Sunday 23 December 2012

Indigo Awakening (The Hunted # 1) by Jordan Dane - Book Review

Title: Indigo Awakening
Author: Jordan Dane
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 286
Format: Paperback
Genre: YA Fantasy
Source: Review Copy from Publisher

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Because of what you are, the Believers will hunt you down.

Voices told Lucas Darby to run. Voices no one else can hear. He’s warned his sister not to look for him, but Rayne refuses to let her troubled brother vanish on the streets of LA. In her desperate search, she meets Gabriel Stewart, a runaway with mysterious powers and far too many secrets. Rayne can’t explain her crazy need to trust the strange yet compelling boy—to touch him—to protect him even though he scares her.

A fanatical church secretly hunts psychic kids—gifted “Indigo” teens feared to be the next evolution of mankind—for reasons only “the Believers” know. Now Rayne’s only hope is Gabe, who is haunted by an awakening power—a force darker than either of them imagine—that could doom them all.
(Goodreads Synopsis)

 This book is one I kept changing my mind about as I was reading. One moment I enjoyed it, the next I wasn't so sure. But overall, I have decided to give it four stars (three and half).

The storyline is interesting and while not 100% original, is still something that hasn't been done for a while and then more in TV shows than books. I liked the characters on the whole, but the one issue I had was that they sometimes felt too 'adult': doing and saying things that seemed wrong for their age.

The book was well paced with plenty of action and it was a nice easy read: a book you could chill out with without needing to put too much thought into it.

I finished the book still keen to know what would happen next and so I would be happy to read on in the series once the second book comes out.

I would say that this is worth your time if you are a big fan of YA paranormal/fantasy. It may not be the best example out there, but it is still a very good read.

My thanks to Harlequin Australia for the review copy.

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