Thursday, March 24, 2016

The Other Side Of Gravity (Oxygen #1) by Shelly Crane [REVIEW]

My name is Maxton and I’m a trader.

I live on a soulless planet where gravity, oxygen, and everything else are sold to the highest bidder on the black market. People are sold on the black market, too. You have to work really hard not to become one of those people. Pay your taxes, keep your friends and family close, and more than anything else—don’t get caught by the Militia. But all the rules changed for me the day I found her.

My name is Sophelia and I’m a stowaway.

I’ve been a slave for almost as long as I can remember. Waiting for the one day, one second, for my proprietor to turn his head so I could run and never look back. Now I'm on the run. And on a planet where no one is on your side and people would turn you in for a good meal or a piece of a silver, being on the run on Landu is the last place you want to be. Until he found me.

I won't survive without him.
I can't breathe without her.

5 Defying Gravity Stars
It’s been some time since I read a Shelley Crane book. She writes wonderful YA books. I was instantly intrigued with The Other Side of Gravity because of the 1.) Cover 2.) Summary and 3.) Author. Not to my surprise, I gobbled this sucker up. I devoured this book, it was fantastic, wonderful and it definitely took me on a journey to a different world.

The thing that I love about YA fantasy books is that you never know what kind of world you will be taken. This world is not world, but a different planet. It doesn’t have oxygen or gravity and you have to take pills in order to survive. Only the rich live to the fullest and if you can’t afford the high taxes, you will become a slave.

I would skip the prologue of the book because I am not fond of foreshadowing. It showed a bit of the ending of the book, but it didn’t give anything away. I just prefer to read the book in order. That’s just my personal reading preference and opinion. Other than that, the book was perfect.
Sophelia has been a slave since she was ten. Something happened to lead to her this point in her life and as each day comes, she is just working on survival.  She has been beaten, called names and barely has enough to eat, but she is alive and that is all that matters.

When you start the book it will grip your heart because you soon realized why Sophelia is a slave. I love these kinds of beginnings, it really sets the tone of the read and it shows you what kind of character you are working with. Sophelia is the strong Heroine I LOVE to read in YA books. She’s a fighter and has sass.

Maxton is a trader. He’s not rich, not middle class, but not poor, he’s just barely making it. He works hard and when he runs into the runaway slave Sophelia he realizes her bounty could save him. I love love love Maxton. I wanted a cute, smart and brave Hero.  However, something happens and Maxton and Soph find themselves on the run.

“Soph, you’re an angel, a goddess, and a hero, and that’s just the first three worlds I could think of to describe you- that’s not even scratching the surface of the truth.”

Isn’t that a cute plot? I love the runaway storyline and on top of that, I love the underlying connection and attraction Soph and Maxton have towards each other. This is why I love YA books, it’s because of the young innocence and the crazy tension. The other Side of Gravity is a pure romance book. Yes, there is the plot of Soph and Maxton on the run, yes you have people chasing after them, yes they run into obstacles, etc. BUT you also get the background romance. The cute glances, touches and subtle conversations they have to each other about feelings. It’s REALLY cute and that is what had my glued to the pages.

“Give me the breath in your lungs, all the steps you took to get here, the only heart you’ve got, your very soul. I want all there is, Soph”

“You’ve everything bright in this world for me, Soph. When you look away, it’s like someone turned out the lights.”

This shouldn’t surprise me, Shelly Crane is always a hit. Overall the book was action packed, filled with romance and completely entertaining. I would happily read it again again and again.

An Arc was Provided.

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Shelly is a NEW YORK TIMES & USA TODAY bestselling author from a small town in Georgia and loves everything about the south. She is wife to a fantastical husband and stay-at-home mom to two boisterous and mischievous boys who keep her on her toes. She hoards paperbacks, devours sweet tea, searches year-round for candy corn, and loves to spend time with her family and friends, go out to eat at new restaurants, site-see in the new areas they travel to, listen to music, and, of course, loves to read, but doesn’t have much time to these days with all the characters filling her head begging to come out.

Her own books happen by accident and she revels in the writing and imagination process. She doesn't go anywhere without her notepad for fear of an idea creeping up and not being able to write it down immediately, even in the middle of the night, where her best ideas are born.

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