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Review: Indigo Awakening by Jordan Dane

Indigo Awakening (The Hunted #1) by Jordan Dane
Young Adult, Romance, Supernatural
Paperback $9.99 (299 pages, HARLEQUIN TEEN)
Ebook $9.99
Audiobook $17.95

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 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—even though he scares her.
They discover Lucas is running from the Believers, a fanatical church secretly hunting psychic kids—gifted "Indigo" teens feared to be the next evolution of mankind. 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.

Author Site: website

Romance, Danger, and the Supernatural "Indigo kids"... (3 stars)

The blurb for INDIGO AWAKENING is one of those rare occasions where I feel like I don't need to resummarize, it covers the gist of the story nicely.

Dane has a great writing style and once again manages to keep readers on their toes as they meet a compelling cast of characters. Having only heard of the concept of "Indigo Children" in passing it was really cool to see what she could imagine. It's a little bit X-Men meets Neverland which was, for me as an adult reader, a little hard to buy. A group of supernaturally gifted kids and teenagers living underground and not being questioned in regards to where they were getting the vegetables they were selling felt a little unlikely.

But putting aside small details like that there's strong characterization, the sprouts of a solid series story arc, and enough action to excite most young adult readers from cover to cover. I admit I'm not sure who's really the true protagonist of the story since Rayne quickly stops being central to the action. The sibling dynamic between she and her brother and sister is pretty fascinating and it will be really interesting to see what happens with Mia, because as the story progresses her status as a bit of a villain reveals that she's really just as much a victim of circumstance as Rayne and Lucas. I love that Dane didn't make her the bad guy without a significant reason for her role.

As much as I wanted to give INDIGO AWAKENING a higher star rating, I just never quite got that into it. I felt like it was something I had read before. Not that it was unoriginal, just not very fresh to the genre. The intended teenage audience might find it more enjoyable but by the end I was just ambivalent about it overall. It has likable parts and parts that I was just 'meh' about. I never could quite decide if it was supposed to be more about the romance or the supernatural plot and that made it a difficult one to categorize.

Other Reviews:
Melissa at Books and Things
Nicki Markus on Goodreads
Book Twirp's Reviews

Notes: ARC received via NetGalley.

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