Monday, January 21, 2013

Indigo Awakening (The Hunted #1) by Jordan Dane + Featured Freebie

Indigo Awakening (The Hunted, #1)
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.

My Rating: 4/5

A wonderful start to a new series! Indigo Awakening is an excellent book that will leave you breathless.

I love the idea for this book.It's very unique and well done. It was nice to read a YA book that features an idea that hasn't been done before. And I think it went very well for Indigo Awakening. 

Rayne was a tough girl. After her parents died, her older sister took guardianship of her and her younger brother, Lucas. But, her sister proved to be untrustworthy and Rayne decided to go out on her own. And, since then, she's taken care of herself. I really admired her. Not only is she strong to be able to stand alone, but her determination to find her brother was commendable. I really liked her character and I think that anybody would.

Gabe was amazing. He's an incredibly powerful Indigo that is reluctant to accept his power. His past is very sad and hearing about it automatically made him a sympathetic character. And his actions only made him more lovable. He was sweet, strong, caring, clever-basically the perfect love interest. And, mark my words, he will steal your heart.

Rayne and Gabe were SO sweet together. Seriously, they are one of my favorite YA couples. They are perfect for each other, both helping the other stay strong though the fear of being caught. I really hope everything works out well for them.

Though, technically, these two are the main characters, the other characters play prominent roles as well. The perspective switches in this book, from Rayne to Gabe to Lucas to other secondary character, so each one played a very important role.

Lucas was very easy to like. The poor boy was put in a mental institution because of his power and just managed to escape before he was taken by the Believers. Seeing his mental anguish made him easy to immediately support. He was remarkably lovable.

The other characters were all as brilliant as Rayne, Gabe, and Lucas. The character development in this book is so well done that I felt that each was truly real. 

The plot of this book was fast paced. My one issue with the book was that I wished that transitions-in POV or time-were smoother. They were too abrupt, sometimes. But, the story line was thrilling and kept me on the edge of my seat. And the ending has me itching for book two.

Indigo Awakening is an brilliant YA. Except for one issue, it was absolute perfection, a wonderful read. To any YA lover, you should definitely read this book!

*Thanks to Netgalley and Harlequin TEEN for a copy!
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Entangled, YA Paranormal Romance (Spellbound Trilogy, #1)

Magic, Murder, & Romance – A Resurrection Spell Gone Wrong

Two months after dying, seventeen-year-old witch Graylee Perez wakes up in her twin sister Charlene’s body. Until Gray finds a way back inside her own body, she’s stuck being Charlene every twenty-hour hours. Her sister has left precise instructions on how Gray should dress and behave. Looking like a prep isn’t half as bad as hanging out with Charlene’s snotty friends and gropey boyfriend.

The “normals” of McKinley High might be quick to write her behavior off as post-traumatic stress, but warlock Raj McKenna is the only person who suspects Gray has returned from the dead.

Now Gray has to solve the mystery of her death while working out a way to disentangle herself from Charlene’s body before she disappears for good.

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