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Abigail Boyd began writing stories as a kid on dark and stormy nights. She was born and still lives in Michigan with her husband and the haunting cries of three rambunctious children. Her influences include Stephen King, Veronica Mars, and lots of processed sugar. She wishes that time had a pause button.
Gravity is the first book in the four part Gravity Series. The second book, Uncertainty, is out now, and the last two books will be released on November 24th, 2012. For more information, feel free to contact me or visit me online.
on May 18, 2014 :
*This book was given to me in exchange for an unbiased review as part of LibraryThing’s Members Giveaway program. Brief plot spoilers may follow.*
I didn’t remember that this was only a chapter in the series until I was at the end, and I have to say that the author did a great job of making me excited to find out what happens next. Just as the story was starting to get good, it was over. Of course, as a reader that was annoying because I want to find out what happens, but for the sake of getting me to return for the next bit of the series, it was excellent. For having her entire life thrown into an even larger tailspin, Iris seemed to handle everything well. Instead of being afraid of or horrified by her magic like many protagonists that are initially unaware of their abilities, Iris liked it so much that she became prematurely overconfident. That was a breath of fresh air to read, as was her being taken down a peg and shown that she still has a lot to learn. The fact that Iris is able to acknowledge her mistakes and learn from them also speaks volumes, so I get to see her grow in the little bit of the story that we were given so far. She didn’t seem to be a weeping willow, too fragile for her overall importance, and I appreciated that. On the flip side, she also wasn’t too arrogant to miss the lessons being taught to her and I think Astrid’s machinations, while shady no doubt, helped humble her a bit or she probably would have grown unintentionally arrogant in time. I say unintentionally because she wasn’t arrogant in the manner of looking down on the other students and their abilities, but more so in the way that she felt nothing was too difficult for her to do. Being sabotaged caused her to doubt herself, which helped her to look at the error of her ways and I hope she keeps that sense of humility about her in the next chapter. I figured the minute that Luke was described that he’d be a thorn in Iris’ side in many ways, but I liked that we were able to see underneath his gruff persona and a few of the reasons why he is the way he is. I think it fleshed his character out a bit and made me curious to hear more about his backstory.
Surprisingly for me, I didn’t really find anything that I really disliked about the story. I think the main characters were explored well enough in this introduction that I could get a good sense of who they are, but not enough to where I’m no longer curious about them. I'd like to see more character development and potential for growth as the series progresses. There are throwaway characters, who further the plot but don’t detract attention from the main story, and of course there’s the main story itself, which seems to be teeming with potential directions. I’m left with so many questions that I hope will be explored in the next chapter of this series, which I can’t wait to read. The only thing I can suggest is font consistency. I am guessing that the font between conversation and narration are supposed to differ, but they overlap in portions and aren’t consistent in others, so if I had to name a point of improvement that would probably be it. Everything was descriptive enough for me to picture it without being too wordy, I didn’t see any glaring grammatical errors, and the story was well-developed as an introduction to this story and its characters.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)
on May 17, 2014 :
The writing in this book is exceptional and it is worth reading for that alone. The characters, plot, and world are highly compelling. I would have liked a little more character development in the beginning which felt a little rushed. Also cliffhanger ending in this serial definitely leaves one frustrated. Lots of fun to read!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)