The Variant Series

Revival (The Variant Series, Book 1)
 
Possessing the uncanny ability to fry a television set from twenty paces can really wreck a girl’s social life.

If you’re looking for proof, just ask sixteen-year-old Alexandra Parker. After catching her boyfriend in the arms of the prettiest girl in school, she made the journey from social elite to social pariah in a haze of electricity and exploding electronics. But finding herself at the bottom of Bay View High’s social hierarchy was nothing compared to the shock of discovering who—and what—she really is.

After being zapped out of a burning bookstore by the mysterious Declan—a hero nearly as handsome as he is infuriating—Alex finds herself under the protection of the powerful Grayson family. It’s through them that she learns the truth: that the world she’s always known is nothing like it appears to be... and that she has far more in common with them than she might want to believe.

Now, on the run from a fire-wielding hit man and a secretive government organization, Alex must navigate a strange and treacherous new world filled with superhuman mutants known as Variants. As she begins to unravel the many secrets of her family’s past, she uncovers the real reason for her parents’ death twelve years earlier—and finds out that the threat to her family, and to everyone she cares about, is still dangerously real.




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Resistance (The Variant Series, Book 2)


Alexandra Parker might be the most powerful Variant the world has ever seen—but even that won’t get her out of finishing her junior year of high school.

The challenge of keeping her abilities under wraps during class is daunting enough, but throw one surly, sandy-haired Jumper into the mix, and things can get downright complicated.

Declan’s new job? Watch over Alex while she’s at school and do everything in his power to keep her from losing control. But as sparks of every kind begin flying between Alex and her new bodyguard, she's left feeling more unstable than ever.

When avoiding her abilities results in a surprise visit from her parents’ killer, Alex’s worlds collide with a bang that nearly levels Bay View High.

With her freedom now squarely in the Agency’s crosshairs, Alex will be faced with the fight of her life... and a decision that could forever alter the course of her destiny.



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Redux (The Variant Series, Book 3)


Alexandra Parker sits at the crossroads, out of time and out of place. She went back to fix the past, not to imperil the future. Rescued from the icy waters of the Bering Sea by one familiar face, she's helpless to find another. Declan O'Connell jumped with her, but where did he go?

In the middle of her search, a new threat confronts Alex. A serial killer with a taste for Variants has Seattle on edge. When she crosses the path of this vicious murderer, the revelations Alex discovers could change everything. That outcome is an unknown, but there is a terrible certainty on the table—an impossible decision with irreversible consequences. But can Alex make that choice and commit herself and those she loves to a total Redux?


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40 comments:

  1. Hey Jena, I have been waiting with bated breath for the release of your second book in the Variant Series. Can you give me an idea of when you will be releasing it? I also have a review blog (currently malfunctioning- I am atrociously terrible with technology and new to book blogging) that I have a review for Revival, that once I actually figure out how to organize my blog I would love for you to see. Loved your first book, cannot wait for the second!

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    1. Hi Cait! It's a pleasure to meet you! I wish I could give you a better idea of when book two will be released, but it's kind of up in the air right now... I can guarantee you'll see it before the end of the year, but as for a specific date, there are a few things that need to be worked out first. As soon as I know, I'll be making a big announcement, so stay tuned! And I would love to hear your thoughts on Revival... Be sure to send me a link as soon as your site is working again so I can follow your blog! Hope you have a wonderful week!

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  2. Hi Jena! I was wondering if you could tell me if there is a general time frame in which the next book in the Variant series will be released?And if she Alex ends up with either Delcen or Nate or neither, because its killing me! I cant wait for your second book! Thanks!

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    1. Hi Katie! The second book in the Variant series is scheduled to be released in the fall of 2013... As soon as I have an exact date, I'll be making a big announcement, so stay tuned! And as for who Alex will end up with in the end... I'm afraid you'll just have to wait and see! ;) Thanks for the questions! Have a great week!

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  3. Love the book loved the characters. The only thing I think is lacking is more emotions in the beginning. Other then that and telling Connor where he can go. Can't wait till the next book. Thank you

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  4. I just bought this book from Amazon on the strength of the free sample, but more particularly on the quality of your dialogue. It's realistic, snappy, and well paced. So many writers have so many great story ideas, and then they attempt to write dialogue and it all just falls apart. So although the plot looks interesting, I don't really care that much about it at the moment. I'm just happy to read well-written conversations. :)

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  5. Finished it! A really enjoyable read. You have the makings of a good mystery writer - have you thought about writing a straight mystery novel? And your plotting and pacing are excellent. You teased just enough information at just the right times to leave me wanting more. I like how you revealed some things in this book and saved some for the sequel - like hints of romance and whatever it is Nate knows. And I like too that you kept the romance at the hint stage, regardless of what comes next.

    I hope the next book digs even deeper into who these people are. I like them all; I just want to get to know them better. And more backstory as to the larger conspiracy and its players would be welcome as well.

    You have a facility with words that makes your writing enjoyable for its own sake, unlike a certain other vastly overrated YA series cough*Divergent*cough for which I will not be spending money on the sequels. For you, on the other hand, I'm already saving up my shekels. So don't censor yourself as to length - I'd have been perfectly happy if this book had been another hundred pages and I'm hoping for a nice fat sequel to compensate. :)

    One suggestion - if you didn't do it before, you may want to get another set of eyes on your next draft to check for grammar, spelling, and usage mistakes. When I see your/you're confusion and words missing letters, like "decent" instead of "descent," it distracts me and pulls me out of a great story. I don't mean any offense by pointing this out - if you were an average writer, I wouldn't care. But you're not, so I think every aspect of your writing should reflect the credit you deserve.

    Job well done. I'll be looking for the sequel. :)

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    1. Thank you so much for taking the time to read Revival and to provide such a thoughtful review. I'm so happy you enjoyed the book!

      I've always appreciated a good mystery and I've noticed that my favorite stories all seem to have a fair amount of intrigue and unexpected twists to the plot. I guess it was only natural that I'd try to work some of those elements into Revival! When I wrote the book, I wrote it without a proper outline—so many of those twists were just as surprising to me, as they are to readers. I'd love to try my hand at writing a proper mystery someday!

      As for finding another set of eyes to look over the manuscript... I'm embarrassed to admit that I broke the cardinal rule of self-publishing—I didn't hire an editor before I published. I had a group of beta readers who helped me out with the plot (and the occasional typo), but for the most part, I had to rely on my own eyes to catch the mistakes. At the time, I was convinced it was going to be lost amidst the sea of self-pubs, anyway, and so what would be the point in paying for it to be edited? *facepalm*

      ...I know. If I had a time machine, I'd love a chance to go back and kick my own butt for that bad decision. (Then I'd probably slip back to the '60s and check out Woodstock or something because, you know, time machine.)

      The good news is, I've finally reached a point where I can afford a wonderful editor. Revival is with her for edits as I write this and I hope to update the book file with these edits at some point in the near future. If all goes well, she'll also be the lucky duck that will help me whip book two into shape! I have no intention of ever publishing a book without taking it through edits, ever again. Thank God for great editors. They're worth every penny!

      Thank you again for the feedback and I hope that you enjoy the sequel! Take care!

      ~Jena

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  6. Just wondering what the sequel to the series is and when its coming out? I really liked it and am going to be adding it to my blog with a review.

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    1. Hi Jonniedee! The working title for book two in the Variant Series is Resistance, but that might change again before the book is released. As for a release date—it's yet to be decided, but I can guarantee that it will be available before the end of this year! So at the most, you should only have a few more months to wait... Thanks so much for reading! I'm looking forward to your review! :)

      ~Jena

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  7. I really like your book. It's a great read. Plenty of great writers have the occasional typo or spelling error. Can't wait for the sequel. You told others it would be done in the timeframe of 2013. Just wondering if I could get a heads up for when it's actually coming out. Again, a really good book. Going to read all of them!

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    1. Hi Aradia! Thanks so much for reading!! The release date for Resistance (book two in the Variant series) is February 11, 2014.

      You can read the announcement on the blog here: http://blog.jenaleighbooks.com/2013/10/of-release-dates-and-tempting-fate.html

      Can't wait for you to read it! :)

      ~Jena

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  8. Hi, Jena! I have been so pleased to hear that you were writing a second book to the Variant series since Revival was placed in my hands. I am so excited now that it's finally out. Now I just have to get my hands on that one...


    Thanks

    ~Samantha

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    1. Hi, Samantha! I'm so sorry for the slow reply—I just now saw your message! I'm so glad you enjoyed Revival!! Were you able to find a copy of Resistance? Take care and thank you so much for dropping by the blog! :)

      ~Jena

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  9. Hi jena,
    I must say I was not expecting to be addicted to your book as I was I finished both I a weeks time please tell me book 3 comes out soon :)

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    1. Hi, Hanna! My apologies for the slow reply! Book three is currently scheduled for release in late fall of this year—but between you and me, there's a good chance for an earlier, summer release! It all depends on how long the editing process takes. As soon as the edits are under way, I'll be making a big announcement with an exact release date! If you'd like to keep up to date with those types of announcements, you can either keep tabs on my blog, or sign up for the mailing list! Thanks so much for stopping by! I can't wait for you to read what happens next! :)

      ~Jena

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  10. I'm sure there will be a book 3... how long do u think it will be before it releases. Both book were really great reads. I highly enjoyed them.

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  11. Never mind.....I seen a post with it response. Can't wait to read it and see what's next.

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    1. Ack... I completely missed your comments somehow! Sorry for being so slow to reply! There will definitely be a book three and I'm still hoping to have it out before the end of the year. I'll be making a big announcement once the date is set, so be sure to check back later, or sign up for the mailing list if you'd like to get the announcement in your inbox. :)

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    1. So glad you're enjoying it! Thanks for dropping by the blog! :)

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  13. I just finished reading Resistance - when does the next one come out?!? I'm totally hooked!!

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    1. Hi, Tracey! Thanks for stopping by! If all goes well, the next book in the series should be out by late December. If you want to keep up to date with the cover reveal and pre-order announcements, you can sign up for the Jena Leigh mailing list here: http://blog.jenaleighbooks.com/p/mailing-list.html :)

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  14. Hey! I have been waiting forever for the third book to come out. I am totally hooked! When is the next book coming out (hopefully soon) and how many books are going to be in the series? Thanks!

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  15. Hey! I have been waiting forever for the third book to come out. I am totally hooked! When is the next book coming out (hopefully soon) and how many books are going to be in the series? Thanks!

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  16. Hi! I read your book Revival for a book report in school. So I can finish my report, I am supposed to know why you wrote the book. Could you help me please? Thank you if you can.

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    1. When I started writing Revival, I did so because I was looking for an escape. Losing myself in Alex's world was a wonderful distraction from my circumstances at the time. In the end, I enjoyed creating Alex's world so much, that I soon found myself with a finished novel and the beginnings of the Variant Series.

      Hope that helps! Good luck with your report.

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  17. When is the next book coming out?

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  18. When is the next book being released and what is its name?

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  19. When will the 3rd book be coming out?

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  20. Please please please tell me that there is a 4th book being published soon! I just finished the 3rd book and I need the next one! I love this series!

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    1. There is definitely going to be a fourth book! No release date yet, as it's still being written, but as soon as it's finished I'll make a big announcement here on the blog. Glad you're enjoying the series! :)

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  21. I've read and reread every book in the variant series and am still undeniably hooked! I read constantly (usually YA fictions) and this is probably the best and most addictive book series I've come across! It's wonderfully written and has and amazing storyline that always has my complete attention. I'm VERY eagerly waiting for the fourth book! Amazing job on the whole series, and good luck on the next book ;-)

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    1. Hi, Macy! Thank you *so much* for your kind words about the series and for taking the time to stop by the blog!! I can't wait for you to read book four! Take care and have a wonderful day! :)

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    2. Thanks! You deserve every word! I don't exactly know how you choose people to review you books early, but if you pick, please please PLEASE keep me in mind for book four!

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  22. Hi my name is Amelia. I just wanted to say I love your series and I can wait for book four. Do you know the release date yet?

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  23. Best series I read in a long time!
    Can't wait for book four and thank you for this amazing story :)

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  24. I am absolutely addicted to (and in love with) your series. I ran across book one and have anxiously waited for each one to come out just as I am anxiously waiting for book 4! You ate incredible and I Justy wanted you to know that youR story had drawn me in and I can't wait for more. Thank you for your creativity and perseverance in making this happen

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  25. I am absolutely addicted to (and in love with) your series. I ran across book one and have anxiously waited for each one to come out just as I am anxiously waiting for book 4! You ate incredible and I Justy wanted you to know that youR story had drawn me in and I can't wait for more. Thank you for your creativity and perseverance in making this happen

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