on Jan. 31, 2013 :
I've been reading tons of indie YA paranormal series lately. That is to say, I've been reading a lot of "Book One"s and rarely making it on to "Book Two"s. Even when the ideas are interesting, there are far too many writing and editing problems that kick me right out of the story.
Not so with Abigail Boyd's Gravity series! Interesting, well-written and with a fantastic editorial eye. I serioulsy can't wait to see what will happen next (retty please publish Book 3 on Smashwords!?! :)
This book is well-paced and well-plotted. It's great to see how the mysteries of the town, and Jenna's death in Book 1, for example, are still unfolding.
In fact I credit Abigail Boyd with starting me on the path to reading more indie authors' series. It's just too bad that I've found so few as good as this one so far!
(reviewed 87 days after purchase)
on Dec. 27, 2012 :
The plot and characters were similar to the first with a faster beginning, and while the story moved at a good pace it lacked the spooky finesse of Boyd's first novel. Yet, it was still a good read. The plot lines in the second series I do hope line up the plot of the third which will contain more of the creepy feelings I got from the first book. The epilogue gives a good indication that the third book will deal more with the paranormal and less with the life and times of teens dealing with drama.
Once again a good edit is needed though. It was at times confusing when a word was used that didn't quite convey the right message or complete the passage as needed. As this is Boyd's second book I would have hoped that she would have found a good editor. I do hope she has for the next novel because as minute as it seems, grammar and spelling is just as important to hooking a reader as a good plot. She has the plot, now the technical needs work.
(reviewed 9 months after purchase)
on June 22, 2012 :
I was very excited to read the this next book in the Gravity series. I was not disappointed. I like the first book but this one was better. I am older than the target audience, but like them. There was a little less teenage angst and more mystery. It really is turning out to be a great series.
(reviewed 72 days after purchase)
on May 9, 2012 :
I won a copy of Uncertainty through LibraryThing. And after reading Gravity, all I could say was "Yay!"
Uncertainty starts out with Ariel starting summer break, about a year after her best friend Jenna went missing. Jenna's body has fortunately been found and buried, and Ariel isn't having the dreams of her anymore. Well, thanks to modern medicine. Ariel is sick of being in a Benzo fog, so she decides to take herself off her meds (NOT a good idea btw) and as soon as she does this, she gets her best friend back! As a ghost, but still. Jenna can't remember anything that's happened, still thinks she's alive and insists they just finished freshman year. Meanwhile, Henry decides he actually misses Ariel, and wants to at least be her friend again. So glad I'm not a teenager living in Hell. Uncertainty left me a little, well, uncertain about how this was all going to go, and end. I was glad we got some answers about Jenna, but just as we were about to get some more- dum dum DUM!- the secret sharer wasn't sharing anymore! And I didn't have too much left of the book! Luckily I got on Miss Boyd's blog to see she is in the process of working on the 3rd installment. THANK GOD! Because there is no UNCERTAINTY about it, I want more! I want more of Henry and Ariel, I want to know all the dirty little secrets this cult town Hell posesses, and I want to find out if all those snobs get their due! Until then, I'll wait with bated breath...
(reviewed 27 days after purchase)
Tona Cruz Dominguez
on April 30, 2012 :
I won this book from a Library Thing giveaway.
I'm glad that I won this book. Even though I have not read the 1st in the series, this book can be a stand alone book. It outlined the 1st book with enough information to make the this book followable.
I want to know who is behind it all. Though I have a good idea but if anything this book shows you that not everything is how you believe it to be.
(reviewed 19 days after purchase)
on April 20, 2012 :
There's no way to go, but up. And that is what Abigail Boyd has done. There were still some issues, such as grammatical errors and also some things that were mentioned twice, one example, someone jumped off a stage and a few sentences later jumped off the stage again. These are errors that are hard to ignore and something that isn't expected from a published work. There is no doubt that Abigail Boyd has a talent in weaving tales, but the story still came off as slightly unfinished.
One thing that stands out without any blatant flaws is the characters, they are all well-developed with Ariel pulling forward as a strong female protagonist. Abigail Boyd is definitely strong when it comes to characterizations, there is never a moment where the characters or dialogue seem forced or unnatural.
The plot still feels a little drawn out, there are things that are obvious, but the characters are oblivious to. Maybe that is the authors intentions, it's hard to tell. I can say that even though I know where the series is going, I have no idea how I will be taken there, and that's somewhat of a good thing. It lengthens the mystery yet at the same time frustrates me because it's a constant one step forward, two steps back plot. I want more information then what I'm fed, but I can admit that I'm fully reeled in.
My emotions were tugged at more than Gravity, most likely due to the fact that there were less errors, allowing me to concentrate on the story rather the wording. Also, there was more descriptive prose rather than bare sentences, which was a HUGE plus. I'm looking forward to the next installment, and if this is any indication, the writing will only keep getting better.
(reviewed 6 days after purchase)
Candle Star Press
on March 28, 2012 :
Fellow author Abigail Boyd and I have agreed to beta read each other’s books. The paranormal content in Uncertainty, book two in the Gravity series, has grown increasingly occultic. Extreme behavior (I won’t give away details for the sake of suspense) is reserved for the criminal element within the story and gives the book a strong sense of danger; nevertheless, some scenes went beyond my comfort zone.
Yet I can’t help but be impressed with Abigail’s writing style. Despite my qualms, the story is extremely absorbing. She especially has a knack for imagery—she always chooses just the right words and often makes me laugh with the description—and for effortless dialogue. In short, this is prose Every Joe will pick up and relate to. And she makes it look easy. Case in point:
“Her voice was several octaves higher than usual, her green eyes ballooning like a cartoon mouse begging a cat not to kill it.”
Then there was the lady with so much plastic surgery “they could have bounced a quarter off her face.”
And my favorite, the “huge assault strollers in the mall.” See what I mean? Abbey’s writing sparkles with humor and personality.
Now for the plot. Ariel, who uncovered the murder of her best friend, Jenna, in book one, is now being visited by her friend’s ghost, who is trapped in “Limbo.” But Jenna doesn’t know she’s dead, so she can’t remember details of the murder. Using her psychic abilities and the few clues she’s given, Ariel begins to uncover a plot that stretches far beyond the man who was jailed for the crime. It seems to reach into the wealthiest families in town, including that of Henry, her on-again, off-again boyfriend. Uncertainty, while concluding satisfactory, definitely leaves a lot of material for book three.
So, setting my content preferences aside, I am rating this one based solely on how much I enjoyed Abbey's style and story-telling ability.
(reviewed the day of purchase)