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Book review: 'Earthbound' begins a new series by Aprilynne Pike

By Rosemarie Howard

For the Deseret News

Published: Saturday, July 27 2013 3:00 p.m. MDT

"EARTHBOUND," by Aprilynne Pike, Razorbill, $17.99, 338 pages (f) (ages 14 and up)

Aprilynne Pike's “Earthbound” is a young adult romance novel that straddles this world and a world of fantasy.

Tavia, 18, miraculously survives a plane crash that kills all other passengers, including her parents. As she recovers in the care of an aunt and uncle, she begins to see things others cannot see and is stalked by a man who hides behind sunglasses but fails to be inconspicuous.

Her talent for drawing has been blocked by the accident, along with many of her past memories. In her struggle to discover who she really is, Tavia must decide whom she can or cannot trust — a handsome college librarian named Benson, her therapist, her aunt and uncle, or an attractive, green-eyed man named Quinn, who seems trustworthy and real, but who has a habit of unpredictably appearing and then disappearing.

Tavia discovers that there are other supernatural powers in play. Tavia’s quest to recover her powers as an Earthbound, a powerful being who is bound to the planet they helped create, and reunite with her soul mate are critical to healing the Earth from a vicious virus and winning a battle that has been waged since the beginning of time.

Pike, author of the Wings series, has created a romantic fantasy adventure story that straddles time and plays with the idea of reincarnation. There are no fairies in this book, but there are gods and goddesses in disguise.

The main characters are interesting, the dialogue is realistic, and overall, the pacing works. The ending begs for a sequel, and according to the author’s website at www.aprilynnepike.com, there is one in the works.

"Earthbound" does contains some profanity throughout and as Tavia is attracted to both Benson and Quinn, there is some passionate kissing, including a make-out scene in a hotel room.

She will be at a book signing at the Barnes and Noble at the McIntyre Center, 1104 E. 2100 South, Salt Lake City, from 7 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, July 31.

Pike lives in Arizona with her husband and four children.

If you go ...

What: Girls Night Out with Aprilynne Pike, "Earthbound"; Brodi Ashton, Everneath series; Natalie Whipple, "Transparent"; and Jessica Day George, "Wednesdays in the Tower"

When: Wednesday, July 31, 7-9 p.m.

Where: Barnes and Noble, McIntyre Center, 1104 E. 2100 South, Salt Lake City

Web: barnesandnoble.com, www.aprilynnepike.com

Rosemarie Howard lives in a 100-year-old house on Main Street, Springville. She enjoys creating multimedia projects. Her website is at dramaticdimensions.com.

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