Blog Tour: Collide (The Taking #3) by Melissa West Review +Giveaway!!!Collide by Melissa West
Series: The Taking #3
Published by Entangled Teen Pages: 247
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher
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Military legacy Ari Alexander has survived alien spies, WWIV, and a changing world order. But when the new leader of Earth uses Jackson—the only boy she's ever let herself care about—to get to her, Ari has no choice but to surrender. To free Jackson, she agrees to travel to the national bases to train others to fight. What she discovers is a land riddled with dying people. Ari has the power to heal by turning the fighters into aliens—half-breeds like her. If she succeeds, together, they have a chance at overthrowing the alien leader, Zeus. But if she fails, everyone she holds dear will be wiped away forever. Once again, everything Ari’s come to believe is thrown into question. In a world of uncertainty, loyalties are tested, lies are uncovered, and no one can be trusted. If Ari and Jackson have any hope at survival and at preserving a life for the future, they must fight the final war with their eyes wide open.

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Check out my reviews of Gravity (The Taking #1) and Hover (The Taking #2).

Collide is a show-stopping, blood-pumping, heart-pounding finish to The Taking series, and hard-core Sci-Fi fans will be just as blown away by this finale as romance fans will be.

Ari is a bad-ass of EPIC PROPORTIONS in Collide and Melissa West didn’t hold back with Ari’s character. Ari fully transforms into a fearless leader in this last book of the series, and it was awesome to see her take on a strong female lead. She is a weapon of mass destruction in Collide and goes to all lengths to fight for what she believes in and to keep safe the ones she loves.

Jackson is as dreamy as ever, and never fails to anchor Ari when she needs it. I really enjoyed his character, and when combined with Ari’s character, the romance element was out of this world. As a team, as partners in this battle against Zeus and Kelvin, Ari’s love for Jackson and his love for her is what makes them strong. They are stronger together than apart, and Melissa West wholeheartedly proves this.

Jackson stands slowly, effort etched into his face, the muscles in his arms flexing. The door to his room starts to open, and my gaze flashes over, every fiber in me focused on keeping it shut. “They’re coming,” I say.

“It doesn’t matter,” Jackson replies, his voice like a warm blanket over my heart, soothing the ache that’s been there since he disappeared. The ache I feared would never go away.

“They can’t contain us. They will never contain us.

The pacing was perfect for this final installment and the plot was compelling, thickening with the pace of the novel. So much action was packed in, one might be afraid that it would take away from the love story- but it didn’t. Despite enough scenes and action sequences to make any Star-Wars fan or Star-Ship Troopers fan squeal for joy, the romance between Ari and Jackson is really where it’s at.

I was SO HAPPY and actually a little shocked that Melissa West didn’t let this thread of the story be overpowered by the Sci-Fi elements, but the woman is MAGIC. Melissa West creates the perfect combination of action/romance qualities in Collide, but for me, it is definitely the relationship between Ari and Jackson that transcends space and time. West really knows how to craft a meaningful relationship between her main characters, and that is what ultimately kept me turning the pages at breakneck speed.

And as if she needed to add any more depth to her story and make certain aspects seem relevant to the world today, West goes and drops lines like this to really get you thinking:

“I don’t like what this means, joining forces with the enemy, but maybe it’s not about sides. Maybe it’s about the best people—the best kind—surviving. Maybe it’s about the birth of a new species, one that isn’t so fixated on the other and is more focused on the best life for all.”

Collide was AWESOME and although I’m sad to see it end, I’m so glad Melissa West gave her fans a terrific ending to this STELLAR series.

And don’t forget to check out one of the COOLEST GIVEAWAYS EVER below. It includes and awesome annotated copy of Gravity and ROSWELL SEASON ONE. How cool is that!?

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About the Author

melissa westMelissaWest writes young adult and new adult novels for Entangled Teen and Embrace and Penguin/InterMix. She lives outside of Atlanta, GA with her husband and two daughters and spends most of her time writing, reading, or fueling her coffee addiction. She holds a B.A. in Communication Studies and a M.S. in Graphic Communication, both from Clemson University. Yeah, her blood runs orange.

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About Melissa West

Melissa West writes young adult and new adult novels for Entangled Teen and Embrace and Penguin/Intermix. She lives outside of Atlanta, GA with her husband and two daughters and spends most of her time writing, reading, or fueling her coffee addiction.

She holds a B.A. in Communication Studies and a M.S. in Graphic Communication, both from Clemson University. Yeah, her blood runs orange.

ARC Review: Hover (The Taking #2) by Melissa WestHover by Melissa West
Series: The Taking #2
Published by Entangled Teen on August 13, 2013
Pages: 233
Format: eBook
Source: Publisher
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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 weight of a whole new world lies on Ari’s shoulders.

If you haven’t read Gravity, the first book in this blockbuster series, you can check out my review here.

Looking for a fun Summer series that leaves you feeling like you just came out of an action-packed Sci-Fi film? Then search no more, because The Taking series by Melissa West fits the bill. In Hover (The Taking #2), we join Ari on her new planet, Loge. At the end of Gravity, Jackson, Ari, and Cybil make an intense exodus from Earth to escape the deadly neurotoxins that were released to kill all Ancients, and those who have been healed by Ancients. Ari and Cybil could either stay, and die, or leave and chance their survival on Jackson’s home planet. When Ari wakes up in Panacea, the Ancients version of a hospital on Loge, things do not go as smoothly as she had hoped.

In Hover, Melissa immerses the reader in the surroundings and customs of a new planet. The world she has created is an intriguing blend of an alien-like environment,  with a hint of New-Age-esque supernatural qualities. We are introduced to several new characters on Loge that will play a vital role in Ari’s experience on this alien planet. My favorite of these new characters was Emmy. She’s like the cookie-lady from the Matrix. She has a warm and generous demeanor, and proves to be an ally in Ari’s corner. The knowledge and information she provides Ari with in this book proves to be priceless.

In Gravity, Melissa’s description of Zeus gave me chills. In Hover, he gave me nightmares.  Ari is on a mission to bring down Zeus once she finds out that his corruptible and psychopathic ways have brought Loge and Earth to the brink of war. I loved the development of Zeus’s character and finding out more about what makes him “tick”. His character added an extra-creepy element to this story, and Zeus proves to be more diabolical than Ari could have ever imagined.

I fell in love with Jackson all over again in Hover. In this book, we witness Ari’s struggle to trust Jackson again after learning that he is Zeus’s grandson, and was originally sent to Earth as a RES. Jackson’s gentle yet fierce personality keeps playing with Ari’s heart-strings,  and she’s left feeling confused. Her heart is telling her to trust Jackson, but her life back on Earth, and all of her training is telling her to go with her head.  Ari slowly gains insight into Jackson’s past,  and what has shaped him as a person on Loge. It’s this insight that puts to rest any doubts she has been harboring about his character.The wait to feel and witness any heat between Ari and Jackson was torturous, but once the sparks started, they set the book on fire. The romantic and emotional build up to my FAVORITE scene in this book paid off kindly.

Melissa infused Hover with as much action, emotion, and intensity as Gravity. Ari and Jackson are brought together by what originally tore them apart, and they are challenged with new responsibilities to their comrades and each other. The plot thickens, and Ari realizes she’s no longer the child that was trained by her father on Earth. She is a woman on a mission, and will use all that is special about her to save the ones she cares about. She will be their salvation.

It seems like the next book in this series  is worlds away. Check out my interview with Melissa West here. Collide (The Taking #3) will be out in 2014. I’ll be waiting patiently, like an RES, to get my hands on it. 🙂

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About Melissa West

Melissa West writes young adult and new adult novels for Entangled Teen and Embrace and Penguin/Intermix. She lives outside of Atlanta, GA with her husband and two daughters and spends most of her time writing, reading, or fueling her coffee addiction.

She holds a B.A. in Communication Studies and a M.S. in Graphic Communication, both from Clemson University. Yeah, her blood runs orange.

Gravity (The Taking #1) by Melissa West + GIVEAWAY!Gravity by Melissa West
Series: The Taking #1
Published by Entangled on December 18, 2012
Pages: 284
Format: eBook
Source: Amazon
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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.

I was sucked in by the Gravitational pull of this awesome book cover.

Humans are no longer alone in the universe. Aliens, known as the Ancients, helped Earth recover from near extinction decades ago, and the Ancients only needed one thing in return: To use humans as their own personal batteries.  Humans are each assigned their own Ancient, and are visited every night by these beings. The Ancients absorb vital nutrients without compromising their human’s health. This transaction is known as The Taking. These visits are regulated, and every human wears a high-tech eye mask that keeps them from seeing their symbiants. Sounds creepy, right?
Ari Alexander is 17-years-old, human, and has been trained her whole life to be a weapon. Her combat skills are unparalleled, her discipline is unwavering, and she has a clear view of the world: everything is black and white. That is, until she breaks the one rule that matters most. Ari can’t find her mask, and she opens her eyes during The Taking. Life as she knows it has changed forever. She never expected to see the boy she has known her whole life as Jackson Locke, her main rival in training, to be hovering above her and sharing her life force.
The world in Gravity is a futuristic dystopian-like setting that is reminiscent of the film Gattaca, starring Ethan Hawke. Everything is planned to precision and laid out in clean, straight lines, including Ari’s future. Since sneaking a peek during The Taking, shades of grey have seeped into Ari’s black and white world.  She is questioning everything she sees and has been programmed to believe since she was a child. Jackson isn’t the boy she thought he was, and the revelations and rapport that transpires between them is the catalyst for this romantic, action-packed read.
 Something sinister is brewing under the surface, and Ari is faced with decisions that will impact everyone and everything she cares about. The lifelong training Ari has had, prepares her to be a heroic vigilante for the other team, and we follow her on this adventure of espionage and Exodus.
If you are a fan of the Divergent series or Under The Never Sky, than you will enjoy Gravity. This story was fast-paced and made my heart pound in more ways than one. Melissa’s writing is friendly and down-to-earth.
 I enjoyed Ari’s strong, yet compassionate character.
Jackson’s self-preservation imposed arrogant facade juxtaposed with flashes of inner turmoil made for an attractive and sympathetic male lead.
Melissa West has put a new spin on human/alien relations, and I can’t wait to read the rest of Ari and Jackson’s story.
Hover, the second book in this series, is coming out soon! If you haven’t read Gravity yet, here’s your chance to enter to win a digital copy:

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About Melissa West

Melissa West writes young adult and new adult novels for Entangled Teen and Embrace and Penguin/Intermix. She lives outside of Atlanta, GA with her husband and two daughters and spends most of her time writing, reading, or fueling her coffee addiction.

She holds a B.A. in Communication Studies and a M.S. in Graphic Communication, both from Clemson University. Yeah, her blood runs orange.