A lost friend, a new love, and a town full of secrets… One night in the town of Hell, Ariel’s best friend goes missing. Those around her believe Jenna ran away, but when Ariel is tormented by nightmares and paranormal activity, she realizes Jenna’s disappearance was part of a bigger mystery. Ariel’s obsession with haunted houses and horror movies makes her the perfect detective.
But to complicate matters, a handsome newcomer named Henry Rhodes plagues her with unwanted attention. Though he doesn’t believe in the supernatural events, she enlists his help and that of quirky nerd Theo. What is making the lights at school flicker? And why did Ariel dream of the old abandoned Dexter orphanage? When Ariel finally discovers the truth, it’s much worse than she ever feared.
GRAVITY by Abigail Boyd is a book on its own level. Unlike most young adult paranormal genre books, GRAVITY plays up the questions and leaves the reader without the answers. That said, there are other books in the series. GRAVITY seems to be a set up of something greater and far more epic than a typical young adult book can portray in one book.
The writing is beautifully done. It isn’t special or poetic, it is simply the way a person talks. This is probably the best way to read/write a book, doing it the way you talk. I love how the world Boyd developed would seem like a typical small town, with high school castes and all, but there is an underlying mystery and hidden history to the town. You may not see what I’m talking about in first glance, but give it some thought and you can see how artfully constructed the town of Hell truly is.
And then there are the characters. Once again, Boyd doesn’t leave you in want. Each character is expertly constructed and have their own personalities that have more than meets the eye. Even the stereotypical popular mean queen, Lainey, has an underlying personality trait that I can’t quite put my finger on. Sure, she’s obviously snotty and she’s obviously the queen of the school, but the levels of mean and how the rich kids get away with everything leads me to believe there’s a lot more than meets the eye. A normal principal wouldn’t act the way McPhearson does to the rich kids without true blue reasons. It’s the reason that, once again, Boyd hints at, but doesn’t give the reader the whole meal in her first installment of the series.
Even Ariel Donovan, our heroine, is written in a way that I could relate to. She’s interested in much of what I was interested in and she does exactly what I would’ve done at her age if I was in the same position. Boyd doesn’t leave it at that, Theosophia Weaver is what I would call “Ariel’s Crystal”. (In case you’re wondering, Crystal is my best friend. She has been there with me thick and thin. And, there’s no doubt we would be together in the thick of things just like Theo and Ariel).
I’ve read other reviews where the ending is clear, but nothing had been resolved. Personally, I love this and I can’t wait for more. What’s also great? This book is free in Amazon Kindle and I just bought the sequel.