Review: Altered by Jennifer Rush

January 14, 2013 Altered, ARC, Arcycling, Book Review, Debut Author Challenge, Jennifer Rush, Little Brown Books for Young Readers, Sci-fi, Science Fiction, YA, Young Adult 30

From Goodreads:

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.


Okay I admit it, it’s totally the cover that brought this book to my attention. I mean really, a hot guy with some sort of tattoo looking art on his back? Yes please! Digging a little further, I realized it is about not one, but FOUR hot guys who have been altered for strength, obedience and a slower rate of aging. Umm, sign me up!

So these four boys have been living in a lab in the basement of a farmhouse, where Anna lives with her father, as part of some secret experiment involving alterations to their memory, strength, obedience and aging. None of them have a single memory before they woke up in the lab 5 years earlier. Now, with having four male characters in the exact same environment dealing with the exact same issues, one can worry that they would all easily blend together. But the author did a remarkable job giving each boy a distinct personality and relationship with Anna. Nick comes across angry and hateful, so suffice it to say, his relationship with Anna is the kind where they try to steer clear of each other. Trev is Anna’s best friend, the one who is easy to talk to. Cas, well he was probably my favorite. He was the sarcastic and funny type, always good for a laugh and to add some comic relief.

    “Yeah,” Cas added, “you can hitchhike your way across the country. Just flash your abs. I bet someone would stop.”
    Nick snorted. “Shut the hell up.”
    “Damn,” Cas said. “You’re cranky. We’re free! You should be doing the Hokey-frickin’-Pokey!”
    “I would rather light myself on fire.”
    “Awesome.” Cas rubbed his hands together. “Anyone have any marshmallows?”

Sam is the ringleader, or ‘ALPHA’, of the pack. Of course he is also the one Anna has had a crush on for years. Their relationship has it’s ups and downs, but I thoroughly enjoyed watching how it developed with everything happening around them.

The plot was very engaging, with all kinds of twists and turns as the characters race to solve the mysteries of their past. I really don’t want to touch upon this too much because it is something you do not want spoiled. Let’s just say there were many moments that completely surprised me and left me on the edge of my seat. Weave in a bit of romance and this novel was the total package. Another huge plus? It is the beginning of a series but can hold it’s own as a single novel. No cliffhanger was found and the story wraps up very well. I do, however, look forward to entering this world again with these awesome characters in the next installment!

Sara @ Forever 17 Books

30 Responses to “Review: Altered by Jennifer Rush”

  1. InkkReviews

    man, i really want to read this book, i was just compiling a list of debut books for 2013 that i really wanted to read , and this made my list for sure! great review. can’t wait to read it! – Katie @ Inkk

  2. Jennifer Messerschmidt

    I was attracted to the cover as well! LOL Plus I just love secret government experiments and conspiracy plots. Glad there were twists and turns to keep you guessing and that the romance was enjoyable too.

  3. starryeyedjen

    Gah, you have me sooo excited for this book, Sara! It’s one of the debuts I’ve been looking forward to for awhile. So glad it’s going to be a series since so many of my favorite series are coming to an end this year. Waaaah! 😛

  4. Born Bookish

    Somehow this one slipped past me! Thanks so much for bringing it to my attention it sounds awesome! I like that although it’s a series the author wrapped things up nicely and I won’t have to worry about a cliffhanger.

  5. Nereyda @Mostly YA Book Obsessed

    I already wanted to read this when I thought it was about one hot guy, but 4 hot guys? Yes, please! Glad you like this one, I probably will too.
    I kind of like the original cover better…

    And you’re reading EVERBOUND!?

  6. Krista

    I’m glad you liked this one! I really enjoyed it as well, and I’m super glad there wasn’t a cliffhanger. Cas was so awesome 🙂 Great review!

  7. Traci @ The Reading Geek

    Great review! I have had my eye on this book for a while now and definitely plan on reading it soon. I’m even more excited now though. The plot does sound really great and I’m happy to read that you enjoyed this one. Lol I love the quote you included! 🙂

  8. Tabitha

    Not one, but 4 hot guys? Hmm. This sounds like my type of book – and the plot sounds great! Also I’m glad it doesn’t end on a cliffhanger. Can’t wait to get my hands on a copy of this one!

    Great review! And I really liked that quote. (:

  9. Lauren Elizabeth

    I have to confess, this cover grabbed my eye too, and it’s one of the reasons I picked it up. And now there are four of these hotties to contend with? I’m so in! Thanks for your review. Definitely moving this one further up in my to be read pile.

  10. Hannah

    I agree 100%, Sara! This book rocked my socks. I loved having 4 hot guys to read about instead of the normal 1 or 2. 😀

  11. jarkin33

    Great review!! I couldn’t agree more – I seriously read this in one night with Caren and Kassiah and it was full of twists and turns and so much action! Even though I had the ebook I had to own a hardcopy of it! 😉

    The boys are wonderful and I can’t wait for more!!

  12. Sarah (Escaping Through Books)

    I’ve read only rave reviews about this book and can’t wait until I have a chance to read it myself. Four hot boys? Yes, please! Plus, I’m very glad to hear that this is a book that could be a standalone but is a part of a series. That’s my favorite type of book because cliffhangers or non-endings or “End of Part I” endings drive me crazy… that seems to be how ALL books end these days! But knowing that you’ll be able to revisit your favorite characters in a future book while still getting resolution in the current book is simply awesome.

    • Sara @ Forever 17 Books

      That was definitely a major bonus, to have the story have an end. Of course there are ways to extend it but I was not left with a cliffhanger or more questions than answers. Love that.

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