Skip to main content


Revived is a YA contemporary novel with a sci-fi twist by Cat Patrick.

Golly gee wilkers, I am becoming a HUGE fan of Cat Patrick’s! First she wrote Forgotten, which was remarkable! (Read my review of it here.) And now she’s wowing me with her second novel – I am officially impatient for her third book – and don’t even know what it’s about!

Here’s a little about what Revived is about:

Daisy doesn’t remember the first time she died. Though she recalls that drowning was awful, and she was always a little frightened of buses afterwards. But she was only four years old at the time, so it’s a bit of a fog.

But that was the say she was brought back to life – the first time – and inducted into a classified program testing a drug called Revive. She and other kids from the accident that died, whom the drug worked on, began a life of secrecy and science.

Now nearing sixteen-years-old, Daisy has died and been Revived five times. Each death means a new city, a new name, a new identity. She’s always held back on any real friendships because it’s all a lie, and she’s used to that. Life in the program is about pretending to be normal, blending in, and not being noticed much.

That’s all about to change.

After her fifth death, Daisy ends up in Omaha and meets Matt and Audrey McKean, siblings that connect with Daisy. For the first time, Daisy enjoys the camaraderie and laughs of having a good girlfriend, and with Matt there is a deep attraction that she’s never experienced.

For anything to come of it, though, she must no longer be an experiment.

But as she tries to release the program’s hold on her life, she begins to realize how much deeper – and darker – it goes…

Oh, wow! Cat Patrick has done it again!

Revived is very enigmatic, mysterious, and inviting, expertly compelling – drawing me in from the first page. Yet again we have a human, intimate story heightened by an intelligent, original twist with the experimental drug Revive.

This is a smart, suspenseful, romantic, fast-paced YA novel that can rival adult titles (most of them can, in my opinion), providing exceptional characterizations and a candid look at life issues, like death. In spite of many of the subjects dealt with being heavy ones, Revived never gets bogged down or too glum – instead it’s unpretentious, electrifying, evocative, sweet, and surprisingly uplifting.

Plus, there are some scary developments I did NOT see coming!

I cannot stress how touching, amazing, and awesome Revived was!

My bibliophile insanity implores you to pick up your copy NOW!

*I received a review copy of Revived from Hachette Book Group. Their generosity in no way influenced, nor sought to influence, my opinion of the novel.


Krystianna said…
I'm happy to hear that this one was good! This was one of my anticipated 2012 reads. I love the cover!

Thanks for the review :)

Popular posts from this blog

Real Live Boyfriends

Real Live Boyfriends is a YA contemporary novel by E. Lockhart, and the fourth novel in the Ruby Oliver quartet.

Here we are on the last day of “Ruby Oliver Week” and if you aren’t already reading these books – well, why not?

But I’m more than sure most of you are – and hopefully you’re all caught up, and therefore not at risk of being spoiled by my review of Real Live Boyfriends. You’ve been warned!

Ruby Oliver is beginning her senior year of high school with a real live boyfriend: Noel.

At least she thought she was.

After having spent the rest of junior year and the beginning of summer being fully in love (okay, they never actually said the word, but the vibes were strongly in that direction), Ruby is now confused.


When Noel went to visit his brother in New York for a while, almost every day they talked on the phone and exchanged funny emails. She never once felt insecure.

Until all of a sudden – communication stopped. Ruby would call and he wouldn’t answer. She’d leave a voice mai…

Titanic: S.O.S.

S.O.S. is the third and final book in Gordon Korman's middle-grade Titanic trilogy.

This is the third book in a trilogy, book addicts! You must, I repeat, must read the first two books (Unsinkable and Collision Course) before you read this review. Otherwise you are just going to ruin all the twists! Sure, we know the Titanic sinks - but the surprises that are revealed about our characters, among other things, should not be spoiled!

But all of you that have read the first two books (which I hope are many of you, because this a great series), can rest assured that I won't spoil anything from S.O.S. itself - just a basic recap and my opinion.

Here goes:

The Titanic is sinking. No one wants to believe it, but the bow is almost imperceptibly starting to dip into the freezing Atlantic Ocean - and our four main characters are thrown into a race for survival.

Paddy is locked up below deck, having finally been caught as a stowaway. In one cell over are the very criminals that wish him dead…


Why hello there, loyal readers!

It's been a long, long time since I last wrote about a new novel - or wrote much of anything original. Life has definitely changed for me in many ways, changing how and where I devote my time.

But... whaddya know? I managed to finally finish a book!

Gardenia is a YA genre mash of murder mystery with a dash of sci-fi/fantasy, written by author Kelsey Sutton.

When Ivy's best friend died, it wasn't a surprise to her.

Because, ever since she was little, Ivy has seen the numbers over everyone's heads. Their countdown, if you will.

But she didn't know the cause of her best friend's death would be... murder.

Labled as a bit of an outcast, due to her odd behavior and reaction to Vanessa's death, Ivy finds herself more alone than ever as she is determined to find her friend's killer.

And she doesn't have much time, herself... as she's known her whole life.

Now, she realizes, it may be that she may give up her life to catch…