Indigo Awakening

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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 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 ...

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Overview

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.

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Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Barbara Allen
Lucas hears voices, so his older sister has him locked up in a facility that happens to be run by the church for which she works. The voices tell Lucas to run, and when he does, his younger sister, Rayne, goes in search of him. She encounters Gabriel, a boy with secrets and powers. Rayne has no idea why she wants trust Gabe to help her find her brother, but she does. They discover that the church Rayne's and Lucas's sister works for is hunting down kids with psychic powers because they fear these kids are the next evolution of humanity. No one knows why "the Believers" are actually after these kids, but as they hunt for Lucas, Gabe's powers grow and could spell the end for them all. Dane introduces to the world at large "indigos," psychic children known to the new-age world. Readers will be kept on the edge of their seat from word one, which is where the action begins. Because of the action and radicals in the book, this is definitely not a hard sell to any teen. This edgy tale is just the kind of dark, stirring story that teens have come to enjoy. Reviewer: Barbara Allen
Kirkus Reviews
Ultrapsychic children with intense blue auras--hence the label "Indigo"--find themselves under attack from a group of fanatics. Seventeen-year-old Rayne's brother Lucas has fled from a mental hospital operated by the sinister Church of Spiritual Freedom. Lucas may be a "crystal child" with psychic abilities far superior to even the best of the Indigo children. Now he runs through the streets of Los Angeles, seeking refuge. Meanwhile, Rayne meets Gabe, a boy who appears to have even more psychic power than Lucas. They search for Lucas while the Church searches for all of them. Fortunately, the extreme psychic powers, such as the ability to manifest hordes of snakes, bats and other animals, works well for protection from various bad guys. Galloping suspense turns out to be the main attraction of the book, along with a few romance episodes and some pathos. Worldbuilding and characterization suffer, however. Readers never learn anything about the Church of Spiritual Freedom aside from its brutal intent to destroy the Indigo children. The church and its believers appear to have no religious doctrine whatsoever. Rayne's sister, Mia, has become part of the Church, but neither her motivations nor her position within it are clear. Rayne, at least, has a spunky personality and a pet iguana that adds some spice to the narrative. Some of the Indigo children also stand out as interesting characters. Exciting if not particularly filling. (Paranormal thriller. 12 & up)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780373210763
  • Publisher: Harlequin
  • Publication date: 12/18/2012
  • Series: Hunted (Teen) Series
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 424,749
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.35 (w) x 8.27 (h) x 0.76 (d)

Meet the Author

Jordan Dane makes up stuff for a living. She hears voices in her head and considers that to be a good thing. Her stories weave a tapestry of vivid settings, intrigue, and dark humor. Her debut adult book, No One Heard Her Scream, was named Publishers Weekly Best Books of 2008. She writes young adult novels for Harlequin Teen: In the Arms of Stone Angels, On a Dark Wing, and a new series coming in 2012. She lives in Texas with her husband and two very funny rescue dogs.
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Sunset Boulevard—Los Angeles, California
Summer—After Dark

Lucas Darby stumbled through heaving waves of neon signs and drifting shadows, straining to make sense of the muffled whispers he heard. Drugs had forced him to endure a neverending silence, where even the music in his head had died. But now the voices had emerged and quenched a killer thirst in his soul. Even though he couldn't make out what they told him, simply hearing them brought light to his shadows.

Unable to focus his eyes, he ignored the blur to concentrate on what he heard in his mind. Most of the words were too garbled. The few messages that came from deeper inside him, those words felt like his thoughts, but they were in voices he didn't recognize.

I hear you now. Don't stop.

Even when he let his thoughts reach out, he had no idea who "the others" were or if they heard him. Without drugs to cloud his brain, the voices had returned, and with fresh eyes, he saw the colors, too. Beautiful prisms of fluid light radiated off ghosts without faces. Bodies drifted in front of him in colors that wavered like heat shimmers off hot asphalt.

"Watch where you're walkin', kid."

Lucas got shoved. An old man's face leached from the darkness before it got swallowed by glistening ooze that bled down his world.

Sorry.

He didn't know if he said the word aloud. Even at fifteen years old, speaking didn't come naturally to him. His mother told him that as a baby he hummed a strange melody before he ever spoke. One day, the music stopped and he felt as if he'd lost an arm.

He missed the music. Nothing felt right without it.

Over the years, drugs had invaded his body like poison, but as the meds drained, new sensations finally came. Strong perfumes mixed with body odor and the smell of alcohol, fryer grease and hot dogs wafted on the night air. Images spiraled in front of him. Shapes of people emerged from a rush of colors and made shadowy obstacles as he kept his feet moving on a sidewalk that didn't end.

Don't stop. Stop and the Believers find you.

Lucas didn't know if those thoughts were his. He only knew he had to obey.

The Copperhead Club—West Hollywood

Rayne Darby kicked back at the bar drinking alone, nibbling on stuffed olives and nursing a watered-down pineapple juice with extra cherries and an orange slice. She scrounged for food wherever she found it. Not because she had to. Three squares and the food pyramid had never been her thing, but her lame excuse for dinner had triggered thoughts of her mom. Her parents would hate how she lived, especially if they knew she had her seventeen-year-old butt in a bar.

But with both of them dead—killed in a private-jet crash five years ago—they never knew how she turned out. Some kids might envy that she didn't have anyone waiting up for her and no one argued about the choices she made. Living on her own for the past six months, she did whatever she wanted, whenever. Sometimes she liked how freedom tasted. Now just wasn't one of those times.

Liquor bottles on mirrored shelves were awash in green spotlights with two bartenders eclipsing the eerie glow as they worked. Rayne had moved her bar stool into the shadows near a stockroom. Avoiding the light made her feel invisible. Hunched over her drink with her head down, she wore what she had on earlier that day, not bothering to change—faded jeans, her favorite black Led Zeppelin T-shirt and an old brown leather jacket that was too big for her. Something she'd inherited from her father.

Everything about her said, Don't mess with me.

She'd come to hang with the band, but when a sudden rush of dark wrapped around her mood, she didn't feel like playing nice. She found the nearest shadow and morphed into it. With school out, forgettable jobs by day made the Copperhead something to look forward to...most nights.

Raising a finger, she got the attention of Sam, her favorite bartender, and fished cash from the pocket of her jacket. Sam had given her that squinty you're full of shit look until he carded her last year. She had the cred. Her ID looked totally legit. At first she thought he'd turn out to be a real tool and boot her ass anyway. But after he saw that she didn't abuse the privilege by ordering alcohol, he let it go.

Besides, beer tasted like horse piss. Not that she had firsthand knowledge of that. She only knew she didn't like beer. One night of puking into a nasty public toilet in another bar had cured her of wanting a repeat. After she visited the capital city of Spewcanistan on a not-so-temporary barf visa, she decided to lay off the booze bullet to the brain and make a change in scenery. Here, she felt at home, especially with Sam watching over her like a big brother. The guy turned out to be seriously cool.

"With all the fruit juice you're downing, I'd say you're fully immune to scurvy. That could come in handy if you were a pirate." Sam shot her his signature deadpan expression.

"I'll keep that in mind if I see Johnny Depp."

"You ready to switch up to OJ, live on the edge?" the young bartender asked as he wiped the counter and gave her a fresh napkin.

"Think I'll have the main course. Dose me with spicy tomato juice, straight up."

"At the risk of sounding like I'm stalking you, you want extra celery?" Sam crooked his lip into a smile.

"Good one. LMAO," she said with her serious face. "Yeah, whack me with extra vegan sticks. Thanks."

"Coming right up, moneybags."

Sam tolerated her and never questioned why she racked up frequent-flyer miles at the Copperhead. Even during the school year, she came to hang. The truth was that she hated being alone in her apartment. She needed the noise, but tonight she had more of a reason to show. She knew the band.

Archimedes, Watch Out was a pop-punk band with solid gang vocals, on tour out of Texas. She followed them on MySpace and Twitter and had seen them before at the bar. Austin, the keyboard guy, had a fierce stare online that gave him edge, but in person he had soft marshmallow for a heart. The front man, Dalton, had an amazing voice that would take them far, and Tommy played sweet riffs on guitar that matched his eye-candy good looks. All the guys were totally hot looking. That worked for her. She needed the distraction of being in a crowd with a drool-worthy boy buffet on stage, guys who knew how to dish out a heaping side of decibels.

With a fresh tomato juice in front of her—and practically a whole thing of celery—Rayne tossed a bill onto the counter for tip money, then noticed her cell phone light up and felt the vibration on her fingertips. She recognized the number. Her jaw tightened as she debated answering. Against her better judgment, she nudged her head to Sam and gestured to let him know she'd be in the storeroom, the only quiet place to take the call. Being a regular had its privileges.

After she got behind closed doors, the music dulled to a belly thump as she said, "What's up?"

Her older sister didn't waste any time pissing her off. "What's that noise, Rayne? Where are you?"

"It's my stereo. I've got it cranked to brain bleed." Rayne didn't have a stereo. "Why are you calling, Mia?"

"Where's Lucas? Is he with you?" Mia got her attention by going full-on parental. If Rayne ever felt the need for drama from another mother, her only sister knew how to pile it on.

"What are you talking about? Why would he be with me? You've got him under lock and key, sister dearest." When she heard only a deep sigh on the other end of the line, she dialed back the smart-ass and asked, "What's going on, Mia?"

"Haven Hills called. He's not on the grounds. They can't find him."

"What?" Rayne slumped against a metal utility shelf. "That's not possible."

"Well, apparently, it is." Mia's voice carried a razor's edge. Typical. "He can't do this. I'm responsible. If you're hiding him, I swear I'll find out."

"Damn it, Mia. Why do you always.?"

She didn't see the point in arguing. Her sister was as flexible as concrete. Rayne had learned that the hard way. Haven Hills Treatment Facility on Sunset had been the home for their younger brother, Lucas, for the past three years—a real suck fest for Luke—but Mia got off on being in charge after their parents died. The private mental hospital had ties to Mia's employer—the Church of Spiritual Freedom.

I never should have let her take you, Luke.

Losing her baby brother to guys in white coats had broken something in Rayne. Even though Lucas needed serious help, Mia's rushed decision to commit him had shattered what remained of their family, and Rayne had never seen her sister's betrayal coming. She felt stupid. And worse, she'd let her brother down in a way she could never make up for, not when Mia had restricted her visits to him. In his condition, she never could explain, either.

That had been the last straw before she'd moved out. Rayne couldn't fake being okay with her sister using Lucas as a pawn between them. He became the main reason Rayne had put everything on hold. How could she get on with her life when his was in the crapper? Luke didn't have anyone else who really cared about him. He couldn't even look after himself.

She was the only one who loved him the way he turned out.

"Will you call me when they find him?" Rayne grimaced, hardly believing she actually had to ask. Instead of answering her question, Mia had one of her own.

"Will you let me know if he contacts you?" When Rayne didn't say anything, her sister sighed. "Yeah, didn't think so."

She tightened her jaw when the silence between them got too loud.

"Mia, he's my brother, too. Please." This time, her sister had something to say. "If you get arrested for drinking, don't call me to bail you out."

After the line went dead, Rayne resisted the urge to hit something. Nice, real nice. No chance in hell her only call from the gray-bar hotel would be to Sister Buzzkill. Even though Mia knew how to flip her switch, anger wouldn't help Luke.

She stashed her cell in her jacket pocket and headed out the storeroom door. She had to go home in case he called, but if he didn't, then what?

Oh, God. Would he even know how to reach me? Did he keep my number?

Imagining Lucas on the streets of L.A., messed up and alone, made her sick. In her mind he was still a kid—and in serious trouble. With everything piled against him, she had no idea how he'd left Haven Hills in his condition, but a worse question screwed with her head.

Where the hell would he go?

Sunset Boulevard

When Lucas saw his reflection in a restaurant window, the face of a stranger stared back. Hunger had drawn him to the smell of hamburgers and fries, but once he got a look in the glass, he stopped dead. With bruised smudges under his gray eyes and his tangled hair, he didn't recognize his own face, but he saw something more in his reflection. He'd soon be drug-free for the first time in years, and the electric blue shimmer that radiated off his body had returned—fortified by something new.

Something more powerful.

You're the one, aren't you? A girl's voice came from nowhere.

The sound of her jacked with the hair on his neck and sent a slither of cold down his arms. The way she whispered—from inside his ear—made him look around, expecting to see her. Her whisper lingered like soft breath on his skin—something intimate and pure—but no one stood next to him.

The one? What are you talking about?

He concentrated hard, listening for her, but nothing came. Hearing her, he felt even stronger, connected to something bigger. The muffled voices reminded him of an orchestra tuning its instruments, but her voice rose stronger above the din like a haunting violin solo. He sensed her in his head. In his body. In every strand of his hair.

Why can't you hear me? With his mind reaching out to her, he pleaded for an answer, but when all the voices stopped, he felt sure that she'd punished him.

Don't stop. I'm listening. You can talk to me, he told her.

The comforting murmurs returned, but the girl stayed silent, even though he still felt her with him. Lucas turned back toward the glass window. He didn't need to see his own reflection to know what had happened.

He felt it.

Brilliant spears of white shot through cobalt-blue and magnified the energy inside him. In blinding glimmers of pearl, the pulsing light made him want to smile, but he didn't. The colors that grew stronger were nothing more than a ticking time bomb that had been masked by the drugs he'd been given to control him.

A countdown had started—and the girl had sensed it, too.

Because of what you are, the Believers will hunt you down.

"What am I…exactly?" He said the words aloud, not to her this time.

It wouldn't take the Believers long to realize he was missing. Once they found out, they'd track him. If they caught him, they'd never let him get away a second time. What he'd done to escape them felt like a stupid accident. Hours earlier, he opened his eyes to see he'd hidden in a delivery truck leaving the hospital. Because of the drugs, he didn't remember actually doing it. He'd left the facility without much of a plan, dressed only in slippers and hospital-issued stuff. When the truck stopped at a streetlight, he got out and never looked back.

After his head cleared enough for him to figure things out, he knew he had to find something different to wear. When a drunk, homeless guy took his eyes off his stash, Lucas stole spare clothes and grabbed a handful of coins the man had panhandled and kept in a lidded cup. Now everything Lucas wore stank. He hated it, but he fit the part of the invisibles that haunted the streets of L.A.

Lucas knew his escape had been nothing more than dumb luck, or a cosmic shift of the planets, or some other freak anomaly. To stay free wouldn't be easy. The Believers had money. Lots of it.

Don't trust anyone. No cops. The girl's voice mirrored what he'd been thinking, except for one thing.

Lucas needed to find a phone.

Outside a 7-Eleven, he found what he'd been looking for. He fumbled through his pockets for spare change and the crumpled piece of paper that he'd brought with him from Haven Hills—the one his sister Rayne had given him with her phone number on it. When he heard the ring, he shut his eyes to picture her face. He wanted to imagine her happy, but that was too hard.

Come on, Rayne. Pick up.

As the phone rang, he tried to remember if the number she gave him had been her cell or where she lived. Soon it would kick into voice mail. A message. He'd have to talk for real and say something. With things screwed up, what the hell would he tell her? Damn.

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  • Posted March 5, 2013

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    Set in Los Angeles, INDIGO AWAKENING invites us to follow the st

    Set in Los Angeles, INDIGO AWAKENING invites us to follow the story of a whole bunch of characters. The story is told by an omniscient narrator, 3rd person point of view. There should be a character for every reader to possibly identify with. Among them are Rayne, Gabriel, Lucas, Kendra, Mia and Raphael. We mainly follow the three Darby kids, Lucas, Rayne and Mia, on their journeys. Lucas is one of them and he's got to overcome major obstacles to fight for his freedom and discover his true identity.
    Both his sisters, Mia and Rayne, are searching for him. Both with very different intentions in mind. INDIGO AWAKENING is a lot about the power struggles between these two girls and overall between children of Indigo origin and their terrific antagonists.

    Other characters I really liked, were Gabriel and Kendra. They are similar in their strong and determined personalities, but very contrary in their ways of living. Gabriel is the lone wolf and is always on the move, his only comrade his dog Hellboy. Kendra however is living in a community and is the leader of the Indigo children of L.A. And great parts of INDIGO AWAKENING are about this alliance Kendra has built and the relationships between various members.

    Now, with such a big character cast, there are numerous opportunities for intertwinings of their lives. There will be love stories to cheer for and rivalries that demand you to take sides. In the end though there were just too many characters and jumping between perspectives for me. I would've preferred to follow only three or four selected characters and dive deeper into their thoughts and pasts. Further I would suggest to cut the scenes telling the story from the antagonists' point of views, like Boelens, O'Dell and Fiona, in the sequel. These parts of the story seemed to reveal too much and take away aspects of anticipation or surprise I would've hoped for.

    Jordan Dane introduces us to the concept of Indigo and crystal children who are connected through a collective mind and special powers. It's a fascinating world, but it's not safe. They are hunted by a group of people called the Church of Spiritual Freedom. A great battle is about to break and threaten to doom the Indigo children to a life in imprisonment. I'm really hoping for more detailed information and explanations about them in the next book.

    THE VERDICT

    INDIGO AWAKENING – A multifaceted read with spirit and a bunch of Indigo powers in tow!

    There is still a lot of explanation to expect concerning the Indigo powers and the origin of these specially gifted children, which I definitely missed in INDIGO AWAKENING. So expect the sequel to INDIGO AWAKENING to be filled with many new stories fans can be thrilled about.

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  • Posted February 4, 2013

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    Indigo Awakening started off with many question marks. The story

    Indigo Awakening started off with many question marks. The story revolves around a brother and a sister as well as an organization under a church that hunts kids called Indigos. Lucas Darby hears voices in his head and was locked up in a mental institution under the church. He was able to escape and reunite with people that are like him, even though he doesn't even know what the hell he is. At the same time, his sister, Rayne, is looking everywhere for him. She never wanted Lucas to end up at the institution, but her older sister, who works at the church, has full custody and put him there.Things get interesting when Rayne finds one of those Indigos, Gabriel, who is messed up in his own way because of the powers he has and also in hiding. The readers know about the existence of many indigos and their powers, however the characters themselves are clueless, which allows me to not get frustrated trying to find out what the big secret is, but at the same time the mystery is still there for the characters. Indigo Awakening centers on the children harnessing their power and fighting back against this oppressive organization to live the normal life they deserve. Plot wise, Indigo Awakening was very different from the usual books I read. It is told from many POVs, including many from the church's side, as well as being told from a 3rd person POV. Those two styles of writing usually break it for me when it comes to books but strangely, it worked for Indigo Awakening. What is also in the plot is romance; I don't want to dwell on it because the romance isn't that significant compared to the plot and I am sure Jordan Dane will expand on it in the second book, something I am excited for. Also, Dane ended the book with a bang; I literally (yes, really) gasped and had my mouth gaping trying to find the word to explain how unexpected and awesome that plot twist and cliffhanger was. I would recommend this novel to fans of superpowers and supernatural YA novels with a bit of mystery and conspiracy! 

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  • Posted February 3, 2013

    I did have expectations for this novel, but then at the same tim

    I did have expectations for this novel, but then at the same time I didn't want to as well, incase I gave too much to expect. My second novel by Dane, and it has been my favourite. I can tell that this is going to be a series that questions what is to come in the future, as well as what is to become of us as well.

    I love how this book is full of imagery. Every step of the way, we can picture exactly what is happening, every detail made out in each scene, mixed with our own interpretations. The vivid colours and buildings, shown both from Gabriel's depictions from his drawings, as well as from just the story-telling really bring this all to life, as well as the very realistic fact that we can relate easily to the characters.

    The constant change in perspective, may seem to make us lost. It doesn't. All the characters are blended perfectly into each other that only sometimes, we get a little lost because of a completely new character that is introduced. Some of the characters are just plain sick. Like seriously people? HOW THE HELL CAN YOU DO SUCH A THING! (read and find out exactly what), thinking about it now, it seems like a bit much to include, but then when you read, it really does fit. Rayne's sister is a serious nut-case. There is a fine line between family and groups (in my mind...cults). The whole Church cover-up was a bit of a stretch though, and franctly, it does limit the reader group. Many religious people would be offended in a way by this, even though it is a cover-up and their whole reaction over the book could be based on this point alone.

    The love connections are very easily spotted..... Basically from as soon as you meet both characters and they start interacting in some way, you can tell. What I really liked, however, was finding out about Gabriel more. Yes, we want to find out about the other Indigo Children as well, but because Gabe is one that is known as the more mysterious, we can't help but be intrigued about his past more than the others.

    The shock-horror ending, isn't much of a shock (well to me) because of why? predictions! (does that mean that I have a little Indigo Child in me? haha). I could guess from when Gabriel was talking about his parents what was going to happen, sorry, who should happen. It is a moment that makes us want to find out exactly what happens next, as well as how it will all end as well.

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  • Posted January 30, 2013

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    Indigo Awakening is a mind blowing Urban Fantasy/Sci-fi/Paranorm

    Indigo Awakening is a mind blowing Urban Fantasy/Sci-fi/Paranormal. Jordan Dane became one of my favorite authors after I read In the Arms of a Stone Angels and On a Dark Wing. Dane's dark, eerie style of writing won me as a reader and definitely gives me a few chills. Going into Indigo Awakening, I was expecting it to be similar to her other stories, where the main focus is on two characters and their relationship. But this story involved many characters. Five teenagers, two pre-teens, and a child. They’re known as the Indigo kids because of their psychic gifts which sent a few chills up my spine. Gabriel (Gabe) and Rafe are 18, Rayne (she’s not a Indigo) and Kendra are 17, Lucas (Luke) is 15, the twins known as the Effin brothers (love that name) are 12, and then Benny (whose nick name is little man) is 10. I love all these kids, and loved this story being told through multiple POV’s I enjoyed Dane giving me insight into so many of the characters. Though majority of the story is told from Gabe, Rayne, Rafe, Kendra, and Lucas’s POV. There are also evil villains who are called the Believers who are after the Indigo kids. And believe me; I do not like these people. Dane creates very believable evil bad guys. I'm so glad this is a series because I want more.

    Lucas escapes the Believer-operated mental hospital after he discovers he’s going to be put into ward 8. No one ever comes back from ward 8. After leaves the hospital, he keeps hearing a girl’s voice in his head telling him he will be safe with her. So Lucas decides to try and find this mysterious girl.

    Kendra is the leader of the Indigo kids who live underground in abandoned railroad tunnels. Rafe and Kendra take care of the younger kids while trying to hide from the Believers. I fell in love with Rafe. The way he cares for these kids and Kendra, especially Kendra. Rafe has feelings for her, and I can’t wait to get more of Rafe and Kendre relationship in the next book to see how this goes. I also love Rafe's relationship with Benny, but what happens at the end of this book broke my heart for them.

    Rayne is Lucas's sister, and she’s trying to find Lucas after he escaped. Rayne meets Gabe, who has been hiding from the Believers, too. Gabe offers to help Rayne find her brother. I fell in love with Gabe and Rayne’s romance.

    Indigo Awakening is an amazing dark sci-fi thriller filled with sick evil villains, teens with awesome powers, and heart-throbbing romance. I recommend Indigo Awakening as another must read from the awesome author Jordan Dane who always sends those creepy chills up my spine.

    My Favorite Quotes:

    "My name's Gabe Stewart."
    "Gabe as in Gabriel...like the angel?"
    "Not even close." He grinned, giving her something else to like.

    She closed her eyes to savor everything - the taste of his lips, the weight of his body pressed against her and the way he made her feel.

    "What happened? You can tell." He held the kid and covered his own misery with Benny's sobbing gasps.
    "I pissed my new pants," the kid choked out.

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  • Posted January 30, 2013

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    4.5 Stars 'Indigo Awakening' is a truly enthralling first book

    4.5 Stars

    'Indigo Awakening' is a truly enthralling first book in a new YA paranormal series by bestselling author Jordan Dane. It follows a group of teens known as "Indigo" kids. They are different from other people - they have special gifts and are the next step in human evolution. Although these Indigo kids just want their freedom and the right to live among everyone else, a group of religious fanatics are determined to catch them and rid the world of their existence. Enter in Lucas Darby - a unique Indigo known as a Crystal - and things go seriously wrong. Will Lucas's sister Rayne, along with her mysterious and gifted new Indigo ally Gabriel, be able to find Lucas in time?

    This was a seriously cool book. The description had me interested from the beginning and once I started reading, I was immediately hooked from the first paragraph. The premise and concept behind the book was very unique and intriguing. I loved the history and the story behind the Indigo kids. It was really detailed and I think the level of description really added a lot of depth to the storyline. The characters were all interesting and had their own personalities. I really liked all the main characters - Lucas, Gabriel, Rayne, Rafe, Kendra, Benny - they all added their own touch to the story that made them special to the book.

    The plot was very well written and used a lot of cultural references and slang, which made it feel realistic instead of forced - especially with the dialogue of the characters. The writing itself was awesome and the book flowed really well and was definitely fast-paced. It kept me eagerly flipping pages to see what would happen next. Also, the story keeps moving from character to character - for example, one chapter would hop between Rayne, Lucas, and Rafe - so we could see into the minds of all the various characters and their views on what was happening. It gives the reader a bit of inside access to the story that you wouldn't normally get with just one defined narrator POV. Overall, this was a really enchanting and thrilling first book in a series that will have readers begging for more. I'm already eagerly awaiting the next book to see where things will pick up and what will happen next. Highly recommended!!

    Disclosure: I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Posted January 28, 2013

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    Indigo Awakening is an intense paranormal read.  The story is fi

    Indigo Awakening is an intense paranormal read.  The story is fictional, but it is based on a real concept, that being Indigo children.  Indigo children, according to a pseudoscientific New Age theory, are children who are believed to possess special, unusual and sometimes supernatural traits or abilities (Wikipedia). In Indigo Awakening these children possess supernatural powers or abilities, varying from child to child, the most powerful type being Crystal Children.  Not only are these children often misunderstood in real life, but in this novel, they are extremely misunderstood, feared, and even hunted.  They live their lives in hiding, feeling like something is wrong with them, and in the worst case scenario, which is what happened to Lucas Darby, confined to a mental institution, drugged, and experimented on.  




    Lucas Darby has always been different.  After the death of his parents, Lucas and his sister Rayne were left under the guardianship of their older sister Mia.  Mia works for "The Church of Spiritual Freedom," also referred to as "The Believers."  Mia had her brother Lucas committed to a mental institution, which is run by the church, and she also limited Ryane's visitations and access to him. Fed up with her sister, Rayne becomes an emancipated minor at the age of 17, something many teens would dream of, only Rayne would give anything to have her family back.  When Lucas escapes from the institution, a sequence of events are set in place that change everything.  Determined to find her brother and save him, Rayne soon meets Gabe, a mysterious boy who saves her, yet has many deep dark secrets of his own.  Lucas finds himself drawn to the girl whose voice he keeps hearing in his head, which eventually leads him to Kendra.  Kendra is also a teen like Lucas, and has a "family" of Indigo children.  The Church is powerful, with money, connections in government and with the police, and has a hired army of mercenaries at their bidding.  They are very evil, and are doing things to the Indigo children that are very cruel, believing them to be an abomination.  Rayne persuades Gabe to help her find Lucas, and in a race against time, they try to find out where Lucas and the others are. and get to them before the mercenaries hired by the "Believers" do.




    It took me a few chapters to figure out what was going on in this book, but once I did, I enjoyed it.  There are quite a few characters, all playing a significant role in the story, and Dane does a good job of enabling you to relate to them all.  I really liked Gabe and Rayne, and the way their relationship developed.  They got off to a rocky start, having many trust issues to work through, and ended up really caring for each other.  I enjoyed Kendra's character also.  She was quite a heroine in my opinion, rescuing and bringing together those like her, creating a place for them to live, trying to hold them together like a family.   Once I got a handle on what was going on, the further I got into the book, the more my interest was piqued.  Filled with danger, mystery, and conspiracy, Indigo awakening had the feel of a paranormal thriller with some romance mixed it.    For those who enjoy conspiracy theories, romance, and the paranormal, Indigo Awakening is something you might like to check out.  

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  • Posted January 16, 2013

    Indigo Awakening is an original and intriguing start to The Hunt

    Indigo Awakening is an original and intriguing start to The Hunting Series... 
    Jordan Dane really captured my attention with the concept, or perhaps we can call it a conspiracy theory of sorts, on 'Indigo Children, which are children who are believed to have a supernatural abilities. I had never heard of this, and to see the many articles, websites, etc. and theories based on the possibility of these children existing made Indigo Awakening even more alluring to read. 

    (My one personal disclaimer regarding this book: I have to admit, the eARC made the story a bit difficult to follow. The story-telling jumps from different points-of-views, primarily from the three key main characters, Rayne, Lucas and Gabe. But as we are introduced to more characters, we do get a peek into the minds of almost all of the other characters as well. At times, switching from one voice to the other made it difficult to easily transition and I had to re-read or I was confused as to who was thinking/speaking. I am really hoping that this was just a glitch in my eCopy and that the finished product is more visible and easier to notice.)

    When Rayne finds out that her younger brother Lucas has escaped the mental institute that their older sister had him committed to, it's time for Rayne to step up and take matters into her own hands. After losing her parents in an accident, their oldest sister has dictated their every move, but Rayne is now determined to find her brother and save him from whatever their sister and her 'church' had planned to do with him next. 
    While looking for Lucas, Rayne gets into some trouble and is saved by Gabriel... she is both frightened and intrigued by him. And even though her whole body screams to run the other way, she can't find it in herself to run away from him. There is something about Gabe that is so familiar to her; plus, he has an unexplainable connection to Lucas. She won't abandon her plans on finding and helping Lucas. And, if along the way she can learn more about Gabe, help him, she will.

    The story-telling in some ways is fast paced, and in others, a bit choppy too since it is told in numerous points-of-views. You will definitely need to pay close attention since things tend to move faster and switch around as you get further into the book. 
    When the story was told from Rayne, Lucas, Gabe and the others like them, I liked where the story was going and felt connected to them, felt their connection to one another, their emotions and was able to sympathize and understand what they were going through and see their transformations. These kids have had to run and hide to protect themselves, even from their own families. They have had to grow-up quickly and find ways to survive. They are very mature for their ages, and it broke my heart to see them so alone and work so hard to keep their family together and safe. 
    When the story would bounce to the 'bad guys', it was difficult for me to be exposed to them. Their thoughts were vile and evil, and I disliked them very much - which is exactly how I was suppose to feel, uncomfortable and disgusted.

    What I loved the most is each time I was introduced to a new 'indigo' we not only learned a little bit about their personality, but their power too. No two kids where the same - some where stronger than others. And at different levels too... and most of their powers have yet to mature. This is definitely something that I will be looking forward to seeing in the next book. 

    The ending to this book is both heartbreaking and bittersweet. No cliffhanger here, BUT, there are a lot of unanswered questions, a lot of stories that have yet to be told, and it also leaves you with a hint of what you can expect in its sequel. One that I am definitely looking forward to.
    If you are looking for something different, out of your comfort zone, with some mystery, action and a new spin on the supernatural - this is the one for you to pick up and read right now!

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  • Posted January 8, 2013

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    I had high hopes for Indigo Awakening, and I have to admit that

    I had high hopes for Indigo Awakening, and I have to admit that I was a bit disappointed. Sure the characters are all realistic, and Dane addresses some important issues, such as learning disabilities, but I just couldn't get into this novel. I can't really put my finger on what I didn't like about it. It just didn't draw me in. This book took me forever to finish, and I put it down several times in order to read other things. I just wasn't blown away by this one.

    The characters are likable enough, but I really couldn't make myself care about any of them. Crazy church going to capture Lucas? Oh well. Gabriel is mysterious? What love interest isn't. Rayne is strong and actually likable? I still didn't care. I'm aware, from an objective standpoint, that the characters are very realistic and well-developed, but I just didn't care if any of them lived or died. I can't tell you why, though, because I don't really know. 

    The plot was interesting and intriguing, but again, I just couldn't get into it. I've heard of Indigo children before, but I've never read a novel about them. I thought that'd seal the deal for me. Also, there was plenty of action, suspense, and mystery, with a touch of romance. Generally, that's a winning combination for me. The pacing was perfect, too. Furthermore, this is a Harlequin Teen book, and I LOVE their stuff. However, this book just could not hold my interest. It could have been that I needed more back-story. I'm not sure. 

    Overall, I'd say check this book out from the library and give it a try. I didn't like it, but most people do. Also, as I stated, from an objective standpoint, I can see that the book was well-written and developed. However, it just didn't grab me. In this case, I'm going to say that it's me and not the book that has the problem. 

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  • Posted December 20, 2012

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    It's no secret that I am a fan of Jordan's. In the Arms of Stone

    It's no secret that I am a fan of Jordan's. In the Arms of Stone Angels was one of the first books I reviewed on the blog and was one of my top picks of 2011. When I found out about this book, I immediately knew I wanted to read it. These Indigo Kids sounded a little bit like super heroes in the making and if there's anything I love, it's people with super powers.

    What I liked about this is that the story never faltered, nor did it feel like it fell into the typical super-hero origin formula of doom. Even though it's the first book in a series, I felt like it started at the perfect place and all of the details were filled in nicely. While Lucas is the main focus (who is he? what are his powers? why does the church want him?), the real leader of the story is Rayne. I found her very strong and likable. She's a survivor and she loves her brother. I also really liked Gabriel, and his backstory. I can't wait to read more.

    This is a fast-paced read, and I never felt as if I was fed a lot of unnecessary back story. Jordan does a great job of diving in, telling the story, and then getting out. I didn't feel there was any fluff mixed in to give the book extra padding. The pace is perfect, the characters are great, and while I did want to know more about the powers of all of the kids, I'm sure we'll get to that in future installments.

    I will patiently await the next book - or at least pretend to be patient.

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  • Posted December 18, 2012

    Just like her previous book 'On A Dark Wing' Jordan has kept me

    Just like her previous book 'On A Dark Wing' Jordan has kept me riveted to each and every page in this book
    This book has been on my wishlist ever since I first heard about it and so when I was asked to review it, by the fabulous author Jordan Dane herself, well to say I was excited was an understatement!
    I loved the whole concept and world-building, it was an original story to add to the paranormal genre.
    Most of the characters were so likeable in this book, I say most but really the ones I don't like are the 'baddies' because  let's face it, that's why they're not particularly likeable anyway.
    The main thing I loved about this story was the different feelings I felt throughout while reading it and the biggest one was this big sense of dread, I had throughout the book, I just had a feeling it wasn't going to end well at all for someone and I was right, and I cried it was just so heartbreakingly sad, and I can see why it happened but it was upsetting anyway.
    Rayne gets a phone call from her sister one night to say that their brother Lucas has escaped from the 'mental hospital' he's been kept at, on the run he manages to leave a message from Rayne to tell her not to look for him, but being the sister that she is she does anyway and while on her travels to find him she meets a boy Gabriel 'Gabe'  whom has some kind of special powers as does Lucas unbeknown to Rayne, Lucas manages to find shelter with a bunch of kids as special as he is, they are called Indigo's, all gifted with different powers and the saviors if you will of mankind, the hospital Lucas was admitted to was a cover for a church organization called the Believers that want to rid the world of these children but not before experimenting on them first.
    So the aim for these Indigo kids is to stay off the radar and away from the believers, and with Lucas and Gabe being recognised as Crystal kids (a higher form of Indigo's) they need to group together if they have any chance of escaping with their lives.
    And of course what's a book in a series without a killer ending, I sort of had an inkling towards the end of the book, but I was still shocked to have it confirmed either way, and it's cruel because now it's the sitting and waiting for the next book that's going to try my patience.
    I loved this book and I highly recommend it.

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