Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Blog Tour: Collide (The Taking #3) by Melissa West {ARC Review + Giveaway}

Author: Melissa West
Title: Collide
Series: The Taking #3
Publication Date: February 9th 2015
Publisher: Entangled: Teen 

Summary from Goodreads

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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ARC Review

The characters

Ari is back on Earth but it doesn't feel like home to her anymore because of what Kelvin, lunatic chemist turned President, did to the planet. Ari has to live with the thought of never being able to walk on Earth again or live peacefully with the threat of Zeus among them like a presence. Throughout the book, she will be forced to make hard and difficult decisions, lose people she cared about and question herself. After all, she can be a half alien with the power to heal and make humans just like her but she's also a teenage girl, forced to experience things that most people would never even think of. She's just a fragile girl placed in the center of the biggest war that took place on Earth. That's not a teenager's average responsibility.

Jackson in the beginning of the book was broken not only because of the torture he had to go through but because he didn't know if Ari was alive and that was the biggest torture for him. But one thing I admired about Jackson is that he never stopped believing in Ari and there were times where she was stronger, both mentally and physically, than him and he was okay with that. She turned out to be a skilled fighter and that's because she had the best teacher she could ask for. Their relationship is not just romantic, they are best friends, partners and allies. They have a strong connection that nobody can either understand nor break.

Well, one thing I have to say about this series is that it has its big share of crazy villains. I mean they're everywhere and that's something I really liked because you honestly don't know who to trust. In addition, there was a long list of deaths especially in Collide and I just couldnt't wait the final battle and what was going to happen to Zeus.


In this breathtaking conclusion to the Taking series, we have it all. Romance, suspense, despicable villains, a well- written story, that was a little slow paced, but that was okay because it prepared us for the end because the end of the was is just the beginning.

Rating: 4.5 stars!!!

About the Author

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.

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