Review: Revival

March 16, 2013 Review 8 ★★★★

Review: Revival
Revival by Jena Leigh
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Publisher: Independent
Source: Author
Pages: 282
Release Date: Novemeber 14th 2012
Series: Variant #1
Genres: Fantasy
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.

I received this book for free from the source listed above in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


REVIVAL was totally different from what I was expecting!

Alex had it all, until an unfortunate incident where she caught her boyfriend cheating on her and fried all the electronics in the room she was currently in. Literally. Alex accepted her being a freak and a place at the bottom of the social ladder. Cassie, Alex’s best friend, stuck with her.

A shopping trip with her friend reveals a gorgeous mystery man, who makes quite a few appearances on their trip. Before the day ends, Alex’s life will have changed completely, some things for the better-and some she’ll wish she never knew.

The real strength holding REVIVAL up was its fantastic cast of characters. I fell in love with each and every one. They were all so different and diverse, each one have their own distinct personality and traits.

I must compare REVIVAL to OBSIDIAN. Even though it was predicable and a little cliched with the love interests and supernatural society with the government coming after them, both novels are great, enjoyable reads. You’ll fall in love with Declan just like you did with Daemon.

I loved the multiple POVs. I really enjoyed the differences in their voices, and thought it was so interesting to see how different their worlds were. Alex was a great protagonist, she really shined in her conversations with Declan, she was not willing to back down easily.

The ending was a bit of a let down, but this is a series, so I expect more explanation, action, and evil in the next book. Overall, I would recommend this to fans of OBSIDIAN and those who can enjoy a wide variety lovable characters.

8 Responses to “Review: Revival”

  1. Megan TheBookBabe

    I actually haven’t read Obsidian yet, but I’ve heard that it’s really good. And can I just say that “Declan” is a fantastic name? The characters all sound really awesome, and Alex actually sounds kind of smart– is she?

    On another note, multiple points of view is…tricky. (Haha, you just used that commenting to me! ;P) Sometimes the characters sound too much alike, or in rare instances the characters don’t get enough development that way. You know what I mean? But I really like the sound of Alex and Declan…good characters= win-win situation. I can understand a disappointing ending, though. :( I hope that you get to read the next book soon! (:

    Megan@The Book Babe

    • Alise (Readers In Wonderland)

      I loved his name too!
      Well she’s not stupid, LOL. I wouldn’t say her intelligence was really noted, but I loved her personality.

      Haha, yes I did! I know exactly what you mean, some POVs are way too similar. Definitely wasn’t a problem here.

      Thanks for your comment!

  2. Sunny Duvall

    Yay for characters! It sounds like a really interesting plot and I LOVE multiple POVs now. While tricky, I love how you can see inside more than one character and see it through someone else’s eyes since perspective is all subjective. The ending is a bummer though it sounds like, but it sounds like a great book!

    Love the review :)

    Sunny @ Blue Sky Bookshelf

  3. Kelly

    I loved Revival for the same reasons – the characters were FANTASTIC! Your review really makes me want to pick up a copy of Obsidian now! Like you, I also felt disappointed by the ending, but I’m still looking forward to the sequel :)

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