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4.05 of 5 stars 4.05  ·  rating details  ·  12,916 ratings  ·  1,745 reviews
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
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Hardcover, First Edition, 323 pages
Published January 1st 2013 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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Heather Powell
Aug 09, 2012 Heather Powell marked it as to-read
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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
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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
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Guadalupe
Apr 09, 2012 Guadalupe marked it as books-that-i-need-to-read
Come on. With a summary like that, how can you not except me to beg for this book to come out any sooner?

Ok, I will. Please, Jennifer release this book faster.

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Pretty please? You can't say no to the kitty.

Looks at my updates, no response.

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Lost the will to live.

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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,
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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!


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 ...more
sunset shimmer
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
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Taschima Cullen
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
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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
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Brigid
Mar 24, 2012 Brigid added it
I'll review it when it's closer to release. The hot boys are NOT disappointing. :-D
~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
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Cait Grace
Ahhh?!!! How do I review this book! It's like a guilty pleasure read. It was totally ludicrous at times buuuut, I can't deny that I ENJOYED it. I kind of had to switch off my logical brain (geesh, I need chocolate for that effort) and there was so much wrong with the romance. BUT IT WAS ACTION-Y AND EXCITING. And very very shirtless. Like, seriously. There was a lot of shirtless-ness in this book. Usually for no better reason than a pause to talk about supernatural abs.
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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 ...more
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.

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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
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Renu
Altered is an engaging sci-fi debut with action, mystery, and romance.

Anna and her dad monitor and administrate treatments to the four genetically altered boys in the lab below their farmhouse. When the Branch decides it’s time to take the boys outside of their confinement they -along with Anna- make an escape and find themselves on the run...

There was plenty of action in Altered. The plot twists were brilliant and unpredictable, but my favourite aspect of the book was the mystery. I enjoyed ta
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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) ...more
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
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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...

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Kristi
so good! why aren't more people taking about this book!

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Apr 12, 2013 Mags~CVAddikt~Your shock-wave whisper has sealed your fate rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of action, fast paced books with mystery (not paranormal or dystopian)
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 abou
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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
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Pavlina loves Dex ❤❤
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 ...more
Lindsay Cummings
Wow. Incredible! totally not what I expected, this book was a mega thrill ride. lots of action and mystery, and Anna, the main character, discovers a new secret every couple of chapters. ALTERED has a huge twist ending that actually really surprised me.

I LOVE the boys...they're all unique, each with their own personalities, even though they're connected. My favorite was Cas, because he actually had me laughing out loud at times.

Anna was a great narrator--I really felt connected to her, even fro
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Lisa (Fic Talk)

After reading an excerpt of the first 44 pages in this book, this was basically my reaction -

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... I cannot wait for January 2013.
Irini
Tο Altered είναι ένα συγκλονιστικό βιβλίο μυστηρίου,περιπέτειας και δράσης με απίστευτα ρεαλιστικούς χαρακτήρες και περιβάλλον!Ένα βιβλίο που κρατάει την αδρεναλίνη στα ύψη, με συνεχείς ανατροπές σε κάθε σελίδα του!Τίποτα και κανείς δεν είναι αυτό που φαίνεται,ούτε καν η κεντρική ηρωίδα,η Αnna!Έχω βρεθεί αρκετές φορές να κοιτάω αποσβολωμένη το κείμενο μπροστά μου και να σκέφτομαι "τι στο καλό έχει συμβεί μόλις τώρα"...
Απλά εξαιρετικό!

Η Αnna ζει μαζί με τον πατέρα της τον Arthur, σε μια αγροικία.
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Neil(ed) it!
I think when it comes to books with REALLY unexpected twists and shocking revelations, Altered will be on the list. Because almost every chapter of this book has a twist (or twists) that I did not see coming. I was very pleased that I have read this one. Seriously.

Altered is a well-mixed character-driven story and a great world building. It was action-packed and intense and as the story goes on, the more I'm digging it. It was more of a character-driven story but the world has not been left out.
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J.
I’d seen this book around, but hadn’t heard much about it. But when it was offered to me for review, I looked at the shirtless boy on the cover and went “oh all right.” Don’t even look at me like that.

So I put it on my Nook, opened to the first page for that indecisive browsing thing I do right before I start a book. And when I got to the words “the boys” in the first paragraph, I was intrigued, by the time it got to the lab and the setup of it, I realized what this secretly was. Jennifer crack.
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Nicole
I dont even know where to begin this book. For starters just look at the cover. Look at how hot the boy on the cover is. And to be honest, all of the four boys are just as hot. Just wow, I don't even know how Anna kept her hands off these handsome men. I would have been all "YOU MUST BE LONELY!" Ugh, girlfriend is lucky.

Anyway, I loved the boys in this book, each one of them clearly has their own personality, and I loved that each one of them stood out despite being hot replicas of each other. I
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Jennifer Rush lives in a little town on the shoreline of Lake Michigan with her husband and two children. She grew up wanting to be an Egyptologist, but realized she hated the desert and declared herself a writer instead. She won her first writing award in the fourth grade (a Mickey Mouse pencil was the prize) and has been crafting stories ever since. In her free time, she likes to read, Photoshop ...more
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