Summary via Goodreads: 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.”
My Review: Okay…starting reviews are always the worst…As an overall read, I loved it. I thought that it was really good and really interesting. Revival is a great start to what i hope will be a great series. Alexandra (also known as – now get ready there are quite a few: Lexie, Lex, Lee-Lee, Alex, and pet – and yes that pet is suppose to seem as creepy as it does). The multiple nicknames can be bothersome but in this book each one belonged to another character, there wasn’t intermixing, and the use of the nicknames i understand is a sense of familiarity and family/love or in one case possessive and creepy. So anyways lets start this review then on Alex.
Alex: I loved her. Thank god for once I don’t have this total trying to be a badass but really on the inside I’m a softy. I don’t mind when characters – especially girl leads – are nice. I really don’t because to me i can relate better to them, and I grow to care about them more. She isn’t all antsy because her parents were killed in a car accident when she was young, she isn’t pissy because her whole social life is destroyed because her jackass of an ex cheated on her. No she takes it in stride and doesn’t hate the world. But don’t be thinking this girl is all butterflies and rainbows because she isn’t. When she needs to be is a badass, when she needs to be sarky and sarcastic she is and beautifully as well. And at the end she really does blossom into a woman i think that those people that hate push-overs – which i honestly don’t think she is – can love. When i say i don’t think she is a push-over i mean it, so what if she doesnt like confrontations, not a lot of normal, sane people do… or at least the people i know don’t. Anyways I think she is a lead that people can love without having to go through all the hoops to do it, she is instantly lovable. But now onto the one you learn to love.
Declan: Our boy-wonder. He is – well in my head he is way dirty blonde but doesn’t specify if i remember correctly – anyways blonde, tall, hazel eyed hottie, with a BAD tempter that i found i love. He is sarcastic, a bit to angry, and a “practical joker”. I really liked his character, and i really liked the very close to but not quite change in his character. When we first meet him i think that he really is just kind of an ass and that is how he roles but it seems to me like he was trying to be just an ass to Alex. I am not entirely sure, because he is somewhat close to his real (his sister Kenzie) and adoptive family. So i think the attempt at his hard-core hate wasn’t quite as far as it could have gone, i didn’t mind really but at the end when he starts to grow and realizes he is changing to me i didn’t quite see it. But also there were things left unsaid about him – he drinks we know that, but i only saw him hung-over once and there was implied that he is like that a lot. i just didn’t see it, and i know i am trying to take in account this book is only within the span of like less than a week. But either way i loved this Doc Marten wearing hottie.
Nate: IS a mystery. There i said it. He is probably why i didn’t give this the book the five stars, well there is another thing that i will get to later…not the point at the moment. He is a total mystery i cannot figure out. I want to think he was suppose to part of a love triangle, i really did but i just wasn’t feeling it. He and Alex don’t get a lot of alone time together, but it is obvious he cares for her, but is also obvious that Kenize who she just met cares about her as well. So you see my point… Anyways moving on. Nate is keeping a lot of secrets, A LOT. AND i am burning to know what they are, and why he is keeping them, and what his relationship with Alex really is… Not just because of my undying love for love triangles – yes i am being sarcastic. So Nate = big mystery.
Now for the adoptive family: There is Grayson (the father), Brian (once referred to as Brain – also Grayson’s real son), Kenize (Declan’s real sister), Aiden (cousin to Kenize and Declan doesn’t show up til later), and Cali (Alex’s real anut who is always living with). So i liked all these characters, i did, Brian got lost a little bit at the end but i understand why because he is young and there is a lot of action scenes so they need to keep him safe so he is hidden away. And now to why i was slightly angry with this book, there were a TON of POV changes, i don’t think i would have minded so much if we suck to just a few but every character but the villain moments they were telling the story and it changed without saying “Hey we are changing to Declan” the only time i really got horribly confused was at the beginning with the first change, and then the second change out of Alex/Declan’s POV… i started to be like okay i will accept that now. Though this book was NOT like Push the movie, i got a little vibe from that with the powers at first! Later when there are other characters with more than the same three powers i was like alright, sweet and here we go!
So well that was my small rant on powers so moving on the last the of the characters – yeah not done with that yet. Now the friends: Cassie, Conner, and Jessica? – Cassie and Conner really are the only two that matter. Conner is the jackass ex, so we don’t care about him. Cassie is the best friend and i think that i love that she was included because i was scared at the beginning that their friendship wasn’t that strong (her and Alex i mean), i am glad that she wasn’t a friend that was dropped. I liked her and she felt very real to me, she didn’t just let things go because its easier for the book, she was used against Alex, to draw her out, and she doesn’t just be like, “oh i was kidnapped no big deal!” she does try to deal with it, but she does still feel scared and i think that had to be one of my favorite parts.
So now that i wrote all i can about characters, yeah i am not touching the villain – why you ask? because i don’t do spoilers if i can absolutely can help it. And i don’t want to try to do the villain because well Spoilers.
Plot: It’s a pretty much and i hate to say this run of the mill, we have superpowers but we are not superheroes, just people trying to live normal lives plot. But not quite either. It isn’t – that we’ve experienced yet – like a rebel group that wants to take over the human (normal humans) race and rule over them because we are better! But there is government involvement which is kind of the norm for this type of story and i am okay with that. It really though is a great plot i enjoyed it and there were a few surprises and when i thought i was completely right – i mean come on i know everything – i was wrong, not that i was mad, i was very graceful about it, and i appreciated that she didn’t go with the standard obvious answer. So great plot 🙂
Ending: No cliff-hangers. Thank God. But throughout the story there are a lot of unanswered questions, so i hope, hope the next one is coming out, and coming out soonish. I think that this was a really good sci-fi read without having to be too over the top and annoying about it. So its a great way to start the year – first book i finished in 2013! ;).