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- Print Length: 256 pages
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- Publication Date: October 31, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01LWY6FLR
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- Word Wise: Enabled
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #199,346 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Gravity: The YA Urban Fantasy Romance Series (Gravity Series Book 1) Kindle Edition
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"You guys!!! Anna Bloom is one of my favourite authors, and when she decided to branch out and write paranormal romance under a slightly altered pen-name (so people wouldn't confuse it with her contemporary books), I was all for it. I don't read that much PNR these days, but I've always enjoyed it, and I couldn't wait to dive into Gravity.
As with all of this authors books, I just couldn't get enough. I wanted to savour every bit of information given, and also, at the same time, I wanted to be able to read faster just so I could find out what was happening. And to say this was the authors first journey into PNR, I was seriously impressed! The storyline was great, with fab twists, and I loved the whole link to stars, I loved the characters, and boy did I swoon over Nick!
Whether you're already a fan of Anna Bloom, or whether you enjoy paranormal romance, I would definitely suggest you give Gravity a try. Be prepared to beg the author for more the second you finish the book though after that ending... 5 well deserved stars." - Holly's Hot Reads
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Wow! such a different book that kept me reading right til the very end and blimey what an ending that was !
Without giving too much away... since her 16th birthday Bronte is getting weaker by the day her hair is falling out and she's so clumsy she keeps breaking bones, when she should be getting stronger. The mysterious Nick is everything that Bronte wants, but can they be together ?
This really is a beautifully different YA novel that I devoured really quickly, I felt all of their emotions and I was transported completely into their world of growing darkness.
This is my first read from this author and it certainly wont be my last, most definitely worth a one click." - HashtagMinxesReviewer
"Gravity captures that time in life where everything is a big deal... first kisses, first love, friendships, and fall outs. Bronte is scared and unsure of things happening to her, around her, but she's also strong and determined, and I really liked that. I found her easy to relate to and wanted to take the journey with her ... although Nick may have played a role in this.
I am a sucker for those big feel moments and a swoon worthy male lead, and boy oh boy, does Anna give us that in Nick. He's the perfect mix of misunderstood bad boy and gentleman that I literally devoured his scenes.
PNR / Fantasy YA has always been a firm favourite of mine, and Gravity gave me something fresh and different whilst keeping hold of all the key ingredients for a great young adult read. I can't wait for book #2 ... like, seriously. I need it ... NOW!!!" - Author L. A. Cotton --This text refers to the paperback edition.
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I do NOT like it when stories are split into separate books with cliff hangers in between them, and I avoid reading series books unless each book in the series can stand satisfactorily on its own. I haven't read the whole book, but I understand this book, book 1, ends with a cliff hanger, so I will not be reading it to the end.
As indicated by my "name", I am fussy about grammar. And punctuation, word flow, etc, so my review is seriously influenced by how well the story is constructed technically.
I haven't read the whole thing, only chapter 1 and part of chapter 2. The way Chapter 1 is written, I would have expected it to be labeled "Prologue". Then Chapter 2 would rightfully be Chapter 1.
I think the author has a knack for writing in a catchy style; she understands how to grab your attention and make you want to keep reading. The reader is drawn in and wants to be immersed in the story's world. I immediately wanted to know where the story was going and what was going to happen. This is the biggest positive for this book, because if a story doesn't immediately catch my interest, I generally don't keep reading. The author has a skill or gift for grabbing one's interest. This is excellent.
Okay, I probably said that enough different ways! I'm writing the review because I think the book needs work and I think it's worth putting in the effort to take it to a professional level.
The main reason for only awarding 3 stars is the way the story is constructed, technically. I suspect the author had no editor, or the editor was in a hurry, or the editor is inexperienced...something like that. As I said, I didn't read very far, and what I read had too many mistakes. This creates two problems. One--for me, it's distracting. My brain keeps going into editor mode and pulling my mind away from the story, because I can't help noticing the errors. Two--it sets an example for the young people who are the target audience. They may not yet know correct language usage and may assume--because they're reading a professionally produced book--that everything in it is correct.
What are the errors, you ask? Well, here's a few examples. Now, some of these are not blatant errors but may just be ideas or usages not well thought out.
1. "...second wave of stars in as many weeks fell to the earth." Fell to earth? Meteors fall to earth. Stars do not. At first, one may not be sure if the author means meteors, because people call them "falling stars" all the time. But, upon continuing to read, one realizes we are actually talking about real stars. The stars are disappearing from the sky, so it's the stars that are "falling", or whatever they're doing. Whatever it is, they are not likely falling to earth.
2. "Astronomers could not explain the sudden change in the night sky as more and more stars fade and fall." Sudden change in tense halfway through the sentence. This either needs to say, "Astronomers CAN not explain the sudden change" or "as more and more stars FADED and FELL."
1. "It was Eleanor Heavers that made me...." Authors do this all the time, and it's not strictly an error, but it's better to say "It was Eleanor Heavers WHO made me...", because "that" is a word more for things, not people.
2. "Yet she walked passed, with her perfect hair streaming...." This should be "Yet she walked past...." Passed is the past tense of "pass", as in "I passed the salt."
3. "Walking is a dangerous pass time—for me." Should be "Walking is a dangerous pastime." Although, this could be a cultural difference, as I believe the author may be British and I am not.
4. Capitalization: Does "boa constrictor" really need to be capitalized? How about "library" in the phrase "library thrill"? I would say not.
5. "Coach Rivers face." This needs a possessive apostrophe, because the face belongs to Coach Rivers. So "Coach Rivers' face."
6. "It's not fair you no longer have to do Phys. Ed and I do." If you're going to use periods for abbreviations, then you need to be consistent. Use Phys Ed or Phys. Ed., but don't mix them. Same with P.E. Either after both P. and E. or after neither.
7. "I hated P.E it was the literal bane of my life." This is two complete thoughts: "I hated P.E." and "It was the literal bane of my life." If they're going to be in the same sentence, they need to be separated with a comma and a conjunction (like "because") or with a semi-colon.
8. "No one wanted to start the new school year doing the hallway dash to the girl's lavatory." The lavatory is for the girls, plural. Girl's means one girl. So it needs to say "girls' lavatory".
Okay, that's enough. There were a lot of sentence fragments, as well, however they all seemed to be done to achieve a specific effect each time, and they did fit the flow of the story line beautifully, so I didn't mark them as errors. Since, the writing is targeting young people who are still learning grammar, though, there is a definite risk they will consider it proper under any circumstance to use sentence fragments.
Oh, and, when writing, I recommend using a search function to find all instances of the word "that". Try removing "that" and see if the sentence still works. If so, leave it out. Most writers use the word "that" far too often.
The author definitely has a gift for painting with words. I would really like to see some serious editing applied in order to remove the distracting errors, which--for me--obscure the author's story-telling skill.
AND ONE FINAL NOTE
All this is based, of course, on my personal opinions and understanding of grammar and language usage rules.
But time's up. She needs to join the war.
Nick has been one of the stars guarding her. His connection to Bron is strong and unbreakable. He'd do anything for her. There are so many questions surrounding Bron, and he tries to help her without getting too close to her.
I really liked the romance between the characters. It's strong and innocent. Perfect for young adults.
One of the things I didn't like were how things were revealed. Bron would ask numerous questions all the time. Some would get answered, others were ignored. I wish she was able to figure things out herself and have new experiences. I like to feel surprised and shocked, but I didn't get any of those feelings until the end.
I liked Bronte and Nick and the story. I was really intrigued with Bronte's struggle with both her health, destiny and understanding the Stars. The one thing I didn't understand was this chain she mentioned several times; I never really got why it was there, but that was a minor detail for me.
The ending was a bit of a cliffhanger, so I'm looking forward to reading the next book in the series.
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2 plot twists at the end: +1 for the hidden evil twin sister (I thought they were linked but didn't jump to that conclusion), -1 for the step-father being in fact the grand villain of all times. This was so predictable and so out of tune with the story. So, the Stars have been watching Bronte since she was born, with all their powers and mightiness, but in 16 years they didn't know the hunter lived close to her? They didn't run background checks on her family? Great bodyguards then.
I didn't particularly enjoy the end, because it was somehow abrupt and eclipsing everything from the final confrontation. I missed a good action scene, and it left many unanswered questions: did they win? Is Lauren safe? What happened to Eleanor after this? Why is Nick gone? (Honestly, that bit doesn't make sense to me...) Why is the hunter calling Nick Phoenix again? Was he actually on the dark side from the beginning? What happened with Emma? Etc. Final one: Nick and Bronte clearly seemed fated but why is every one else saying otherwise?
I'm honestly reluctant to read the next book, because I'm afraid it's going to play out like a certain Vampire series and Connor is going to try to make his move on Bronte while Nick is away. I don't want to read unnecessary and forced drama.
Bronte turns 16years old, and her health starts to deteriorate. She becomes clumsy, and more fragile, and yet she's determined to try and be normal. And here's where the story starts, a new term, and the beautiful new boy, Nick.
Wow! What a story! Anna Bloom has a beautiful way with words, and produces fabulous stories. There's a lot about this story that's based on what we know, with the twist that stars fall, and are able to walk amongst us. There's a war being waged, and Bronte is vital to the outcome.
The characters are well written, and the story gripping. I loved this, and was unable to put it down. I'm looking forward to more from these characters.
I am not very good with words which is why I never write reviews but as 1 of my top reads of 2016 I had to with Gravity!!
A.B.Bloom has given us with Bronte and Nick 2 characters who you cant help but fall in love with and a story line that stays with you log after you've finished!
I cant recommend it enough!!!!! Am eagerly awaiting bk 2!!!!!!
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