous.  I love it when an author shakes things up with their storyline. Aprilynne does just that with Earthquake.  She reveals some of the series's shocking secrets, uncovers some of it's startling truths,  and made it extremely hard for me to figure out who to trust. I love it. Nothing about this story was predictable.

The story started off with me a little annoyed at Tavia, because of something she does, or keeps doing. Luckily there's an explantation for it, and a motive for her reasoning behind it that makes sense, or else I might have ended up irritated at her for most of the story, even after she makes some good decisions. This storyline has some interesting character history and shocking character developments. Through out the story it was fascinating to watch Tavia piece together crucial memories in order to uncover the truths, betrayals and killer secrets. I felt just as blind as she did with trying to figure out who to trust. Speaking of trust, how about that love triangle!?! Just when I think Tavia's finally able to piece her heart back together, and move on, Aprilynne throws me for a loop.

 Normally I'm not a huge fan of love triangles, BUT, Aprilynne has done a great job at crafting this one between Tavia, Logan and Benson. Not only did I understand the feelings Tavia felt for both Logan and Benson, I totally got the war she was waging internationally over both guys. Because the more she uncovers the truth behind all that's going on, and the more she discovers just who and what she is, and what's she's capable of doing, the more her feelings, and ultimately the choice she makes between the two guys makes sense. That's saying something without giving anything away. This love triangle is one that makes sense....... While l liked both guys, as the story continued it became clearer who had Tavia's heart, and who would the one she would always love, but not be in love with.

I liked the direction this story took. There was more suspense, action, drama and those oh so fabulously written plot twists that kept me hooked the entire time. One of my favorite things about this book was discovering more of the series's mythology. Y'all know how much I love a well crafted mythology. This series definitely has one. Talk about a killer ending. I don't know if I can wait another year for the next book in this series.

This was one enjoyable read that I would recommend picking up!
4 stars! (I received an arc from the publisher to review).