Friday, January 25, 2013

Revival by Jena Leigh

Publisher: Self-published I believe, but is available at major e-book retailers.
Age: Young Adult
Series: The Variants #1
Interest: Teens with powers/ purple eyes/ review request
Source: Copy from author

Possessing the uncanny ability to fry a television set from twenty paces can really wreck a girl’s social life.

If you’re looking for proof, just ask sixteen-year-old Alexandra Parker. After catching her boyfriend in the arms of the prettiest girl in school, she made the journey from social elite to social pariah in a haze of electricity and exploding electronics. But finding herself at the bottom of Bay View High’s social hierarchy was nothing compared to the shock of discovering who—and what—she really is.

After being zapped out of a burning bookstore by the mysterious Declan—a hero nearly as handsome as he is infuriating—Alex finds herself under the protection of the powerful Grayson family. It’s through them that she learns the truth: that the world she’s always known is nothing like it appears to be... and that she has far more in common with them than she might want to believe.

Now, on the run from a fire-wielding hit man and a secretive government organization, Alex must navigate a strange and treacherous new world filled with superhuman mutants known as Variants. As she begins to unravel the many secrets of her family’s past, she uncovers the real reason for her parents’ death twelve years earlier—and finds out that the threat to her family, and to everyone she cares about, is still dangerously real. (summary from

I received a copy of Revival from Jena Leigh in exchange for an honest review.

Revival was an awesome kick start to the Variants series. I loved the mystery, genetic experimentation, action scenes and extremely drool worthy boys. This book was great. I encourage fans of light sci-fi to dive head first into this awesome book!

Side note before we begin the real review; NAMES. I am obsessed with names of characters in books. In a series like Variants where there are multiple characters, it is extremely easy to resort to using strange or spectacularly average names to keep everyone easily distinguishable. Thankfully Leigh did not do that and took care naming her characters, which is something I thoroughly appreciated.

Alex was a girl after my own heart. A fellow book lover and the type of girl when something really weird happens, asks questions. She refused to collaborate in an type of scheme or group until she knew exactly what was going on. I loved her for that. In books, it is amazing how uncommon common sense is. Declan was an awesome, Jace-type bad boy with an attitude problem, therefore I fell in love in about two seconds flat. Nathan also got me on board with him in milliseconds for the hot repairman/telekinetic vibe he had going. I want to ruffle Brian's hair. Kenzie and Cassie should be my best friends, pronto. They were so sweet, cheerful and incredibly not catty. Also, Aiden is a lovely cool, dark, drink of smart ass.

I will be the first one to attend Cassie and Aiden's wedding, just so ya'll know.

The action was awesome, totally heart pounding at certain points. I also loved all of the kid's powers. Precognition, teleportation, telekinesis, hydrokinesis, pyrokinesis, it was like Grayson was trying to assemble his own team of X-men. It was so cute to see all the kids living together like a family, in a secluded mansion, where they trained their powers. Wait, I think I've seen this comic book before.

In spite of the X-men vibe, Revival did come off as its own story in the end. However, I did have to mark it down for how well the story fit together. There were certain moments I simply couldn't tolerate as just "happening." Those moments were explained, but I think they were plots better served being revealed in the second book. That is the only problem I had. The writing was absolutely fantastic.

I'm dying to know what happens in the next book! I really want to figure out the relationship between Nate, Alex and Aiden and what exactly did occur in Seattle? I would recommend this to any teen or adult who loves a little light sci-fi, some action, a bit of mystery, a shot of romance. It is truly great. Be sure to pick up a copy for your kindle or other e-reading device from Amazon, Barnes and Noble or other e-book retailers.

Another side note: Please tell me that anyone who watches NCIS: LA is snorting at the fact that  a girl named Kenzie and a guy named Deeks (Declan) are siblings. Anyone?

Teaser Lines: “You coming?"
        She hesitated, weighing her options. Risk running back down the flaming aisles to find another exit? Or trust the guy who'd been stalking her all afternoon?
       The fire spread to the nearby shelves. The heat was growing unbearable.
       "You cut me deep," he said. "You'd actually choose a fiery death over the prospect of my company. I have to admit, that stings a bit.”


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