Book Review: Revived by: Cat Patrick

Rating: 5/5

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Publish Date: May 1, 2012

Origins: From Publisher for Review

Format: Hardcover

Order From:  Amazon / Barnes & Noble

Synopsis: As a little girl, Daisy Appleby was killed in a school bus crash. Moments after the accident, she was brought back to life.

A secret government agency has developed a drug called Revive that can bring people back from the dead, and Daisy Appleby, a test subject, has been Revived five times in fifteen years. Daisy takes extraordinary risks, knowing that she can beat death, but each new death also means a new name, a new city, and a new life. When she meets Matt McKean, Daisy begins to question the moral implications of Revive, and as she discovers the agency’s true goals, she realizes she’s at the center of something much larger—and more sinister—than she ever imagined.

Review: Daisy McDaniel was one of the children killed in a horrible school bus accident in Iowa years ago. Due to a miraculous drug, Revive, which is still undergoing testing, Daisy and some of the other children were able to be brought back to life. However, even Revive has its limits – it can’t save everyone. Now Daisy’s 15 and a sophomore in high school. She’s died a total of 5 times in her 15 years, moved at least as many times, and lives with agents of the program who are her ‘handlers’: Mason, who has been a wonderful father figure to her, and Mason’s partner, Cassie, who seems like a cold fish.

Daisy usually keeps to herself and has one really good friend, Megan, who is also a Revive kid from the bus crash. Daisy’s kind of laid-back about relationships, death, and life. Overall, Daisy seems to be pretty well-adjusted for being a lab rat in human clothing.

Now Daisy, Mason, and Cassie West are in Omaha, Nebraska. For the first time, Daisy’s actually made a new friend, Audrey, and found a boy she really likes – Audrey’s brother, Matt. She’s new to relationships with non-Revive kids and it is wonderful seeing Daisy truly come alive. Yet, there is a big problem – Audrey has cancer and in an unexpected turn of events, Daisy tells Matt about the Revive program. Unfortunately, the drug is of no help to Audrey because Revive can’t bring back people with cancer or other diseases.

After Daisy tells Matt and shows him some of the files, she finds something very odd…something that should not exist.  Now it’s up to her to figure out the mystery and see how deep the rabbit hole really goes...before it is too late for everyone involved.

I absolutely love Ms. Patrick’s writing. This is the second book of hers I’ve read, the first being ‘Forgotten’. I was fascinated by the drug and the research as well as the uncannily compelling characters. Revived is a book which will make you think and gives a sense of wonderment about life’s possibilities. Ms. Patrick brilliantly brings the characters to life and you can easily empathize with them. Revived is a winner and definitely on my favorites list!

Books by this Author: Forgotten, Revived, The Originals


  1. Great review! And this novel sounds really awesome! I had heard about it but your review is the first one I'm reading about it :) I'm really looking forward to reading this one!

    Rachel @ Books to Consider

  2. If you don't know me or, my gosh, are inexplicably not a music fan, that...probably means not a thing to you. Or maybe it sounds weird. Basically it just means that I liked Forgotten and Revived so much that I heard distinctive music while I read. A soundtrack, if you will. I'm a music junkie, yes, but not everything makes me think musically.


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