Monday, January 21, 2013

Review: Indigo Awakening by Jordan Dane


Indigo Awakening by Jordan Dane

Published: December 18th 2012 by Harlequin Teen

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: 2.5 out of 5 stars ★★☆☆☆

 Indigo Awakening was mostly a fun read albeit with some major clichés and eye-rolling moments thrown into the mix.  I especially liked the premise and the unique take on/variety of supernatural powers which really sets this story apart.  I did not care for the double insta-love though (yep, featuring not one but two almost simultaneous bouts of insta-love! both with triangle option! *groan*), nor did I really care the often confusing narrative style.  Despite those things, it still managed to keep my interest throughout (for the most part) but I'm not sure how invested I am to go on.

Indigo Awakening is a book I was instantly attracted to.   The idea of kids with special gifts and powers being hunted down by a fanatic church group  sounded like just the kind of story I could really get into.  Also, I'm familiar with the actual real world concept of Indigo & Crystal Children.  I work in the Natural Health/Holistic field so it's not rare to come across talk of aura's & energies.  Indigo Children are thought to be more sensitive & intuitive so I was instantly curious reading the blurb, when I realized the author had taken the idea of Indigo & Crystals one step further and given them actual supernatural powers.  Because of these powers though ''The Believers'' a fanatic church group hunts them down to do horrible experiences to them with no regard to their well-being or even their lives.

The supernatural powers were easily the highlight of this story for me because they were not only fresh, but each Indigo had individualized powers or abilities.  I was especially a fan of how each character dealt with and developed his or her powers...and how they still all linked up as a whole -  like Indigos shared a collective consciousness that joined them all together & allowed them to sense each other.  The powers ranged from easily communicating with one another, psychic abilities, mind-reading,  linking to spirits of the dead, control over animals & emotions...even prophetic dreams & visions!  It's easy to imagine that if kids like this would exist, they would scare the crap out of a lot of people.  But with Indigos, there's a big part of their powers that lays in empathy for others & fair treatment for all so it's hard not to side with them against religious fanatics.

The narration jumps around a lot to different POV's.  It starts with alternating between Lucas & his sister Rayne as Lucas escapes from the clutches of The Believers. As Lucas tries to hide & stay safe, Rayne searches for him.  At around the same time, Lucas meets up with Kendra & Rayne meets Gabe.  Then wham!  You get hit with two simultaneous insta-love connections.  And I mean full-on immediate infatuation for everyone.  Sometimes, I can deal with the whole ''our eyes met for the first time & that was it'' thing - but this double whammy had me rolling my eyes.  Even still, it wasn't so horrible as to turn me off of the story completely.  *shakes head & moves on*.

From that point on we also get Lucas & Kendra's POV's.  Now while the story was interesting enough in both groups, I was definitely more invested the relationship between Rayne & Gabe.  Gabe was more of a mystery but at the same time, his character was the most fleshed out - the more real.  I looked forward to scenes wit him in them so I could learn more about him...about the secrets he kept.  Though I liked Lucas & even Kendra well enough, I felt that that end of the story could have been fleshed out more.  I didn't feel as much of a connection to them.  Similarly, their relationship just didn't reel me in as much. Both of these insta-love type connections really did hinder any further evolution though so as much as the characters were interesting enough the love-story aspect definitely left something to be desired.

On occasion, we'd also get random narrative switches to The Believers' side of things.  Multiple POV's can be hit-or-miss for me.  If it's done well, it can enhance the scope of the story & add depth.  In Indigo Awakening, it had a tendency to be jarring & even confusing at times.  I don't know if maybe the way it was formatted as a Galley for my e-reader maybe compounded the effect...but I was often left wondering who's POV I was reading during those quick switches.There is nothing worse than not knowing who's POV you're reading and having to go back and check if you missed anything...only to find you didn't; the author did.

Despite it's setbacks, I still kept reading to the very end.  My frustration over certain aspects never completely outweighed my curiosity to find out  how it was going to end...but all things considered I didn't like it enough to feel fully invested in where the series goes next. The ending not-so-subtly hints at another installment so if I hear it improves upon this one I may be tempted to check it out.

**An advanced copy of this book was provided to my via Netgalley in exchange for a honest review.  A big thanks to Harlequin & author Jordan Dane**

14 comments:

  1. I so wanted to read this book, but I don't know if I want to now. I hate insta-love and it also sounds like there is a lot going on with all the POV jumping and stuff. I do enjoy multi POV's but when it gets to be too many that can be a bit too much. I am glad that you liked it, but sorry you didn't like it more. I know you were really looking forward to it. Great review babe!

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    1. The insta-love was a bit much...and I mean sometimes I can let it slide but the double hit was hard to ignore! And the POV switching was just kinda missing something, you know - to make it flow better. The unique powers were (thankfully) a big plus though!

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  2. Oh good I'll be reading this one soon for the tour and I wasn't really sure was to expect. I didn't love her previous book but I gave it a 3 star so I have a feeling I'll mirror your opinions on this one. Insta love is the worst, always! Barf!

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    1. Oh cool - I'm anxious to read your thoughts on it and compare notes! And agreed on the insta-love...especially twice at the same time in ONE book o.O

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  3. Great review, I didn't take to this book. The insta love was a killer, but a couple of other things just didn't grow on me. Glad you like it though

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    1. If the unique & individualized powers hadn't been so interesting to me, I might not have taken to it much either. It really tipped the scale for me. Sorry it didn't work out that well for you though :(

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  4. Oh, it sound pretty great!!
    I mean, i pretty much hate insta-love, but I like the idea of multiple POVs!!! and supernatural powers, you got me hooked! im adding it to my TBR list now

    -Theresa Jones

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    1. haha - yeah I'm the same but for me the powers really made up for it (mostly). I hope you'll enjoy it Theresa :)

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  5. glad that it was a fun read. I haven't heard much about this one and appreciate the review.
    Happy reading with <3, Brandi @ Blkosiner’s Book Blog

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    1. My pleasure Brandi :) Thanks for the nice comment & for stopping by.

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  6. Wonderful review, Micheline! It's very well-balanced; I believe you were very impartial in pointing out exactly what you liked and didn't like about this book. Great job, girl!!

    While this novel does sound intriguing (I LOVE paranormal powers!), I have to honestly say that I'm turned off by the portrayal of "The Believers". Not ALL religious people are fanatics. This is a stereotype. So, much as I like the fact that there are a bunch of kids with these powers, I don't think I would enjoy reading about how these "believers" hunt them down. True, Christians did persecute witches way back in medieval times, but this kind of thing isn't going on now.

    I don't always dislike "instant love". It really depends on how it's done. In this case, having it happen with TWO couples is indeed a bit much. So I agree with you there!

    I also agree with you and Amy that having so many POVs is probably quite jarring, not to mention confusing.

    Thanks for your thoughts! I'll definitely avoid this one!! :)

    (Oh, and thanks for dropping by and commenting on my WOW!!)

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    1. I was actually intrigued by The Believers even though it's not necessarily realistic. Being a big fan of The Davinci Code and stories like that, I had high hopes but the POV switching & insta-love were more of a letdown for me.

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