Saturday, January 5, 2013

Review: Altered by Jennifer Rush

Title: Altered
Series: Altered #1
Author: Jennifer Rush
Publishing Date: January 1, 2013
Rating: 2 Stars
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Book Blurb

When you can’t trust yourself, who can you believe?

Everything about Anna’s life is a secret. Her father works for the Branch at the helm of its latest project: monitoring and administering treatments to the four genetically altered boys in the lab below their farmhouse. There’s Nick, Cas, Trev . . . and Sam, who’s stolen Anna’s heart. When the Branch decides it’s time to take the boys, Sam stages an escape, killing the agents sent to retrieve them. 

Anna is torn between following Sam or staying behind in the safety of her everyday life. But her father pushes her to flee, making Sam promise to keep her away from the Branch, at all costs. There’s just one problem. Sam and the boys don’t remember anything before living in the lab—not even their true identities.

Now on the run, Anna soon discovers that she and Sam are connected in more ways than either of them expected. And if they’re both going to survive, they must piece together the clues of their past before the Branch catches up to them and steals it all away.

My Thoughts

I'm not sure how to write this review without ranting. The plot wasn't exactly original, but I'm usually a sucker for those kinds of stories. My main problem with this one was the MC, by god I could not stand her at all, and then to find out (Goodreads)

For the most part I liked the boys, but it seemed to me like the author couldn't make up her mind whether she wanted them to be superhuman or not. They would have the superhuman traits for certain things then act totally dumb for others. There was the GPS thing, asking the hotel clerk person, staying too long in one spot. (Goodreads)

Also, I don't get the distances in relation to how long it took to get there. They went all over the place and yet it all took place under 1.5 days? Someone correct me if I'm wrong, I honestly don't know the distances.

The so called romance was another thing I didn't get. I just wasn't feeling it through out the whole book. I just don't get where such strong feelings are coming from (Goodreads)

In the end, there were just too many little things that bothered me in addition to Anna, that by the end of the book I just wanted it to end. No amount of fight scenes/scavenger hunting/shoot outs were enough to redeem it completely. If the second book is written in someone else's pov I might think about picking it up.


  1. I wasn't sure if this one is for me. Thanks for helping me make up my mind!

    1. No problem! Although most of my friends in GR gave it 4 stars, guess it depends on if you can over look the MC and like this kind of action book.


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