Sunday, 13 January 2013

Review: Revived by Cat Patrick

Title: Revived
Author: Cat Patrick
Publisher: Little Brown Books
Publication Date: May 8th 2012
Page Count: 336 pages
Buy The Book: Amazon | Barnes and Noble
Rating: 5/5


It started with a bus crash.
Daisy Appleby was a little girl when it happened, and she barely remembers the accident or being brought back to life. At that moment, though, she became one of the first subjects in a covert government program that tests a drug called Revive.
Now fifteen, Daisy has died and been Revived five times. Each death means a new name, a new city, a new identity. The only constant in Daisy's life is constant change.
Then Daisy meets Matt and Audrey McKean, charismatic siblings who quickly become her first real friends. But if she's ever to have a normal life, Daisy must escape from an experiment that's much larger--and more sinister--than she ever imagined.
From its striking first chapter to its emotionally charged ending, Cat Patrick's Revived is a riveting story about what happens when life and death collide.

Favourite Quotes

"When someone dies, things like how you look don't matter anymore. In fact nothing does."

Few Wild Words Quickie

Relate-able and truly unique! I LOVED IT!

My Thoughts

I shall warn you all straight away that this review will contain a large amount of happy thoughts. Right now I can't express how much I love Cat Patrick. Somehow her writing always makes me go WOW!

The beginning was WOW.

The middle was WOW.

And the ending was WOW.

I also have to say Cat Patrick is like the queen of last lines, whether it is at the end of a chapter or at the end of the entire book, they always manage to tear my heart out ever so slightly each and every time. There was not a moment in the whole book where I was bored, it's the type of book that keeps you on your feet and keeps your mind swirling with infinite ideas and guesses. The concept of REVIVED was exciting and interesting. The whole idea about having a special drug to revive humans.

One thing that REVIVED does amazingly and note the word AMAZINGLY is how Cat Patrick weaves reality into a rather unusual life. The main character Daisy lives an abnormal life especially as she practically lives a double life, keeping secrets from most people and the fact she can be revived using a drug that is confidential and basically classified. But, somehow Daisy manages to be a relate-able character. She runs a blog with her friend (which deserves a hurrah because that's awesome), she's the normal teenage girl who loves to read and works hard. 

REVIVED also knows how to mess with your emotions, either by making you totally happy or giving you a terrible urge to cry streams of tears. Some of the other character's like Matt, Audrey and Mason were truly love able. They all had their quirks, they all have reasons to seem ever so real.

The book was beautifully written with a clear voice and unique plot. It was paced well throughout and kept you hooked. It sure made me shed a few tears and gave me something that was believe-able. It looks at death and losing loved ones and handles it in a sensitive and truthful manner. REVIVED is the kind of book you remember after reading and you do so for a long time after.


Cat Patrick's Website

Friday, 4 January 2013

End of Year Book Survey!

I wanted an easy way to reflect on all the books I read this year so I thought why not participate in The End of Year Book Survey hosted by Jamie at the Perpetual Page Turner. It's long but bookish related things are fun to do!

1. Best Book You Read In 2012?

If I had to choose four books it would have to be A Midsummer's Nightmare by Kody Keplinger, Speechless by Hannah Harrington, Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver and For Darkness shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund. They were all awesome in their own way and I thoroughly enjoyed them all.

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?

I have to say that would be Spellbound by Rachel Hawkins, I had been eagerly awaiting to read it and it was the last book in the Hex Hall series (which I love) so I expected spectacular things, but I guess I was disappointed. The same has to be said for Charmfall by Chloe Neill which was the last book in the Dark Elite series (which I also love). I thought both books would go out with a bang but I didn't get that from either unfortunately.

3. Most surprising (in a good way!) book of 2012?

That has to be The DUFF by Kody Keplinger, I didn't exactly expect much from the book. I remember sitting down to read it in the afternoon and then somehow I ended up finishing it at 3am in the morning. It was the first book that I had read from Kody Keplinger so because of The DUFF's amazing-ness I went on to read even more fabulous books by her.

4. Book you recommended to people most in 2012?

Everyone really should read For Darkness shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund. I was gripped by the whole concept behind the book and I loved every page of it.

5. Best series you discovered in 2012?

Oh that is one hard question, I'm really not sure. I'd have to say I read both Divergent and Insurgent by Veronica Roth this year and I loved the thrill and excitement that they were filled with. I also got round to reading Bloodlines by Richelle Mead (swooning because Adrian), it was definitely amazing in many ways, I haven't gotten round to reading the next book but I sure have been wanting it like CRAZY!

6. Favourite new authors you discovered in 2012?

I REALLY REALLY like this question because I came across some pretty awesome authors who sneaked their way onto my favourite authors list! Hannah Harrington, Kody Keplinger, and John Green. I would read ANYTHING they wrote and I mean it!

7. Best book that was out of your comfort zone or was a new genre for you?

I don't usually read anything set in the past or say Historical YA. But, I did read Edenbrooke by Julianne Donaldson and wow it was awesome.

8. Most thrilling, unputdownable book in 2012?

Switched by Amanda Hocking, I remember reading the first page and then somehow I had finished the whole thing, I know, weird.

9. Book You Read In 2012 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year:

I am so sure of the answer to this one!

I'm don't know if this counts but I'm not far from finishing The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer Smith. If I had finished it, it would be on the best books of 2012 list but I have to say I know I will be re-reading this again next year. It is like 100000% on the cute and adorable read factor.

10. Favourite cover of a book you read in 2012?

I have to choose two in this one. It has to be Speechless by Hannah Harrington and Charmfall by Chloe Neill.

11. Most memorable character in 2012?

That goes to Lena Haloway from the Delirium Series. When I read Pandemonium I was hit by a character who had developed so beautifully and had come back stronger than before, it was like she was growing before my eyes.

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2012?

I choose Looking for Alaska by John Green and Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry, they touched my heart in their very own way (I may have shed a few tears).

13. Book that had the greatest impact on you in 2012?

Paper Towns by John Green, there was something so real behind everything written in the book. John Green's books always carry this sense of being able to relate and understand and clearly painting a picture.

14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2012 to finally read?
  • Looking for Alaska by John Green
  • Forgotten by Cat Patrick
  • The DUFF by Kody Keplinger
  • Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen
15. Favourite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2012?

SO MANY of those. How shall I choose?

"If people were rain, I was drizzle and she was a hurricane.” - Looking for Alaska

“I'm not saying that everything is survivable. Just that everything except the last thing is.” - Paper Towns

“It is so hard to leave—until you leave. And then it is the easiest goddamned thing in the world.”  - Paper Towns

“No matter where you go or what you do to distract yourself, reality catches up with you eventually.” - The DUFF

“Sometimes life happens.” - Pushing the Limits

“Hate is... It's too easy. Love. Love takes courage.” - Speechless

“Tears upon tears splat on to the lined pages in my hands as I read about a nightmare come true. Quickly, I wipe away the saltwater so it won't fade the ink. Because even as my chest caves in and makes me hate the chipper birds and everything else, I know that I needed to read this today, and I need to read it again tomorrow. For me, reading is remembering.” - Forgotten

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2012?

Longest - Insurgent by Veronica Roth with 525 pages

Shortest - Rape Girl by Alina Klein with 126 pages

17. Book That Had A Scene In It That Had You Reeling And Dying To Talk To Somebody About It? (a WTF moment, an epic revelation, a steamy kiss, etc. etc.) Be careful of spoilers!

The ending of Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver, that is all I will say. I'll also have to add Forgotten by Cat Patrick as well.

18. Favourite Relationship From A Book You Read In 2012 (be it romantic, friendship, etc).

This is like one of my favourite questions and I want to list the many relationships I loved!
  • Hadley and Oliver (The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight) : I've decided I want to fall in love with a total stranger at the airport because of these two.
  • Whitley and Harrison (A Midsummer's Nightmare): Their friendship is the kind that is all round fun and crazy!
  • Sophie and Archer (Hex Hall): Sarcasm and witty comebacks are their weapons.
  • London and Luke (Forgotten): These two are just perfect together
  • Noah and Echo (Pushing the Limits): I just know that they'll both last forever and ever till the end.
19. Favourite Book You Read in 2012 From An Author You Read Previously:

Bloodlines by Richelle Mead, she never disappoints with her writing!

20. Best Book You Read That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else:

Forgotten by Cat Patrick and For Darkness shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund. THANK YOU for recommending, you know who you are...

21. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2012 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2013?
  • The Fault in our Stars: I've heard great things so I will be expecting great things.
  • Daughter of Smoke and Bone: Same as above
22. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2013?

Requiem by Lauren Oliver because I am literally dying to know how the series will end, I love the books too much and the cliffhanger at the end of Pandemonium was deadly beyond belief.

23. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging In 2013?

I want to be more relaxed with my blogging and continue it as a hobby!