Monday, January 7, 2013

Indigo Awakening (The Hunted, #1) by Jordan Dane ~ Review

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From Goodreads:

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 Thoughts:

2 stars - just not for me

I wish that books came with labels, like this book told from many POVs or 3rd person writing inside.  Then I could avoid these kind of reviews.  I have not read very many books that I liked with more than two POVs or written in the 3rd person.  I think those kind of books are very hard for me to connect to the characters and when I don't really care about the characters I don't care about the book.  This book had both of these problems for me.

There were a lot of players in this book.  I liked Lucas.  He's coming out of a drug induced haze and living in a mental facility where everyone thinks he's nuts.  Well, except the people who really do know and are just scared of him.  The problem with even liking him was that I missed him when the book was off somewhere else.  And my mind wondered - never a good thing for a reader.

On the other hand, I did not like Rayne.  She kinda reminded me of a slang dictionary that blew up.  The things that came out of her mouth didn't really connect with the words she thought in her head.  I just didn't care for her.  The only parts I liked about being around her were that Gabe tended to be around too.  Gabe was okay.  I liked him and his "puppy".  But even that wasn't enough for me to like this book.

And while I'm talking about characters, let me just say that Mia made no sense to me at all.  That is all about her.

I found the story choppy and hard to follow.  Backing up and rereading to try and figure out what just happened is NOT a good thing for a reader.  It almost had a Maximum Ride feel to it with the evolution of kids that people were scared of and were hunting down.  Never really cared for that series, though.

So it just wasn't for me but others have loved it.  Check out the reviews below for a different opinion.

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  1. Aw, sorry you didn't enjoy it! I'm quite looking forward to this one. Judging by what you said, I'm probably not going to like Rayne either.

  2. It's always hard to enjoy a book when you don't connect or care for the characters. I still like the concept of this book and I might give it a show - some day :) Nice review.


  3. I'm so glad I passed on this one. It sounded really promising, but has been getting some pretty rough reviews. Thanks for the honest review. I definitely don't think this is for me.

  4. Yeah, this doesn't look like my taste. Kuddos to you for giving it a try.

  5. I know you had a rough time w/this, Val. I'm sorry it didn't work out for you.

  6. Too bad it didn't get any better for you, Valerie. Like I said, I won't be reading anything else by this author. Although this book SOUNDS tempting, I know it will only be a let down. Her style is just not for me. Hopefully whatever you read next, you LOVE it. :)

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