Rumor Has It opens its doors once again to an awesome lady, Melissa West, awesome publishing house, Entangled Teen Publishing and a pretty kick-ass book, GRAVITY.  A huge shout out and thank you to Itching For Books for allowing me to be part of the tour. 

Gravity by Melissa West

Genre: YA

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

In the future, only one rule will matter:

Don’t. Ever. Peek.

Seventeen-year-old Ari Alexander just broke that rule and saw the last person she expected hovering above her bed—arrogant Jackson Locke, the most popular boy in her school. She expects instant execution or some kind of freak alien punishment, but instead, Jackson issues a challenge: help him, or everyone on Earth will die.

Ari knows she should report him, but everything about Jackson makes her question what she’s been taught about his kind. And against her instincts, she’s falling for him. But Ari isn’t just any girl, and Jackson wants more than her attention. She’s a military legacy who’s been trained by her father and exposed to war strategies and societal information no one can know—especially an alien spy, like Jackson. Giving Jackson the information he needs will betray her father and her country, but keeping silent will start a war.

The Review

I try not to do this too often but please be one with your Spoiler Sensitivity Levels and know that this might be a bit spoiler-ish but not too bad.

First off, I have been CRAVING for this book ever since its cover was released; synopsis written and the site went live. It’s been a long time coming. For those that don’t know my first love has always and forever will be Science, more specifically anything space related, aliens and all. When this book came about I just couldn’t help but to be super geeked about it. Yes, you just read geeked.

As I opened up my copy to read so did the heavens and so my journey began.

Boy, was there a lot going on in this one!

In the future, the world has witnessed four World Wars in which the last one has left Earth broken and dying. The Ancients, a peaceful alien species, have always been around to help the humans fix their mess, unconditionally, until now. The Ancients have asked to be paired with a human in which they can receive nutrients via a ritual/process called The Taking. It’s similar to how the Dementors (Harry Potter) sucked out people’s joy/souls etc. The Ancients only take a bit every night and not to kill, although, it can be used to kill as well. In addition The Taking, the Ancients also want to eventually move to Earth so that everyone can live together like one happy family because their world is dying too. The leaders on Earth agreed to their terms so long as the Ancients fixed their Earth, stat.

The Taking has been happening for many years now but the whole coming to live on Earth seems to be on hold and the Ancients have grown tired of waiting. Ari, a future leader, has been recruited by her Ancient, Jackson, to help avoid a very real threat of war between the Ancients and the humans. Ari soon discovers how easily history can repeat itself and how far people will go to gain total control and power.


One thing that I feel the YA world lacks or is rare is an honest to goodness strong female lead. I look for strong because I want my nieces to read about strong so they can be strong and I want my son to read and appreciate that strength in women. I want them to read about women that are smart, decisive and follow through, love but are not boy crazy, are very aware of their surroundings, know what’s right and wrong even if she has been spoon fed a certain philosophy for years. This was Ari, from page one. Ari is by far the strongest and most developed character in the book. When I say she was kick-ass… I mean she was KICK-ASS. She has been trained by her father, the current Commander, to become a future Commander and leader. The way her brain works and the things she does wreaks of leadership. Not once did I question who she was or what she was capable of. I loved her from beginning to end. BTW, not only is Ari this strong woman but so is pretty much every female of importance in the book (Ari’s mom, Cybil, Gretchen). Yep, A++.

This World and its People

To be fair, I read an ARC and all of the following could have been fixed already. This world needs some work. There are some holes and kinks that need to be fleshed out. Some characters need to be fleshed out a bit too. Example: Jackson, the Ancient, and Lawrence aka childhood friend aka future President, seem to have a bunch of information/secrets and not a one ever really give much away. It made it hard to really trust and like them whole heartedly. I took to heart what the Commander had told Ari. He said don’t trust anyone, and I sure as heck didn’t but more importantly I walked away with too many questions that should have been answered in this book which created much suction because Melissa West CAN WRITE.

The Romance

It’s not on the front burner, folks. I know what the synopsis says but it’s not. THIS IS NOT A BAD THING!! There is a bigger picture with more pressing matters! A world needs saving! Yet, there is a healthy amount of love and romance and nicely balanced. It’s not insta-love either. Jackson and Ari have been paired for about 7 years now. That is 2,555 days of The Taking (sometimes you just have to bust out with the math). Ari has always felt Jackson’s presence, curious about him, just as he has been curious about her. Although Ari could never see her Ancient, she has always been connected to him. AND The Taking is a very intimate process. In fact the story speaks of the bonds/connections/attraction humans and Ancients alike, develop for one another. All of this combined made the relationship between Ari and Jackson feel natural to me.

All in all, Gravity is one action packed read with a bit of romance, yet full of intrigue, is definitely unique, thought provoking with a WTH ending and is ALL SCI-FI!! Good stuff, Peeps...good stuff.

ARC provided by publisher for tour/review purposes.

The Quotes

"No one talks about it. No one talks about them at all. "The Ancients prefer discretion," Mom once told me. But some say it's because they're so freakish we'd drop dead of fright. Others say they're too attractive, too tempting.
I prefer this theory."

"You shouldn't love me, but assuming you ignore me, like always, know this: I am absolutely, mind-bendingly in love with you. In every way. Every ounce of my body. My entire belongs to you."

The Giveaway!

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Melissa lives in a tiny suburb of Atlanta, GA with her husband and daughter. She pretends to like yoga, actually likes shoes, and could not live without coffee. Her writing heroes include greats like Jane Austen and Madeleine L'Engle. She holds a B.A. in Communication Studies and an M.S. in Graphic Communication, both from Clemson University. Yeah, her blood runs orange.


  1. Awesome review. Thanks for participating!

  2. Wonderful review, Mirley! I'm glad you liked Ari - I can't wait to read the finished version next week. :)

    1. Thanks Sam! There was so much I wanted to say but it would have been too spoiler-ish. The story is definitely a lot deeper than I led on. There are some thoughts and ideas presented in the book that give you food for thought. BUT I CAN'T SAY WHY! I've been given a copy of the final version by the publisher but I can't fit it in until next week! I'm dying to see the changes made.

  3. I am so confused! I just finished Gravity, and I don't know, did I read a different version than you?
    This quote

    "You shouldn't love me, but assuming you ignore me, like always, know this: I am absolutely, mind-bendingly in love with you. In every way. Every ounce of my body. My entire belongs to you."

    when does he say that? I would totally remember having read that. ?

    1. Ok Ok Ok! So shortly after the tour had begun and reviews started pouring out and right before the FINAL copy came out, this most beautiful passage of the entire book was deleted. Yeah, I was ticked. Yeah, you read a different version than me. I have yet to read the final copy. I'm going to read it either this week or the next but from what I've been told there are some major changes to the romance aspect of the story and this deleted passage was one of them in an attempt to slow down what some folks felt was insta-love.

      What did you think of your copy?