Book Review: Hover by Melissa West

Title: Hover
Author: Melissa West
Series: The Taking #2
Genre: YA Sci-Fi
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Publication Date:  August 13th, 2013
Page Count: 352 pages
Format: Kindle eBook
Source: Purchased

On 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.
*The Reader's Review*
My rating: 4/5 stars

After I finished the first book in The Taking series, Gravity, I was desperate to get my hands on this book because holy cow, Gravity was such an intense and kick-butt read that I just needed to know what would happen next. Imagine my horror when I was trying to buy it in my Kobo store and it saying that the title wasn't available in my country. WHAT? I even reached out to the author to check if this was right (heh, sorry Melissa!). But then thankfully, my Kindle arrived and I immediately bought the book through Amazon. I devoured it. It was a great sequel and it took my breath away so many times that I lost count.

The great part about this book is how it somehow brings us back to basics, but in a different world, instead of Earth. And by basics I mean with Ari and Jackson, of getting the hang of things once again, of meeting new people, and discovering skills and deeper secrets. I loved the thrill it gave me when Ari joins for the first time RES training and Jackson shows another side of him that we didn't get the chance to see in Gravity. I don't know how to say it, but it's that kind of thing when the boy is distant and the girl is trying to get the hang of things in training, then he challenges her in front of everybody, but you know he likes her although he tries not to show it, you know? Well, something like that. I LOVE those kind of situations.

And yeah, I was a bit bummed that things are strained between Ari and Jackson due to the circumstances, but everything was understandable and it still felt nice to know that they did care about each other. Ari was the one confused about how she should feel about Jackson after everything that's happened and I don't blame her. How can you trust the grandson of the evilest man on Loge who's basically destroying everything? But we know Jackson is nothing like Zeus, so all is well. Hard NOT to love Jackson. ;)

Overall, Hover was another exciting read. It had a little less action than Gravity, but it had other interesting things going on that made up for it. Lots of mind games, for example *shudders*. 

Have you started this series? You should! You'll love it.


  1. Yay! I'm really glad you liked this one! I agree, it didn't have as much action as Gravity, but I actually ended up enjoying it more- probably because of the way Ari and Jackson's relationship develops. Swoon. :D I hope you enjoy Collide!

    1. I did! It was so cool, but I was sad to say goodbye to it *sniff*. Good thing there's a prequel novella coming up. It's not the same thing of course, but at least it has something to do about the series. <3