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Revival (The Variant Series #1)

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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 findi
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Published November 14th 2012 by Smashwords Edition (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
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
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
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
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)
A friend and I chose to read this book as part of our "book club", which is a nice name for two people who want to get together and rave about books! When I read the description, my first thought was "X-men!!!!!!!!". It didn't feel supernatural-y or magic-y and I LOVED that! It felt really fresh and fun. When I actually read it, I wasn't disappointed. It was a really fun read.

I loved the characters. Alex, the main character, felt a little average. Just very basic female part, but not weak or ann
Paula  Phillips

Reading this book, I felt like I had actually read it before but seeing as I hadn't written a review I'm not too sure. The Resistance series starting with Book #1 Revival is a book that all those fans of Brigid Kemmerer's series "The Elementals" will love. Revival takes place with the introduction of Alexandra Potter aka Alex. A few months ago , she not only caught her boyfriend Connor cheating on her with the school skank Jessica but she also developed her first sign of powers. On what started
Rachel Metzger
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 has egeneral they were awesome. Kensie, Cassie, Brian. Awe
One of the best YA books I've ever read, what a treat this was!! Loved the characters, the plot and the dialogue, and the ending put a HUGE smile on my face :) I soooo need the sequel and more Leigh books! There is mild profanity in the book, which is one of my pet peeves, but in this case the story was so good that I wasn't even bothered. This book was already worth 5 stars to me from the beginnning despite that. There's also a hint of a love triangle, ANOTHER pet peeve of mine, but again the s ...more
Ayanami Faerudo
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
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
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
Loved this one. The plot was good and interesting but what really sold this is the characters (yes all of them), the character interaction which was fast paced, entertaining and just plain fun and the character development. Declan letting go of his childhood resentment after getting to know Alex. Alex going from letting people walk over her to standing up for herself. Now all she needs to do is speak up with Connor and tell him NO instead of avoiding him. Also no stupid insta-love. There is attr ...more

The book starts off pretty slow, I was about to start reading after the third chapter. Conner seems to be a character that should not have progressed throughout the book. I don't understand why he's important to the story at all. The other characters are interesting, but not as much development as Alex and Declan. I would like to know what Nathaniel and Alex's connection is. I like Declan, he's irreverent. Masterson is hella creepy so good job to the author. I'm going to download a sample
Samantha Cox
I love it when the heroines have special abilities and can kick ass...well once they learn how to use that special ability. Luckily there's a handsome bad boy on hand to teach her what she needs to know. Oh and there's always something evil lurking around the corner so said bad boy can show off his skills and defend his woman (well she'll make him work for that privilege anyway).

It's pretty similar to many of the other books in the paranormal genre but it's not disappointing. Well written, easy
Bekah M.
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
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
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—sh
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
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
Traci (The Reading Geek)
Revival was a really exciting and enjoyable story. It was paced well which made it a quick read too. I'm a big fan of superhero stories and comic books so when I first read the synopsis for Revival, I was really excited to read it. This story definitely reminded me of some comics, but it still had its own twist.

One day Alex explodes the electronics at school after seeing her boyfriend with another girl and quickly becomes the talk of school. She soon discovers that she is actually a Variant thou
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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
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
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
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
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
Kathy Frank
Jan 01, 2014 Kathy Frank rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of science fiction or fantasy
I'm going to start by saying that Jena Leigh is an brilliant writer. This is her first book and while I don't think it's going to instantly be on every ones shelves (even though it should be) I can certainly see Revival being one of those bestselling authors older hidden gems that only true fans know about. Her writing is clear and precise, pulls you in, and gets your heart pounding in action and romance scenes. The characters are realistic (even if their powers aren't)and likeable. Declan is es ...more
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
Olivia (Bookcomet)
This book definitely exceeded my expectations. I thought that it was a very good read and great for a short read in between heavier reads.

The Plot:
Alex Parker is not a good person to be around when there are electrical appliances around nearby. They have a way of 'malfunctioning' when she is around. Then after an incident involving bookstore and a fire, Alex meets the Variants. Alex will learn truths about herself and the people she thought she knew.

The Characters:
Alex- I genuinely liked Alex a
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Jena Leigh is the author of the Variant Series novels REVIVAL and RESISTANCE. Born and raised in Tampa, Florida, she spent ten years in the mountains of North Carolina before returning home to the lightning capital of North America. 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.”
“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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