Wednesday, 2 March 2016

Mini Review Series: Altered, Erased and Reborn - Jennifer Rush

 Written by: Jennifer Rush
Series: Altered, Book One
Published by: Little Brown Books
Edition: Kindle
Pages: 336
Purchase from: Amazon  |  Book Depository

They were made to forget. But they'll never forgive.
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.


The levels of excitement I had before I started reading this, were astronomical. The blurb sounded fantastic, the cover drew me in and, to me, it just ticked all the boxes of a sci-fi romance. Honestly after devouring all three books in the series, I was left feeling emotionally confused and spent. So you can probably guess how disappointed I was when it just didn't reach those expectations I had put upon it. 
“Hope is a waking dream.' I let the words echo in my head. The quote reminded me of that feeling you get when you start to wake from a dream you don't want to leave."
Now there's nothing that is really wrong about it, I mean I got completely gripped from the start, but it was just blah story-wise. Nothing really happened, I think the main reason why I couldn't put the book down was because I was hoping the story would get going so I kept reading to find out if it would. One of the most annoying qualities this book has to offer is the romance. There isn't much development to it so that when it happens it's just suddenly there. Its an addicting read, but it leaves you feeling unsatisfied and lacking.

Altered (Altered, #1)

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Written by: Jennifer Rush
Series: Altered, Book Two
Published: Little Brown Books
Edition: Kindle
Pages: 288
Purchase from: Amazon  |  Book Depository


They thought they had escaped. They were wrong.
After fleeing the Branch with Sam, Cas, and Nick, Anna is learning how to survive in hiding, following Sam's rules: Don't draw attention to yourself. Always carry a weapon. Know your surroundings. Watch your back.
When memories from Anna's old life begin to resurface--and a figure from her childhood reappears--Anna's loyalties are tested. Is it a Branch set-up, or could it be the reunion Anna has hoped for? Ultimately, the answers hinge on one question: What was the real reason her memories were erased in the first place?
Jennifer Rush delivers a thrilling sequel to Altered in a novel packed with mysteries, lies, and surprises that are sure to keep readers guessing until the last page is turned
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As I finished the first book in the series and felt that something was missing, I hoped and prayed that this book would have all the things the first book was lacking in. Again just like Altered, Erased has the annoying addictiveness that keeps you glued to the pages even if your not really emotionally invested in it.
"It was like my nerve endings weren't truly functioning until they were beneath Sam's fingertips."
Having said this, the romance of the story wasn't my main problem this time, in fact I enjoyed the scenes between Sam and Anna the most. Yet the thing that annoyed me this time was the predictability of the story. Every twist that was meant to shock me, I could see coming from a mile away, so again it just left me feeling emotionally depleted and bored. 


Erased (Altered, #2)

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Written by: Jennifer Rush
Series: Altered, Book Three
Published by: Little Brown Books
Edition: Kindle
Pages: 336
Purchase from: Amazon  |  Book Depository


The Branch is in shambles, but Anna, Sam, Cas, and Nick can't rest easy. Remnants of the organization lurk unseen and the flashbacks to their old lives are only getting stronger--especially Nick's.
Following scattered memories and clues from his Branch file, Nick sets off alone in search of answers and in search of the girl who haunts his dreams. But the sleepy town where she lives in full of secrets and Nick soon learns that uncovering their shared past may have deadly consequences.

Reborn is the third book in the altered series, and just like the previous two it had all the ideas to make it a brilliant novel but it was still lacking in cohesiveness to make it so. The addictive feel that ran throughout the first two, was also still present, keeping me turning the pages. But unlike the first two the books perspective is shifted onto Nick, instead of Anna, giving it a slight breath of fresh air.
“Oceans are vast and almost bottomless. You dance in the rain Elizabeth. You drown in the sea.”
However just like the other two, there were many problems that niggled me throughout the story. This time the main one being how even though you are reading in a different perspective, the story is basically the same as the others. Making it so predictable, so easy to see what will happen next that you don't really have to read the story to know what will happen at the end. 


Reborn (Altered, #3)