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Du kannst nicht mehr nach Hause. Du musstest deinem Vater schwören, nie wieder zurückzukommen. Alles, woran du bisher geglaubt hast, entpuppt sich als Lüge. Du weißt weder, wer du bist, noch, wem du trauen kannst. Du weißt nur eins: Du rennst um dein Leben! Wer sind die vier jungen Männer, die im Keller von Annas Haus gefangen gehalten werden? Tag für Tag führen Anna und i Du kannst nicht mehr nach Hause. Du musstest deinem Vater schwören, nie wieder zurückzukommen. Alles, woran du bisher geglaubt hast, entpuppt sich als Lüge. Du weißt weder, wer du bist, noch, wem du trauen kannst. Du weißt nur eins: Du rennst um dein Leben! Wer sind die vier jungen Männer, die im Keller von Annas Haus gefangen gehalten werden? Tag für Tag führen Anna und ihr Vater im Auftrag der „Sektion“ medizinische Tests mit ihnen durch. Und Nacht für Nacht schleicht sich Anna in den Keller, um sich heimlich mit Sam, dem Anführer, zu treffen. Denn in ihn ist sie verliebt. Niemand weiß, warum die vier für diese Versuche ausgewählt wurden. Am wenigsten sie selbst, denn ihre Erinnerung reicht nur exakt fünf Jahre zurück. Als sich für Sam und die anderen die Gelegenheit zur Flucht ergibt, schließt Anna sich ihnen an. Es beginnt eine atemlose Jagd quer durch die Vereinigten Staaten, immer auf der Suche nach der wahren Identität der vier Jungen. Und die einzige Spur, die sie haben, ist ein rätselhaftes Tattoo auf Sams Rücken. „Escape“ ist der erste Band einer Reihe.


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Du kannst nicht mehr nach Hause. Du musstest deinem Vater schwören, nie wieder zurückzukommen. Alles, woran du bisher geglaubt hast, entpuppt sich als Lüge. Du weißt weder, wer du bist, noch, wem du trauen kannst. Du weißt nur eins: Du rennst um dein Leben! Wer sind die vier jungen Männer, die im Keller von Annas Haus gefangen gehalten werden? Tag für Tag führen Anna und i Du kannst nicht mehr nach Hause. Du musstest deinem Vater schwören, nie wieder zurückzukommen. Alles, woran du bisher geglaubt hast, entpuppt sich als Lüge. Du weißt weder, wer du bist, noch, wem du trauen kannst. Du weißt nur eins: Du rennst um dein Leben! Wer sind die vier jungen Männer, die im Keller von Annas Haus gefangen gehalten werden? Tag für Tag führen Anna und ihr Vater im Auftrag der „Sektion“ medizinische Tests mit ihnen durch. Und Nacht für Nacht schleicht sich Anna in den Keller, um sich heimlich mit Sam, dem Anführer, zu treffen. Denn in ihn ist sie verliebt. Niemand weiß, warum die vier für diese Versuche ausgewählt wurden. Am wenigsten sie selbst, denn ihre Erinnerung reicht nur exakt fünf Jahre zurück. Als sich für Sam und die anderen die Gelegenheit zur Flucht ergibt, schließt Anna sich ihnen an. Es beginnt eine atemlose Jagd quer durch die Vereinigten Staaten, immer auf der Suche nach der wahren Identität der vier Jungen. Und die einzige Spur, die sie haben, ist ein rätselhaftes Tattoo auf Sams Rücken. „Escape“ ist der erste Band einer Reihe.

30 review for Escape

  1. 5 out of 5

    Heather Powell

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  2. 4 out of 5

    Giselle

    Altered is one of those books that are highly addicting, with action that engrosses you until you become quite satisfied with the read. But, there are particulars that nagged at me which, individually, are irrelevant, but together, they become a little too bothersome to simply forgive and forget. The whole story in Altered consists of a chase. These modified humans have escaped their prison, and, bringing Anna with them, are on the run from her father's employers. Throughout this run we get clues Altered is one of those books that are highly addicting, with action that engrosses you until you become quite satisfied with the read. But, there are particulars that nagged at me which, individually, are irrelevant, but together, they become a little too bothersome to simply forgive and forget. The whole story in Altered consists of a chase. These modified humans have escaped their prison, and, bringing Anna with them, are on the run from her father's employers. Throughout this run we get clues that were planted to help them find something that is apparently very important. Deciphering these clues were, for the most part, pretty interesting, even clever at times. However, when they stumble upon a "code" that is simply a mix of X V I letters... and they don't get what it means... I had to stop reading to take a breath and roll my eyes a little. Even though Anna is home schooled and lacking a life outside the lab, numeral numbers are hardly mystifying. Especially when she "gets it" after seeing a grandfather clock. This is definitely a very small matter, nonetheless, it got under my skin and made me see the protagonist as a little brainless. That was the first annoyance I stumbled upon. The second came by when they idiotically decide to walk into the enemy headquarters. Why? I have no clue. It made no sense for them to do so other than to create more plot excitement. Obviously, it went about as well as you can imagine. Seeing as they had no reasoning behind this decision, I got irritated by the stupid factor of it and hoped they got what they deserved. These issues aside, I did quite enjoy the book, especially the scientific notions involved. I love the idea of genetic modifications, humans with abilities or powers, and Altered is fascinating on that front. I wanted to know more, though. Why it all started; the point behind everything. I'll assume those details are forthcoming. In this first installment, we're focusing on the boys and learning the ropes along with them. The characters are a fun bunch of charismatic guys. Some charming, some… not. I enjoyed the diversity in their personalities, which made for a great group dynamic. They're all as close as brothers; they're all they've ever known, after all. There is also romance involved, which becomes the source of some controversy between the boys. I thought Rush blended this aspect well with the overall pacing of the book; it will satisfy those who need romance in their books, but it doesn't distract from the intensity of the plot. Personally, I never felt a true connection between Anna and Sam, though. It was missing that spark. This could be due to characterization issues: With so much happening, being on the run for most of the book, character building is not the book's first priority. This is fine for the type of story it's trying to be, but the authenticity is lacking in the romantic element. Altered is not without its flaws, still, the story is engaging with enough excitement to make these flaws a little less consequential. Having seen this novel being tagged as dystopian/post apocalyptic, I must warn you that I never got a dystopian feel from this whatsoever. It's an action novel dealing with genetics, abilities, and a messed up government behind it all. Read it when you're in the mood for a fast paced sci-fi thriller, not a science-y dystopian--in which case I'd recommend Partials. -- An advance copy was provided by the publisher for review. For more of my reviews, visit my blog at Xpresso Reads

  3. 5 out of 5

    caren

    4.5 Stars Four years ago, Anna discovered a secret her father was keeping in their basement… Boys. Four of them. Every teenage girl’s dream, right? Except these boys are different. Genetically Altered and suffering from apparent amnesia. They’re all part of a puzzle Anna’s only been given small pieces to. Dad wouldn’t tell me what the program tested for, despite my repeated questioning. When I’d first found the lab, it was all I could think about. What were four boys doing in our basement? Where were 4.5 Stars Four years ago, Anna discovered a secret her father was keeping in their basement… Boys. Four of them. Every teenage girl’s dream, right? Except these boys are different. Genetically Altered and suffering from apparent amnesia. They’re all part of a puzzle Anna’s only been given small pieces to. Dad wouldn’t tell me what the program tested for, despite my repeated questioning. When I’d first found the lab, it was all I could think about. What were four boys doing in our basement? Where were their parents? How long had they been down there? Dad knew exactly how much information to give to feed my curiosity and keep me quiet. I knew about the Branch, of course. But even though I knew who ran the program, I still didn’t know why. In the four years that’ve passed since she discovered the lab below her house, Anna’s come to know each of these boys pretty well. There’s Cas, whose sharp wit and love of all things food is always good for a laugh. Then there’s Trev, who has a myriad of memorized quotes in his head and is always willing to share. He’s also probably her closest friend. There’s also Nick, who, out of all the boys is the one Anna doesn’t quite feel comfortable with. And lastly, there’s Sam. (Pardon me while I sigh heavily.) Quiet, intense, sweet Sam who Anna’s harboring a little—major—crush on. And I really couldn’t blame her. Throughout the entire book, I found myself wondering what is he thinking right along with her. Especially when all hell breaks loose and suddenly, these boys aren’t in her basement anymore. They’re on the run…with her at their side. At her father’s request. ”Anna. Listen to me.” Dad pulled himself up straighter. “Stay with Sam. Don’t come back here. Ever. Do you understand me?” From pretty much the very beginning, this book was filled with non-stop guessing and action and OH MY GOD moments. There are twists and turns and guns and murders and secrets and a young girl discovering her inner badass. Seriously, there’s JUST SO MUCH. I could not put it down until I’d devoured every page. And then I was left wanting book two and kicking myself for breaking my own promise not to start any more trilogies before they’re complete. But I don’t even care now, because it was so worth it. Especially since I’ve been in such a slump this past year and it’s been really hard to find anything I could get into. Altered was exactly what I needed to renew my faith in the idea that there are still good YA books out there left to be discovered. So don’t wait. Dive in and meet Anna and the boys, and enjoy the action, the humor and even the sadness. Oh, and did I mention the swoons? Because the UST level in this book was off the CHARTS. I’ll leave you with a little taste… He pressed into me as if he couldn’t get close enough, and I pressed back. Because I wasn’t close enough. Because I’d spent the last several years of my life wishing I could be closer.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Miss H

    I had no idea I'd enjoy this book so much. As such, this review will probably be a rambling mess, so you’ll have to excuse me. I’m still fangirling. Okay, moving on. Anna, our protagonist, lives with her dad in a small New York town called Treger Creek. Her father, Arthur, works for the 'Branch' and is in charge of a secret project that is located underneath their farmhouse. The project consists of four genetically altered boys (men?): Sam, Cas, Nick, and Trev. Each of them differ in personality, I had no idea I'd enjoy this book so much. As such, this review will probably be a rambling mess, so you’ll have to excuse me. I’m still fangirling. Okay, moving on. Anna, our protagonist, lives with her dad in a small New York town called Treger Creek. Her father, Arthur, works for the 'Branch' and is in charge of a secret project that is located underneath their farmhouse. The project consists of four genetically altered boys (men?): Sam, Cas, Nick, and Trev. Each of them differ in personality, but all suffer from amnesia. For years now, Anna has been sneaking down to the lab to visit with the boys. Sam, the leader of the group, is the object of Anna’s affection, and the main reason she sneaks into the lab every night. She and Sam have a strong connection and Anna is in love with him. At the same time, however, she's formed bonds of friendship with each of the boys, save for Nick. Nick is...well, he's a bit of an asshole. He has his faults, but don't be so quick to write him off. Cas is just so fun-loving and easy-going. You can’t help but adore him, ADD and all. He brings so much comedic relief to the story. Then there’s Trev, Anna’s best friend and closest confidant, both in and outside the lab. With a photographic memory, he's the smartest of the group. Everything changes, however, when Anna and the boys are forced to run away. After years of being locked away under the farmhouse, the boys are finally free, with a somewhat reluctant Anna in tow. On the run, Anna soon learns that almost everything she’s been lead to believe is a lie. With Sam in charge, they set out for answers, piecing together clues along the way. Altered has so many good things going for it. It’s fast-paced and action packed. There’s enough adventure, mystery, and surprises to keep you guessing, and, yes, even a little romance. I felt him watching me. "What color would you use?" A grin spread across my face as I glanced at him. My gaze swept the sky. "Titanium white. A white so pure you can—" He stopped midstride and nudged me toward him. With a brush of his finger, he tilted my chin up. Only the span of a few inches hovered between us. Snow melted on my face. The wind didn’t seem so cold anymore. "Almost taste it?" The gap closed between us and he pressed his lips against mine. Dear Sam, Anna was a kick-ass heroine. She was no shrinking violet, that’s for sure. She had balls and she wasn’t afraid to fight. Altered is a fantastic debut. I’m so looking forward to the next book. I can’t wait to see where Rush takes us next.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Wendy Higgins

    Awesome. Such a cool premise. And an unexpected twist halfway through the book, which I loved. And four hot guys. Four of them!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Monika

    I don't really know what to say about this book in a way that might make it clear that I both enjoyed and didn't care for it. The plot is one I've heard a million times and while it was entertaining for the time I was reading it, it wasn't very memorable. The beginning didn't start out so well, I have to say. Anna, the main character, had a voice that blended with all the voices of typical YA heroines. I wasn't really impressed by her. At all. She seemed a bit dull and not very well characterized I don't really know what to say about this book in a way that might make it clear that I both enjoyed and didn't care for it. The plot is one I've heard a million times and while it was entertaining for the time I was reading it, it wasn't very memorable. The beginning didn't start out so well, I have to say. Anna, the main character, had a voice that blended with all the voices of typical YA heroines. I wasn't really impressed by her. At all. She seemed a bit dull and not very well characterized at first, but I guess centering your whole life around a lab does that to you. I wish her development throughout the book had been more thorough and not just her becoming stronger in the most superficial way. She still remained a dull and uninteresting character during the whole book, despite these little tweaks. What can I say, I'm becoming an utter Grinch when it comes to books lately. I barely enjoy anything anymore. But maybe that's not really my fault, honestly. Sam didn't quite do it for me either. I never really grew to like him, or even care about him as the story went on. I just couldn't wrap my mind around the idea of Anna being infatuated with him. What she even saw in him remains a mystery so far. There is not a single quality that I can attach to Sam's character confidently. Perhaps only him being serious and completely devoid of any emotion. This is why I didn't really understand the romance, or whatever it is Anna and Sam had. No chemistry at all, in my opinion. It was completely annoying to see Anna drool and fantasize about this guy, who barely even noticed her at all. I have to say these two might actually be one of the worst couples I've read about in YA lately. I liked all the other guys, sort of. Even Nick was more fleshed out than Sam, really. He was obnoxious and a complete jerk but at least he had some spine. Cas was my favorite character in the whole novel, for two obvious reasons: 1. He was hilarious and 2. He loved food. What more can you ask for, really? The concept of this book was not the most original one ever made but it was interesting enough, albeit not fully fleshed out. A plot about an obscure organization founded by the government, whose projects involve genetically altered boys for equally obscure motives managed to catch my interest but didn't deliver in spectacular ways either. Despite the fact that I sort of enjoyed this story, I wasn't invested emotionally or in any other way in it because at the end of the day I couldn't care less about any of the characters. This is why this book will remain at the 'it was ok' stage for me.

  7. 4 out of 5

    shady boots

    Generic/predictable plot, eyeroll-inducing romance and bland characters. I felt as if all of the four guys in this book each had the personality of a Ninja Turtle. Sam - Leonardo Nick - Raphael Cas - Michaelangelo Trev - Donatello But, that's just me. Anywho, the ending was a tad too HEA for my taste, and I don't think it warrants a sequel, let alone it being a trilogy. All in all I thought this book was bad in an unmemorable kind of way. Oh and P.S., this is barely a dystopian. It kinda annoys me tha Generic/predictable plot, eyeroll-inducing romance and bland characters. I felt as if all of the four guys in this book each had the personality of a Ninja Turtle. Sam - Leonardo Nick - Raphael Cas - Michaelangelo Trev - Donatello But, that's just me. Anywho, the ending was a tad too HEA for my taste, and I don't think it warrants a sequel, let alone it being a trilogy. All in all I thought this book was bad in an unmemorable kind of way. Oh and P.S., this is barely a dystopian. It kinda annoys me that these days a lot of YA novels are automatically shelved as dystopian just because they're sci-fi.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Mitch

    Some people have weaknesses for sparkly vampires, intense longing gazes, and obnoxious bickering bantering. Mine are high octane chase sequences, shoot em up fight scenes, and actually, conspiracy thrillers of any kind - so to say Altered is right up my alley is kinda an understandment. This isn't the best I've ever read, these are not entirely competent characters and there are scenes that had me muttering 'no no no why the heck would you do that?', but overall I'm still quite satisfied by the Some people have weaknesses for sparkly vampires, intense longing gazes, and obnoxious bickering bantering. Mine are high octane chase sequences, shoot em up fight scenes, and actually, conspiracy thrillers of any kind - so to say Altered is right up my alley is kinda an understandment. This isn't the best I've ever read, these are not entirely competent characters and there are scenes that had me muttering 'no no no why the heck would you do that?', but overall I'm still quite satisfied by the results. This is another hard book to review though, because some stuff I initially had problems with are actually explained quite well by later plot twists, so I can say yes this or that aspect bothered me, but I can't say how it's resolved or why I'm satisfied. Take for example Anna living for years with four guys in her basement, right away that's something I can tell is not normal and at least morally questionable if not criminal, but the way Anna handles it by being the willing participant is... naive to say the least. Sure, she's home schooled, but even with her (blind) trust in what her father's doing, I find it hard to believe she wouldn't have second thoughts about the morality of the project. And her naivete not only had me questioning the premise but is also a running theme through the book, even after she and the guys break out and go on the run, she's the innocent character - a bit too innocent given the entire situation for my tastes. In any other review, I would've left it at that and it'd be part of the reason why the book didn't work for me, but in Altered's case at least, there's a really good explanation for it! I just can't say, unfortunately, except Anna really grows as a character as she learns more about herself. There are some things though that doesn't come with a good explanation, things that I really feel are like rookie mistakes that should've been caught and edited out. Right off the bat, the guys steal a car from this small town they're in, then use the GPS system to guide them to the location of a safe house. Uh, not smart, how hard is it for the bad guys to figure out their fugitives are gonna be driving the one car that'll be reported stolen from this small town, then track it down using the GPS? And these guys are supposed to be incredibly good at spy stuff? And they wonder why the bad guys catch up to them? Yeah. And as Anna and the guys are on the road, chasing down clues Sam had previously planted, there are a couple of times I felt the group was doubling back because they had previously missed obvious clues (like having to inspect Sam's tattoo two or three times to get all the information they should've gotten the first go around) or not figuring out some very obvious stuff immediately and dismissing it with a 'hey this looks vaguely familiar but I'm not sure how' remark which only made it more frustrating to read. Despite that, I really enjoyed the chase. Even though the guys all have amnesia and Sam only vaguely knows what the endgame is, at least there is an endgame, so I have to say I really enjoyed myself putting together the pieces of the puzzle as Anna and the guys are searching for clues and doing the same, no matter how inefficiently they do it. And even though head villain Connor's ultimate agenda isn't revealed until the end, enough of it is dropped throughout the book that he and his Branch organization feel like a genuine threat rather than just one of those nameless faceless corrupt government organizations that just wants the protagonists dead for no reason other than just because. So my reaction whenever his agents pop up and start shooting isn't 'oh come on!' but 'crap what are they doing now?' - and that's really the key that takes the chase sequences, shootouts, safe houses, and dead informants to the next level beyond just mind candy, because after every action packed confrontation, I'll learn something new and another piece of the puzzle'll be filled in. Really, that's all you need to keep me entertained - make sure all the twists work. Last and quite surprising thing is that, for a thriller, Jennifer Rush actually takes the time to write four distinct characters. Yeah, they start out being based on generic stereotypes, Sam's the leader, Nick's the bad one, Trev is the smart best friend, Cas is the funny sidekick, and for Nick at least his back story is predictable to the point of being transparent, but it works, and not just because they're a good group. Anna has four very different relationships with each one, and if I were to say what happens between Nick and Anna or Trev and Anna is predictable and trite, I'd be lying. Both times. Because as it turns out, along the way, if one of them lands in trouble or gets shot, I don't even have to ask myself would I care, because I do. And when one of them does something really unexpected, I care too. From the summary, I could imagine Altered going a number of ways, but I really like the way Jennifer Rush takes it - an action packed thriller with a smidge of science fiction. Definitely an intense ride that totally works its premise.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Taschima

    You can find more reviews @BloodyBookaholic Now THAT was good and original with a hint of Maximum Ride (by James Patterson) to give it some good measure. And when I mention Maximum Ride I am talking about the series' glory days and not about the last few horrid adds. Anyways, I dived into Altered with no expectations what so ever. I mean, the summary seemed cool but the cover made my stomach turn over on itself. It is just not pleasant. UPDATE They updated the cover and now it looks much much bett You can find more reviews @BloodyBookaholic Now THAT was good and original with a hint of Maximum Ride (by James Patterson) to give it some good measure. And when I mention Maximum Ride I am talking about the series' glory days and not about the last few horrid adds. Anyways, I dived into Altered with no expectations what so ever. I mean, the summary seemed cool but the cover made my stomach turn over on itself. It is just not pleasant. UPDATE They updated the cover and now it looks much much better! The story line is fun and engaging and ever moving along, barely stopping to take a breath, and full of mysteries with clues and EVERYTHING! Ever since she was a little girl Anna has known about them. The boys that live in her secret basement lab. The boys are Sam, Nick, Trev and Cas. Sam is the leader, Nick is the asshole, Trev is the smart one, and Cas is the funny one with the bottomless stomach. Anna considers them friends, family. That is until one day when the Branch decides to take the boys away from the lab and the boys come out of their cages, escaping and killing every single one who dares to block their path. Anna's father begs the boys to take Anna with them, and so the mystery begins. Sam is determined to uncover his past, and he is taking everybody along for the ride. The characters were all very endearing. Specially Cas and Trev. I just really liked them. Sam was all broody and obsessed with discovering his hidden memories, Anna was pretty much just along for the ride. She was pretty cool too, artistic and at times unexpected. The romance in this novel is a little, hard to believe? Though not really? It's like yeah this girl has a crush on this guy, but said guy doesn't seem very into this girl, but then they are kissing and you are supposed to believe he digs her? The L word was never explicitly exchanged between the guilty parties, thank god because that would have been ridiculous. But this is a series so the hopes for a more elaborate romantic story line are still high! The twists and turns? Unexpected and entertaining. I didn't uncover anything before the time was due. Every time a secret was revealed was like a bomb was dropped on us and you just go "wow! No way!", but as a matter of fact, way. As for the second novel the end was pretty tight up with no unresolved issues, not really. Though I could see where a second novel could develop I think the author didn't want to leave too many things unexplained just in case the second novel didn't happen. I think it should happen. Heck I'd definitely read it! This is one I recommend. Full of originality which is sorely lacking in other YA novels these days, and definitely worth every cent.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Angela

    I didn’t want to read this book because of the cover…. But then again I'm a girl and anything with tattooed hotties is my kryptonite so I became weak and caved into reading Altered. When I first started this book I was like “ok so these boys are being locked up in some guy’s basement and his daughter is just ok with this because she has some kind of special friend bond with them, but doesn’t see what the problem is with having PEOPLE LOCKED UP IN YOUR BASEMENT! This book is probably going to blo I didn’t want to read this book because of the cover…. But then again I'm a girl and anything with tattooed hotties is my kryptonite so I became weak and caved into reading Altered. When I first started this book I was like “ok so these boys are being locked up in some guy’s basement and his daughter is just ok with this because she has some kind of special friend bond with them, but doesn’t see what the problem is with having PEOPLE LOCKED UP IN YOUR BASEMENT! This book is probably going to blow”… Well turns out I was wrong this book was actually quite enjoyable quick read. (Why it was so enjoyable I don’t know but it just was) All the things that I thought sounded lame were actually pretty cool and also were well explained throughout the book. The main character Anna seems like your average home schooled jungle freak that has no friends or really any social life at all. This of course all changes once she escapes with the boys. Then there's the boys Sam the swoon worth leader jerk turn nice guy, Nick the bully with so much mystery surrounding him, Trev who seems like the bff boy next door, and then Cas (my favorite character) who bring in the comic relief and is one of the main reason I fell for this story. I loved how well these characters went together and how well they feed off one another. Sometimes they all made me so mad with their stupidity. All I could think was “come on stop going places out in the open” and “what are you thinking don’t do that that's so dumb!”… but nothing to crazy to make me no recommend this to someone. This book was a cute and fun ride till the end. b>Read this review and others on our blog: http://southernbredsouthernread.blogs... http://southernbredsouthernread.blogs... http://southernbredsouthernread.blogs...

  11. 4 out of 5

    Steffi au Penguinbooks

    I'm actually speechless! It's the second time I read this book and it was as good as it was the first time! First of all, Altered has everything I need for a good book: a good plot, interesting and different characters, a lovestory and shocking plottwists. What makes this book so good are the action scenes and the plottwists. You know as much as the characters and this book just forces you to think with them, to solve their codes and their secrets. It's barely possible to stop reading, because the I'm actually speechless! It's the second time I read this book and it was as good as it was the first time! First of all, Altered has everything I need for a good book: a good plot, interesting and different characters, a lovestory and shocking plottwists. What makes this book so good are the action scenes and the plottwists. You know as much as the characters and this book just forces you to think with them, to solve their codes and their secrets. It's barely possible to stop reading, because there happens so much in this book. There are even barely moments where you can catch your breath! Another good thing are the plottwists and secrets. Some big secrets are already revealed, but there are still so many questions in my head and this makes me crazy! As for the characters, I like them a lot. Each of them is so different from the other one, each of them has their own past, but still they are connected to each other. Anna is a bit naive and kind of stupid at the beginning, but she gets more stronger throughout the book. Sam, Nick, Cas and Trev are .... hot. And intelligent. And sometimes scary. And funny. Besides, I like the fact that the lovestory isn't the main topic. The only thing I don't like is the fact that this book is too short. The German edition has only 320 pages. It could have been longer,and maby the story pace could have been a bit slower. This way, we could have get more information about the "section" and their background. But as mentioned before, we only know as much as Anna and there is still book 2. And I have to say that I like the German cover waaaaaaay more than the English one. A half-naked man doesn't say a lot about the book. The German edition has a birch tree on it and this fits so good to the story! 4.5 stars for this awesome action-packed, mysterious book!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Brigid

    I'll review it when it's closer to release. The hot boys are NOT disappointing. :-D I'll review it when it's closer to release. The hot boys are NOT disappointing. :-D

  13. 4 out of 5

    ~Tina~

    Wow! Altered is an amazing sci-fi mystery thriller that I didn't expect to like as much as I did. Jennifer Rush took such a different approach to this concept and totally made it her own. This was an intense and surprisingly powerful story that had me consumed the entire ride! Anna Mason has been helping out her dad for years by collecting data from the four boys that have occupied their farmhouse basement for the last five years. They are some kind of experiments or units that the Branch has pla Wow! Altered is an amazing sci-fi mystery thriller that I didn't expect to like as much as I did. Jennifer Rush took such a different approach to this concept and totally made it her own. This was an intense and surprisingly powerful story that had me consumed the entire ride! Anna Mason has been helping out her dad for years by collecting data from the four boys that have occupied their farmhouse basement for the last five years. They are some kind of experiments or units that the Branch has plans for and while Anna doesn't really know why Sam, Trev, Cas and Nick are there, she's taken to befriending all of them (even Nick) and makes sure they get everything that would make their 'stay' more comfortable. She's always hated to see the boys so trapped and wish she could be the one to set them free. One day, when some of the Branch people comes down to visit the 'units' all hell breaks loose and Anna finds herself on the run with the boys, boys who don't remember anything about themselves or their past. Soon Anna will discover that her entire life was based on secrets and lies and helps search for clues about who the boys really are. The lines of trust and faith are thin and blurs into hope. Hope for herself and the boys that have become all she's ever known. Altered has just about everything I like in my escape. It's a story about lies and deception, humanity and science, surviving and instincts and the ultimate hope. It's action punched, thought provoking and has a sweetly-awkward romance that you can't help cheer for. I loved pretty much the entire book, but I think what I loved the most was the fact that the entire concept was so intelligently written. I loved how seriously unpredictable it all turned out to be. Every time I would guess at something, I was pretty much shot down within the next chapter. I loved that we didn't get a lot of answers to the growing questions till the exact moment Rush wants to clue in both the characters and the readers. The sci-fi aspects weren't over the top. I mean the boys are stronger and smarter and they have been genetically altered for greatness, but not in the x-men way I was shamelessly expecting. Now this isn't a bad thing, in fact it felt somehow more unique and this being the first book in a series that didn't answer all of our questions, I'm thinking there is a lot more to come. Which is a very good thing. I loved the entire mystery surrounding every aspect of this story. It was a lot of fun trying to follow the clues and codes and links to everything that was happening. I never knew who I could trust, who was bad and who was good and I gotta say a few characters really surprised me. It didn't take very long to fall for each one of these characters. I loved that Anna wasn't some weak damsel in distress protag. She can totally handle her own and keep the boys in line at the same time. Each boy has a very endearing personality and easy to love. Trev is the best friend and a shoulder to cry on. Cas is the funny one, loves to eat and goof around. He brought in the perfect comic relief to the more dire situations. Nick is your basic standoffish guy with a stick up his...you know what. But he's always there if you need him. As for Sam? He's the leader of this group, the Alpha. He's edgy and intense and makes brooding look like such a sexy sensation. The romance is very subtle in this book, which is a good thing when you think about it. It would have felt fake considering they are on the run for their lives and not remembering anything about yourself or your past doesn't help the warm and fuzzy's either. What we did get though was awfully sweet and I have a lot of hope (and suspicions) about what will happen in the next book concerning Sam and Anna. All in all, I had a great time reading this book. The concept is smart, fresh and alive. The characters are all fascinating and the writing is brilliant. I can't wait to get my hands on the sequel! An amazing debut! (Arc provided by Netgalley and Little Brown Books for Young Readers) This review and more can be seen at WinterHaven Books;

  14. 4 out of 5

    Tee loves Kyle Jacobson

    I want to give a big THANK YOU to Around The World ARC Tours. I have been blessed to be a part of this wonderful touring group. We all share ARC's with other bloggers and we get a chance to read books we would have to wait for. I have read a lot of ARC books from this tour and Altered is one of those ARC's I could not put down. It was everything i hoped for and more. This is Jennifer Rush's debut novel and what a way to come into the reading world! In Altered we get to meet Anna who lives with he I want to give a big THANK YOU to Around The World ARC Tours. I have been blessed to be a part of this wonderful touring group. We all share ARC's with other bloggers and we get a chance to read books we would have to wait for. I have read a lot of ARC books from this tour and Altered is one of those ARC's I could not put down. It was everything i hoped for and more. This is Jennifer Rush's debut novel and what a way to come into the reading world! In Altered we get to meet Anna who lives with her father who works for The Branch. A part of an organization that is altering boys minds. Anna's life has been nothing but secret after secret. She is homed schooled and has no friends except the four boys who live in her basement. Nick, Cas, Trev, and Sam are genetically altered and are being monitored by the branch. Anna is soon allowed to help her father out with the testing and becomes friends with the boys. But Anna's heart is really with Sam who is quiet and always does thing with purpose and self control. Then one day Anna tells Sam that the branch is coming for a surprise visit the next morning and Sam thanks her for letting them know. The next morning Anna feels like something is wrong and she is not sure what it is but she gets this horrible feeling and when they reach the basement and the branch gets ready to take the boys Anna jumps in to save them but it is Sam who acts quickly getting the boys and Anna out of the house. On the run Sam and the boys and Anna have to figure who they are and why they are like this. They know that their minds have been altered but they have to solve clues that Sam left before he was taken into custody. As they piece information together they start to unravel the mysteries behind their real lives and who they were. They are trying to stay under the radar because the branch is looking for them and will stop at nothing to get them back to where they belong. On the run they must learn to survive and adapt to situations quickly but the biggest thing is to stay away from the branch. What will they do? What will happen to the boys once they find a traitor among them? Will Anna be able to handle the secrets and lies told to her? Will Sam be able to decipher the codes to find out what happened to them? Come along for the greatest adventure ever. Altered has so many twists and turns and yes a little romance that it will leave you breathless!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Christina (A Reader of Fictions)

    Originally reviewed on A Reader of Fictions. Despite the slightly more boy-friendly cover (maybe? I'm guessing. It seems like it holds more boy appeal than some, but I'm not sure about the shirtless guy), Altered is definitely what we generally quantify as a girl book. The main subject of the book, it's driving force, is romance, with all of the science-fiction-y aspects coming second. If you're in the mood for a really hardcore dystopian novel, this is not the one I would recommend. We'll start w Originally reviewed on A Reader of Fictions. Despite the slightly more boy-friendly cover (maybe? I'm guessing. It seems like it holds more boy appeal than some, but I'm not sure about the shirtless guy), Altered is definitely what we generally quantify as a girl book. The main subject of the book, it's driving force, is romance, with all of the science-fiction-y aspects coming second. If you're in the mood for a really hardcore dystopian novel, this is not the one I would recommend. We'll start with the things that I liked. The best part was Rush's writing style. Her writing is neither overly ornate nor laughably simple. I thought it worked with the story and the intelligence/education level of the heroine, Anna, from whose perspective we see. The only downside, which I'll extrapolate on later, was the tendency towards hackneyed phrases when it came to romance. The science stuff was definitely cool. Though much of why this is happening and precisely who is responsible for it remains unanswered, Rush has not left her readers completely in the dark like some dystopian authors like to do. I hope to learn more about the processes and any special skills the boys have in the next book. I've always been a sucker for stories about people with special powers, whether mutated or scientifically-given, so this was right up my alley. So far, the book is not especially dystopian, although I think it does qualify, since the government does know of and fund the Program. Still, it's definitely not the best example of one. There were, however, quite a few things I did not like. First off, there's the characterization. I hardly feel any connection to any of these characters, even Anna. Since I'm looking a the world through Anna's eyes, I ought to care whether she gets Sam, the boy she's been obsessed with for years...but I don't. Other than the fact that she likes to draw and drools over Sam, I know very little about her. She's sometimes sarcastic, but otherwise she's mostly just naive and kind of boring. The boys are a bit more interesting, with Sam being the one I have the least interest in. Actually, the character I liked best was definitely Nick, who I think was supposed to be the one that I didn't like. It will likely not come as a surprise to find that I did not ship Sam and Anna, since I wasn't invested in either one individually. The biggest problem I had with them as a ship was that there didn't seem to be any reason for them to be into one another, aside from the whole physical attraction thing. Sam seems so much cleverer than Anna, and they really don't seem to share any interests aside from living. There was never anything to explain why she crushed on him so hard or any conversations between the two about something normal to show a real connection, a possible basis for a relationship not driven by heightened we-could-die-at-any-moment emotions. As far as I can tell, their feelings are manufactured solely by the conditions in which they find themselves. Perhaps the biggest reason that I couldn't handle them, though, was how obnoxious Anna was whenever she thought about him. She indulged in the kinds of phrases YA heroines love to bandy about that always make me want to punch everything. Here are a couple (though they're from the ARC and could be changed pre-publication): "If I had known the night before would be our final night together, I would have spent more time with him. I would have told him how much he meant to me, that not a second went by when I didn't think about him." Let's analyze this, shall we? It should be noted that this is early on in the book and Sam has expressed zero interest in her romantically at this point. Her phrasing implies a stronger connection than they had (they played chess together at night, which he always won). What really irritates me is the second half where she says that 'not a second went by' without thoughts of him. Really?! How does she manage to function? Well, she kind of doesn't. She really doze zone out a lot while thinking of him, but, still, think about the implications. When she's taking a dump, she thinks of Sam. All of her dreams? About Sam. NO. "I fought for air but came up short, like I was drowning, like the panic had filled my mouth, my nose. I gulped. Sam tipped my head back and air trickled into my lungs. This was not happening. Those men were not dead. And Dad was not shot. And I was not so close to Sam that I could feel his breath on my face." This quote is worse, as the first can be dismissed as merely a poetic flight of fancy, exaggeration used to show the scale of her love (obsession). This one, though, not so much. Let me add some context: Sam has just shoved her against a rough brick wall, only to stop her from punching him but still. Her first reaction is panic. Okay, good so far. Then disbelief at all the crazy shit that went down (many men were killed so the boys could escape). Realistic response. Her final reaction? Squeeing over how close she is to Sam. *headdesk* This guy just killed a bunch of people, shot your father, and shoved you into a wall and you're STILL distracted by how sexy he is. Oh, HELL TO THE NO. That all sounds quite harsh, I know, but Altered was a fun, if mindless read. I definitely intend to continue with the story and hope that, since Rush's writing is good, that she will develop further with her characters. Personally, I would love to see a wrench thrown into the story...like Anna starting to like Nick instead? That would be awesome. My opinion: fun book with sexy boys and action scenes but with some major issues.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Kat

    I think the fact that I read this book in only 2 days, which is something I very rarely do, already shows how much I loved it. There was so much action, tension and mystery in it, so that I could not put this book down because I always wanted to know what would happen next. And the hot boys made this even more enjoyable <3 What happened near the end was so unexpected and I still cannot believe it actually happened :O There was no bad cliffhanger at the end, so I think this book also works well as a I think the fact that I read this book in only 2 days, which is something I very rarely do, already shows how much I loved it. There was so much action, tension and mystery in it, so that I could not put this book down because I always wanted to know what would happen next. And the hot boys made this even more enjoyable <3 What happened near the end was so unexpected and I still cannot believe it actually happened :O There was no bad cliffhanger at the end, so I think this book also works well as a standalone. But I will definitely pick the next book up when I get the chance to, because I want to learn even more about the characters and what their lives will be like now. This book deserves so much more attention in my opinion. If you have not read it yet, go read it!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Victoria Schwab

    Hot boys and a fast-paced ride. A blast to read.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Eunice

    Altered was definitely a very pleasant surprise for me. It's always such a lovely treat whenever I encounter a paranormal book with a fantastic, unpredictable plot yet with very likable characters. Not to mention, a number of hot, hot, hot boys. Altered was such an amazing and fantastic read. I enjoyed almost every part of it (especially Cas!). And yes, I do think the Merrick brothers have finally found their competition. I remember Brigid Kemmerer saying something about the boys here too... And Altered was definitely a very pleasant surprise for me. It's always such a lovely treat whenever I encounter a paranormal book with a fantastic, unpredictable plot yet with very likable characters. Not to mention, a number of hot, hot, hot boys. Altered was such an amazing and fantastic read. I enjoyed almost every part of it (especially Cas!). And yes, I do think the Merrick brothers have finally found their competition. I remember Brigid Kemmerer saying something about the boys here too... And they indeed are! Anna was a character I appreciated quite a lot. She appears to be a bit vulnerable but she has very real and honest personality. What I admire most about her though was the genuineness of her relationship with the boys. She may not be a very kick-ass heroine and though sometimes, she tends to seem a bit of the damsel in distress, her faults and flaws where overshadowed by how much she treasures and loves Sam, Cas, Trev and even Nick. In the end it was her loyalty and love for the boys that pushed her to be brave and strong and do some pretty kick-ass moves too. Now the boys. Let's start with Sam. He was aloof, mysterious, a bit standoffish but he was a great leader and friend. It was actually the opposite of what I had imagined of him but I still end up really liking his character. He seems so serious and distant most of the time but he always took great care of everyone. Nick was the gorgeous bad-boy in the group. He was rude to Anna and seems to really dislike her. He had a very bad and awful past that forced him to have that kind of attitude and thinking. Trev was the levelheaded, rational and smart one among the boys. He had a close relationship with Anna and considers him her best friend. He loves to read books and always ready to give advice and quotes for Anna. He was a character that was so easy to like and trust but... And last but not the least, my favorite, CAS! He was an easy-going, laid back kind of guy who never seems to get his stomach full, always demanding for food but he was also very sweet, funny and really really charming. He was the kind of friend that you would need when everything is just too intense and overwhelming. Who would make you laugh and put a smile on your face when thing started to feel too stressful. I remember asking Jennifer if I can have him and she said HE said YES! So move over girls! Cas is mine. Hahaha! Just kidding. I'm really not that selfish. Contact me and maybe we could make some arrangements. Lol! As for the plot, I just loved it! I love how it mixes some mysteries and actions.I enjoyed how they try to figure out what really happened through the small clues they had. It was fascinating and what made it more really good was the unpredictability of it. It was hard to guess or calculate what's gonna come out and what's gonna happen next so all you'll be able to do was just to continue reading. I just have some slight issue with the romance although I still enjoyed it and I do think that Anna and Sam were really great couple. However it was just that I wish a few more convictions were added that it was indeed real since it was hard not to worry that it might just have been caused by the alterations. But we're only on the first book so I think I can oversee it and I'm sure more explanations and developments will come of the following books. Overall, Jennifer Rush did an amazing job in delivering us a story with such fantastic yet unpredictable plot, awesome action-packed scenes, shocking twists and discoveries and lovely but amazing characters. I enjoyed it very much and I'll be sure to have an eye on this series. I highly recommend this. This review is also posted at Book Overdose

  19. 5 out of 5

    Montzalee Wittmann

    Altered by Jennifer Rush is a book that has so many twists and turns to go with the suspense! Four teen boys are locked in a lab in a basement where a teen girl and scientist dad live. The boys have no memory of before. Occasionally the dad's boss comes to check on the work. The girl doesn't know what the blue are doing down there, she thinks the government is making soldiers stronger. She has tried to be nosy and got caught and was in deep trouble. She really likes the boys and hats the boss. T Altered by Jennifer Rush is a book that has so many twists and turns to go with the suspense! Four teen boys are locked in a lab in a basement where a teen girl and scientist dad live. The boys have no memory of before. Occasionally the dad's boss comes to check on the work. The girl doesn't know what the blue are doing down there, she thinks the government is making soldiers stronger. She has tried to be nosy and got caught and was in deep trouble. She really likes the boys and hats the boss. The boss comes to take them, it has been years now they have been in the basement...and they try to escape. The girl makes a rash decision and helps them. Now they are on the run...but ...There is so much more! One of the boys left himself clues because they had wiped his memory before! Lots of action, adventure, suspense, intrigue, touch of romance, and government corruption. Loved it!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Fabi

    1st reread :-) I didn't remember this story. It's so good. Sci-fi-ish YA but totally character driven. A great mystery thriller with some sweet romance. The whole series is out this time so I'm looking forward to reading the whole thing. 1st reread :-) I didn't remember this story. It's so good. Sci-fi-ish YA but totally character driven. A great mystery thriller with some sweet romance. The whole series is out this time so I'm looking forward to reading the whole thing.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Ornella (Nyx)

    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 (view spoiler)[that she was a commander? She should somehow been better, she was the one that more or less should have been giving the orders anyway. This could go both ways, since the people looking to control the boys would need her to be meek and easy to 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 (view spoiler)[that she was a commander? She should somehow been better, she was the one that more or less should have been giving the orders anyway. This could go both ways, since the people looking to control the boys would need her to be meek and easy to control, yet at the same time, she is the one with the last word. She has so much power and she doesn't use it to her advantage at all. (hide spoiler)] 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. (view spoiler)[ I understand anything they would have done wouldn't have worked anyway cause of Trev, but still, that's how they should have acted since they didn't know about Trev anyway. (hide spoiler)] 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 (view spoiler)[unless it's from their connection or w/e, in which case I would understand it and let it go (hide spoiler)] 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.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Pavlina Read more sleep less blog

    Altered has so many good things going for it!!!It’s fast-paced and action packed!There’s enough adventure, mystery, and surprises to keep you guessing!!!Also there’s sexy alpha-male leader Sam with the sexy tree tattoo on his back.Trev, the lit nerd and best friend boy. Cas is the snotty, but hilarious brother type and Nick who is so so cranky but somehow sexy in his own cranky way. Four boys who are like brothers, but aren’t, and the girl Anna who’s cared for them set off on a fast-paced race t Altered has so many good things going for it!!!It’s fast-paced and action packed!There’s enough adventure, mystery, and surprises to keep you guessing!!!Also there’s sexy alpha-male leader Sam with the sexy tree tattoo on his back.Trev, the lit nerd and best friend boy. Cas is the snotty, but hilarious brother type and Nick who is so so cranky but somehow sexy in his own cranky way. Four boys who are like brothers, but aren’t, and the girl Anna who’s cared for them set off on a fast-paced race to find out the truth!!Anna was a kick-ass heroine I like her a lot!!! You must read it!!Amazing book!!!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    After reading an excerpt of the first 44 pages in this book, this was basically my reaction - ... I cannot wait for January 2013. After reading an excerpt of the first 44 pages in this book, this was basically my reaction - ... I cannot wait for January 2013.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Kristi

    so good! why aren't more people taking about this book! review to come so good! why aren't more people taking about this book! review to come

  25. 5 out of 5

    Armina Salemi

    Hmm. 2.5 but interesting enough to read the next.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Belle

    What a book.. literally read it in one sitting.. that good. Jennifer Rush has delivered a heart-stopping, adrenaline pumping book that keeps you at the edge of your seat ! The storyline: Original, definitely not a predictable storyline that I have read countless times before. It had a similar feel to Sarah Alderson's "Hunting Lila" in that there are people chasing them who do crazy experiments on people with enhanced abilities. I give the plot two thumbs up, as it kept me eager to know more. The What a book.. literally read it in one sitting.. that good. Jennifer Rush has delivered a heart-stopping, adrenaline pumping book that keeps you at the edge of your seat ! The storyline: Original, definitely not a predictable storyline that I have read countless times before. It had a similar feel to Sarah Alderson's "Hunting Lila" in that there are people chasing them who do crazy experiments on people with enhanced abilities. I give the plot two thumbs up, as it kept me eager to know more. The clues and the codes that were solved along the way made me feel like I was reading a Matthew Reilly book but with less all out gun fired non stop action. Not to say that there is none of that in this book, because let me tell you there most definitely is. Some of the gun fights were awesome and I loved when they all turned badass. The love: Now this one was a bit of an iffy subject for me. (view spoiler)[ I was a bit concerned about the whole "Sam was in love with my sister" and that their connection was all artificial between the bond.. that confused me a bit because now i am not sure whether Sam's feelings are genuine or tied up in the sister. It made me feel a bit incestuous/ uncomfortable. And those feelings were muddled even more by the fact that I was still eagerly wanting the the two to have a serious makeout session.. Confusing I know. (hide spoiler)] However, i genuinely liked Sam as the love interest in this book.. he was just what a hero should be: mysterious, closed off, vulnerable, kickass, extremely attractive - add in their insane chemistry and I was hooked. The Characters: Trev: I liked his character a lot throughout the book (even if my opinion of him changed quite a lot - read the book and you will get it) Definitely loved the way he was portrayed as her confidant and bestfriend. I love me some Trev. (view spoiler)[ I will say though, how could he betray them like that ! I will let him off the hook because he was manipulated and redeemed himself at the end, but still that twist came out of no where! .. ps. He totally has a crush on Anna.. bring on the love triangle. For some reason I really want them to get together for a bit :/ don't ask me why. (hide spoiler)] Cas: Great comic relief character. Very funny, very typical boy - has A.D.D., can't stop eating food, can't complete any task, has a short attention span - yet unbearable charming. I loved this character and I'll cross my fingers he will get a love interest soon. Nick: Of course there is always someone that is quiet, moody, broody, angry with a typical jock like personality and boy did Nick not disappoint. His character was a great balance for the book in that he was very skeptical of Anna and unlike the other characters made her earn his trust. I surprisingly sincerely liked Anna as a heroine. I'll admit I was worried in the beginning of her being a whiny princess type character. But I was happily mistaken. She turned into quite the strong-willed and determined heroine that enhances not hinders a storyline. Speculations: (view spoiler)[ I have a faint suspicion that Dani will come back to life in the next book - aka. she is not really dead - as they had not found her grave at the end of the series, and well, it is pretty predictable as she would cause some serious drama between Sam and Anna. Not only that but I hope Trev comes back to the good side.. definitely will miss his character in the next book if he doesn't appear. (hide spoiler)]

  27. 4 out of 5

    Lili

    Words cannot describe how much I loved this book. Full of originality, action, and unexpected plot twists galore, I am anxiously awaiting the release of this one so I can get a copy of my own. It is a must read for any reader, especially those who love adventure, romance, and mysteries! Ever since she was a young girl, Anna has known about the four boys that live in her basement--her father's secret lab. Sam, the attractive, stoic, leader that she often meets at night to play chess with and may o Words cannot describe how much I loved this book. Full of originality, action, and unexpected plot twists galore, I am anxiously awaiting the release of this one so I can get a copy of my own. It is a must read for any reader, especially those who love adventure, romance, and mysteries! Ever since she was a young girl, Anna has known about the four boys that live in her basement--her father's secret lab. Sam, the attractive, stoic, leader that she often meets at night to play chess with and may or may not have a crush on. Nick, the one who despises Anna with a burning passion, though he also feels obligated to protect her. Cas, the lovable childish one that can still kick some serious ass. And there's also Trev, a very endearing brainiac who is Anna's best friend and has an inspirational quote from history for just about anything. All completely different, they function as a single unit with the goal to discover their pasts and the secrets that have been hidden from them by the company that employs Anna's father. When they stage an escape and are forced to take Anna with them, the mystery begins and the five of them race against the clock to uncover the hidden secrets before it's too late. This insane treasure hunt was so creative and original that I can't help but say Rush is emerging as a new must-read author. I truly loved the characterization in this one. Each character, specifically the boys, differed immensely from the next, but somehow manage to blend together beautifully to form a wicked team. I never got them mixed up and they each continuously stayed true to their distinct, unique personalities. Anna, as the only girl among four genetically altered and engineered alpha-males, really held her own for someone who genuinely had no idea what was going on, and I enjoyed reading her thoughts and figuring out my own assumptions from the plot clues I gleaned through her. Cas was able to add a slight bit of humor to an otherwise serious novel which I really enjoyed as well. Out of all the boys, he was the most endearing, though I genuinely enjoyed them all. There is also a bit of romance in this one. It's incredibly rocky. It falls prey to YA cliches in the sense that they can kiss and then fight, then suddenly have a huge revelation and make up. But at the same time, it is slow moving and the concept of love was never actually mentioned, thus it leads me to believe that the romance will further blossom in book two. I enjoyed the romance because it's hard to form such deep connections when on the run and you can see the characters desire to fight it, but in the end, the heart wants what the heart wants. It doesn't subtract from the serious plot of hunting for clues, which is amazing as well. This is one read that can be finished in a single sitting because the plot twists are so unexpected. My heart was beating fast by the time I turned the final page. Full of action sequences, guns, and the characters running for their lives, your heart strings will be pulled every which way in this one due to the adrenaline and the heartache that you will experience as a reader. As satisfied as the ending was, I need book two to saturate my hunger as soon as possible. This one definitely comes in high recommendation because it'll take you on the journey of a lifetime.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Mags~CVAddikt~

    3.5 stars Altered was a nice surprise, I didn't expect to be hooked up with the story ... 'cause honestly, the story of a group of kids genetically altered to become the perfect soldiers was anything BUT original. We've seen it before a thousand times!!! Nice uppercut Captain America!! Anna works in a lab with his father, for an organization called "The Branch". Four boys are being held prisoners in the lab, subjected to some tests and experiments. None of them remember who they are, anything abo 3.5 stars Altered was a nice surprise, I didn't expect to be hooked up with the story ... 'cause honestly, the story of a group of kids genetically altered to become the perfect soldiers was anything BUT original. We've seen it before a thousand times!!! Nice uppercut Captain America!! Anna works in a lab with his father, for an organization called "The Branch". Four boys are being held prisoners in the lab, subjected to some tests and experiments. None of them remember who they are, anything about their lives before the last 5 years they have spent in the lab. The boys are dangerous, every time Anna needs a blood sample, she has to drug them with gas. However, she becomes attached to the boys: She has a crush on Sam, Cas makes her laugh, Trev is her best friend and Nick ... nick is rude and hates her. One day, the Branch executives show up to retrieve the boys, and guess what!!?? Yep ... they escape, taking Anna with them. Why? Ohh ... you'll see, nothing is as it seems with good kind little Anna. The rest of the story is basically escape / clues about the past / escape / everybody lied to me!! / escape / am I the key? / ridiculously easy escape (you would think that an organization that invested millions of dollars on the boys would have super high security measures ... please!!! ). BUT although my later comment could make you think the book is predictable ... it is not. The plot has some very nice twists that will surprise you and keep you glued to your book/e-reader. So, if you want a light, a bit funny, corny YA version of Then yes, read this book!!! Yep that was Mr. Bourne hehe (hot!!!). And my fav character is Nick!!!! Gotta love the grumpy ones!!!

  29. 5 out of 5

    poppet.

    Wohooo that was amazing! This book was so so good, great start to a series (hopefully the other next two books are just as good) I’ve been having trouble trying to find something to read and actually enjoy it, so when my eyes kept going to this book I decided that I should listen to my “instincts” and read it. It was worth it. (Major spoilers are going to be hidden but some situations/scenes that don’t reveal much of the plot are not so if you haven’t read the book or wtver you’ve been warned.) O Wohooo that was amazing! This book was so so good, great start to a series (hopefully the other next two books are just as good) I’ve been having trouble trying to find something to read and actually enjoy it, so when my eyes kept going to this book I decided that I should listen to my “instincts” and read it. It was worth it. (Major spoilers are going to be hidden but some situations/scenes that don’t reveal much of the plot are not so if you haven’t read the book or wtver you’ve been warned.) Okay so first things first, there’s 4 boys locked up in your basement they’re used as experiments and don’t yoU THINK THAT’S A LITTLE BIT TOO STRANGE ANNA. If I were her i would have tried to find out as much as I can but anyways…. When i first started this book we have Anna swooning all over Sam and in that moment I tought that i’ve had made a mistake by choosing this book because Anna was going to have her mind in Sam and only him, I kinda judged the story at the very first beginning…so imagine my surprise when around half of the book Anna was kicking ass and ‘you guys can protect me but I can protect myself too’ (still so in love with Sam but in a mesured way). “You lost your shirt, Sam?” “Anna was looking over the tattoo.” “Yeah.” Nick grunted. “It looked like it.” Let’s talk about the “relationship” between Sam and Anna because at the end of the book it seems like they are together. I like them together but is a weird feeling….’cause i don’t feel like they interacted too much in a romantic way. I really feel like something’s missing between them and they were just pushed together. You can see that Sam also cares for Anna but at the same time I gotta feeling that he still is a bit in love with Dani. “Cas whistled. “You are a sight for sore eyes, Anna Banana.” The boys were just wonderful, Cas being my favorite above all but I love every single one of them. EVEN THO I FELT BETRAYED (view spoiler)[ I didn’t expected Trev to turn on them but i still have the hope that he would regret about that and come back to the squad and help them. (hide spoiler)] …And i need to know more about Sam, he’s really introvert so yeah he hides many stuff. Really short review because im lazy and I want to start Erased ✧・゚:* ✩ 4 STARS ✩*:・゚✧

  30. 4 out of 5

    Patricia Riley

    I have never read a book that made me want to grab some fabulous leather boots and a gun and hop into it to kick some a$$ with the boys. I have absolutely been ALTERED by Jenn Rush and it was the ride of my LIFE. I will post an actual review closer to the book's release, but suffice to say, this book is the ultimate example of why HOT BOYS (and strong, bada$$ chicks) WIN. YOU WANT THIS BOOK. I have never read a book that made me want to grab some fabulous leather boots and a gun and hop into it to kick some a$$ with the boys. I have absolutely been ALTERED by Jenn Rush and it was the ride of my LIFE. I will post an actual review closer to the book's release, but suffice to say, this book is the ultimate example of why HOT BOYS (and strong, bada$$ chicks) WIN. YOU WANT THIS BOOK.

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