Hover (The Taking #2) – Melissa West


17910035On Earth, seventeen-year-old Ari Alexander was taught to never peek, but if she hopes to survive life on her new planet, Loge, her eyes must never shut. Because Zeus will do anything to save the Ancients from their dying planet, and he has a plan. 

Thousands of humans crossed over to Loge after a poisonous neurotoxin released into Earth’s atmosphere, nearly killing them. They sought refuge in hopes of finding a new life, but what they became were slaves, built to wage war against their home planet. That is, unless Ari and Jackson can stop them. But on Loge, nothing is as it seems…and no one can be trusted.


About a year ago, I read Gravity by Melissa West, and I fell head over heels in love with it. Aliens, Dystopia, and Sexiness all rolled into one book? Yes, please, sign me up! It’s been quite awhile since I’ve read Gravity. I remember that it ended with Ari going to Loge with Jackson and finding out that she was part alien now. I remember thinking then that the second book might run into some problems now that it was totally shifting to the alien’s side. That kind of stuff is a lot tougher to write about. It’s so out of an authors’ comfort zone. They have to write almost 100% of things they don’t know about, and it can be tricky. My fears were right. It didn’t work for me in Hover. I only ended up getting about 70 pages into this book before I had to stop /=

Part of my problem with Hover is that it came practically no background information. Like I said, it had been about a year since I’d read Gravity, and I needed just a little boost of information in Hover to get my brain back on track. There wasn’t very much of that, and it was almost impossible for me to know what was going on. I started to catch up a little, but I had a hard time remembering who anyone was or anything that happened in the first book.

I need to point out to everyone that I had a very choppy ARC of Hover. words were misspelled or over lapped each other. Some words were left out completely. So that might have contributed to the fact that I just could not get into this book. Not only that, though, but I could not find any connection with any character. I remember loving the characters in Gravity, and I tried so hard to connect with them in this book, but I couldn’t do it. I was just not feeling anything for this story.

I’m not going to rate this book, because I don’t think that’s very fair. I didn’t like what I read of it, but that doesn’t mean it’s not a good book. I didn’t even finish it, so how the heck do I know? I do know that Gravity was amazing. And maybe if I had read it right before Hover, it would have made more sense. But I didn’t, and I didn’t much care for it. I hope that everyone researches this book and gives it a fair shot. Who knows…maybe you’ll end up loving it!


Pages: 250

Publication Date: August 13th 2013

Publisher: Entangled Teen

Rating: N/A due to DNF