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5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

Very Amazing.

I saw this book on th back page of a magazine and I desided to give it a try, oh Lordy, this book is positivly one of the best books I've ever read! Took me 5 hours to read it!!! Jennifer Rush gets you hooked to Sam in this book, the book is very emotional, first time I...
I saw this book on th back page of a magazine and I desided to give it a try, oh Lordy, this book is positivly one of the best books I've ever read! Took me 5 hours to read it!!! Jennifer Rush gets you hooked to Sam in this book, the book is very emotional, first time I've ever cried! Jen has given the feeling to all her readers like I have never felt befor! Very good book, you should totaly read it!!!!

posted by 12582890 on January 21, 2013

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First and foremost let me just say that Altered was a 3.5 star b

First and foremost let me just say that Altered was a 3.5 star book for me (one day I will get half a star rating system). Now we can move forward.

I found a lot of things I adored about Altered but a few things, personally, just didn't sit well with me. I, like many p...
First and foremost let me just say that Altered was a 3.5 star book for me (one day I will get half a star rating system). Now we can move forward.

I found a lot of things I adored about Altered but a few things, personally, just didn't sit well with me. I, like many people, have grown up completely desensitized to guns and violence in general. I understand that Altered is a young adult book, so I tried to push my personal experiences to the side. Key word was tried. But before I jump to that, lets start at the beginning. :)

Altered was one of my most anticipated releases of January 2013. I counted down the days, I admired the cover on a creepy level, I stalked the Goodreads statuses for reviews (which were all stellar) and I read the blurb obsessively. When I finally got the book in my hands the happy dance I did was so epic, I can only describe it as a mix between the running-man and that one thriller move.

I was all over my house doing my epic new dance, singing the "look what I got" song. Yes it took some time for me to get to read it but hey, it was in my possession and if someone tried to take it, blood would have been drawn. But I'm getting off track. (Damn my squirrel like attention span!)

Altered started off fairly slow, showing Anna's day to day life working in a secret underground lab with her dad and their four human "test" subjects; Cas, Nick, Trev and Sam. This is probably my biggest pet peeve about the book but I will cover that in a minute. Anna doesn't know exactly what the boys will be used for, or why they are locked in her basement but she is always happy to see and interact with them. And by interact I mean the only time she had physical contact with them was after she knocked them out with sleeping gas.

This is where my "what the heck?!" face came in. You see as you read the book you find out that Anna is ridiculously curious and equally stubborn. Yes I know these are good traits for a main character but I felt it was always inconsistent when it came to Anna. She has a underground secret lab under her farm house in heaven-only-knows where NY, that has FOUR men locked away, and she only attempted to get information a handful of times? But she is willing and ready to knock on every door and search every corner of the world to find the meaning behind some scars on Nick's chest? It just didn't jibe with me, but I was able to look around that "little" irritant.

The next thing that aggravated me was Anna's "logic". I'm not a daddy's girl so maybe I'm the one with the issues, but she repeatedly reminds herself, and us, of her unrestricted and unwavering trust in her dad and "the program". Even though she doesn't know what the program is, what it's suppose to test, how long it's been running, or when it will be over. So strike one to Anna's logic there.

Next in Anna's suppose "logic" is her self preservation instinct. Or lack there of in this instance.

I have been taught my whole life to defend myself in the event of an altercation that gets out of hand before I can walk away. I don't have to start the trouble and I definitely don't have to go looking for it but I can definitely finish it. Anna, has had combat training her ENTIRE life, but as soon as a gun is pulled on her she stands there staring down the barrel. At first I thought maybe I was overreacting, it's only logical for people to be afraid when they see someone aim a firearm at them and mean it. So she gets a pass on that one. But then she was attacked by this trailer trash redneck chick and she froze AGAIN! Did I miss something? You have trained to defend yourself your entire life! Did you think it was just a hardcore way of exercising? Strike two against Anna's "logic".

The final blow to the "I hate Anna's logic coffin" is a bit of a spoiler so I won't go into detail. Let's just say it involves an old abandon house in the middle of nowhere, that required a 5 mile hike in the freezing ran.


Doesn't sound pleasant does it? Because it is not pleasant nor SMART!

I just couldn't understand how this extremely book smart (as we say in the "hood") girl made so many stupid and petty decisions. I wanted to like her. I really really tried to! I loved the idea of a new kind of heroine! One who wasn't all kick ass, or pumped full of crazy superpowers; what I got was a girl more concerned about her jeans, love life, and her dead/undead mother.


The men chasing her with guns? Forget about it.

The years of lying from her father? Who cares!

The complete lack of money, passports, or reliable and legal transportation to get away alive? Not on her radar.

But it wasn't all bad for me. I promise! :)

I seriously loved and enjoyed each of the boys, except Chase who I was mostly indifferent about (like a younger brother). Nick was my all time favorite! Nick and I had a lot in common and I just connected better with him. For instance, he despised and mistrusted Anna, so we have that in common. But more than that he had good instincts, and instead of going back and forth or pretending to be someone he wasn't he went with his gut and did what was best for his, and the boys, survival.


The mystery, was mind blowing. I would have never guessed, like EVER guessed that ending, or middle for that matter. And believe me, I can figure out the ending to a movie/book 20 minutes in and be damn near spot on so this was a refreshing and surprising experience for me.

The writing as a whole gave just enough to grab my attention but never to much to lose that attention. Not only that, but I'm pretty sure that Rush was some type of undercover super spy once upon a time, because there is NO WAY she just thought up those fight/shooting scenes! No ma'am that just isn't possible with the amount of detail and precision written into those scenes.

Even though Altered wasn't a five star knock'em dead book for me I really did enjoy reading it. I felt that the world building, the writing and character development was phenomenal. I loved the mystery and suspense involved with looking for the clues and uncovering the truth. Yeah I didn't like Anna but Cas, Sam, Nick and Trev were able to overshadow my disappointment in Anna. ~Octavia of Read. Sleep. Repeat.~

posted by Love_My_Nook-2 on February 21, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2013

    First and foremost let me just say that Altered was a 3.5 star b

    First and foremost let me just say that Altered was a 3.5 star book for me (one day I will get half a star rating system). Now we can move forward.

    I found a lot of things I adored about Altered but a few things, personally, just didn't sit well with me. I, like many people, have grown up completely desensitized to guns and violence in general. I understand that Altered is a young adult book, so I tried to push my personal experiences to the side. Key word was tried. But before I jump to that, lets start at the beginning. :)

    Altered was one of my most anticipated releases of January 2013. I counted down the days, I admired the cover on a creepy level, I stalked the Goodreads statuses for reviews (which were all stellar) and I read the blurb obsessively. When I finally got the book in my hands the happy dance I did was so epic, I can only describe it as a mix between the running-man and that one thriller move.

    I was all over my house doing my epic new dance, singing the "look what I got" song. Yes it took some time for me to get to read it but hey, it was in my possession and if someone tried to take it, blood would have been drawn. But I'm getting off track. (Damn my squirrel like attention span!)

    Altered started off fairly slow, showing Anna's day to day life working in a secret underground lab with her dad and their four human "test" subjects; Cas, Nick, Trev and Sam. This is probably my biggest pet peeve about the book but I will cover that in a minute. Anna doesn't know exactly what the boys will be used for, or why they are locked in her basement but she is always happy to see and interact with them. And by interact I mean the only time she had physical contact with them was after she knocked them out with sleeping gas.

    This is where my "what the heck?!" face came in. You see as you read the book you find out that Anna is ridiculously curious and equally stubborn. Yes I know these are good traits for a main character but I felt it was always inconsistent when it came to Anna. She has a underground secret lab under her farm house in heaven-only-knows where NY, that has FOUR men locked away, and she only attempted to get information a handful of times? But she is willing and ready to knock on every door and search every corner of the world to find the meaning behind some scars on Nick's chest? It just didn't jibe with me, but I was able to look around that "little" irritant.

    The next thing that aggravated me was Anna's "logic". I'm not a daddy's girl so maybe I'm the one with the issues, but she repeatedly reminds herself, and us, of her unrestricted and unwavering trust in her dad and "the program". Even though she doesn't know what the program is, what it's suppose to test, how long it's been running, or when it will be over. So strike one to Anna's logic there.

    Next in Anna's suppose "logic" is her self preservation instinct. Or lack there of in this instance.

    I have been taught my whole life to defend myself in the event of an altercation that gets out of hand before I can walk away. I don't have to start the trouble and I definitely don't have to go looking for it but I can definitely finish it. Anna, has had combat training her ENTIRE life, but as soon as a gun is pulled on her she stands there staring down the barrel. At first I thought maybe I was overreacting, it's only logical for people to be afraid when they see someone aim a firearm at them and mean it. So she gets a pass on that one. But then she was attacked by this trailer trash redneck chick and she froze AGAIN! Did I miss something? You have trained to defend yourself your entire life! Did you think it was just a hardcore way of exercising? Strike two against Anna's "logic".

    The final blow to the "I hate Anna's logic coffin" is a bit of a spoiler so I won't go into detail. Let's just say it involves an old abandon house in the middle of nowhere, that required a 5 mile hike in the freezing ran.


    Doesn't sound pleasant does it? Because it is not pleasant nor SMART!

    I just couldn't understand how this extremely book smart (as we say in the "hood") girl made so many stupid and petty decisions. I wanted to like her. I really really tried to! I loved the idea of a new kind of heroine! One who wasn't all kick ass, or pumped full of crazy superpowers; what I got was a girl more concerned about her jeans, love life, and her dead/undead mother.


    The men chasing her with guns? Forget about it.

    The years of lying from her father? Who cares!

    The complete lack of money, passports, or reliable and legal transportation to get away alive? Not on her radar.

    But it wasn't all bad for me. I promise! :)

    I seriously loved and enjoyed each of the boys, except Chase who I was mostly indifferent about (like a younger brother). Nick was my all time favorite! Nick and I had a lot in common and I just connected better with him. For instance, he despised and mistrusted Anna, so we have that in common. But more than that he had good instincts, and instead of going back and forth or pretending to be someone he wasn't he went with his gut and did what was best for his, and the boys, survival.


    The mystery, was mind blowing. I would have never guessed, like EVER guessed that ending, or middle for that matter. And believe me, I can figure out the ending to a movie/book 20 minutes in and be damn near spot on so this was a refreshing and surprising experience for me.

    The writing as a whole gave just enough to grab my attention but never to much to lose that attention. Not only that, but I'm pretty sure that Rush was some type of undercover super spy once upon a time, because there is NO WAY she just thought up those fight/shooting scenes! No ma'am that just isn't possible with the amount of detail and precision written into those scenes.

    Even though Altered wasn't a five star knock'em dead book for me I really did enjoy reading it. I felt that the world building, the writing and character development was phenomenal. I loved the mystery and suspense involved with looking for the clues and uncovering the truth. Yeah I didn't like Anna but Cas, Sam, Nick and Trev were able to overshadow my disappointment in Anna. ~Octavia of Read. Sleep. Repeat.~

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2013

    When I picked up this book and read what it was about, I thought

    When I picked up this book and read what it was about, I thought that it would be very good and that it would keep my attention. Unfortunately, it didn't. This book had only a tiny bit of my focus, the rest of my focus was thinking about the next book I was going to read. I thought that this book would keep my whole attention. 

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  • Posted February 17, 2013

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    The first thing that made me want to read Altered by author Jenn

    The first thing that made me want to read Altered by author Jennifer Rush was the cover. Ermagerd, Batmern, don’t deny that that is such an attractive cover, it made me think: Damn. And after reading the description I then thought: Not bad and began to read. There’s one thing that readers should know when before they pick up Altered: There will be points when it will blow you away. Like a kite on a windy spring day. (Who said that she could be a poet and just not know it?).

    Altered takes place from the POV (point of view) of main character Anna whose father works for the Branch, a group devoted to their project that includes four teenage boys: Sam, Cas, Nick and Trev. Each one of them is incredibly attractive, each one of them has their own strengths and weaknesses, but none of them have ever managed to escape the Branch. Or so Anna thinks, one surprise visit from the Heads of the Branch and suddenly Anna finds herself fleeing the Lab with the four boys.

    Anna learns that everything she knew might just be a complete lie, she discovers things. Bad things. Things that aren’t supposed to be possible, things that involve her mother, father, the tattoos/scars each boy seems to have and learns of a life that she may have lived before… one she can’t remember. The Branch will stop at nothing to get Anna and the boys back, and while she proves to be a problem for the group of runaways, something keeps them protecting her. Something controlling them against their wills to protect her. But things aren’t all that bad, despite being confronted with guns on a daily basis; Anna has managed to fall in love with Sam.

    The one thing that I liked most about Altered was the smoking gun action scenes. They had a total Call of Duty feel. Not only are there these intense scenes that involve one of the drop dead attractive boys always blowing somebody’s brains onto the floor, but that they also felt realistic. You don’t exactly know if any of the characters are safe during those scenes, and as the novel progresses you do learn that the Branch will quite literally do anything they have to, to obtain their property.

    Each character felt unique, however I will admit that I was getting them a bit confused with the characters from the Elemental series by Brigid Kemmerer since there were similar names and the characters with those names seemed to have similar personalities. I feel like I should mention that there is a mole in the group, just because that seems to spice things up more. The group (which consists of the four boys and Anna) constantly goes to find answers, only to have the Branch waiting for them.

    My only problem with the novel was that it lost my interest whenever it wasn’t having either: A) An action packed chapter. B) character development and C) Plot changing points. This is one of the novels that have those few down points that fall a bit flat and cause your interest to move elsewhere. But when that wasn’t happening, the story does get easy to be caught up in.

    I would recommend Altered to fans of action, thrillers and romance. Readers who enjoy reading about macho-men and not-so-damsels in distress will fall hard for Altered.

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