By: Melanie | August 5, 2013 | (21) Comments

Review: Earthbound by Aprilynne PikeEarthbound by Aprilynne Pike
Series: Earthbound, #1
Publisher: HarperCollins Australia
Release Date: August 1, 2013
Genres: Fantasy, Romance, YA
Pages: 353
Source: Received in exchange for review
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Tavia Michaels is the sole survivor of the plane crash that killed her parents. When she starts to see strange visions of a boy she’s never spoken with in real life, she begins to suspect that there’s much about her past that she isn’t being told.

Tavia immediately searches for answers, desperate to determine why she feels so drawn to a boy she hardly knows. But when Tavia discovers that the aunt and uncle who took her in after her parents' death may have actually been responsible for the plane crash that killed them--and that she may have been the true intended victim--she flees for the safety of Camden, Maine, where the boy she sees in her visions instructs her to go.

Now, Tavia is on the run with no one to trust. No one, that is, except for her best friend and longtime crush, Benson.

Tavia feels torn between the boy who mysteriously comes to her at night and the boy who has been by her side every step of the way. But what Tavia doesn't know is that the world is literally falling apart and that to save it she will have to unite with the boy in her visions. Only problem? To do so would mean rejecting Benson's love. And that's the one thing Tavia Michaels swore she'd never do.


Books like these make me seem like I have mental issues. The cliché, predictable and cheesy type. They make me my head sore from banging it on the wall so much. They make me talk to the book in great rage. Earthbound was pure fury and despair for me, nothing really worked out at all.

‘I relaxed, stopped struggling, and watched out the window as the ground rushed to swallow me.’

It’s been a while that I have found the idea of a novel unsurprisingly unoriginal. That has come to a stop as the premise of Earthbound just could not click with me. We have Tavia, an extremely sensitive and stereotypical girl, the sole survivor of a plane crash. She has a huge crush on her best friend and is absolutely obsessed with Chapstick. It’s like her drug. Then one day she discovers that strange things are happening to her, soon, she discovers the truth behind the plane crash and what’s with the new mysterious guy. Sounds familiar? Earthbound’s plot and foundation idea is wholly monotonous and calculable. Tavia’s narrative point clearly was not a helpful factor. Rarely, at times she came out as thoughtful, yet it was overpowering and exhausting to read her fretting thoughts.

The romance was a weak point in Aprilynne Pike’s latest novel. Angsty, undeveloped, instant, trite and cheesy would all be some very accurate descriptions of Earthbound. Not to mention that there’s a love triangle. Run away! Benson, is the cute, outgoing and jocular guy. Tavia’s best friend and secret crush. He’s always there for Tavia, and she just can’t resist him. But honestly, why can’t they just stay as friends? Is there some rule that declares that all guy friends have to be crushes in disguise? YA genre, you leave me in great distress.

Now, on the other darker side of the love triangle is Quinn. Utterly mysterious and cryptic, but apparently swoony on the inside. He seems the know what’s going on with Tavia but doesn’t let information out easily. I never really found Tavia and Quinn a likeable couple; the two seemed artificial and it was awfully inconsistent. Moreover, she declared she loved Quinn about only 100 pages in, how do you fall in love with a stranger?

Despite the lovely writing skills showing up in Aprilynne Pike’s work again, I was saddened by the plot, world building romance and characters of this novel. Not only did everything scream cliché and predictable, but also a handful of scenarios were too dramatic and convenient for my tastes. Unfortunately, I cannot recommended this.

~Thank you HarperCollins Australia for the copy!~

1.5 Stars
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Melanie is one of the totally fabulous bloggers at YA Midnight Reads. She's a 16 year old student from Melbourne, Australia. She is normally found binge watching TV series, reading , blogging, procrastinating or fangirling about how Percabeth is the best ship ever. She's also a lover of caps lock and uses it excessively.

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21 Responses to Review: Earthbound by Aprilynne Pike

  1. Nara says:

    Yeah, this really doesn’t seem like that great a book…even the blurb seems full of cliches, to be honest. And that love triangle sounds horrendous…saying you love someone that you’ve never met- um, okay. I haven’t read Aprilynne Pike’s other series either, but if it’s similar to this one I’ll have to stay away from both of them…
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  2. Stephanie B says:

    Oooo, ouch. I’ve never actually read Aprilynne Pike. Are any of her other novels good? “She’s obsessed with chapstick. It’s like her drug.” LOL!
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  3. Yikes, it sounds like Ms. Pike’s great writing couldn’t even make up for the lack of originality in the plot and characters. I’ll be steering clear of this one, I guess! Thanks for the honest review, Melanie!

  4. Sadie says:

    It sucks that you didn’t enjoy this book but awesome review! I totally get what you mean about YA’s obsession with making all guy friends love interests.. in real life, funnily enough, straight girls and boys can hang out without hooking up. *shock* 🙂
    I can’t see myself liking this any more than you have so I don’t think I’ll be picking up this one!
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  5. This doesn’t sound too great 🙁 I don’t like plots that aren’t very original. Thanks for the honest review, Melanie!
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  6. Giselle says:

    Ugh nothing is worse than a cheesy clichéd plot!! I also feel like I’m losing brain cells when I read those lol. So much time we’ll never get back, Melanie!! LOL @ your description of the romance. It sounds so awfully cliché and boring.

    Also, super cute half star! Your boat is sinking!! Or evaporating! haha. Yes, I amuse easily!
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  7. What a shame! I keep seeing love-it or hate-it reviews for this novel, and I have a feeling I wouldn’t enjoy it too much. The romance sounds very…underwhelming.

    Nice honest review 🙂
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  8. Rebecca Hipworth says:

    I’m sorry you didn’t like this. I’ll give it a go though, the plot sounds good! 🙂
    I’m not sure if I’ll like it either though, I didn’t like her Wings series. 🙁

  9. Aaawww. This sucks. I was really looking forward to this book but it does sound very disappointing. I hate it when that happens. Great review, nonetheless!
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  10. Noo I’m sorry you really didn’t enjoy this one, I’ve seen many of the same complaints, especially when it concerns the annoying love triangle that is ALSO insta-lovey! I have issues with both of those things, so I’m most definitely not going to be picking this one up soon, and also the fact that the premise was unoriginal sucks D: From the way you described it, I totally can see where you’re coming from!

    Fantastic review, though <33 LOVE YOU MELANIE!
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    I just bought this at the signing I went to and I was looking forward to it (sucked in by a beautiful cover, AGAIN…). It makes me sad to hear that! D:

    “Is there some rule that declares that all guy friends have to be crushes in disguise? YA genre, you leave me in great distress.”
    YES. Dude. I hate this!!! BOYS AND GIRLS CAN BE JUST FRIENDS, PEOPLE. IT IS POSSIBLE. I hate love triangles.
    And I also hate instalove….100 pages in is too fast for me. Now I’m scared to read it!
    On the bright side, I didn’t get it personalized because I wasn’t sure if I would in fact like it (because I didn’t like Life of Theft much at all). So I can give it away 🙂
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  12. I’ve never read anything by Aprilynee, but I DID see her in person this weekend and she’s kind of adorable. Fun to listen too.

    Back to the book though…sorry it didn’t work for you. It does sound relatively cliché to me; I’ve read so many summaries that sound like this and they rarely make me interested.
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  13. Well, I liked this a little more than you did. But I agree that more world building and less love triangle would have been ideal…
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  14. Rachel says:

    The mention of a love triangle has me running for the hills, Melanie! Sorry this didn’t work out for you. Great honest review. 🙂
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  15. Awh, I was looking forward to this book! But given your review, I don’t think I’ll be reading this… I hate cheesy romance and *gasp* the doomed triangle of love!

    Thanks for the review, Mel 🙂
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  16. Jaz says:

    Oh my god right?! God I hated the romance in Earthbound, so forced and fake. And yeah the sad thing was the writing wasn’t even that bad, Pike’s writing style is decent just the way she used it UGH. So disappointed. I raged so much and eye-rolled like mad.
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  17. Alise says:

    Ooh, I like this cover much better than the other one. All those adjectives you used to describe the romance make me cringe, I love a good romance and it sounds like that aspect really brought the book down. Thanks for your honest opinion, I think I will be skipping this one.

    Alise @ Readers in Wonderland

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  19. Diamond Dee says:

    Oh gawd, it sounds horrible! *stamps foot* no fair I just bought this with high hopes…ok ok, I admit, I was in lust with the cover…I was gonna wait until it released paperback but noooo! Gosh I’m tempted to freaking return it. I don’t think I’ll like it very much…I guess I’ll give it a shot though.. Poopy

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  20. Tash says:

    After I saw your rating, I put reading Earthbound off and now that I have read it , I have to agree with your review. I wish she spent more time working on this before releasing the book. I hadn’t read anything else of her’s before and not sure that I want to now.
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  21. Daniel says:

    Congrats on winning the ARC of Wings. Aprilynne is a swehaeetrt.Re: your earlier post below… breathe. Also, consider this. There’s no deadline for your query to be perfect and ready to go. Same with the first couple of chapters. If you need 2-3 more weeks that’s perfectly fine. The publishing industry isn’t going anywhere.P.S. I think it might be best if we pushed our lunch until next week, that way you’ll have more time to finish the rewrite of your front end.

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