Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Review: Revived by Cat Patrick

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  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 5/1/2012
  • Pages: 352
  • Source: Received a copy from the publisher for review
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Overview

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 Thoughts


After reading the synopsis for this book, I was very excited to read it. It sounded like a really cool concept. I did enjoy this book, though I think that a lot of stuff just felt a bit off for me. I read it rather quickly since it's not a very big book, but I just wasn't completely drawn into the story. I liked the characters though, I thought they were really great.  


Daisy is a smart girl. She has been raised and trained by this secret agency and has two agents acting as her parents. She has died quite a few times and every time, they need to relocate and change their last names. They take precautions to try to keep the revive program safe. She's tough, but also a little reckless. She doesn't really thing of death how others do, since she knows that she will be brought back. She finally does start to realize how fragile life is, but it takes some heartache for her to really understand. She is just a teenager though, so I did try to keep that in mind. I know I didn't think very rationally when I was her age, and if I knew there was a drug to bring me back to life, I don't even want to think of how careless I would have been regarding my life. 

Matt was very real. I liked that about him. He was very well written. His emotions and the way he acted in certain situations is exactly how I would expect someone his age to act. Especially with the personal things he has going on. I think he really has been forced to see things how they really are. He knows about emotional pain. He knows how it is to feel completely helpless because sometime there is nothing you can do to change things. He just does the best he can to be a good person, do the right things, and really just care about others. 

There are some twists in this story, some emotional moments, and some parts that have you tense and needing to know what is going to happen. Unfortunately, there isn't many of them. The story progression was fine, the character development was good, but the story just kind of fell flat for me. It was interesting, but not interesting enough. I can't really say that there was anything that stands out that I didn't like, it just didn't really capture me either. I think I was expecting more out of it. 3 out of 5 stars 

15 comments:

  1. This is one of those books that I think people either like or don't. I've heard a lot of rave review's and then some not so rave reviews. Thanks for your honest opinion. I am for sure going to read this one tho! I've been super excited about it!

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    1. I was really excited for it too! I liked it. I just think I needed more out of it.

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  2. Eep I think we would all be pretty careless. I had the same opinions on this one, to. I was expecting something more fast paced and paranormal and it was kind of a light contemp with some supernatural elements. But I did like the characters too Matt was overall a great male lead. I also liked her relationship with her dad (even if it wasn't really her dad).

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    1. Yeah, it's not that I didn't like the book. I just had different expectations for it. It's hard to kind of change your mind set when you are expecting one thing and getting another. I really liked her relationship with Mason too.

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  3. I love the premise of this story and I was really hoping it would blow everyone away. I would totally be reckless. SO RECKLESS.

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    1. haha right?!! I would be doing all sorts of crazy stuff, pushing the limits.

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  4. Im reading this one soon. I've been looking forward to it. I hope I enjoy it a bit more than you. We'll see!
    Nice review!

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    1. I hope you enjoy it too. It's more like a contemporary. I like contemporary, but I wasn't expecting this to be so much like one.

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  5. I'm sorry to hear that this book wasn't as good as you had hoped :( I have a copy waiting for me back home and I'm pretty excited about it. I'm a little bummed that more people aren't enjoying it. I'm definitely still going to read it though and I'm still hoping that I'll love it, even if I may only "like" it!

    Thanks for the honest review.

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    1. It's a good book, it just wasn't quite what I expected. As long as you go into it knowing it's more contemporary than paranormal then you should enjoy it just fine. I just thought there would be more weird crazy stuff going on then there was.

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  6. It's so hard when you look forward to reading something and it doesn't live up to your expectations. So disappointing. Seems like it had some good points though too. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. I actually requested this one for review because I was super excited for it. I still did like it, it was just a lot different from what I expected.

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  7. I got this one for review as well, but didn't get around to reading it yet. Got distracted by Contemporary Month :P I do, however, absolutely LOVE the cover. Isn't it gorgeous? The colors, the creeptastic looking chick! WOWZA! I'm sorry to hear you didn't enjoy it as much you hoped to. I wonder if it will be the same for me.. *shudders* Oh well, we'll see! Thank you for your honest, eloquent review <3

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    1. Thanks hon!! It's not that I didn't like it. It was just way different than what I thought. If you go into it just expecting a contemporary it's probably quite enjoyable. :)

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  8. My teen daughter just finished reading (and really enjoyed!) an eBook called Hear by Jacqueline Abelson. Great plot, interesting characters and a real message of self– empowerment. Here’s the link:

    http://www.amazon.com/HEAR-ebook/dp/B0084V2WVC/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1337991481&sr=1-1

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