Gravity

Rated 4.07/5 based on 30 reviews
One night in the town of Hell, Ariel's best friend goes missing. Those around her believe Jenna ran away, but when Ariel is tormented by nightmares and paranormal activity, she realizes Jenna's disappearance was part of a bigger mystery. More
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About Abigail Boyd

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.

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Reviews

Review by: Books4Tomorrow Reviews on June 20, 2013 :
If there’s something that frightens me in a paranormal story, that would be ghosts - the whole flickering lights, knocking on the walls, and cold, evil presences - Gravity has it all and more! Ariel Donovan, the main character, is literally haunted in her dreams by her friend, Jenna, who disappeared mysteriously. When these visions start happening when Ariel is dizzy or unconscious and she starts catching glimpses of more recently disappeared people, Ariel knows that something ominous – even evil, is going on and that she has to do something about it. The ability to see ghosts that Ariel might have inherited from her grandmother is, however, not as glamorous and exciting as people may think.

Although action, spine-chilling incidents and moments of true suspense are liberally spread throughout the story, the true magic of Gravity for me lay in the absolutely scary, spooky descriptions of hauntings and the things Ariel sees and experiences. The author's highly realistic descriptions managed to create a sinister atmosphere that had me closing the book well before dark.

Even though the characters are well crafted and believable, the male protagonist, Henry Rodes, irritated me a bit with his rapid and frequent attitude changes. Ariel however, disagrees with me and finds him the personification of all her romantic fantasies; to the point that it got on my nerves. Apart from this mild annoyance the author kept her characters within their age group and allowed them to still be kids. This story focuses on the problems that teenagers have with popularity, pressure from parents, favoritism from teachers and financial and social standing within the community. I found some of this truly heart breaking and especially so for the under dogs. Although the story has an underlying tone of sadness and loss to it, there fortunately are times that you will laugh out loud.

Gravity is one of those books that keeps you guessing right up to the end and would be a suitable read for young adults as well as adults who love a good, suspenseful ghost story. (Ellen Fritz)
(review of free book)

Review by: Alysa H on Feb. 23, 2013 :
This is a fantastic book with believable characters, good writing, mystery, suspense, and awesomely creepy supernatural elements. I've only just realized that I posted a review here for Book 2, but never for Book 1, so I'm correcting that mistake on my part.

Looking forward to the rest in the series.
(review of free book)

Review by: Crystal Waldrum on Feb. 07, 2012 :
I'll admit it was a little tough to get into at first, slow moving but once the author hits a crisis the story proceeded much quicker and more interesting. I did enjoy the tale and although a bit of editing is needed (minor things like grammar and wrong words) it's one I would recommend to anyone looking for a tingle up the spine. Its classic creepy and a twisted climax make a good read. Only, I was disappointed at the ending and how unfinished it felt. However, since this is to be a series it's fitting that the unknown was left incomplete. I wouldn't mind taking a crack at the next one!
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Elizabeth Miller on Jan. 30, 2012 :
15 year old Ariel is having a tough sophomore year. Her best friend went missing over the summer and everyone wants to know if Ariel knows anything about it, not to mention she is being harrassed by the school elite. In comes Henry, the new guy, and when he befriends Ariel she starts to feel like a normal teen. That is until she starts to see the ghost of her missing friend. Good story telling and hard to put down. Can not wait for the next book and it was a great way to spend an afternoon in the sun.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Elizabeth Miller on Jan. 30, 2012 :
15 year old Ariel is having a tough sophomore year. Her best friend went missing over the summer and evreyone wants to know if Aiel knows anything about it, not to mention she is being harrassed by the school elite. In comes Henry, the new guy, and when he befriends Ariel she starts to feel like a normal teen. That is until she starts to see the ghost of her missing friend. Good story telling and hard to put down. Can not wait for the next book and it was a great way to spend an afternoon in the sun.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Lisa- Bookworm Lisa on Nov. 04, 2011 :
Abigail Boyd has an excellent debut novel.

Ariel is having a difficult time. Her best friend left her home one evening and hasn't returned. She has withdrawn from everyone and is beginning her Sophomore year alone. The town that she lives in is named "Hell". I think it pretty much sums up what she is going through.

To make matters worse, she starts hearing strange thumping sounds and she is having vivid dreams of Jenna. A new boy moves into the area and he is way out of her league, but he is still interesting and cute. Her new next door neighbor begins to spy on her. To top it off, she starts to see ghosts.

This is the set up for the novel. There is a mystery involved that has a surprise ending. I am definitely looking forward to the second book.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Jill Bemis on Oct. 15, 2011 :
Jenny goes missing and Ariel must seek the truth.

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Teenage girls in Hell, Michigan go missing in Abigail Boyd’s twisted paranormal description of teenage high school popularity, puppy love, and murder. Being fifteen is hard enough in a small town, but when Ariel’s best friend goes missing, she start seeing things. New best friend Theo and her wishful thinking sweetheart Henry stir up her already mucked up emotions and complicate her relationships. There is no happy ending for this teenage angst. The action quickly rises towards a climax but peters out without quite making it.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Maisie D on Aug. 22, 2011 : (no rating)
Gravity, by Abigail Boyd, is about a high school student, Ariel, who is trying to get over the disappearance of her best friend, Jenna. In the time Jenna has been missing she has alienated herself, and feels alone. She meets her neighbor, Theo, who, at first, is not friendly because she is used to the popular girls being bullies, Ariel assures Theo she is not popular, and they are soon very good friends. Ariel is also intrigued by the new guy, Henry, but so is Lainey, the popular mean girl. As all of this is happening Ariel is having some supernatural experiences.

It did take me quite a while to get into the book, but once I hit the halfway point it flew. I really liked the characters of Ariel and Theo. The hero, Henry, I'm not so sure about. He's too back-and-forth. I will definitely read the next book, since it left off on such a cliff hanger.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Nicole Sobon on Aug. 11, 2011 :
I won an e-book copy of “Gravity” from the author off of LibraryThing in exchange for a review.

“Gravity” is a nice surprise. I wasn’t sure what to expect going in really. I wasn’t expecting to like it as much as I did though.

Ariel’s best friend, Jenna, is a missing person. It’s rumored that she ran away, something that Ariel refuses to believe. Jenna’s parents and the cops are questioning Ariel as though she had something to do with Jenna’s disappearance. Ariel finds herself pulling away from people as she tries to handle the fact that Jenna is gone. After visiting the local orphanage, having envisioned Jenna running there in her dream, weird things begin happening to Ariel.

With school starting back up, Ariel is forced to face the students at school. No one wants to talk to her, though, and she finds herself closed off from everyone until she meets Theo and Henry.

Abigail Boyd did a wonderful job of creating characters that are realistic. They are flawed, they are impulsive, they are vulnerable. Ariel, Henry, and Theo are believable teenagers. The story itself was well thought out. There were some small issues with the writing, but definitely not enough to hinder the story.

Thankfully, “Gravity” is the first of a series because I still have a ton of questions after that ending. What happened with Henry? Where did they find Jenna? And how? What did the Principal have to do with any of it? I can’t wait for the second book!
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Natalie Picchi on July 28, 2011 :
I won this book via a Member Giveaway on Librarything.com. The author, Abigail Boyd, is a young Independent Author. This is her first novel.

Description taken from Abigail Boyd’s website:

"15-year-old Ariel Donovan’s best friend went missing over the summer. Now she has to face the prospect of life without her, in the same close-knit town of Hell, Michigan. When she dreams of Jenna running to the old orphanage in town, and starts experiencing supernatural phenomena, she knows she needs to discover what happens.

With the help of a new friend in quirky artist Theo, and handsome crush Henry, Ariel tries to uncover the secrets that Hell is hiding, and find out where Jenna is now."


I was really looking forward to reading something from a newly published author. When I read the following in the first few pages of Gravity, I knew I would probably enjoy this book:

“Truthfully, all my life I’ve been a bit strange, with an interest in the macabre. When I was seven I made a shoebox diorama of the Donner Party, complete with tiny clay body parts and half a bottle of red food coloring.”

Yeah, I have a sick sense of humor.

There is so much I want to say about this book and I don’t know where to begin. First off, this is a great story. I would describe it as a paranormal mystery with some romance thrown in. There are some definite creepy parts (granted I am a huge wuss when it comes to ghosts). There was a definite Buffy feel to it. Sometimes the similarities were almost too much for me. If a hell mouth opened up under the high school, I would have thrown my Nook across the room. And that would have sucked….bad. But a hell mouth didn’t open under the high school so I didn’t throw my Nook and I was able to enjoy the story for what it was.


As far as the characters, the heroine, Ariel, is pretty darn likeable. Boyd did a wonderful job of developing her character as well as Ariel’s new friend Theo. The love interest in the story is pretty happy and likeable and not gloomy like so many other YA heroes.

The book did start out a little slow and I think that is because the writing comes across as a somewhat sophomoric. There were also a number of grammatical errors which I have found common in self-published books. But I think these things are more than forgivable considering 1. This is Ms. Boyd’s first novel, 2. The characters are so well developed and 3.The story itself is great.

I was torn between giving this book 2.5 stars or 3 stars. I am going with 3 since it kept my interest enough to want to know what happens next. I will be buying the next book in this series when it comes out on August 1st.


Nat
www.bibliojunkies.blogspot.com
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Amber Carroll on July 28, 2011 :
Ariel is a girl just trying to stay under the radar and make it through high school. Her parents aren't the richest and therefore she is not the most popular. After her friend disappears Ariel isn't sure how she'll make it through the school year. Strange things being to happen to Ariel, noises in the night, visions she can't explain, and just some overall strange things. Ariel is relieved to make friends with Theo, another "misfit" and they together with Henry, the new handsome boy in school. Try to figure out what is going on in their town. A good read.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Jenn Donnelly on July 24, 2011 :
RECEIVED FROM: Library Thing for Review


***NOTE MY REVIEWS OFTEN CONTAIN SPOILERS***

Ariel Donovan is a completely normal fifteen year old girl living in the town of Hell, Michigan. Well she’s normal if you discount the fact that she calls her parents by their first names. And you don’t mention that her best friend has been missing for three months and without Jenna she’s a social zero. Also if we’re calling her normal we probably shouldn’t mention that she might be seeing ghost and there appears to be something sinister going on beneath the surface of the small town of Hell. Okay so she’s probably not all that normal, but who needs normal when you live in Hell right? Ariel is the girl who’s been left behind in their close friendship, the one with all the questions that no one else is asking. But will she find the answers before it’s too late?

I’ll start this review by telling you that mature part of me is telling me that I’m not being fair in my rating of this book. Logically I know it’s a four star novel, well written with strong character development and good pacing. But have you ever read a book where you got to the end and just though wtf? You found yourself so angry you wanted to call up the author and ask her that exact question? Emotionally however I can’t give it higher than a three stars because I finished this book and I’m just plain MAD. That leaves something to be said about my maturity as a reviewer, but at least I’m admitting that I’m letting my anger at the ending dictate my final rating for the book.

Each scene within this novel is described so completely it’s like you’re there living it and the characters as so multifaceted that at times they’re confusing, just as real people are. Do you remember those people in high school, especially the teenage boys where you’d think you know them and then they’d do something that left you going huh? Afterward you’d go on and on to your friends about how boys made no sense whatsoever and it’s no wonder that most of the girls had higher grades because boys clearly weren’t born with brains. While as an adult I can claim a slightly better understanding of the opposite sex than I could as a teen, this book brought me right back to that adolescent phase where boys and their actions just made you go huh? By making them not completely make sense at points she makes her characters seem completely real.

The book overall is hard to describe, it’s like Veronica Mars meets Ghost Whisper with a hint of something else thrown into the mix, maybe some Charmed, I’m not really sure what that extra element is that makes this story so original.

One of the things I loved about Ariel is that it’s not just stated that she’s fifteen, followed by her being whisked away into some surreal world. She’s living the life of a fifteen year old complete with over protective, though strange parents. The books is filled with paranormal elements which Ariel has to deal with or at least attempt to comprehend, but she’s also dealing with teenage crushes, hot and cold boys, teacher boredom and embarrassment. She attends classes, gets sent to the principal’s office, and deals with teenage rejection from the popular crowd who like in every school seem to get away with everything. By being a part of all these mundane portions of her life she’s more real as a character because real teenagers have to go to school and suffer through classes they’d rather not take and agonize over the one subject in school that doesn’t make sense.

While there were a few things that seemed off to me which is why I state that it was more deserving four stars than three, like calling parents by first names and other little things I couldn’t comprehend like that. The main thing that upset me about the book was being left with more questions than answers. Is Ariel really seeing ghosts? What was it about the necklace? What’s really happening with the town and how is Henry involved? What does her family seem to know that she doesn’t? And the ending while I guess enlightening in some ways is more frustrating than anything else because it looks like everything has gone wrong, nothing has gone right and no one is getting answers. Additionally, the villain revealed in the novel was completely unexpected and there was no foreshadowing whatsoever that he might be guilty or involved in anything so that was kind of a major huh moment for me. I hope to god this is part of a series because if that is then end of Ariel’s story I’m thinking this writer might be kind of sadistic. To get the reader so involved and weaving the world and characters so intricately to end in the manner she did seems all sorts of wrong to me. Overall I’m hesitant about recommending it. On one hand it’s extremely well written and an engaging story. On the other since I didn’t get hardly any answers but was left instead with a ton of questions and a burning anger I have a hard time recommending someone else step on an emotional roller coaster ride only to be left stuck at the top of the drop at the end wondering if the writer will let them down. I will say this, if there is a sequel to this novel I’d like to preorder it because I am highly involved with the characters she’s presented to me. As a standalone title I couldn’t recommend it only because of the things I’ve stated above, but if this novel opens a new series I highly recommend jumping on for the ride because I can guarantee she will have you on the edge of your seat until the very end.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Shannon Walters on July 20, 2011 :
Fast paced YA paranormal thriller. I read it in one sitting, very entertaining. I found the characters easy to relate to and the storyline developing nicely. I expect the next book to clarify some of the dangling loose ends.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Katie Nichols on July 19, 2011 :
received this book free from the author through Member Giveaways on Librarything!
First of all, this book gave me the heebie-jeebies...and I'm not sure why because I don't usually spook that easily when it comes to ghosts. I think it was the whole Orphanage part. Those places freak me out. Anyway, I digress. This book was a great YA suspense novel. I fell in love with the main character, Ariel, who had to go through losing her best friend--and that had to be hard. I can, however, relate to her, a lot actually. I was always the odd man out and didn't have many friends, so if I had to go through high school with losing my best friend, being blamed for it (which I'm not sure why Ariel was blamed for it--that wasn't explained) and then starting to see things--and you can't talk to anyone about it...shew! That would make for a tough ride!

I do feel as though the ending was WAY too much of a cliffhanger!!! I was like "this is getting good!" and then BAM-SHA-BAM! It's over. I do hope that the second novel ties in the significance of the Orphanage as well as the principal because that really wasn't covered at the end and I wish that it was because as is, it makes sense, but it isn't in a pretty little package. I felt it was well written though, and I have faith that all will be made right again with the second in the series.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: K. Wodke on July 19, 2011 :
Gravity is a well-written novel for young adults which I believe is the first in a series. It starts out at a sedate pace, but grows more intense toward the end. The story takes place in a town named Hell and has a touch of the paranormal, along with a missing girl, some murders, intrigue, and even a sweet young romance. I would recommend this book.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Angela Fristoe on July 18, 2011 :
There were a number of things I liked about this book, and a few things that bothered me. First I think that Ms. Boyd did a great job with the characters. Ariel is not some weakling, waiting to be rescued. She is on a mission to solve a mystery and, although she takes some silly risks, she doesn't wait around for her love interest to save or guide her. Her best friend Theo (who happens to be a girl) is nicely rounded out and seems to have things going on in her life besides Ariel. Henry (the love interest) could have been the cookie cutter mysterious guy, but Ms. Boyd manages to make him friendly, smart, and at times funny, with a bit of mystery thrown in.

Ariel's age (15) was a bit hard for me to relate with. It's a personal preference I have, and even though the blurb (and story) clearly told me she was 15 I didn't really click into it until about half way, then I though "ah, that's why she acts like that". Ariel is 15 and acts it.

The ending felt a bit rushed for me. There was a lot going on. I had no problem with the deaths that occur. That was staying true to the story, and although harsh, it wouldn't have been believable otherwise. I loved that it wasn't the typical happily ever after. I'm guessing Ms. Boyd is leaving it open for a sequel and I can't blame her for that.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Hannah Hummel on July 15, 2011 :
It started off well, with a mystery and an interesting heroine, and soon got plodded down in a lot of telling instead of showing in terms of the school scenes, and then I just kind of lost interest after that.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Molly Rabbitt on July 15, 2011 :
(2.5/5 stars)
I got a copy of this through librarything, just for full disclosure.

I also really wanted to like this book, but I just couldn’t get into it. Usually, this sort of story is something I love to read, but I felt like “Gravity” echoed so many books in this genre that have already done this sort of plotline, and there was nothing that really stuck out to me as something new, different, or brilliant.
It is a solid read, however, and that needs to be said. Boyd can definitely weave a story, but I felt like she could have expanded on certain things and pushed her story/characters over the limits of what’s already out there. Unfortunately, this didn’t happen, and it fell far short of what I was hoping it would be.

It started off well, with a mystery and an interesting heroine, and soon got plodded down in a lot of telling instead of showing in terms of the school scenes, and then I just kind of lost interest after that. I think with some editing, this book can definitely be better than it is now. For now it feels like a first draft, and that’s not a bad thing – it’s almost complete, but that’s just it. Almost.

After the initial school scenes, I could no longer emotionally connect with the heroine. I’m not sure why. It could be the aforementioned avalanche of telling instead of showing, it could have been the often used “small haunted town with usual high school social groupings and treatment” elements that have been so present within YA lit as of late. I think had she just concentrated on the mystery itself and used a little less of the school/social factor, it would have been a much better read.

I would definitely like to read another version of this – an edited, tightened version. This story has potential, Boyd has potential, and I just think she needs to push things to the limit of what they can be. The same for this story. I definitely look forward to her next work, though, and hope she keeps up with this series.

(posted to librarything, goodreads, shelfari, and witchoftheatregoing.wordpress.com)
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Emily Tuley on July 15, 2011 :
I found myself clicking the button every second I could as this book pulled me in with it's compelling story. The coming of age story with a girl learning to cope with the sudden disappearance of her best friend for years and the realization that she had inherited her grandmothers gift to see the dead. The mystery unfolded more as Ariel moves through her day to day life her school year back after her friends disappearance, More people begin to disapear and more of her friends or would be friends turn on her. She makes a new friend of the new girl Theo and gets her first crush in Henry the new guy in school as she faces each drama that unfolds and tries to figure out slowly what is going on in her home town of Hell and where all the kids are starting to disappear to what they have in common with the old orphanage and why things seem to be happening most of all to her.

It's the first in a series that I'm already eager for the next book in. I can't wait and hope that you all will find this just as good a read as it was for me.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Ariel Wiborn on July 14, 2011 :
Receiving this book, I didn't know what to expect. To my surprise, no only did the main character share my name, but she also lived in the same state as me! That started me off on a great foot with the book, and it didn't let me down.

The main character loses her best friend who ran away for no apparent reason, and now Ariel's still coping with this loss as she starts another school, now without her best friend. Some new people arrive in her life, one being a new female friend, and the other being a hot guy to ogle over. Throughout the novel, she gets the feeling that she's being haunted or something of that nature, so she feels compelled to try and find out what it all means, Hell, MI be damned. When they discover a conspiracy theory, it's up to Ariel to figure out what's going on.

A great light read. I finished it all in one sitting, and I am looking forward to the next one coming out.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Angie Creech on July 12, 2011 :
After Ariel's best friend goes missing she withdraws from life. Once school begins again; however, she is forced to rejoin her peers and makes friends with two new kids in school, Theo and Henry. While Ariel is trying to reacclimate herself she also discovers that she is able to see ghosts. This discovery takes her on an interesting ride. This was a great book and I look forward to reading the next book in the series.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Lisa Kistler on July 12, 2011 :
I was slow getting into this one as it is a young readers book. But I soon found I was hooked and by the end was frantically searching for the release date of part two! Really great mystery that takes many turns. I will be waiting for part 2!!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Scooby2 on July 11, 2011 :
I was instantly taken in with the town of Hell and the paranormal activity there. I loved how this was not only a ghost story, but included a little romance, some murders, missing girls, and a haunted orphanage. I can not wait for the next in the series to come out. This was a great quick read full of mystery and suspense. I just wish Ms Boyd had went into a little more detail about Ariel's grandmother's history and given us a little bit more detail about the town of Hell. I would definitely recommend this book to others.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: madalice1025 on July 10, 2011 :
Reviewed by http://bibliophile-bestiary.blogspot.com/

I read this book very quickly, it is quite the page turner. I think it had parts in the middle to middle/end that were slow, but otherwise it kept up the pace. It is completely PG in the romance department, not that it is a bad thing!

I do think there could have been a little more explanation into the paranormal part, Ariel's grandmother, Jenna, Theo's past, and the weird Thornhill Society. I know there is going to be several books, but sometimes it jumped around at parts and told too much about somethings and not enough about others.

With all of that said, I still enjoyed the read and really couldn't put it down. Ariel is a great character and I love Theo. Henry could use a beating or two to get his head on straight though!

Still, the author really grabbed me. You have me till the next book for sure! 3 1/2 out of 5 stars

*Also a side note, I had trouble with the font size for the ePub version. I would have to keep changing the font on my nook because some pages would have HUGE font and some really, really tiny font. It was weird.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Stephanie on July 09, 2011 :
This is a different take on the whole ghost story, high school drama, love story. It starts off a bit slow for the first few chapter as the author is laying the ground work but once the story kicks into gear, you become sucked in. I like how the author keeps you guessing and nothing is too easy to figure out. Everytime you think you know what is going to happen, there is a curve ball. I look forward to reading the ending of the story and finding out just why and how's everything went down.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Jen Seger on July 04, 2011 :
Fifteen year old Ariel Donovan's best friend, Jenna, has disappeared. Confused, concerned, and feeling horribly abandoned, Ariel's summer vacation has stretched in a miserable period of isolation and depression. No one, including Ariel, knows what happened to Jenna -- she had stormed out of Ariel's bedroom one night, never to return. Ariel's parents are increasingly overprotective, fearing that Ariel may be snatched up, too, and Ariel feels as though the entire town holds her responsible for Jenna's disappearance. Distraught by the absence of her friend and her loss of autonomy, Ariel views her approaching sophomore year with dread.

As the school year begins, Ariel is vulnerable -- friendless and at the bottom of the hierarchy. The children of the wealthy elite run the school, relentlessly bullying any who get in their way. Even the school principle shows favoritism towards the popular, especially the beautiful Lainey, the reigning "Mean Girls" queen of their high school. Ariel is shunned by her entire class, even the girls in her old clique, and is now defenseless against Lainey without her former defender, Jenna. When Lainey claims handsome new student Henry as her own, Ariel becomes an even bigger target of Lainey's as Henry begins showing interest in both girls.

While the story is initially slow-paced, Boyd uses that time to naturally develop her characters and storyline. She shows excellent characterization: Ariel is genuine and very self-aware, painfully self-conscious of her low station in the school ranks. Her romance with friendly, mysterious Henry comes off as natural and not forced, unlike most young-adult novels (so refreshing!). The other characters of the school are realistic, even while remaining stereotypical: jokester Alex can be tolerable when he lets down his guard, beautiful Lainey will stop at nothing to get her way and Ariel honestly does not want to get in Lainey's way.

"Gravity" quickly begins gripping and addicting. It is a fascinating mystery story, albeit very complicated. This book finished on a high note, and I am left anxious for the second installment. Hopefully the second book will wrap up all of the unanswered questions left by the first. I definitely recommend!!

(Disclaimer: The author provided me with a free copy of this ebook.)
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Tweezle on July 01, 2011 :
Ariel is no stranger to being considered "weird" but finds herself shunned when her best friend disappears. Even though she is befriended by two new kids in school, Henry and Theo, she still needs to know what happened to her childhood best friend.

A fantastic story that I think most kids can identify with - being on the outside looking in. This wonderful mix of romance, friendship, mystery and thriller, with some paranormal mixed in, keeps the reader intrigued all the way to the end. The book ends with a surprise twist, and leaves you craving the next book in the series.

A great read that will please the young adult audience as well as most adults!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: rhonda laney on June 29, 2011 :
I really liked the story and would have given 5 stars but I hate having to wait to find out what happens to the next book comes out.
Ariel is going to be a sophomore this year. She feel all alone after her good friend for since kindergarden Jenna disappeared. Everyone thinks she has runaway but Ariel doesn't. Last year she was picked on by the rich snobby girls Lainey and friends. Lainey has claimed the new boy Henry as hers. Ariel ends up having Henry in alot of her classes and becomes friends with him. Theo is her neighbor and becomes friends too.
Lots of weird things are happening around town. Ariel is hearing voices and wierd sounds. Lainey even breaks her nose and gets away with it because she rich. a couple of young girls go missing.
Its full of action, mysteries and villians and good guys. Cant wait to read the next book.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Candle Star Press on June 14, 2011 :
Gravity, by Abigail Boyd

I don’t usually gravitate toward the paranormal. I hold some strong religious views and am of the opinion that the occult can be dangerous. But I’m undertaking a judgment of Ms. Boyd's craft, not her subject matter. And my conclusion? Abigail Boyd is a gifted writer!

In Gravity, Ms. Boyd has created three wonderful characters. Ariel is a fifteen-year-old girl whose best friend has vanished without a trace. She lacks confidence, struggles with “what ifs,” and she’s totally confused by her sensitivity toward the paranormal, not to mention her difficulty dealing with overprotective parents. Ariel’s new friend, Theo (feminine), holds to her own unique but personable style, and Henry, well, who knows what Henry is? Despite her hopes, Ariel certainly can’t figure it out! The shifting relationships between this cast of well-rounded and oh-so-normal characters provides the foundation for a page-turning plot.

Ms. Boyd’s narration is nearly flawless. She scripts sentences that are easy to maneuver, with smooth transitions and unlabored prose. It’s just edgy enough to appeal to kids, but not so slangy as to appear dated in a few years. For instance, “McPherson (the principal) had always thrown me a vibe that screamed wrong.” I talk like that. I love it. And here are a few of her absolutely fabulous details and word pictures:

“My math teacher, Mr. Vanderlip was a twitchy little man with a paisley tie.”

“Her cloying cloud of fruit punch scented perfume hit me in the face like a chemical warfare attack.”

“It was comforting talking to someone I actually could talk to. I no longer felt like a target, dodging around waiting to get hit.”

Great stuff, ain’t it? And now let’s talk about suspense. When weird stuff starts happening, the knocks on the wall, the slamming lockers, the visions and dreams, you have to keep pushing on, because you have to learn what’s happening. And exactly what is Principal McPherson up to (the scumbag!)?

The book isn’t quite perfect. Ariel’s first day of school, in the early chapters, explains much, but I was starting to feel a little restless from its length. There’s also some scattered profanity. Not much, but I always question its necessity in a book classified for children. And apart from my own personal discomfort with a séance scene, I think séances are overdone. Every book, every movie, every television series, it seems, includes one. I also found lots of typos (which I’ve sent on to the author and trust will shortly be fixed) and a few logistical problems, where narration contradicts itself. Again, easy fixes.

Now back to the stuff I appreciated. Ms. Boyd has a great feel for a book’s movement. Her relationships work in slowly, naturally. Scenes build on each other. She plants fabulous clues are easily glossed over until suddenly those detail take on significance. The whole book is skillfully wrought.

The ending, however, I hated. Not because it sucks, but because the suspense is so well done that I now have to wait for her next installment. Because I must keep reading. I must learn what happens!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: p Holland on June 12, 2011 :
It's Ariel's fifteenth birthday, but nobody's too happy about it. Her calmly dysfunctional family only has a tiny 4-person party because Ariel's mom Claire decided it was necessary. Claire is an ultra-perfectionist who runs the perfect business and maintains the perfect home, while Ariel is a standard messy teenager feeling the weight of her mother's disapproval. Ariel's not-so-great birthday gets weirder when she looks out the window and sees her friend Jenna who has been missing for three months. Ariel follows as Jenna runs into the nearby woods and enters the old Dexter Orphange building, which is supposedly haunted. The house catches fire, then Ariel wakes up, still missing her friend.

Ariel stars her sophomore year of high school in a daze, feeling lost without her best friend and wondering what connection her dreams might have to reality. More paranormal phenomena start cropping up, and Ariel gets the unsettling feeling that she's being watched. On the bright side, Ariel does meet a new friend, an outsider girl named Theo, who is a great supporting character.

At school, Ariel also she hears other girls gossiping about a cute new guy named Henry, but Ariel doesn't think she'll like him. And at first she doesn't--he tries to win her friendship and make her laugh, but she's not in a mood for joking because she's still dealing with survivor's guilt after losing Jenna. Henry's actually kind of intrigued that she's annoyed by him, but though he shows some interest, Ariel knows that she shouldn't even think about flirting back because the most popular girl at school has already called dibs on him. Henry has a genuine charm, and his presence seems to be a benefit to Ariel. It's always nice to see a YA guy who isn't especially mysterious or brooding, though Henry does have a few secrets to hide.

There are only a couple of difficult elements in Gravity: 1. The school scenes can be a little longer than necessary when there's no particular action or character development we need to see. 2. Ariel and Henry go back and forth a few too many times about whether they're involved with each other or not.


Ariel tries to manage her school life, plus her new friendship with Theo and new potential relationship with Henry, but she's plagued by her memories of Jenna. Ariel is certain that there's more going on in her town than meets the eye, and Ariel and Theo start spying on the suspicious-acting Principal McPherson. Ariel also begins digging into her town's dark past, particularly as it relates to the creepy ancient orphanage, and she uncovers some truly chilling secrets.

Gravity is a good read for younger teens who'd like something that's on the scary side, and it'll probably be the most interesting to read around Halloween.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

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