Why hello there, standalone! Or at least, I'm pretty sure Revived is a standalone--there's an epilogue and everything, although I certainly wouldn't have minded reading more about Daisy and the Revive program. Asides from having a gorgeous--and slightly creepy--cover, the plot is wonderful and best of all, it's easy to follow along and it grabs you--or at least, it certainly grabbed me. I won't get into how much I loved Daisy's room decorating skills (and Audrey's) or how I wouldn't mind her helping me decorate my room--but let's just say that I loved the room descriptions, yes?
Then there was Daisy who, as a character, starts off a bit uptight--for a very good reason--and she definitely lightens up and gets a life in Omaha. I won't get into her past, what brought her to the program, etc. but I will tell you that she's allergic to bees--and that it definitely plays a part throughout Revived. Audrey was another character that I really loved--she became fast friends with Daisy and again, I really can't say much more than that without giving spoilers. And then we come to Matt, who Daisy can't help but find attractive and they're relationship is slow going at first--and there's trouble in paradise on occasion--but overall? They definitely make a cute couple and yay for boys who are understanding! But honestly, I think I liked Mason the best and I know that people might not like him at first, but it's really towards the end of Revived when he grows on you. Yes, he's an agent but he's also--er, can't tell you that. I do hope that you like him too though! (Just to clarify, he plays Daisy's father.) Oh, and God--a nickname for the guy running the program--is a creeper, just letting you know now
I loved how the plot was paced and it definitely kept me engaged from start to finish--but I should warn you, it isn't non-stop action, so don't go into Revived thinking that it'll be that way. Also, it's definitely more plot-centric than romance-centric (which in this particular case, I'm definitely glad of).
Overall Rating: ★★★★ and a half.
Revived by Cat Patrick
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Release Date: May 8, 2012
* Received for review via publisher.