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- Publisher: Entangled Publishing
- Publication date: 11/6/2012
- Pages: 400
- Source: eARC provided by publisher for review/tour
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.
From the first time I saw the cover and read the synopsis for this book I had been pining to read it. I am so glad that I got a chance to read this as part of the blog tour because it was really great. I have been reading a lot of sci-fi lately and have found that I really enjoy them. There aren't really many limits to where you can take a story when it has that element to it. I really loved what Melissa did with this story, and though I still have a lot of unanswered questions, it didn't have an impact on my enjoyment of this.
Ari is awesome! You want a tough badass character who can handle herself? Well she's it! She has is the daughter of the Commander so she has been trained by her father to be able to take over the position when it is her time. She is fierce, smart, and has a great sense of humor, but she is still vulnerable. She has always done what her dad says and has never thought to defy him before. That is until she learns of what he and the other people in charge have planned for the Ancients. They are about to start an all out war and no matter how much Ari knows she is risking, she can't let it happen. She will go against her family if it means saving innocent lives.
Jackson was one of those characters that I think you are supposed to fall head over heels for, but I just didn't. I did like him, I could tell that he really cared for Ari and some of the things he said seriously melted my heart. But, he seemed like he could do no wrong. I mean yeah, sometimes he kinda blows her off and is a little cocky, but he didn't really have many flaws. Maybe Ancients are just supposed to be near perfect. I mean they are aliens of a sort, so why not, right? Anyways, he really was an awesome character and I loved what he was willing to do for not just his race, but for Ari also. That kind of dedication is just an instant win for me.
Now, I know I said that I really enjoyed this book, but I do have a slight issue with some things. For one, we don't really get told why it is that the Ancients have to do the Taking. I know they need to replenish their nutrients and such, but what I don't understand is what depletes the nutrients so much and why they need to take them from humans. On their own planet do they lose their nutrients too? Is that one of the other reasons they are traveling to Earth? Anyways, then there is the whole insta-love thing. I totally get it on Jackson's side of things because he has been pining over and falling in love with Ari for a long time, but Ari has just really met Jackson and it's like a few days before she is in love with him. I know she has dreamed about her Ancient and whatever, but it still remains that she doesn't know anything about him really. Besides those things I don't really have any other issues with the story.
This book was hard to put down once I got into it. It was off to a bit of a slow start, but I never felt bored with it or like it was drawn out. I liked getting to know the characters, and slowly finding out what was going on. I think it was very well done where we get just enough action and discovering things. The romance was nice. It did start to seem like it was taking over a bit, but it never reached the point where it was too much. With the way this one ended I am really looking forward to what will happen in the next book. This was a fantastic start to what I think will be a promising series. 4 out of 5 stars
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