Altered by Jennifer Rush
I received this book for free from ARCycling in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Series: Altered #1
Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers on 2013-01-01
Genres: Young Adult
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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 has 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.
Guys, where did this book come from and how did I not know more about it? It isn’t that old and it wasn’t on my radar at all. And that is a shame. I’m so happy I took a chance on this book! I really enjoyed it. And I hope more people will check out this series. The last book comes out in January and I’m really looking forward to reading them all!
Altered is a science-fiction book that focuses on four young men who are being kept in a scientist’s basement and studied. Kept in four different rooms with glass windows, they are watched, given different treatments to, and waiting until they’re ready. Ready for what, we don’t really know. We do know that they have been genetically altered and that they don’t remember anything before they were changed. We aren’t told what was done to them or what they’ve been “created” for, we just know what the scientist’s daughter, Anna, knows, that these four boys are the only people she’s had much contact with and that some of them are her friends. She doesn’t know why they’re kept the way they are but she also doesn’t do anything to change that. But Sam, the one who seems to be the leader of the group plans an escape and when the time is right, all four boys escape. And Anna’s father makes them take her too. Now Anna is not only on the run from something she doesn’t understand, she’s also about to learn a lot from her own past that she never knew about.
This book was so surprising to me and I think it’s because I really didn’t know what to expect. The cover made sense once I read the book but seemed pretty generic beforehand. Shirtless muscle-y guy with tattoos? Tells me nothing, really. And the summary didn’t really make much sense to me either, before I read the book. So I was going into this with zero expectations. And I ended up loving it! I loved the mystery that went along with the boy and their story. I love the individual personalities from each of them and getting to know them while they were on the run together. I enjoyed learning about their pasts as they tried to remember what had happened before and found connections to people they didn’t remember and places that had been important to them. But most of all I got caught up in Anna’s story. About how she was home-schooled by her dad and spent so much of her time working with the boys in her basement. Then how everything changed for her when her father made her leave and how she dealt with everything from them on. Not just with her crush on Sam, but with every piece of information they got on their way and discovering the true danger they were in. It was truly compelling. Especially from a book I really had just hoped to enjoy. It quickly became one I didn’t want to put down or end.
I really hope you guys will give this book a try. If you’re a fan of YA sci-fi books or books with genetically altered characters or even The Bourne Identity, I really think you’d like this book. It’s fast-paced, high-action, and full of surprising twists and a very quick read. I’m hoping to get my hands on the second and third books in this series ASAP so I can find out more about Anna and these boys and the Branch!
I’m just doing a quick post to declare that I will be participating in the Bout of Books Readathon in January. I’m so excited for Bout of Books! It really is one of the best Readathons out there. Plus, what better way to start off the new year than with a whole bunch of reading?! I’ve already told my husband not to expect anything from me that week and my kids go back to school that week and I’ve already scheduled some posts for that week, so my plan really is just to read a whole bunch. And to participate in the twitter chats and challenges. The hard part is going to be picking which books to read!
I’m also really excited for this Bout of Books because I’ll be hosting a challenge and a giveaway on one of the days!! Yay! So what I’m really trying to tell you is that you should all go and put Bout of Books on your calendar and then sign up and participate with us! It’s low key, fun, and a great way to start the year. Here’s the information about it from Bout of Books:
The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, January 5th and runs through Sunday, January 11th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 12 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team
Make sure if you’re going to join in that you make your own sign-up post. Check out the Bout of Books post to read the rules. You can participate without a blog if you’re on Twitter or Goodreads or YouTube or several other places. So check it out and join us so you can look like this with us!!
The Mime Order by Samantha Shannon
Waiting on Wednesday is hosted each week by Breaking the Spine
and lets us spotlight a book that we are eagerly waiting to be released. This week I’ve chosen:
Series: The Bone Season #2
Published by Bloomsbury USA on 2015-01-27
Genres: fantasy, Fiction, Young Adult
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Paige Mahoney has escaped the brutal penal colony of Sheol I, but her problems have only just begun: many of the fugitives are still missing and she is the most wanted person in London.
As Scion turns its all-seeing eye on Paige, the mime-lords and mime-queens of the city’s gangs are invited to a rare meeting of the Unnatural Assembly. Jaxon Hall and his Seven Seals prepare to take center stage, but there are bitter fault lines running through the clairvoyant community and dark secrets around every corner.
Then the Rephaim begin crawling out from the shadows. But where is Warden? Paige must keep moving, from Seven Dials to Grub Street to the secret catacombs of Camden, until the fate of the underworld can be decided. Will Paige know who to trust? The hunt for the dreamwalker is on.
I just finished reading The Bone Season last week and was pretty happy with it. The ending, of course, is what really left me wanting more. If you’ve read that book or the synopsis for this one, then you know what happens and why I want more of the story. If you don’t know yet, don’t read the synopsis for The Mime Order before you finish the first book! It won’t be a huge spoiler, but I always like learning things for myself while reading. So that’s why I’m waiting on The Mime Order this week. I want to know more about Paige and what happens after the end of book one and more about Warden! What happens with their relationship?!?!?! I need to know!!
What are you waiting on this week?