Author: Aprilynne Pike
Series: Earthbound #1
Rating: 2 / 5 stars
Earthbound is a classic example of the phrase "Don't judge a book by its cover". While the cover is beautiful and fascinating, the writing and story are anything but. Earthbound centers around Tavia, an interesting name to be sure, who is the sole survivor of a plane crash that everyone thinks no one should have been able to survive. Orphaned by the crash, Tavia is sent to live with her aunt and uncle.
Earthbound starts out as a paranormal novel when Tavia starts seeing a mysterious yet charming guy following her around. Then she sees someone walk through a wall and sees people start to flicker when no one else has an inkling of an idea of what she is seeing. And then comes the Mary Poppins pockets, where Tavia can inexplicably pull an unlimited number of Chapsticks from her pockets. By the time we got to the Chapsticks, I was already leaning towards fantasy, and that scene in the library may have been the turning point where this novel lost me. Until that point, I was still pretty interested in the mystery behind the paranormal, but once Earthbound took a swerve and changed lanes for fantasy, I was pretty much done for.
The paranormal elements in Earthbound turned to reincarnation/mythical/fantasy at the same time that the plot shifted from mystery to a heavy emphasis on romance. While I enjoyed the fantasy elements of Pike's Wings series, she seemed out of her element with this debut novel for the start of a new series. The young heroine of Tavia was so dumb and lacking of street smarts that she had me literally rolling my eyes and groaning at some points in the novel; one instance that truly sticks out (that Tavia later admits to herself was probably not the wisest decision she has ever made) was when she went frolicking off through the woods in the cold after some random dude who had been following her, just because she had a dream about making out with him. Sure, that's the kind of person I want setting an example for teenage girls, jeez.
All and all, Earthbound felt flat and not very emotionally driven, and the premises of the novel, for lack of a better word, felt dumb. The term creating goddess just didn't sit well with me, or the entire concept behind the novel in general. Add in the fact that the novel became driven by romance, and Earthbound was just not my cup of tea at the end of the day.