Saturday, February 16, 2013

Book Review: Revival (The Variant Series #1)

Revival (The Variant Series, Book 1)
Jena Leigh

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.

(Cover & Description from Author Website. Source.)
Published By: Jena Leigh
Publication Date: November 14, 2012

Kat's Review

When I started reading this book, I was first struck by the writing style.  It's good.  The author has a comfortable way with words that made me at ease from the start.  Sounds obvious, but so often a story is good, but the writing style is clumsy and difficult to get into.  I didn't have that problem with this book.  I also took a liking to the main character right away, and it's obvious from the start that there's some sort of supernatural or paranormal twist to the story. 

I became a bit concerned when Alex (short for Alexandra), finds herself in a cabin in the woods surrounded by a group of other young Variants (what those with special powers are called).  Those who can read minds, or move things without touching them, or transport themselves from place to place.  It began to feel a bit X-Men, and I was worried that things would proceed the same way.  Instead, I was pleasantly surprised when the plot line twists, and apart from the special powers, the X-Men thing didn't materialize.  Which is a good thing, because I don't think I would have enjoyed the book if it had. 

Without giving away too many spoilers, it turns out that Alex has been hunted her whole life for particular powers that she possesses, powers that only one other Variant has ever had.  She was kept in the dark as a means of protection, and now she must learn to protect herself and safely use her powers. 

As I mentioned at the beginning of the review, the writing here is really, really, good.  The dialogue feels natural, and the storyline progresses at a good pace.  I was sad when it ended and left wanting to know more.  There is a bit of a love triangle going on, but it doesn't really get the space to grow in this first book.  Not all the questions raised in this book are answered, including a secret that Nate has been keeping from Alex.  Hopefully all will be answered in the next installment. 

Rating: A Good Read

This book hooked me from the first page, and kept me until the last.  I would have liked to see more of Nate, as it seems that he has some information that will be important going forward, but watching the growing relationship between Declan and Alex was fun.  There isn't any overt romance going on here, but there is definitely the promise of more romance in the future.  I'm looking forward to the sequel, scheduled for late spring or early summer of 2013.

I received a copy of this book for review, in exchange for an unbiased review.

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