Thursday, June 28, 2012

Review: REVIVED by Cat Patrick

REVIVED by Cat Patrick
Release Date: May 8, 2012
Publisher: Little, Brown Book for Young Readers

About (from Goodreads): As a little girl, Daisy Appleby was killed in a school bus crash. Moments after the accident, she was brought back to life.

A secret government agency has developed a drug called Revive that can bring people back from the dead, and Daisy Appleby, a test subject, has been Revived five times in fifteen years. Daisy takes extraordinary risks, knowing that she can beat death, but each new death also means a new name, a new city, and a new life. When she meets Matt McKean, Daisy begins to question the moral implications of Revive, and as she discovers the agency’s true goals, she realizes she’s at the center of something much larger—and more sinister—than she ever imagined.

My Review:  

Cat Patrick knows how to start a novel with a bang. As you can tell from the synopsis, Daisy has been brought back to life numerous times, but even knowing that, the first chapter still packs a major punch. Allergic to bees, Daisy finds herself getting stung by one during gym class and as she stares up at the horrified faces of her classmates, she knows it's just a matter of time before she's dead. She can only hope Mason and Cassie, her adoptive--for governmental purposes--parents, will get there in time to revive her. 

After miraculously surviving another death with Revive, Daisy and her parents are being relocated once again. In this new location, Daisy meets and becomes close to Audrey and her brother, Matt. Daisy is used to blending in and not really connecting with the people in her schools because she doesn't see the point when they'll just have to move again soon anyway. But this school, and these friends are different. And for the first time since being revived, Daisy can't stop herself from wanting to stay where she is permanently. 

In this new town, Daisy soon learns that friendships and stability come with a price: her heart. She must trust that things happen for a reason and that revival isn't always an option, no matter how much she wishes she could change that. And because of the trials she must now face (I really don't want to spoil this one for you!), Daisy begins to question what happens next. It isn't long before she accidentally uncovers a secret that she was never meant to discover, and Daisy realizes that her life is in danger--for real this time. 

I can't say that I was surprised that I loved REVIVED as much as I did, because I was a big fan of Cat Patrick's last novel, FORGOTTEN as well. Cat has a great voice for YA writing and I loved the original story and plot in this novel. Daisy was easy to connect with, and when she had her struggles, they were believable and gut wrenching, pulling me deeper into the world that she'd created. If you haven't yet read FORGOTTEN or REVIVED, I recommend them both. They are superb novels from an incredible emerging YA writer that will no doubt be around for many years to come.


7 comments:

  1. Ooh sounds like I should raise this one up on my TBR list. I always like it when a story has a strong beginning and it's good to hear that the story continues to be good after the first chapter. Thanks for keeping us spoiler free ^_^.

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  2. I LOVE the premise of this one, so I'm really excited to hear about how much you loved it. I really want to check it out! And yes, I second the thanks for keeping things spoiler free.

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  3. Sounds great! And that cover is so spooky! Perfect. :)

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  6. My friend has recommended Forgotten to me and since i'm not allowed to buy books, i have been reading pdf's on the computer. I can't find any pdf versions of this book, so does anyone know any good websites to download this book without all the membership stuff.

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  7. Thanx for the photoshop but what i mean by the membership part is like credit cards and stuff like that... parents don't trust me.

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