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Sunday, November 3, 2013

Book Review: Revival by Jena Leigh

Revival (The Variant Series #1) by Jena Leigh 
Genre: Young Adult (Paranormal Romance)
Date Published: November 14, 2012
Publisher: Self

The Blurb:
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:
Revival is the debut novel and first book in the Variant Series by Jena Leigh. I loved this book. Remember the TV show Heroes? It kind of had that feel to it, but it was different. I love the idea that there are people out there that can have special powers. It makes me want to be one of them. Who wouldn't want to be? Alex was a wonderful female lead character. She's funny and tough, and she puts her family and friends above herself. I enjoyed getting to meet the Variants right along with her. Declan and Nate are opposites. Nate is sweet and laid back, but he is hiding some pretty important things, and I want to know what they are in a bad way. What happened in Seattle?! Declan is the kind of male character I always fall for. He's sarcastic and maddening, but gets more endearing the more you get to know him. The story read well. It flowed smoothly and was told from alternating 3rd person point of views which actually worked well for this story. There was only one time in the whole thing where a thought was expressed and I wasn't entirely sure who's brain it came from. I enjoyed Revival, and I'm looking forward to finding out what happens next!

Revival by Jena Leigh was provided to me by the author for review. The opinions are my own.

About the Author:
Born and raised in Tampa, Florida, Jena Leigh spent ten years in the mountains of North Carolina before returning home to the lightning capital of North America. A shameless geek, she loves bad sci-fi movies, Skittles, writing cracktastic e-mails to friends and taking shenanigan-filled road trips to faraway concerts. She has a degree in English from Appalachian State University. REVIVAL is her first novel. Check out my interview with Jena Leigh!! Also, check out her guest post!

To learn more about Jena Leigh and her books, visit her website.You can also find her on GoodreadsFacebook, and Twitter.

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