Monday, January 07, 2013

Review: Indigo Awakening by Jordan Dane

Indigo Awakening by Jordan Dane
The Hunted #1
Release Date: December 18th, 2012
Number of Pages: 304
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Source: eARC from NetGalley
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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.

If there’s one thing I can say about Indigo Awakening, it’s that it left me with mixed feelings. There were some really great moments, but there were a few things that really bothered me. One thing that really annoyed me was the numerous points of view. I can enjoy two or three, if they really add something to the story. Yet, in Indigo Awakening, there were too many to count. They ended up confusing me more than helping me understand the characters.

Talking about characters, there were both really interesting characters, and some I just didn’t really care about. I liked Lucas, but I wish we could have seen more of him. I started the novel thinking he was the main character, but the thing is, the more I read, the more unsure I was who the main character was. At some point, I thought it was Rayne, a character I didn’t care much about. After, I wished it was Gabriel, who I thought was freaking awesome. Then, we get some insight in the mind of some other characters, like Kendra, Mia, O’Dell, and a few more (I can’t seem to remember who had their point of view thrown in.)

The other thing that slightly bothered me was the growing relationship between Gabe and Rayne, which happened a little fast for me. I mean there were scenes that left me perplex. And I can’t forget about Kendra, who seems to be caught in some kind of love triangle, or the beginning of one, with Raffe and Lucas. Well, that wasn’t my favorite parts.

Despite these little things, I did find the novel interesting, and I really liked the idea of these Indigo kids. There were some really great moments, and one scene that really reminded me of X-Men first class. Still, overall, I liked it. It won’t be my favorite book this year, and I won’t be counting the days before the sequel is released, but it’s a series I would considered reading further into, because the premise is quite interesting. The book may not be perfect, but I still enjoyed it.

About the Author:
(From NetGalley)

Avon/HarperCollins launched Jordan Dane's debut suspense novels in a back to back publishing event in Spring 2008 after buying the 3-book series in auction. Pursuing publication since 2003, Jordan had received awards in 33 national writing competitions and was an energy sales manager in the oil and gas industry prior to selling. Now she is following her passion and writes full time.

Ripped from the headlines, Jordan's gritty plots weave a tapestry of vivid settings, intrigue, and dark humor. She loves challenging a reader's moral barometer with the borderline ethics of her characters and their flawed personalities—dark, angst-ridden antiheroes pitted against unforgettable villains. Publishers Weekly compared her intense pacing to Lisa Jackson, Lisa Gardner, and Tami Hoag—"romantic suspense that crosses over into plain thriller country with tight plotting and exceptional male characters, both bad guys and good."

Jordan and her husband share their residence with two cats of highborn lineage and the spirit of an intelligent canine who is impossible to forget.

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