Book Review: HOVER (The Taking 2) by MELISSA WEST

hoverBLURB:  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.



I found Hover to be a gripping tale, as the story unfolds you fall deeper into mystery and secrets that Loge holds.  Ari literally has the weight of two worlds on her shoulders and her transformation from mere human to possible savior of both worlds is an amazing tale.  I love how strong Ari is, mentally and physically and how honest she is; she’s not a quitter and is always trying to do what’s right. The thought of anyone having to go through what Ari does is terrifying, but Ari doesn’t drop to a fetal position and cry like most would, she trudges through it all and becomes a better person because of it.  Ari doesn’t see her transformation but everyone around her does and they are rooting for her and believe in her.

On Loge we get to see healers in action, and how ancients are able to read thoughts which make it nearly impossible to try to take down their fearless leader Zeus.  I liken Zeus to the nasty bad boy Cal Hockley from the movie Titanic; Zeus has no redeeming qualities, he is just one mean, nasty, self-righteous bastard – excuse my language – butt-hole.

The romantic aspect in Hover is between Ari and Jackson.  In Hover, Ari’s trust in Jackson in shaken and that has to be rebuilt.  You can definitely feel their affection towards each other, but without trust can they move forward?  The heat level for Hover is minimal (yes I do realize this is a YA novel).

If you love scifi with a pinch of romance Hover will not disappoint you.  You don’t have to but I do recommend you read the first book Gravity before reading Hover.

I received for free an advanced copy of this book for an honest review.


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.