Monday, 21 January 2013

Review: Indigo Awakening (The Hunted #1) by Jordan Dane

 Indigo Awakening (The Hunted, #1)
Author: Jordan Dane
Series: The Hunted
Page: 294
Genre: Young Adult
Publisher: Harlequin Teen Australia
Release Date: 18th December 2013

Synopsis. (Goodreads)

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.

Review: 3 ½ out 5 stars

Indigo Awakening was kindly provided to me by Harlequin Teen Australia and is the first book in The Hunted series by Jordan Dane.

Told from multiple POV’s it starts out with 15 year-old Lucas Darby escaping a mental institution and following a girls voice he is hearing in his head; with the only person he can trust being his sister Rayne, he leaves her a message but warns her not to search for him.

I was intrigued from the very onset of this book, with the story following a group of ‘Indigo’ children and a fanatical church group known as the Believers after them for their special abilities it was an ongoing drama filled with mystery and action.

Rayne was tough but vulnerable, being rescued by an intriguing boy named Gabriel Stewart she depends on his unique powers to aide her in the search for her brother but along the way secrets, conspiracies and the true danger is revealed. Rayne and Gabriel are standout characters for me, I enjoyed the journey they undertook in the hopes of finding the Indigo’s before Mia, Rayne’s older sister and the church did.

Indigo Awakening is a fast-paced read, we are given enough back story but without it being overload. The characters are each likeable but I would have liked to have learnt more about each of the abilities, I needed more of an explanation about who was who and why? The villains were also written quite well, I was completely shocked by the ending and the connection of one of the main characters and a villain – I am curious to see how this plays out in the sequel as it certainly wasn’t expected.

Unfortunately, with so many POV’s (5+) I found it difficult to connect with them all and at times it got to be quite confusing. My preference is a narrative told from fewer characters without the complexity.

Overall, if you are after a well written, action packed mystery then I recommend Indigo Awakening; it is an intriguing story and I am keen to see where the author will take it in the next installment.

Thank-you kindly to Harlequin Teen Australia for the opportunity to read and review Indigo Awakening.


  1. I got this book for review a couple of weeks ago, but haven't read it yet. It sounds intriguing, but I had no idea there were 5 POVs!
    Great review, and I really hope I like this one :)

    1. I hope you enjoy it :) it was a great storyline but there were just too many POV's for me to truly connect with all of the characters.

  2. I agree 100% with you! I read this earlier for its US release and thought the 5 POVs were way too much for one book - I'm hoping the second book will smooth things out. I ended up liking Raphael more than I expected though! Wonderful review, chica!

    1. Thanks Barbara! I'm hoping it isn't told from as many POV's in the sequel.

  3. Aaah Why 5 POV's once it gets up past 3 I find you lose connection. Great review!

    1. I agree! I don't mind alternating but anymore than that I find confusing and don't connect with the characters.

      This was an interesting story otherwise.

  4. I like multi-povs but it doesn't always work, especially when there are to keep track of! But this does sound like an interesting read, Sharon!


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