Google+ Reading Teen: Quick-Fire Review: Altered by Jennifer Rush

Monday, January 14, 2013

Quick-Fire Review: Altered by Jennifer Rush

by Jennifer Rush
Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (January 1, 2013)
Language: English 
They were made to forget. But they'll never forgive.

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, solemn and brooding; Cas, light-hearted and playful; Trev, smart and caring; and Sam... who's stolen Anna's heart.

When the Branch decides it's time to take the boys, Sam stages an escape. Anna's father pushes her to go with them, making Sam promise to keep her away from the Branch, at all costs.

On the run, with her father's warning in her head, Anna begins to doubt everything she thought she knew about herself. She 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.
At a Glance:

Altered was a Jason Bourne x 4, action-packed, shoot 'em-up adventure.  It keeps you on your toes throughout with danger around every corner, and people you never know if you can trust.  If you're looking for a quick-moving, thrill-ride, with a little romance and a whole lot of bloodshed, you've found your book.


I have to admit, I felt a little awkward carrying this one around.  I mean......


So.  Much.  Action.  If you are squeamish at all, this is not the book for you.  I'm not sure I've ever read a book that just had the blatant blowing-people's-heads-off-blood-splattering-brain-matter-flying that this book had.  It's preeeety gruesome. 


Not my favorite romance, but it was ok.  Anna begins the book obsessed with Sam, she goes through the book obsessed with Sam, and she ends the book obsessed with Sam.  It was a little needy for my taste, and I never had the feeling that Sam was as passionate about her, but it was still a nice addition to the main storyline.  And am I nuts, or what?  I kind of wanted her to like Nick.  Yeah, of course he's the bad boy.


I liked Anna because she was strong, loyal, and intelligent.  She got on my nerves a little from the above mentioned.   Mostly, she was just a great character to read.  I liked that there was more to her that what meets the eye.


Sam was completely likable, though slightly boring.  He was definitely tough and protective, but he just didn't seem to be too complex or interesting.  All was not lost, though.  The combination of all four boys, and the dynamic between them was just awesome.  I loved the banter between them!  Especially Trev, Cass and Nick.  There were times I just busted out laughing from their antics. 

Favorite Supporting Character:

This is a complex question......

Something I loved:

The boys.  They were so fun!  Also, the plot twists and blind-sides.

Something(s) I hated:

Some of the big "puzzles" they had to figure out were just a little too easy.  There was one part in particular, where the boys couldn't figure something out and Anna finally had a big "AHA!" moment, and it seemed obvious, and it should have been obvious to those super intelligent guys.


Not too bad.  This is the first in the series, but it comes to a nice resolution.

Would I recommend it?

Yes, if you like Jason Bourne type books with lots of action!

Will I buy/keep it?

Yeah, I'll keep my ARC.

Book Doppelgangers:

False Memory by Dan Krokos
 4 out of 5          
  • Profanity:  Heavy
  • Sexual Content:  Mild
  • Violence:  Very Heavy
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  1. I totally agree on Sam seeming so uninterested. And Anna's neediness. But I'm glad you liked it as much as I did!

  2. I don't know if I will get around to reading this book or not. It sounds good, but I'm seeing a lot of mixed reviews on it too. This might be a book I get from the library. I'm glad that you enjoyed it!

  3. This one sounds interesting, I've heard a lot of different things on this one so I might wait to read it.

  4. This one sounds awesome, and I'm working on something very similar right now so I'm curious. Thanks for the giveaway!

  5. Bourne type of book? Plot twists? yes please! I'll definitely ask my library to order this.
    Thank you for the giveaway!

  6. I have this on my wishlist, but I'm not sure how much I want it. I hate how girls are obsessed with these guys for the entire book. Unless they've already known them for some time, they shouldn't be obsessing over them. But I guess that's teenagers for you lol, great review Andye! I may end up picking this up at some point...

  7. I appreciated your review. It seemed very honest and straight forward. Good job!

  8. I really hope to read this book soon IT looks SSOOO GOOD

  9. Ever since I saw the cover I fell in love with this bok and even more after reading your review!! I can't wait to read it!

  10. This is on my 'to read' for 2013 deuts! Plus I love the Jason Bourne movies :P Can't wait to read this. Great review!

  11. This is on my TBR list and your review made me want to read it even more. I haven't read a book with a lot of action in a while so this sounds great, I'm not squeamish at all.
    Thank you for your review!

  12. I love books that have a bit of science in them, and I love how the personalities of the four guys differs, sounds like a great series!

  13. This book sounds good.. I like how you did your review!!

  14. Ooh, I love action books, so this sounds really great. Awesome review! :)

  15. Interesting . . . I love bloody, bloody books, so I definitely want to read this, but I'm a little on the fence about Anna and her obsessiveness . . . Thank you for the review!

  16. I love the cover and I love action... This looks like one I really want to read!

  17. Great review!

    And I love the cover!

  18. It is so frustrating when characters can not see obvious solutions. The premise sounds good and I'm sure I'll keep check my library to see if they get it.

  19. Great review! I wanted to read this before, but now I really want to! The characters sound good too, even though I'm not sure about the whole Sam obsession...

  20. Great review! I cant cant to read Altered! :D

  21. Thank you for your most helpful review. I love how you break it down.

  22. Thanks..I've been anticipating this book.:)

  23. Glad there isn't a cliffhanger. I usually wait to read the first in a series if I find out that there is a cliffhanger.

  24. Thanks for the review. I have heard a lot of good things about this book,so now I want to read it too! and I love the cover ;)
    -Cali W.

  25. Ok, this sounds amazing! I am going to have to rush out and get my hands on this. I love a good thrill ride book and I love some heart pounding action. That's the stuff that makes it hard to put the book down!

  26. I love the Jason Bourne movies so I'm even more excited to read this now!!!! And the I could see why it would be awkward to walk around with that book cover being so...shirtless lol. Great review!

  27. Good to know there's kind of a cliffhanger.

  28. There is so much more to this book than what I described, but anymore would spoil it as there are many twists. Trust me; you DO NOT want to read a review of this that contains spoilers.


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