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Revival (The Variant Series #1)

3.99  ·  Rating Details ·  1,826 Ratings  ·  112 Reviews
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 findi
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Published November 14th 2012 by Jena Leigh (first published November 9th 2012)
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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
Sep 02, 2013 Alisa rated it it was amazing
I was given this book in exchange for an honest review.
I have really been on a paranormal kick lately. I have been lucky because most of the books that I have been reading have all been good. This book just happened to be one that ended up being amazing.
Alex is your typical all-American teen. Pretty, popular but still grounded and very sweet. When she was very little she lost her parents in a tragic accident and has been raised by her Aunt Cecilia, who is just like a mother to her. Life is wo
Sierra Gibbs
Dec 12, 2015 Sierra Gibbs rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I honestly loved this book so much!!! I loved the characters (DECLAN) and i just loved the whole entire story line. It's completely unique and if your a fan of fantasy stories or romance I'd definately give it a try!!
Looveedd ittt! (3.5 stars)
The main reason it's missing a star and a half is a problem I've been having with many recent books, and that's that, the story is fantastic, I loved the plot, I adored all the unique characters and their relationships, but it's totally ruined by the fact everything happened in the space of around 3 days, I totally loved Alex, she was the right amount of powerful and WTF AM I DOING, it was a decent balance. Again main issue I had was that she had mastered her powers to
"One of a kind girl with exceptional powers everyone loves saves the day" series are the worst. I have read some that fit this bill and really didn't like them. I downloaded this book and then read some reviews stating that's how this book was....and put off reading it for months. I really expected to dislike or not finish this book. Oh to my surprise I loved it.

Alex does have exceptional powers. But she isn't one of a kind, and she can't save the day. She needs her family more than they need he
Stacy Sabala
Jul 12, 2016 Stacy Sabala rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, romance, suspense
Book Review- Revival by Jena Leigh

Alex Parker is getting over her break up and her social piranha status. She also mysteriously affects electrical devices. She doesn’t know how but thinks of herself as a freak. She also notices a mysterious boy seems to be following her. He seems to disappear and he took his own picture from a camera that was across the pier. Something weird is going on.
When Alex gets caught in a bookstore on fire, Declan is there to rescue her. He takes her back home and dumps
May 05, 2013 Zoe rated it it was amazing
This book is incredible. Definitely one of my favorite books. The characters are lovable and all have their own personalities.
It starts with Alex, shopping with her best friend, and they see a boy. Alex sees him again after, and she has this feeling that he's not like other boys.
Then, when Alex almost burns to death in a bookstore, and he is there to save her, she is thrown into a completely different life, having to deal with the insanely hot, insanely infuriating Declan, who drops her into f
Sep 30, 2014 Tracy rated it really liked it
Definitely a fun read! With quotes like this: (Alex and Declan - who barely know each other - are discovered in an seemingly intimate position)

"This isn't what it looks like," said Alex.

"This is exactly what it looks like," said Declan. "What's a guy got to do to get a little privacy around here?"

I laughed a lot in this book. I really enjoyed the characters, and I'm a little torn that there isn't too much of a love triangle. I guess I just wanted to see more of (view spoiler)
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 ...more
Jan 20, 2017 Teigan rated it liked it
I can't be bothered to write a proper review, so here are my main thoughts.

Despite the premise not straying far from the cliche YA storyline of girl-with-powers-is-special, I loved the characters. They were absolutely the best aspect to the story, not to mention that the dialogue had me laughing at times. It is kind of insta-lovey and I'm on team Nathaniel, but I think I can deal with it. With such a amazing cast, I think I'll be continuing the series.
Feb 09, 2013 Kelly rated it really liked it
Going into Revival quite blind, not having bothered to re-read the blurb to trigger my memory for what to expect, meant I was not expecting a fast-paced, smile-inducing, heart-warming thriller that kept me glued to its pages. With a full cast of loveable characters, an interesting mythology involving a genetic mutation and a secret government agency, and the suspense of an increasingly dangerous threat, I couldn’t help but fall in love with Revival!

I’m going to be completely honest. I could have
Aug 03, 2013 Ellen rated it really liked it
Shelves: e-arc
Revival is the first book in the Variant Series and Jena Leigh's debut novel. The main character is Alexandra Parker. She is, or I should say was, a typical teenager, was popular, had a boyfriend, and everything seemed to be going great until the day she caught her boyfriend with another girl in the computer lab, which resulted in her somehow blowing up everything electronic in the room, an event that left her scarred both emotionally and physically. Now she is just a freak, or at least that is ...more
Apr 03, 2013 David rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Dec 06, 2012 Dulcy rated it really liked it
Publisher: Self-published I believe, but is available at major e-book retailers.
Age: Young Adult
Series: The Variants #1
Interest: Teens with powers/ purple eyes/ review request
Source: Copy from author

I received a copy of Revival from Jena Leigh in exchange for an honest review.

Revival was an awesome kick start to the Variants series. I loved the mystery, genetic experimentation, action scenes and extremely drool worthy boys. This book was great. I encourage fans of light sci-fi to dive
Mar 07, 2017 Tamara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Spirited teens

Alex just wants to make it through her teenage years. Life has other plans as she struggles to get through all the secrets invalidating and finding the power to move forward with this new group can she do it? Fun and flirty story
Mar 26, 2013 Sharon rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult, arc
Review: 3 out of 5 stars

Revival is Jena Leigh’s debut novel and is a wonderful start to the Variant’s series.

Our main protagonist is sixteen-year-old Alexandra Parker who is at the bottom of the social ladder after catching her boyfriend in the arms of another girl and reacted in a way not of the norm – she somehow managed to fry everything in the room. Finding out the reasoning behind her unusual reaction was quite interesting because prior to this she had no idea at all she was a Variant, som
Vanessa Vendrasco-Aere
So I am up late reading, no surprise there, and I figured since I only have a few days left of my winter break before I start my spring semester I might as well do as many reviews as I can before I am too busy to do them. I discovered this book on Christmas eve when I was trying to entertain myself so I wouldn't try and sneak looks at my presents.... However, I found that Revived was extremely predictable and lacked in originality. I am a sucker for cliches, but I didn't love this one. Surprisi ...more
Jennifer Madero (Boricuan Bookworms)
I was given an ebook copy of this book through the group We ♥ YA Books! in exchange of an honest review

Rating: 5 stars

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
Jan 14, 2014 April rated it it was amazing
Revival was a lot better than I expected it to be. I wasn't quite sure how I would feel about this novel as I have read many books about teenagers gaining supernatural powers and I was a bit curious about how this would be different. I think this was a great novel.

Alex is just a normal girl dealing with a break up from a cheating ex boyfriend when she discovers that she is not so normal after all. She meets Declan who just so happens to be able to teleport, Kenzie-telepathic, Nathaniel-telekinet
Mar 28, 2013 Star rated it liked it
FIrst off I was given an e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Fair warning my reviews are not synopsis, theres a million of those in addition to the official one. What you get here is my impression of the characters and story itself, if still interested, carry on. :)

Revival has massive potential. If you ever watched x-men as a kid, loved the fantastic four, or dreamed of exacting Carrie-at-the -prom-justice you will enjoy this book. If you haven't, well this book will introduce y
Feb 16, 2013 Kat rated it really liked it
Kat's Review

When I started reading this book, I was first struck by the writing style. It's good. The author has a comfortable way with words that made me at ease from the start. Sounds obvious, but so often a story is good, but the writing style is clumsy and difficult to get into. I didn't have that problem with this book. I also took a liking to the main character right away, and it's obvious from the start that there's some sort of supernatural or paranormal twist to the story.

I became a bi
Little Paper Rose Reviews
Sep 01, 2013 Little Paper Rose Reviews rated it really liked it
- Review taken from my YA book blog Little Paper Rose


The first thing about 'Revival' that got my attention was the quality writing - Leigh has a smooth and natural writing style. I liked it a lot. Her point came across easily and the writing just felt very thought-out and uncluttered. The storyline flowed, having the perfect mixture of intrigue, banter, and the supernatural.

I enjoyed the fun parts as much as the serious ones and how Leigh kept the story balanced between the two.

'Revival' w
Feb 23, 2014 Claire rated it really liked it
a great start to a series.

We start with Alex, average girl, student etc....but one thing keeps happening - every time she gets angry or her emotions fluctuate she kinda shorts out any electronic device nearby...she has no idea why this is and just put it down to being weird and told noone.

when she goes to a simple bookstore....she is met with a man who can wield fire...had incinerated the owner and was intent on giving her the same treatment. Running from the fire, she gets to the emergency exit
Bekah (WillBakeforBooks)
Apr 21, 2014 Bekah (WillBakeforBooks) rated it really liked it
Sixteen-year-old Alex Parker knows something is very, very wrong after an incident at school where she happens to fry a few computers and start a fire. With her mind. Now she’s a social pariah and has no clue why everything electronic goes haywire when she’s around. When a psychopathic assassin comes after her at a bookstore, she’s rescued by the infuriating but decidedly handsome Declan. Taken under the protection of Declan’s makeshift family, Alex soon finds out who she is and what she is capa ...more
May 09, 2014 James rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
A great quick read. Super-powered mutants, government organizations, cloak-and-dagger routines, super-powered assassins - this book had plenty to keep me interested and it was an awesome read! This book was well-written, had interesting characters and a was based on the cool x-men-ish idea that human DNA has mutanted to produce people with superpowers (Variants). I loved all tgetting to know all the characters but enjoyed Alex's character the most. As she learned about her past and her new abili ...more
Alise  (Readers in Wonderland)
Mar 08, 2013 Alise (Readers in Wonderland) rated it really liked it

Revival Review
Full formatting of this review at link above.

REVIVAL was totally different from what I was expecting!

Alex had it all, until an unfortunate incident where she caught her boyfriend cheating on her and fried all the electronics in the room she was currently in. Literally. Alex accepted her being a freak and a place at the bottom of the social ladder. Cassie, Alex's best friend, stuck with her.

A shopping trip with her f
Apr 01, 2013 Jamie rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed reading this book- definitely a page turner from beginning to end! Jena Leigh does an excellent job weaving the elements of this story! Not only does she create interesting three-dimensional characters that you do truly like and care about, she also creates a completely believable world where Variants (those people with special abilities such as being able to control fire, water and electricity, or the ability to read minds, see the future, or telekinesis) live and work. Add to ...more
Ayanami Faerudo
Feb 01, 2015 Ayanami Faerudo rated it liked it
Actual rating: 3.5

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
Mar 03, 2015 Rachel rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
4.5 out of 5

Okay I loved this book. LOVED IT.

First off the whole premise is awesome. I'm a total sucker for super powers because, hello? Who doesn't want to be able to move stuff with their mind or go around the world in seconds? It's awesome.
I also really liked the characters. Alex was a little bit of a push over, but kind of overcame that and learned how to stand up for herself which I can appreciate, especially as a teenage girl. But in general they were awesome. Kensie, Cassie, Brian. Aweso
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Jena Leigh is the author of the Variant Series novels REVIVAL, RESISTANCE, REDUX, and RECKONING. Born and raised in the lightning capital of North America, she eventually made her home in the Smoky Mountains of Western North Carolina. A shameless geek, she loves coffee, loud music, bad sci-fi movies, Skittles, and shenanigan-filled road trips to faraway concerts.

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“Just keep her away from bookstores, if you can."
Thanks, Grayson. That helps.
Apparently whoever said, "no harm ever came from reading a book," hadn't met this girl.”
“He reached out, put his hands on her shoulders and pressed downwards. She fell into a seated position against a fallen tree.
"Sit," he said. "Stay."
"That's cute," she said. "Tell me to 'heel' and see what happens.”
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