Sunday, April 21, 2013

Revival (The Variant Series, #1)Revival by Jena Leigh
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

 One minute life is good, happy...normal. In the blink of an eye, it can all disappear. Alex realizes this the hard way when seeing her boyfriend in the arms of another girl initializes a change in Alex where no electronic device is safe in her presence. Her normal high school existence ceases to exist as she goes from school sweetheart to social pariah.

Only to then be stalked, trapped in a burning building by a madman, rescued by a gorgeous - yet annoying - guy, and transported to a cabin in the wilderness for her own safety. One thing is would never be the same again. Alex meets others who have special abilities like her own and receives a crash course into a world she never knew existed.

What I liked:
*This book was paced really well and had lots of action. I liked the style of writing - it draws you right in. I found the book very easy and enjoyable to read.

*All the characters are well written. The main character Alex is really likable and I wanted her to find out what had been hidden from her and to find out about her family's past. I enjoyed all of the Grayson family - Declan, Kenzie, Brian and Nate. Their relationships all seemed very real and it was easy to care about them, as they cared for each other. Cassie is a great best friend, and I like how Kenzie fit right in to their friendship too.

*There was enough possible "love triangle" tension building between Nate, Declan and Alex to make you look forward to see what will happen next. Declan tries to not care (but really does), Nate has a lot of secrets (but obviously has feelings for Alex, too) and Alex is just trying to survive and NOT have any of THOSE feelings for either of the two new gorgeous guys in her life.

*I liked the story line. Yes, its a little x-men meets Kyle XY meets Roswell. But, hey I liked all of those too. In the end the story is its own.

What I was not sold on:
*The Agency. Some random "Govornment" agency is aware of the "Variants" abilities and want Alex. They want her enough to go after her, but are terrified of her at the same time. They want her badly enough to lure her to them, but in the end don't keep her...not really explained why they caved so easily.

*So, the 'bad guy' in the plot, Masterson is creepy. He wants Alex too...and has a prime opportunity to snatch her...and doesn't. Stating he has other business to take care of, but he will be back. He generously wants to give her time to finish her regular schooling, as he know Spring Break is almost over??! Huh? How oddly responsible for a raving lunatic.

*Do I like Nate or not? I wanted to like him, but he has SO many secrets. How does Aiden fit into this, and more importantly - how does Alex fit in?? There were a LOT of unanswered questions at the end of the book.

In Conclusion:
This is a nice easy YA read, with likable characters and an interesting twist to a kids-with-powers concept. I would recommend to any who like light sci-fi. I thought it was an enjoyable story and will be looking out for the next in the series.

*I received a copy of this book from the author for a fair review*

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