Revived by Cat Patrick Review

Cat Patrick

Publication Date:
May 1, 2012

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Hardcover, 352 pages

CAD $19.99

A copy was provided by HBG Canada! Thank you!




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.

About the Author

Cat Patrick lives in the Seattle area with her husband and twin daughters. When asked about how she came up with the idea for Revived, Cat explained that she has a love for “high school strange.”


Rather slow in the beginning, and there wasn’t as much plot development in the middle of the book, so pacing sure was slow. Then all of a sudden, the ending came and finally some development appeared. I just wished there was more focus on the mystery of the entire operation. I was thinking it was this huge conspiracy, and evil was amiss with the leaders and all the agents, but I’m guessing my imagination ran away with me. It didn’t matter if this book caught my eye when perusing GoodReads for new titles. It didn’t matter that it had a cover that was so gorgeous and a colour so bright that I had to pick it up when it came out. Nope the premise of this story was exactly my cup of tea. Action, suspense, intrigue, all rolled into one book! Then to my surprise, I enjoyed Daisy explaining what the Revive program was about and thinking of all these repercussions. Is she adopted? Who are her real parents? Won’t people ever find out about her? How would it affect her emotionally? I had a lot of questions. I really wanted to give this book a perfect rating, but the lack of action in the middle parts just dropped the rating down one star.

As for the characters, holy Toledo! Teenage hormones abound! Daisy sure lives to fantasize about Matt! I mean read this quote:

“I think of the fact that he has the nicest boy feet I’ve ever seen…not that I’ve seen a lot of them.”—Daisy (64)

My face resembled a web of confusion. What did his feet have to with anything? (Maybe I’m just being bitter because in my opinion, feet are not pretty to look at.) I love the friendship that Daisy starts with Audrey. Finally Daisy gets to develop a relationship with a person and not run away again. It felt real, and all the little things they did were exact, shopping trips included. I did manage to enjoy the “father/daughter” relationship between Daisy and Mason, and having him as her guardian made her life so much easier.

Cat Patrick sure knows how to develop great relationships! Lastly, I was glad this was a stand-alone book and it ended just right. I do wish my questions were answered. Maybe I’ll imagine they were resolved in my head.

Rating 4/5


“The guy is flat-out, undeniably, unbelievably hot.”–Daisy (34)

“The way I see it is that I don’t want to know people who didn’t want to know me.”—Daisy (54)

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