I am super excited to be today’s stop on the EARTHQUAKE Blog Tour hosted by Book Nerd Tours. I love this series by the author and I’m already dying to read the next installment to find out what did happen and what’s going to happen.
If you haven’t yet met Tavia Michaels, or discovered what it means to be an Earthbound, now’s the perfect time to do so. With EARTHQUAKE’s release last week you’ll be able to read the first two books in this series back-to-back and with plenty of time to get caught up before the next book in the series releases.
While I’d normally ramble and gush and tease about the book here, as my stop is now a review stop, I’ll leave my rambling to the review part of this post. But if you’d like to know just a little bit more about both books in the series, there’s some information and places to find them online below.
I also just had to add in a giveaway for this seriously fantastic second book in the series. Just scroll down to the Rafflecopter for a chance to win.
After reading the author’s Wings series I didn’t think I could love anything she wrote more. I was wrong. This series is awesome.
Series: Earthbound #2
Author: Aprilynne Pike
Release date: July 8, 2014
Formats: Hardcover, audio, eBook
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.
Aprilynne Pike’s EARTHQUAKE is an incredibly exciting, nail-biting, suspenseful and action-filled second book in the Earthbound series. It takes readers back to a world that is even darker and deadlier than the one they left at the end of book one. The mystery goes even deeper, there are even more twists and turns, and with nearly everyone’s motives suspect, it makes for an unputdownable read.
With only a few memories of her past lives, Tavia Michaels doesn’t feel like the goddess she once was and is supposed to be. She feels more like a human than an Earthbound. She doesn’t remember what her abilities are. She doesn’t remember what secrets she is keeping. She doesn’t remember who she can trust and who she shouldn’t. She doesn’t remember what it is like to love someone eternally.
But if she is as powerful as everyone thinks she is, then she has to try and stop the deadly virus that is threatening to destroy the world and everyone in it. Even if it means working with the Curatoria to develop a vaccine. Even if it means temporarily putting her trust in those she’s not sure she should trust. Even if it means waiting to try and recover more of her missing memories. And even if it means having her heart torn between the boy she has loved forever and the one she loves in this life.
In this second book in the series, Aprilynne Pike ratchets up the excitement with a deadly threat, a ticking clock, a number of suspicious characters, peeks into Tavia’s past lives, a love triangle and a jaw-dropping, climactic conclusion, keeping readers on the edge of their seats from start to finish. The story is full of shocks and surprises, tension, angst and heartache. And with the change in setting, the author is able to reveal more about the Earthbound – about who they are and what they’re capable of – and more about Tavia – about who she is, who she was, and what she’s willing to become.
The story is riveting, the mythology is original, the mystery will keep everyone guessing, the main character is likable and easy to connect with, the love story will make it tough to choose a side and the ending is killer, making EARTHQUAKE a definite must-read sequel.
On a personal note…
I loved the first book in this series. It was fascinating and different and romantic and heartbreaking. I loved it so much that I was worried that this second book in the series would suffer from sophomore slump. But I should have known, given how much I love this author’s writing and stories, that something like that would never happen.
EARTHQUAKE is an amazing follow-up to EARTHBOUND. It had everything that I loved about the first book in the series and then some. It was action-packed. It kept me on edge, wondering whether every new character I met had some ulterior motive. It tortured me in the very best of ways with the love triangle between Tavia, Logan and Benson. It made me anxious wondering just when the next devastating thing was going to happen.
It’s a book I never wanted to put down. It immediately grabbed hold. It made me question, it made me hope, it made me want to know more, it made me fall madly in love with it, right from the start. It surprised me, when I didn’t think I could be surprised. It stumped me – I love not being able to solve the puzzle a story presents instantly.
I adored Tavia, even if I didn’t always agree with everything she did. She was brave and determined and kind and broken and had some seriously awesome powers. I loved the love triangle, even when it didn’t look like the boy whose side I chose would be the one Tavia chose.
EARTHQUAKE was so easy to just dive right into. I loved that it picked up very shortly after the events in EARTHBOUND, not missing a beat. I loved that the pace sped up in this sequel. I loved every single thing about it… well, except for the fact that it had to end and that I have to wait for a year until the next book in the series releases.
There are so many awesome passages in this book that I call favorites. But the one I included below is my most favorite non-spoiler-y one. And to keep it from being in any way spoiler-y I’m leaving out the attribution.
So, in order to find out which boy said this to Tavia, you’ll have to read the book. Because my lips are sealed.
“I’ll wait forever. Because what we have, it’s worth it. It’s worth anything.” Abruptly he pushes to his feet, and the space in front of my face feels more than empty. And in a fierce voice he says, “And I’ll fight to get it back.”
About Aprilynne Pike
Aprilynne Pike has been spinning faerie stories since she was a child with a hyper-active imagination. At the age of twenty she received her BA in Creative Writing from Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston, Idaho. When not writing, Aprilynne can usually be found at the gym; she also enjoys singing, acting, reading, and working with pregnant moms as a childbirth educator and doula. Aprilynne currently lives with her husband and three kids in Utah, and dreams of warmer climates.
Aprilynne Pike’s #1 New York Times best-selling debut, WINGS, is the first of four books about a seemingly ordinary girl with a not-so-ordinary destiny. In this tale of magic and intrigue, romance and danger, everything you thought you knew about faeries will be changed forever…
Other Books in the Series
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.
I am giving away a hardcover copy of EARTHQUAKE to ONE WINNER
- Must be 13 or older to enter
- Giveaway is International
- Book will be ordered from Amazon or The Book Depository depending upon location
- Giveaway ends July 23rd at 11:59 p.m. Pacific
- Winner will be chosen by Random via Rafflecopter
- Winner will be announced in the Rafflecopter and contacted by email
- Winner has 72 hours to claim their prize or another winner will be chosen
Enter in the Rafflecopter below…
The Tour Schedule
July 8th – *Book Birthday* – I Am A Reader = What’s On Aprilynne’s Desk/In Her Purse
July 9th – Such a Novel Idea – Review
July 10th – Wholly Books – 10 (Even More) Random Things About Aprilynne
July 11th – Ex Libris – Review
July 12th – Mundie Moms – Review
July 13th – Fiction Fare – A Day in the Life of Aprilynne Pike
July 14th – Gone with the Words – Review
July 15th – Fiktshun – Character Interview with Tavia Michaels
July 16th – Fictitious Delicious – Review
July 17th – Me, My Shelf and I – Review
July 18th – Jean Book Nerd – Review