Sunday, 25 November 2012

Electricity's in the Air - Revival by Jena Leigh

Revival (Variant #1)
By Jena Leigh

Rating: 5

She's fine," said Declan, defensive. "You're fine, right?"
She gave him a look. "Peachy."
"See? Both Alex and her astounding wit have made it here intact. Her sense of humour seems to be M.I.A, but I'm pretty sure that was a pre-existing condition.

Fried T.Vs, busted espresso machines, destroyed computer labs and burning bookstores...all in a day's work for Alexandra Parker.

Alex tries hard to be normal - she really does. It's not her fault that electronics tend to explode or short circuit around her...or that weird guys with the ability to summon fire corner her at her local bookstore. 

But Alex soon discovers that this isn't a coincidence, or a figment of her imagination. Alex is a Variant - a brand of supernatural mutants, each with their own unique abilities.

There's Declan. Hot, vexing, witty and moody, Declan - like Alex - has control over electricity. He also won't stop at the chance to teleport (or 'jump') you to Ireland and expect you to find your way back. He claims not to care about Alex, but his look when she's with Nate is all:

Nate's ability is telekinesis - plus his natural charm and kind nature. Declan's opposite, he has secrets he doesn't want Alex to know - to do with a past she doesn't remember. He doesn't like Alex spending time with Declan, and you can just picture him saying:

Kenzie's Declan's sister, and with her mindreading powers this girl packs a punch! Coffee for Kenzie = life. She doesn't take any shit from the boys, either:

Along with the Variant gang - Declan, Kenzie, Nate and Brian - as well as her best friend Cassie, Alex grows into her newfound abilities. But she has no idea the danger that comes with them...nor the truth behind her parent's untimely death. 

I loved this book. Unique, with well-developed humour, 'Revival' gives a new spin on the mutant genre - bringing to life a cast of characters that you will not get enough of. Trust me; by the end you'll be wishing for more! I also liked how Alex developed as a character...turning from 'mouse' to 'lioness' in that scene with the Agency when she says something along the lines of:

Totally. Badass. :D

Best quotes:

 - “Where are we?" She sat up.
"My room at the cabin."
"Your room?"
He propped himself up on one elbow and shrugged his other shoulder. "Needed someplace soft to land. Besides...Now when you teleport without a destination you've got a fifty-fifty chance of either ending up in the lake, or in my bed. I have to say, I like those odds."

 - “They sailed through the intersection...and only barely missed getting creamed by the cross-traffic.
Nate was smiling. "Did you see that?"
"Yes, Nathaniel." Kenzie had a white-knuckle grip on the door. "You have a bright future ahead of you as a wheelman for the mob. We're all so proud. Now focus on the road, please.” 

 - “You can't honestly be thinking about going back there," said Alex.
"Apparently my brother isn't only lacking in people skills," said Kenzie. "He's also lacking in common sense. Stupidity, however, he appears to have in abundance.” 

 - “You coming?"
She hesitated, weighing her options. Risk running back down the flaming aisles to find another exit? Or trust the guy who'd been stalking her all afternoon?
The fire spread to the nearby shelves. The heat was growing unbearable.
"You cut me deep," he said. "You'd actually choose a fiery death over the prospect of my company. I have to admit, that stings a bit.” 

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