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Revived: Review

Title: Revived
Author: Cat Patrick
Release Date: May 2012
Published By: Little, Brown
Pages: 336
Goodreads Rating: 3.84 stars

Review: The government has secretly developed a drug, Revive, that can bring people back from the dead, and Daisy Appleby has been a test subject ever since she died in a school bus crash as a little girl. She has been Revived five times in fifteen years, and each time means a new name, a new city, and a new life. But when she meets Matt McKean, she begins to question the moral implications of Revive, and when she discovers the true goals behind Revive, she realizes she's at the center of something far more sinister.

Cat Patrick introduces a fascinating concept in REVIVED. Although I've read other books dealing with the idea of coming back to life in one form or another, I've never quite read anything like this, with test subjects in a huge secret agency cover-up. This intriguing idea combined with a fast-moving plot and a highly readable narrating voice resulted in a book that I had far too much trouble putting down.

The characters were also crafted incredibly well. Daisy and Matt felt like real, honest people, and their budding romance as well as the intricate emotional issues they struggled with moved me to the point of tears, which does not happen frequently with me and novels. It's rare for a book to affect me this much on an emotional level, and I treasure it when it does occur, like here.

Perhaps some readers might disagree with me, but I loved the ending! It leaves me wanting more, more, more right away, and I absolutely can't wait for the sequel... assuming there is one. I might just have to cry in a corner if there isn't.

All in all, REVIVED was a wild ride that I adored every page of. From the emotional rollercoaster to the un-put-down-able plot, this novel ratchets up the suspense several notches to the point where you'll want to surgically attach it to your hand. I can't wait for the next book!


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