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Gravity (Gravity #1)

3.82  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,753 Ratings  ·  248 Reviews
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 de ...more
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Published May 13th 2011 by Abigail Boyd
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Michelle Isenhoff
Jun 14, 2011 Michelle Isenhoff rated it really liked it
I don’t usually gravitate toward the paranormal. I hold some strong religious views and am of the opinion that the occult can be dangerous. But I've taken it upon myself to judge Ms. Boyd's craft, not her subject matter. And my conclusion? Abigail Boyd is a gifted writer!

In Gravity, Ms. Boyd has created three wonderful characters. Ariel is a fifteen-year-old girl whose best friend has vanished without a trace. She lacks confidence, struggles with “what ifs,” and she’s totally confused by her se
Jul 02, 2011 Emily rated it it was amazing
I found myself clicking the button every second I could as this book pulled me in with it's compelling story. The coming of age story with a girl learning to cope with the sudden disappearance of her best friend for years and the realization that she had inherited her grandmothers gift to see the dead. The mystery unfolded more as Ariel moves through her day to day life her school year back after her friends disappearance, More people begin to disapear and more of her friends or would be friends ...more
Catherine Mesick
Jun 08, 2011 Catherine Mesick rated it it was amazing
In Gravity, Abigail Boyd has crafted an intriguing and romantic paranormal tale. As Ariel Donovan turns fifteen, she is plunged without warning into a dark, supernatural world. She begins to see and hear things that she can't explain – and she is plagued by troubling dreams. At the same time, Ariel is still reeling from the loss of her closest friend, and as she tries to investigate her friend's disappearance, she finds more questions than answers.

As the mystery deepens, so, too do Ariel's feeli
Oct 25, 2012 Emily rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Emily by: Tanya
I can't believe how good this book turned out to be. I hated setting it down to leave work and pick it up again at home. The characters were well developed and I hated the right people and not the heroine. I can't wait to finish this series. I picked up book #2 right away.
Casia Courtier
Dec 15, 2012 Casia Courtier rated it really liked it
I have read a few other reviews saying how this book didn't have a good ending and clearly was set up with a sequel in mind. My opinion? I really liked this book, especially the fact that hardly any answers were given. With a town like Hell, I can only imagine what is really going on. I have my theories, but I'd be surprised if I'm even remotely correct.

Boyd writes beautifully and does depict a fifteen year old girl perfectly. At least, a fifteen year old girl who is similar to what I was at th
Crystal Navarro
Mar 06, 2013 Crystal Navarro rated it really liked it
I actually enjoyed this a lot more than I thought I would. A solid 3.5 stars for me. Rounding up because of reasons.

Gravity is the story of Ariel, a sophomore battling through the conflicting feelings of moving on after the disappearance of her best friend Jenna and staying tied to the nightmares and paranormal activity occurring around her that refuses to allow Ariel to move forward completely. And with more girls disappearing in her town of Hell, Michigan, there is always the nagging question
Jun 30, 2011 Dawn rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book. The story which takes place in a town aptly named Hell, was scary and suspenseful but not overly scary. Ariel's best friend disappears when staying the night with her and Ariel has become distant from former classmates and friends until a new girl moves next door who becomes a good and understanding friend. Ariel also meets a boy at school, Henry who is very handsome and who takes an interest in Ariel to the chagrin of the popular girl of the 10th grade. Ariel begin ...more
Courtney Wells
This book has a tone, atmosphere and pace of spooky horror movies I tend to binge on with Netflix.

It's definitely not obsessed with its own romance, which I liked since it keeps the supernatural aspects almost independent and gives the protagonist, Ariel, a sense independence and identity beyond the boyfriend material that caught her eye.

I also like the emphasis on being a good friend since that's typically neglected in YA books that make friends a distant second to boyfriends.
Jul 31, 2011 Jenn rated it liked it
Shelves: own
RECEIVED FROM: Library Thing for Review


Ariel Donovan is a completely normal fifteen year old girl living in the town of Hell, Michigan. Well she’s normal if you discount the fact that she calls her parents by their first names. And you don’t mention that her best friend has been missing for three months and without Jenna she’s a social zero. Also if we’re calling her normal we probably shouldn’t mention that she might be seeing ghost and there appears
Stacy Eaton
Jun 08, 2011 Stacy Eaton rated it really liked it
The first book in the Gravity Series written by new up and coming author Abigail Boyd was a treat to read.

From the start of the book, I wondered where the story was going to go. Ariel is a strong young girl who is dealing with a lot. Anyone that ever went to High School knows how hard it can be, and when you sometimes feel like you just don’t fit it, it can only make it worse.

I was happy that Ariel found such a good friend in Theo and look forward to seeing their friendship grow stronger throug
Dec 15, 2012 Hannah rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Paranormal thrill seekers
I promise to be brutally honest with my opinion, but it should not be taken as fact. Any reader should read it for themselves, before they decide if this book has any merit or not. Do not judge this book biased solely on my opinion. If you do, you might miss out on a great read. You never know. It could happen. My review may contain spoilers, but I really strive to be spoiler-free.

1. Strong Main Character/ Female Heroine: Ariel was a dedicated best friend that did not understand what was goin
Jun 18, 2012 Jessica rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2012
i had a very hard time deciding what to rate this. i usually give 3 stars to books i found just ok. something i read, it wasn't good, it wasn't really bad but i'll probably never think of it again. i give 2 stars to books that had way too many issues, a lame plot and was overall unmemorable. The problem with this book was that overall, the plot was very good. i was very interested to know what the hell was going on in this town called Hell. The MC was interesting enough and there were all these ...more
Jan 14, 2013 Samantha rated it it was ok
2.5 stars

Gravity was an ok read. It was entertaining but it had many flaws. Some of the characters are weird, and there is no explanation for their weirdness, which is sometimes baffling. It also really ground on my nerves that Ariel was quite obviously seeing ghosts, but refused to believe it, or DO anything about it- including trying to figure out the mysterious surroundings of how they died. I mean, lets say you start seeing ghosts... yes, any rational person is going to pretend it didn't hap
Jan 14, 2013 RuthAnn rated it it was ok
Shelves: adulthood, lendable
I love trying independently published books because sometimes you can get a real gem. On the flip side, sometimes you get things that are god-awful rubbish. But more often than not, you end up reading something that is just OK. Gravity was one of those books.

There were some good parts of the story. First of all, it was edited reasonably well. There were some issues, but by and large, it was fine. For the most part, Abigail Boyd knows the difference between a plural and a possessive. The second g
Lee (Rally the Readers)
Also posted on Rally the Readers.

* A copy was provided by the author for review.

When a book takes place in a town called Hell, like Gravity does, my attention is instantly grabbed. The residents of Hell like playing up the name, too, going all out for Halloween to live up to its moniker. Hell is also home to the abandoned Dexter Orphanage, which has a shady history and is to be turned into a haunted house attraction. While Gravity boasts an eerie atmosphere that holds the promise of a chilling t
Jaime Lester
Apr 26, 2014 Jaime Lester rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I saw this book on an Amazon Deals list, and decided to give it a shot after reading several reviews. I am so glad that I did! I know that there are a lot of negative feelings out there towards self-pub, and I will admit that the editing and the errors can get frustrating, but I gotta tell you, I have found some gems in that world, and I will continue searching through them because of books just like this one.
Gravity is a gho
Jul 09, 2011 Katie rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle, gratis
I received this book through Library Thing, free from the author

First of all, this book gave me the heebie-jeebies...and I'm not sure why because I don't usually spook that easily when it comes to ghosts. I think it was the whole Orphanage part. Those places freak me out. Anyway, I digress. This book was a great YA suspense novel. I fell in love with the main character, Ariel, who had to go through losing her best friend--and that had to be hard. I can, however, relate to her, a lot actually. I
Mar 05, 2012 Sharon rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult
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4.5 out of 5 stars

Gravity by Abigail Boyd is her debut novel in the Gravity series and is an exciting and fresh read which had me captivated from the first to the very last page.

15 year-old Ariel Donovan’s life changed when her best friend Jenna went missing, everyone believes the teen ran away but when Ariel dreams of her and the local abandoned orphanage she begins to question what really happened.

With the help of her new friend, Theo (fe
Julie(Reading By The Beach)
Apr 19, 2012 Julie(Reading By The Beach) rated it liked it
Shelves: own
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I was really intrigued not only by the cover(both of them), but by the blurb. I mean, a town called Hell? Yes, please! Possible ghosts? Pretty please!

I do like both covers, but I think I prefer the first one. I'm curious to know why the author changed it.

In a book where I should have been scared of the shadows the night casts, I wasn't. I was left feeling like an editor or beta reader. I liked the characters, I liked the direction the sto
I won this book via a Member Giveaway on The author, Abigail Boyd, is a young Independent Author. This is her first novel.

Description taken from Abigail Boyd’s website:

15-year-old Ariel Donovan’s best friend went missing over the summer. Now she has to face the prospect of life without her, in the same close-knit town of Hell, Michigan. When she dreams of Jenna running to the old orphanage in town, and starts experiencing supernatural phenomena, she knows she needs to discover
Short version: This book was SO GOOD! You have to read it!! I read it super fast, and got totally entranced with the story. I will definitely be reading the next one, asap! It was written beautifully, too. For a lesser known book/author, I was floored by how professional the storyline and writing were finished (editing too).If you like YA, paranormal books-- you'll love this story.

Some Details: I liked how we get eased into Ariel's character. It wasn't jumbled and forceful and rushed. I like si
Aug 07, 2011 Maria rated it it was ok
Gravity is the story of a young girl named Ariel who constantly has weird, paranormal, things happening around her. She never quite knows what's going on - whether she is being haunted or if it is simply figments of her imagination. To make matters worse, there are a string of girls mysteriously disappearing around her - including her best friend.

There were a few things I loved about this book, and also a few things I didn't really like at all. To begin with, I would say that the first half of t
Laura Martinelli
I’m torn as to how to rate this book. The writing isn’t terrible nor is it bland enough that I really don’t care. But there’s nothing that’s grabbing me with the plot and telling me that “I HAVE TO READ EVERYTHING ELSE I MUST KNOOOOW.” (And honestly, I don’t remember when or why I purchased this book; I suspect that it was during another one of my “Hey, let’s go through the 100 Top Free Teen Books” on Amazon.)

There is a good horror slant to the book, and there are some effectively creepy scenes
Jan 18, 2013 Trisha rated it it was amazing
My biggest issue with young adult/teen fiction is annoying teenage girl. I am happy to say that this book goes in the small group of realistic female leads that I didn't want to strangle.

For the most part I liked the main character, Ariel. She was your somewhat average teenager who wasn't one of the popular kids and generally felt invisible unless she was being teased by one of the popular kids.

Then Henry comes to town and he is the boy that everyone wants. He's charismatic, friendly, and easy o
Jul 13, 2011 Elizabeth rated it it was ok
May contain spoilers:

Also I got this book as an ecopy from library thing however this is an honest review.

I had to change my rating after thinking about the book I wasn't sure it deserved 3 starts. This book was just not up to par with other paranormal ya books on the market. I know that this is a young author who is trying to make something of herself. However I just didn't feel that I would call it a paranormal read, maybe in the next installment there will be more to the story that I can see
Loves To Dive
Jul 07, 2011 Loves To Dive rated it really liked it
Ariel Donovan has just celebrated her 15th birthday, and come fall is going to be a sophomore at the local high school in Hell, Michigan. By all accounts, this should be the time of her life. No longer the scared freshman, she and her best friend Jenna been looking forward to the beginning of the school year. All that changed when one night, after an argument, Jenna walked out the door of Ariel’s home in a huff, never to be seen again.

To make matters worse Ariel comes from a not so normal famil
♥ Amanda
Dec 10, 2012 ♥ Amanda rated it really liked it
I bought Gravity because I won a copy of Uncertainty, and didnt want to be lost. I was pleasantly surprised! The concept is new and fresh, and I kept thinking "what's going to happen next? Where's this going?"

Ariel is starting her sophomore year, minus her best friend Jenna, who disappeared at the beginning of summer break. Ariel is lost and confused and can't stop obsessing over what happened to Jenna, but meets and befriends the new girl Theo, who helps her feel like she's not such an outcast
Angela Fristoe
Jul 15, 2011 Angela Fristoe rated it liked it
Shelves: ya-books
There were a number of things I liked about this book, and a few things that bothered me. First I think that Ms. Boyd did a great job with the characters. Ariel is not some weakling, waiting to be rescued. She is on a mission to solve a mystery and, although she takes some silly risks, she doesn't wait around for her love interest to save or guide her. Her best friend Theo (who happens to be a girl) is nicely rounded out and seems to have things going on in her life besides Ariel. Henry (the lov ...more
Nov 13, 2012 Nian rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2012
Here's what I know: the first book isn't good enough for me to read the next three books. Especially since this could have been just one book, or maybe a sequel if you really think it's necessary. There was too much filler in the first half, too much unnecessary stuff that could have easily been discarded to pave way for more substance. Tell me about Ariel and Jenna. What kind of person was Jenna, really? Stop telling me how mysterious or sexy Henry is - he's our love interest, he's gotta be sex ...more
Chris Meads
Feb 21, 2016 Chris Meads rated it it was amazing
Ariel Donovan comes from a "normal" family. The only strangeness is that she calls her mother and father by their first names. The night of her 15th birthday, she has an argument with her best friend Jenna, and Jenna walks out of her life never to be seen again.

Jenna feels strange as she enters her sophomore year at school. She really doesn't have any friends since Jenna's gone, until she meets Henry Rhodes. They seem to click. Ariel also makes friends with another teen who is alone, Theo, a got
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