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Friday, January 25, 2013


Revival (The Variant Series, Book 1)Revival (The Variant Series, #1)
Jen Leigh

Published November 4, 2012

This book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

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.

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I'm a little torn on this book. There, I said it.

The characters were fun, funny, exasperating, ridiculously good-looking, downright crazy, take-everything-in-stride, mysterious, tortured . . . but let's not pretend I'm talking all about a single person here!

I have to say, a fair amount of the story was predictable. Did that bother me? Not really. Just don't say you weren't warned. :)

I'm interested to see where Ms. Leigh takes the story. There are many predictable places it could go, and many more unique, fascinating turns it could take. While some predictability is good, I do hope she catches us off-guard now and then.

4/5 stars

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