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3.91  ·  Rating details ·  94 ratings  ·  30 reviews
All eighteen-year-old Jenna wants to do is have a slow paced and predictable summer in the small town of New Roads with her grandfather. But on Friday the thirteenth, the unpredictable occurs when she mysteriously hears a voice leading her to a buried book. Jenna is unaware that a secret curse lies within and she's just unleashed its hold. As writings appear in the book ...more
Paperback, 330 pages
Published September 1st 2011 by Wings ePress
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Feb 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Teens and Adults
Recommended to Nicole by: Kayleigh {K-Books}
This was a very good mysterious book.

In Altered you get a Louisiana Bayou adventure. Jenna Larson is an 18 year old on summer vacation before her senior year in a small town in the mysterious humid Bayou in the deep south. Visiting her Pops for the entire summer is just what she had in mind and a trip she makes every summer, a nice lazy summer soaking up the suns glorious rays

While sunning herself she thinks she hears her voice being called into the words, so she does what any sane girl her
Sep 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is the story of Jenna, a girl from Orlando who visits her grandfather for the summer in Louisiana. One day she hears her name being called but no one is around. This starts her on an adventure/journey that involves love, lies, curses and secrets. Jenna discovers a hidden book with blank pages and meets Jess. Jess is the most handsome boy she has ever seen but he is also very vague and mysterious. She opens the book in the hopes of finding answers but is left with more questions as words ...more
Carla-Book Monster Reviews
Jan 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
My Review (by BMR's guest reviewer - Michelle M)

Altered, surprisingly, is Laura Burks debut novel. If this is her first offering, I can't wait to see what she gives us in the future!

When Jenna goes to visit her Grandfather for the summer she doesn't expect to be drawn into a world of lies, cheating & betrayal, yet that's exactly what happens when she discovers a hidden book and then meets the mysterious Jess. Just what is he hiding and how is she connected to it? The book gives her more
Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey)
May 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
Quick review:

Cover: Kind of interesting
Rating: PG
Thumbs Up: 3.5
Overall: Certainly something different.
Characters: Okay
Plot: A story I wouldnt have expected.
Page Turner: Kind of
Series Cont.? Sure
Recommend: Maybe
Book Boyfriend: Jess

SUMMARY (50 words or less)

This story was certainly different. I dont think Ive read a plotline quite like it. Very imaginative, but at times the story direction is a little to convenient. But still, the story is very sweet and of good overall moral character. I
Beth Bares
Oct 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I can't believe this is a first time writer. Altered is one of the most unique, fresh and CLEAN paranormal romance books I have read in a long time. I hope she considers writing a sequel. I want to see Jena and Jess move to a new chapter in life. As an avid reader, I have no doubt this debut author is going places! Thanks for giving us a wonderful book. I'm a true fan!
Jun 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you enjoy paranormal tales, especially those set in the Bayou state and all that may conjure up in your mind, this is a novel for you. The book is targeted to young adults, but as an old adult, I was captivated early on with the characters, mystery, and suspense in this multi-layered story. I recommend this novel. It's an original, well-written story that is truly a page-turner.
Juliette Townsend
Dec 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This novel is a really unique take on young adult romance. Its paranormal, but its done in a really refreshing way. Read the rest of this review here: ...more
Allbooks Review International

Altered--A Teenage Girls Must-Have

Laura Burks first novel Altered is a captivating bundle of mystery, suspense, and forbidden love. I would definitely recommend this book for young teenage girls, typically from ages 14-16 (especially if they also enjoy the book series Twilight).
The intricate story begins very interestingly. Jenna Larson, the protagonist of the novel, hears a mysterious voice whisper her name. Right from the beginning, the book has already captured your interest. Readers will
Sep 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult
Altered is an amazing story, one which kept me guessing all the way through. I loved that this was not your typical paranormal title. The paranormal aspect of this novel was more subtle, more disturbing. Let's talk about Louisiana and a curse from a deal gone wrong. This title makes you think twice before shortchanging someone you have made a deal with. Altered makes you think again before deciding to have your cake and eat it too.

I enjoyed reading about the budding romance between Jenna and
Feb 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
Altered is an extremely alluring, dark and hunting novel that you capture you interest from the very first page and keep you guessing to the last page. A brilliant debut of author Laura Burks, Altered caught my eyes with it interesting premise and captivating story telling.

All Jenna wanted to have peaceful summer vacation with her grandfather in a small town. When Jenna heard a voice whispering her name, she got curious and in search for the voice she went to deep forest where she finds a
Sherry Ellis
Sep 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Eighteen-year-old Jenna is spending the summer with her grandfather at his home in Louisiana. When she arrives, she has no idea of what kind of crazy things are about to happen. It all begins when she hears her name called by a voice in the woods. Curiosity leads her to a deserted cabin where she discovers an old book that had been buried under the floorboards. Soon she finds herself involved with a group of cursed criminals. She must alter the curse in order to save both her grandfather and ...more
Nov 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
Altered, surprisingly, is Laura Burks debut novel. If this is her first offering, I can't wait to see what she gives us in the future!

When Jenna goes to visit her Grandfather for the summer she doesn't expect to be drawn into a world of lies, cheating & betrayal, yet that's exactly what happens when she discovers a hidden book and then meets the mysterious Jess. Just what is he hiding and how is she connected to it? The book gives her more questions than answers and Jenna struggles when
Gabby (What's Beyond Forks?)
Full Review at: What's Beyond Forks?

"Hearing her name started it all..."

Reading that first line on the book summary started it all for me too. I love when I can gush about a book! From the first moment Jenna sees Jess to the very end, the book has you anxious for what is coming next. There are so many occurrences that make up this story, I don't want to spoil the reading adventure by giving away too much. So, I won't. The author has a magical way of engaging you in her story. The superb writing
Laura Burks
Sep 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: my-novel
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Sherri Moorer
Feb 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book and highly recommend it to anyone that's looking for a good supernatural tale that's a refreshing change of pace from the current vampire/werewolf craze that's taken over YA fiction. One thing I particularly liked was Jenna's great relationship with her grandfather. I lost my granddaddy when I was 12 and imagine this is the kind of relationship I would have had with him if he lived longer.

This is an excellent read. Captivating and exciting. I had a hard time putting it
Monique James
May 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This was a super fun read for me. I'm from South Louisiana and so I could picture exactly what was going on and the places that were described in the book. But, beyond that the story was fun and easy to get "hooked" on! I immediately loved the characters and the sweet forbidden love story. I'm a huge paranormal fan and I thought this was one of the most creative and original stories that I've read in awhile. I got to meet Laura at a book signing and wish her many more successes!
Karey Smtih
Nov 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
SO FINISHED THE BOOK AND LOVED IT!!!!!!!!!!! I so enjoyed the characters of Jenna and Jess and their story so much. The book is so well written had me visualizing and losing myself int he book. Wasn't able to put it down such an easy read and ready for the next book LOL.
Joan (official heroine hater)
This was a great book. Good characters, great writing, original unique plot and a very nice romance. The only negative?? I finished it too fast and it seems to wrap up at the end so I'm thinking no sequel?? I'd really like to read more Jenna and Jess! Well, here's hoping....
Meaghan R. (YA-aholic)
Sep 07, 2011 marked it as to-read
i canNOT wait for this book!!!!
Joel Jurrens
May 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Good book for a teenage girl. A lot of romance without sex or much violence. I would not have a problem letting my thirteen year-old granddaughter read this book--and I will.
Oct 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Laura Burks is an incredible author. I couldn't put this book down, that's how fantastic it was! I can't wait to read more books from her. I'm hoping that there's a sequel coming soon.
Dec 05, 2011 marked it as to-read
Sounds great....but...I can't read it because it is not available on the nook. BOO.
Apr 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Tanzila khan
Shelves: books-i-own
a debut author?all the readers would doubt that!

Jennifer (random jendsmit)
3.5 stars

I liked it :o) review to come this week.
Evelyn Davis
Mar 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Very captivating and keeps the reader guessing. I would advise any young adult to read, Altered!
The BookWhisperer
Altered is a dark and mysterious tale of secrets and curses. Jenna is not your average eighteen year old anticipating a summer like every other; relaxing with her Grandfather on his farm is what she calls heaven. Jenna and her Grandfather have a very unique and inspiring relationship. There tradition of spending summers together is about to change with Jenna finds herself drawn to an old abandoned cabin on the property. What starts with mild curiosity soon becomes something much danger and ...more
Sep 07, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook, ya-lit
Alright, someone please tell me... what am I missing?

Usually reviews on Goodreads are pretty spot on so I was really excited for this "mysterious" and "darkly romantic" read. However, to my surprise, I get to reading this book and there is nothing that I would call mysterious or darkly romantic about it. Maybe I don't find cards fascinating enough but even the final game wasn't all that for me. I can't even say there was build up in this book, things were just going and going at the same pace.
Jan 28, 2012 marked it as nevermind
Shelves: not-at-library
I read the sample pages on my kindle and didn't feel that interested. Since its not at the library and my to-read list is massive, I'm not going to pursue it.
Feb 09, 2015 marked it as to-read
Shelves: books-won
I received this book through the First Reads giveaway program on Goodreads. Review to follow.
Feb 22, 2012 rated it liked it
Engaging first book, basically a romance with a touch of the paranormal. I did find it a bit hard to get into with all the different POV but it was enjoyable.
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My writing career began as a freelance writer as well as the creator and writer of a business newsletter. Public speaking and writing speeches are what led me to dig deep and find my true passion writing young adult novels. My debut novel, ALTERED, a young adult paranormal romance mystery is now available.

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