Review: Revival by Jena Leigh

June 9, 2013 Book 1 ★★★★★

Review: Revival by Jena LeighRevival (The Variant Series, #1) by Jena Leigh
Published by Smashwords Edition on November 14th 2012
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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.


Where can I start into rating this magnificent book?

Alexandra Parker (Alex and Lex for short) is a sixteen-year-old teenager with a slight electric problem: she can fry any electrical system or machine when her  emotions spike up. But things start to get tricky when she discovers she’s a variant, and there is someone out there trying to get her. Between truths and lies, Alex has to learn to control her ability AND survive each encounter with someone that puts her life — and people she cares about — at risk.

1. If you’re a superhero junkie, take this book and read it. While reading it, it might sound a little like the X-men or the TV series Heroes. But at the same time, it has it’s unique touch that defines it differently.

2. It’s a page turner. If you have stuff to do while reading this, have it for granted that you won’t do ANYTHING. I had lots of stuff to do and did nothing except to read this. I ended it in two days (and barely slept).

3. The cover looks awesome. I am one of those people that if the cover doesn’t catch me, I’m probably not gonna read it. That and the summary at the back cover. I know it’s bad, but we have to admit it that most people are like that. Maybe it’s human nature.

I loved the way the book was written. It changed from point of view often (and I got really mad when she left me in a cliffhanger and the perspective changed), plus it helped to have a more inner view of what was happening in this place when the main character was elsewhere. It wasn’t repetitive.

It has its action, laugh-out-loud, sad and desperate moments.

Declan, meanwhile, just stood there, a statue amidst the chaos, staring into the open refrigerator. Judging from the intensity of his gaze, the secrets of the universe were hiding somewhere behind the orange juice and would be revealed to him if he simply glared at the container for long enough.

See? Things like that, and many more, are laughing worthy to make the book really funny.
The characters are really enjoyable; and get to grow (at least the main ones) as the book goes. They go on accord to how they are and don’t do things that go against them. And if they do, it’s because of a change we can see (I think this happens in the case of Nathan.) TEAM DECKS! Haha. He’s my favorite character… <3

It ended like all good books end. It answered to the questions that arose while you read, and left you with questions unanswered. If only the second book was already published… I haven’t had a book hangover like this in so much time…
Anyhow, an excellent book for being her first one. More people should know of it. Can’t wait for the second one! 😀

Rating: 5/5 stars


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I'm Jennifer. Addicted reader, and lover of books. I'm a full-time college student majoring in English Liturature and Linguistics & Communication, with aspirations of being a professional editor. Among other things. In the meantime, I obsess over books, history, art, and politics. I believe in freedom of speech and reading whatever you want. Open to discussions about anything and everything 🙂
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