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Friday, February 22, 2013

Altered by Jennifer Rush

Altered by Jennifer Rush
"Everything about Anna's life is a secret. Her father works for the Branch, at the helm of its latest project: monitoring and administering treatments to the four genetically altered boys in the lab below their farmhouse. There's Nick, solemn and brooding; Cas, light-hearted and playful; Trev, smart and caring; and Sam . . . who's stolen Anna's heart.

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

On the run, with her father's warning in her head, Anna begins to doubt everything she thought she knew about herself. She soon discovers that she and Sam are connected in more ways than either of them expected. And if they're both going to survive, they must piece together the clues of their past before the Branch catches up to them and steals it all away."- summary from Amazon

I LOVED this book. I had so much trouble putting it down, even when it was clearly time for me to sleep. There's a lot of twists and turns throughout this book, and Rush does a good job pacing the reveals and building this world.

Anna and Sam's relationship was interesting to read, and it certainly wasn't an insta-love sort of thing. It was always a nice little break from all the action and suspense going on. Rush also isn't afraid to kill characters off, which was good to see, even though I wasn't always happy about it.

Overall, a great debut thriller (also, no cliffhanger which was AWESOME) and I'm really intrigued to see how Rush continues the story in the next book.

FTC: Received e-galley from Netgalley. Link above is an Amazon Associate link; any profit goes toward funding contests.


  1. YAY I'm glad you really enjoyed this one! I'm glad Jennifer isn't afraid to kill people off her, but that might get totally devastating after a while! And engaging plots are definitely engaging when it keeps you up into the wee hours of the morning :D

  2. So glad you liked it! This made my day, w00tz. :-)

  3. I love your reviews so much. You got me reading so many good YA books. ;)))