Book Review: Revival by Jena Leigh

The Variant Series #1
Jena Leigh
Genre: YA Urban 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.
When I was a little girl, I’ve dreamed of having superpowers to, well, be cool and fight the bad guys of course. It didn’t help that I’ve been watching a lot of anime then (some not really appropriate for a seven-year-old but hey, Fushigi Yuugi and Zenki were the only ones on TV) and, coupled with a slew of Disney flicks, I’ve wanted to be a long-lost princess of some faraway place and that my family was secretly in hiding from the bad guy who took over the kingdom and tried to kill them. I was the prophesized one to save the world.

Nifty right? A rich imagination is the start of something bat-crazy or the beginning of a budding writing career (which is equally bat-crazy). You could imagine which I am now. *laughs maniacally*

Probably not what Alexandra Catherine Parker had in mind that day of girl bonding with her best friend, trying to forget about her lying, cheating scum bag of a boyfriend. But frying electronics and being alert all the time so as not to fry the electronics was more than she could bear. Add to that a *sigh* used-the-word-gorgeous guy who got under her skin every chance he got and an all-powerful psycho after her. Sorry, Alex, but I just want the first one on that deal if I ever awaken a latent superpower.

A more plot-driven story than focusing on character development, Revival was all about fast-paced action with well-placed revelations. I’ve encountered something of it’s like before – numerous times. Yes, we have a special snowflake.
Ayanami Faerudo

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