March 21, 2012

Revived by Cat Patrick


Summary: 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 with 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 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.

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My Take: I don’t quite know what I fully expected when I picked up Revived, but I had high hopes for this one. I’ll have to say, though, that I was a little disappointed. I can’t say that I didn’t like Revived because I did like it. I just didn’t love it. But I did love the creative concept of Revive and how we learn about why it was so important to keep the project and the agency’s identity a secret from society.

I’d say that the best part of the story is that the characters are very likable. When Daisy moves to a new town she meets this girl, Audrey, who I just adored. I would even say the description of Matt is pretty hot, and I grew to really like him as well! But the part that had the biggest effect on me was a tragedy that happens about midway through the book…I was literally sobbing because of the poignant significance to this tragedy that changed my whole outlook on the Revive serum. Like, “What is the point?”

Overall, throughout the book I kept hoping for something more significant to develop, but it never really did. There were several twists in the end, but to me they weren't a huge shocker.

I think overall, this one just wasn't really for me but it might be for you.
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8 comments:

Mandi Kaye said...

Your reaction is almost identical to mine. I had pretty high hopes for this one, but it kind of missed the mark. It has a lot of potential, but it seemed like the author was trying to fit a little bit of everything into one story - action/thriller/sci-fi/dystopian/romance/contemporary - that it ended up a little all over the place.

The Princess of Storyland said...

I have actually been really excited about this one. I'm sorry it wasn't for you. I want to give it a try thought because I loved the concept of the story. Although if you read it after Sweet Lies that might be why. haha I don't think any book will compare!

Brooke said...

Agreed! I thought that the actual plot-line would've been different. But i really fell for the characters in this one! Thanks again for letting me borrow it! :)

Melissa (Books and Things) said...

Aw... I am so looking forward to this one. Too bad the plot just didn't connect for you. I still want to read it and at least it wasn't horrible! :)

Cathy Keaton said...

This one sounds so cool, but sometimes books just don't live up to our hopes for them. So much potential wasted. Oh well. Still, great review!

I can't wait to read your review of Above, which I can see you're currently reading....

Elodie said...

I read Forgotten by Cat Patrick last year and didn't like it at all .. I wasn't planning on reading this one but it's too bad that there wasn't some kind f development throughout the book .. Thanks for the great and honest review Mindy :) !!

Kindlemom said...

So glad you did like this one Mindy even if it was a little different and not as good as you were hoping.
I agree that the end did peter out a little and it could have been so much better, in fact I think it really could have been a series or at least a sequel and been fantastic.

Great review!

Kristina said...

I just found out she is a Seattle author and doing a signing hours after the Dark Days event and I'm thinking of picking up her books.

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