Thursday, 27 December 2012

Revival (The Variant Series, Book 1) by Jena Leigh

Title: Revival
Author: Jena Leigh
Series: The Variant Series #1
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Source: Kindle
Pages: 284 pages
Rating: 3 stars

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Blurb: (via Goodreads)
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.

My Review:
So I am up late reading, no surprise there, and I figured since I only have a few days left of my winter break before I start my spring semester I might as well do as many reviews as I can before I am too busy to do them. I discovered this book on Christmas eve when I was trying to entertain myself so I wouldn't try and sneak looks at my presents.... However, I found that Revived was extremely predictable and lacked in originality. I am a sucker for cliches, but I didn't love this one. Surprisingly though, the writing wasn't terrible. Maybe I'm just at the point in my reading life where things cease to be truly original any more... does anyone out there have any books suggestions that will prove me wrong?

Anyways, lets start off the review with the least original part of the book. Its about a girl named Alex who finds out she isn't so normal after all when she developed a bunch of super powers! In fact, her only living relative, her aunt, tells her that her whole family were 'Variants' (which is just another name for someone who as a superpower). Sound familiar? And when she finds out, she is mad for like, two seconds, then is completely fine and accepts her new reality as it is... because thats what would happen...

As far as characters go, developmentally, they weren't bad. Not as horrible as some books I have read, but not as good as others either. The book is written in the different perspectives of the different characters, although it focuses mainly on Alex and Declan. This became a bit frustrating, especially when certain characters knew something, and it was their turn to narrate the story, but didn't elaborate to the reader any further explanation. One particular case of this was with Nate and Aiden and they seem to know something about Alex, but don't tell us what, why or how they know. The most annoying thing about the characters though was that ALL the guys were freakishly good looking and ALL the girls were beautiful... thats not how it is in real life. I know it's supposed to be teen fantasy/fiction, but come on... lets be a LITTLE honest here please?

However, the story wasn't without its good sides too. I do love when stories have two plots. There is always the more immediate plot, and the underlying one you discover later. This was the case with this story. Not that I am going to tell you what they are, you'd have to read the book to discover that ;)

Overall, I'd give the book 3 stars. Not the best book in the world, but a good simple read. Like I mentioned earlier, the writing itself was actually pretty good although the plot suffered a little. I'd suggest it for something to read when you are waiting for something, be it an appointment or dinner. Its easy to get into and easy to get out of.

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