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

Release Date: December 18, 2012
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Pages: 304
Genre: YA Paranormal
Source: Netgalley
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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.

Lucas is on the run from the mental hospital his older sister Mia committed him to. His other sister Rayne is desperately trying to find him and doesn't trust Mia. Mia works for a church that is hunting kids with special abilities, indigo kids. Rayne meets Gabriel, who has visions of the future. He sees Lucas and agrees to help Rayne find him. There is also a large underground group of kids that are being hunted.

This book is in third person and follows a ton of characters. That really isn't my reading preference. I'm a first person fan all the way so this was difficult for me to get into. With so many different characters to get to know, I was often not invested and couldn't really connect to anyone. I liked Lucas but I'm going to focus on Rayne and Gabriel because I enjoyed them the most. I felt like they were center stage and I'm a romance fan and enjoyed their building relationship.

Rayne was one of those awesome sisters that will go to great lengths for her brother. As orphans they don't have anyone left to depend on but each other. Gabriel was really sweet and interesting. He has a pet ghost dog called Hellhound. I'm not fully sure what powers all the indigo kids are capable of. They seem to have a blue fire lol and some kids heal, some see the future, and some are more powerful than others. I do love plots with groups of kids with special powers, but the third person narrative just kept me too distanced. There was a bit of a shocking reveal at the end so I am interested in continuing the series.

"I gotta warn you. I'll be on the lookout for security cameras and people staring, stuff like that. once we get inside, I'm gonna be weird."
"And that's"

Rating: 3/5

Bestselling, critically-acclaimed author Jordan Dane’s gritty romantic thrillers are ripped from the headlines with vivid settings, intrigue, and dark humor. Publishers Weekly compared her intense novels to Lisa Jackson, Lisa Gardner, and Tami Hoag, naming her debut novel NO ONE HEARD HER SCREAM as Best Books of 2008. She also pens young-adult novels for Harlequin Teen. Formerly an energy sales manager, she now writes full time. Jordan and her husband share their Texas residence with two cats of highborn lineage and two lucky rescue dogs. 
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ON A DARK WING by Jordan Dane
THE JULIET SPELL by Douglas Rees
BELONGING by Karen Ann Hopkins (ARC)
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  1. I'm sorry you didn't enjoy this one more. It does sound like an interesting read but maybe a little too involved.

  2. Im not really a fan of third person either, so i can see why it bothered you.. Its always awesome to get an interesting ending! Great review!
    - Farah @ MajiBookshelf

  3. I have to admit I am not a fan of third person narration either I feel like it is lacking. I have yet to read a glowing recommendation for this book. It sounds like it could be great but for whatever reason it is just isn't striking the right chord with readers.

  4. Love the idea of a dog named Hellhound! I don't mind third person, but when there are a ton of characters, I often get distracted....

  5. Teens with abilities, especially psychic ones, are what I'm kind of into right now. I'm cool with 3rd person, though. Maybe I'd enjoy this one a little more? We'll see.

  6. I am definitely more fond of first person than I am of third. And multiple points of view can make it really difficult connecting with characters sometimes... Thanks for the honest review, Jen!

  7. Third party, first party, doesn't matter to me...I just love to read!!
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