Saturday, August 3, 2013

Review: Revival (The Variant Series #1) by Jena Leigh

Revival (The Variant Series #1)
by Jena Leigh
Publication Date:  November 14, 2012

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.

(Currently Revival is only .99 cents - a great buy)
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My Thoughts:  Revival is the first book in the Variant Series and Jena Leigh's debut novel.  The main character is Alexandra Parker.  She is, or I should say was, a typical teenager, was popular, had a boyfriend, and everything seemed to be going great until the day she caught her boyfriend with another girl in the computer lab, which resulted in her somehow blowing up everything electronic in the room, an event that left her scarred both emotionally and physically.  Now she is just a freak, or at least that is the way she feels.  When her best friend Cassie talks her into spending the day out on the town, she notices a strange hottie that seems to be everywhere they go. Then the same hottie ends up saving her from a burning bookstore, and Alex finds herself in a place and a part of a world she never knew existed.  Alex discovers she is a Variant, someone with supernatural abilities, and apparently so are quite a few more of her "new found friends."  She can't decide if that makes her more of a freak of not, but nevertheless, she has to come to terms with what she is, the lies she has been told all her life, the fact that someone is trying to capture her and is threatening not only her, but her friends, and then there is the hottie that drives her nuts, but she can't quit thinking about him.  Caught up in a world where people have superhuman powers and dangerous agendas, Alex soon finds herself in the middle of more excitement, danger, and drama than she ever bargained for.

I really enjoyed Revival.  I loved Alex's character.  Not only was she funny, she was loyal, pretty tough despite the circumstances, and she winds up being a pretty kick-ass heroine.  Declan was by far my favorite of the guys in the book.  He is too hot for his own good, he's cocky and very sure of himself, but he also is very loyal and fierce when it comes to those he cares about.  He has some issues regarding Alex and the past that he is working through also.  There were quite a few other secondary characters that were also fun to get to know.  Nate is the other hottie in the picture.  He is rather quite, extremely handsome, but he's got a big secret that we only get a glimpse of, and I can't wait to find out more about that.  Cassie is Alex's best friend and I just loved her.  She is snarky, funny, and doesn't take crap from anyone, superpowers or not.  Revival was fast paced and kept my attention from beginning to end.  There is romance in the book.  It isn't the main focus of the book, but there is just enough of it there to make it good.  Actually, I hope to see more of it in the next installment, and I am really rooting for Declan and Alex to get together.  Overall, Revival has plenty of action-packed scenes, along with drama, some funny moments, some romantic moments, and then there is the paranormal aspect, which makes the book an overall fun and enjoyable read.  Jena Leigh has done a great job writing her debut novel and I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series to see where she takes the characters from here.

“She's fine," said Declan, defensive. "You're fine, right?"
She gave him a look. "Peachy."
"See? Both Alex and her astounding wit have made it here intact. Her sense of humour seems to be M.I.A, but I'm pretty sure that was a pre-existing condition.

“Declan, get your ass out of bed!"
A light flicked on and Declan stumbled into view through the open window. He looked to be only half awake and was missing his shirt.
Alex, on the other hand, was not missing that shirt in the slightest.” 

“Where are we?" She sat up.
"My room at the cabin."
"Your room?"
He propped himself up on one elbow and shrugged his other shoulder. "Needed someplace soft to land. Besides...Now when you teleport without a destination you've got a fifty-fifty chance of either ending up in the lake, or in my bed. I have to say, I like those odds."

“You can't tell me you're not cold in those shorts."
"Freezing," she admitted, handing Alex her messenger bag as she got to her feet. "But dammit, I look cute and we both know that's what counts."

“You coming?"
She hesitated, weighing her options. Risk running back down the flaming aisles to find another exit? Or trust the guy who'd been stalking her all afternoon?
The fire spread to the nearby shelves. The heat was growing unbearable.
"You cut me deep," he said. "You'd actually choose a fiery death over the prospect of my company. I have to admit, that stings a bit.” 

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. 

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  1. For some reason I hadn't heard about this one before but I just picked it up on Amazon. Can't beat that $.99 price!
    Great review Ellen!

  2. Sounds like a book that I would like, and look at those eyes on the cover. Great review.

  3. Oh I like the banter between them! It sounds like it has some great characters!

  4. Ok you convinced me, I will grab it! I don't mind if the romance doesn't take center stage.

  5. This sounds like a really interesting read :) I've seen it before, but I never thought to check it out! Great review :)

    1. I had meant to read it months ago, and then forgot about it. I am ready for the sequel now.

  6. A fabulous review Ellen! I really enjoyed this book, I loved Declan <3 and I enjoyed the quotes you shared.

  7. I kinda like the idea that the love story is not the center of the book. Too many times it takes over everything.
    And its nice to hear about a good eread. sometimes their so hit or miss.

    really great review



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