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Altered (Altered #1)

4.05  ·  Rating Details  ·  15,199 Ratings  ·  1,933 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
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
My reactions to reading the summary:

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Jan 02, 2013 Giselle rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, own, paranormal
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
4.5 Stars

Four years ago, Anna discovered a secret her father was keeping in their basement…


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
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,
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!

Feb 05, 2015 Monika rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2013, ya
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
Jan 02, 2013 Mitch rated it really liked it
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
May 03, 2016 Irmak rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kütüphanem
İnanılmaz akıcılığıyla inanılmaz keyifle okuduğum bir kitap oldu.
Kitaptaki tempo hiç düşmedi ve bu beni çok tatmin etti açıkçası. Çünkü bazen olaylar arasındaki gereksiz detaylar beni kitaptan soğutuyor. Ama bu kitapta bu olmadı. Sadece daha uzun olmasını isterdim. Allahtan ikinci kitap elimde var yakın zamanda okuyacağım :')
Filiz Şakar
Jul 25, 2015 Filiz Şakar rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bu temiz bir hikaye değil. Sadece bir aşk romanı değil. Kolay hazmedilebilir gerçekler de yok zaten. Bu kirli bir roman. Kirli bir yaşam tarzının mükemmel bir anlatımı vardı bu romanda. Ve gerçekten bu kitabı okurken stresten başınıza ağrılar girecek.
Serinin devamını okumak için çatlıyorum.
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
May 18, 2016 evaleinsinchen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Gerade gegen Ende gab es so viele "WHAT THE FXCK" und "OH MEIN GOTT" Momente, dass ich 5 Sterne geben muss! Total geil!
Taschima Cullen
Jan 19, 2013 Taschima Cullen rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-star-shelf
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
May 23, 2016 Steffi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: good-reads, read-2016
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
Mar 24, 2012 Brigid added it
I'll review it when it's closer to release. The hot boys are NOT disappointing. :-D
Cait Grace
Apr 14, 2015 Cait Grace rated it liked it
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.
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
Kitapla ilgili düşüncelerim biraz karışık. Beğenmedim değil beğendim. Ama nedense okurken bir eksiklik hissettim yada fazlalık ? Normalde olay olmamasından, yazarların gereksiz uzatmalarına isyan ederim ama Amnezi kısacık bir kitap ve bir dünya olay oluyor. Zamanlar, olaylar çok üst üste geldi. Diğer yandan kurguyu, karakterleri sevdim. Özellikle Nick... Biliyorum çok aksi ve gıcık davranıyor ama gönül işte, ne yaparsın jksdjgska Bu arada Anna sonlara doğru acayip bir değişim geçirdi :O

Sep 20, 2015 Elifnaz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kaç puan vereceğime bir türlü karar veremedim, büyük ihtimalle sonradan fikrim de değişir. Ben bu kitabı çoook sevdim. Anna gittikçe daha güçlü bir karakter oldu ve bu benim çok hoşuma gitti. İpuçları, hainlikler vb. de çok ilgi çekiciydi. Umarım Pegasus bir an önce serinin devamını çevirir.
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
Jan 31, 2016 Svenja rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4-sterne
Ganz anders als erwartet.
Es ist nicht nur eine 08/15 Liebesgeschichte. Das Buch ist richtig spannend und alles andere als kitschig. Ein paar Hintergrundinformationen hätte ich gerne noch, aber die gibt es ja vielleicht im zweiten Teil :)
Jan 19, 2015 Angela rated it really liked it
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
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
Gonca Soydaş
Jan 23, 2016 Gonca Soydaş rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ocak-2016
Kitap gerek kurgusuyla, gerekse karakterleriyle beni benden aldı. Şaşırtmayı bilen kitaplar benim için her daim üç adım öndedir. Amnezi de böyle bir kitap oldu.

Cas'in şapşallıkları, Nick'in aksiliği, Trev'in zekâsı ve tabii ki Sam'in o lider, her şeyi kontrol altında tutma havası çok güzeldi. Anna da benim için güçlü kadın karakterler arasında yerini aldı bile. Tamam bazen tam bir aptal âşık havalarına giriyordu ama sadece birkaç cümleye kendini toparlıyordu. Yani her şey dozunda verilmişti kit

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.)

Ornella (Nyx)
Jan 03, 2013 Ornella (Nyx) rated it it was ok
Shelves: abandoned-series
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
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...


May 05, 2016 Katrin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 a
Oct 21, 2015 Jenni rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wieder einmal habeich das Buch nur wegen des schönes Covers gekauft; habe es allerdings auf keine Fall bereut !
Die Geschichte ist durchweg spannend und der Schreibstil von Frau Rush sehr einfach gehalten.
Dieses Buch ist voll mit Action und man kann es kaum aus der Hand legen. Allerdings hätte ich von dem ein oder anderen Charakter gerne mehr erfahren. Ich kann nicht ganz nachvollziehen, dass Anna in Sam verliebt ist.. klar da gibt es diese ganz bestimmte Verbindung .. aber das wars dann auch sc
Lisa (Fic Talk)

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


... I cannot wait for January 2013.
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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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