Monday, January 28, 2013

Blog Tour: Indigo Awakening by Jordan Dane - Review, Giveaway

Welcome to my stop on the Indigo Awakening blog tour hosted by YA Bound.  Click HERE to see the rest of the blog tour schedule!  Be sure to check out the awesome tour-wide giveaway going on below and enter to win some really great prizes.  Thanks so much for stopping by!

Indigo Awakening 
(The Hunted #1)
by Jordan Dane
Release Date:  12/18/12
Publisher:  Harlequin Teen
305 Pages

Because of what you are, the Believers will hunt you down.

Voices told Lucas Darby to run. Voices no one else can hear. He’s warned his sister not to look for him, but Rayne refuses to let her troubled brother vanish on the streets of LA. In her desperate search, she meets Gabriel Stewart, a runaway with mysterious powers and far too many secrets. Rayne can’t explain her crazy need to trust the strange yet compelling boy—to touch him—to protect him even though he scares her.

A fanatical church secretly hunts psychic kids—gifted “Indigo” teens feared to be the next evolution of mankind—for reasons only “the Believers” know. Now Rayne’s only hope is Gabe, who is haunted by an awakening power—a force darker than either of them imagine—that could doom them all.

My Thoughts:  Indigo Awakening is an intense paranormal read.  The story is fictional, but it is based on a real concept, that being Indigo children.  Indigo children, according to a pseudoscientific New Age theory, are children who are believed to possess special, unusual and sometimes supernatural traits or abilities (Wikipedia). In Indigo Awakening these children possess supernatural powers or abilities, varying from child to child, the most powerful type being Crystal Children.  Not only are these children often misunderstood in real life, but in this novel, they are extremely misunderstood, feared, and even hunted.  They live their lives in hiding, feeling like something is wrong with them, and in the worst case scenario, which is what happened to Lucas Darby, confined to a mental institution, drugged, and experimented on.  

Lucas Darby has always been different.  After the death of his parents, Lucas and his sister Rayne were left under the guardianship of their older sister Mia.  Mia works for "The Church of Spiritual Freedom," also referred to as "The Believers."  Mia had her brother Lucas committed to a mental institution, which is run by the church, and she also limited Ryane's visitations and access to him. Fed up with her sister, Rayne becomes an emancipated minor at the age of 17, something many teens would dream of, only Rayne would give anything to have her family back.  When Lucas escapes from the institution, a sequence of events are set in place that change everything.  Determined to find her brother and save him, Rayne soon meets Gabe, a mysterious boy who saves her, yet has many deep dark secrets of his own.  Lucas finds himself drawn to the girl whose voice he keeps hearing in his head, which eventually leads him to Kendra.  Kendra is also a teen like Lucas, and has a "family" of Indigo children.  The Church is powerful, with money, connections in government and with the police, and has a hired army of mercenaries at their bidding.  They are very evil, and are doing things to the Indigo children that are very cruel, believing them to be an abomination.  Rayne persuades Gabe to help her find Lucas, and in a race against time, they try to find out where Lucas and the others are. and get to them before the mercenaries hired by the "Believers" do.

It took me a few chapters to figure out what was going on in this book, but once I did, I enjoyed it.  There are quite a few characters, all playing a significant role in the story, and Dane does a good job of enabling you to relate to them all.  I really liked Gabe and Rayne, and the way their relationship developed.  They got off to a rocky start, having many trust issues to work through, and ended up really caring for each other.  I enjoyed Kendra's character also.  She was quite a heroine in my opinion, rescuing and bringing together those like her, creating a place for them to live, trying to hold them together like a family.  Then there was Raphael, who was also an Indigo, who I liked sometimes, and didn't like others.  His sidekick Benny, was adorable.  I also liked the Effin twins, they seemed really cool.  Once I got a handle on what was going on, the further I got into the book, the more my interest was piqued.  Filled with danger, mystery, and conspiracy, Indigo awakening had the feel of a paranormal thriller with some romance mixed it.  I liked where the love interests went in this book, and I am interested to see how that develops in the next book of the series.  For those who enjoy conspiracy theories, romance, and the paranormal, Indigo Awakening is something you might like to check out.  

Jordan Dane Bio
Bestselling, critically-acclaimed author Jordan Dane’s gritty romantic thrillers are ripped from the headlines with vivid settings, intrigue, and dark humor. Publishers Weekly compared her intense novels to Lisa Jackson, Lisa Gardner, and Tami Hoag, naming her debut novel NO ONE HEARD HER SCREAM as Best Books of 2008. She also pens young-adult novels for Harlequin Teen. Formerly an energy sales manager, she now writes full time. Jordan and her husband share their Texas residence with two cats of highborn lineage and two lucky rescue dogs.
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Giveaway Information:

HarlequinTEEN prize pack, includes (US only):
·         INDIGO AWAKENING by Jordan Dane
·         ON A DARK WING by Jordan Dane
·         IN THE ARMS OF STONE ANGELS by Jordan Dane
·         THE JULIET SPELL by Douglas Rees
·         BELONGING by Karen Ann Hopkins (ARC)
·         DANCERGIRL by Carol M. Tanzman
·         2 Harlequin notebooks

4 Infinity Bracelets: (US only)
For anyone who has read an advance copy of INDIGO AWAKENING, you know that a silver infinity bracelet plays an important part in the story. Special bracelets will be given away on the virtual tour so the lucky winners will be part of Rafael’s street family. Rafe’s bracelet was in black leather, but I’ve added a white leather braid as my personal remembrance to you for being in MY family.

-1 audio book of In the Arms of Stone Angels. Digital download only. (International)

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  1. Someone else I know posted about this today as well. It looks like it will be a fun series. That is a great pack of prizes~!

  2. This is one that I wondered about, it does sounds really good. Great review. Thanks for sharing sharing it and for the giveaway.

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  3. I so adored Benny too Ellen! He was the highlight for me, I just wanted to reach in and scoop him up in a massive hug:) I really liked Raphael as well, and I look forward to seeing what happens with him in book two. Lovely review!

    1. Benny definitely was highlight for sure. Thanks so much for stopping by.

  4. looks like good series, so many books, so little time
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  5. Oh I like that this is based on a real thing. I didn't know that part. It sounds really interesting!

  6. I thought that was really interesting to.


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