Earthquake, by Aprilynne Pike Review

Monday, 1 September 2014

Earthquake (Earthbound #2), by Aprilynne Pike

Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Paranormal, Mystery, Romance

Rating: 1.5/5 stars

Publication: July 8, 2014, by Razorbill

Format: Hardcover (borrowed)

Goodreads Summary: Tavia Michaels has discovered that she’s an Earthbound—a fallen goddess with the power to remake the Earth—and that a rival faction of Earthbounds, the Reduciata, has created a virus that is literally wiping swaths of the planet out of existence. 

Tavia is captured and imprisoned before she can act on this information, along with her eternal lover, Logan. Huddled in a claustrophobic cell, they lose track of the days, their attempts to escape proving as ephemeral as Tavia’s newly gestating powers. But then Tavia and Logan are mysteriously rescued. . . .

They’re brought to the underground headquarters of the Curatoria, another group of Earthbounds that Tavia doesn’t fully trust. There, she’s told that she can save the Earth before it disappears. She agrees.

Tavia quickly realizes that she isn’t like other Earthbound, and as her abilities continue to awaken, they begin to threaten her centuries-long relationship with Logan. When Benson—Tavia’s former best friend and romantic interest—appears at Curatoria headquarters, Tavia will again have to make a choice about who to be with even as she tries to stop the virus that is destroying the world and uncover the truth about the two Earthbound organizations that have her tangled up in their webs.


DNF @ 100-120 pages (don't remember haha)

“Logan,” I interrupt, and finally he looks up. “Can’t we just save the world first?”
“My world’s not worth saving without you,” he replies.

Then he turns and walks away.”

     Earthbound was more of a miss for me, but I wanted to keep going on with this series so I decided to pick this one up. I always liked Tavia and Logan's relationship, and I totally wanted to see it grow and improve. 

      I didn't like this book. Just to take a note in the future, please don't recommend any of the books in this series to me. I never want to see this book ever again because of the catastrophe also known as the plot. *sighs* I feel like crying every time when thinking about this book because I love Aprilynne Pike's other books!

        So you know, you boys can cry too if you'd like. :) This book took off right after where the first one did. At this point, Tavia is beginning to find out who she is. Her abilities are totally new to her, and of course, things at this point can go out of control at any moment. Logan is up to do anything to save Tavia from all of the crazy stuff going on in her world—but of course, they both end up getting captured. Then Tavia realizes that she's abnormal, surprise surprise.

        My main problem is the idea. It's really too cliche, and I don't think that it needs to become a trilogy to capture the idea and add it into readers's minds. Fallen goddesses? This sounds like a wannabe of fallen angels, which I can barely stand either. I'm just not into the goddess idea—or mythology either.

          The first 30 pages or so were racing. Aprilynne started off with a great action scene that kept me wanting to read this in one sitting. From there on, everything went slo-mo. The plot became thin, and I found that the book lost its magic, and so did the characters, who I once could really relate to, and who once, stories I really loved.

            Unable to keep up with this turtle-motioned novel, I gave up. Sure, I'm #sorrynotsorry, but I do wish that I came to adore this trilogy like others may have. The average rating is really good, too! 3.98? That's an accomplishment. But I guess that this will be one of the rare negative reviews that you will find, fellow bookies.


               Tavia lost her magic. She became annoying, and un-relatable. Like come on, you're a goddess, and you expect a prince charming following you at every corner, risking his life, when YOU have the ability to save HIM? Puh-leeze. I sure loved Prince Charming, aka Logan, who never lost his beauty and image.

                  In conclusion, I was looking for something much bigger and better. I was really disappointed with this—but if you absolutely adored the first, then go for this!


  1. Aw man. This is so sad. Not because I'm planning to read this but because you didn't find it so enjoyable. I need to really find it in me to DNF books. The book I'm reading now is quite similar to this pacing-wise. Ugh. Hoping your next read is better, Mich. Thanks for the honesty!

  2. Love your blog! Your reaction photos/gifs are hilarious :)

    Also, hope you don't mind--nominated you for a Liebster!

  3. @Sarah: Aw, well it's okay! You're welcome Sar, and thank you! :)

  4. Oh dear, it sounds like this one had middle book syndrome and I hate it when awesome characters lose their personality in books. It's a shame cos I've heard good things about the author's books, too bad this one didn't work out!

  5. Yep. :( I love Aprilynne's other books, but this one really was disappointing.


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