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4.02  ·  Rating details ·  18,959 ratings  ·  2,221 reviews
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 . .
Paperback, 352 pages
Published December 3rd 2013 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2013)
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Heather Powell
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Apr 24, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, own
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
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 01, 2013 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
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
Jan 01, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 27, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
Sep 04, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Jan 08, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 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
I'll review it when it's closer to release. The hot boys are NOT disappointing. :-D ...more
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
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
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
Jun 27, 2015 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 as a
Victoria Schwab
Hot boys and a fast-paced ride. A blast to read.
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...


Montzalee Wittmann
Altered by Jennifer Rush is a book that has so many twists and turns to go with the suspense! Four teen boys are locked in a lab in a basement where a teen girl and scientist dad live. The boys have no memory of before. Occasionally the dad's boss comes to check on the work. The girl doesn't know what the blue are doing down there, she thinks the government is making soldiers stronger. She has tried to be nosy and got caught and was in deep trouble. She really likes the boys and hats the boss.
1st reread :-) I didn't remember this story. It's so good. Sci-fi-ish YA but totally character driven. A great mystery thriller with some sweet romance. The whole series is out this time so I'm looking forward to reading the whole thing.
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
Pavlina Read more sleep less blog
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

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


... I cannot wait for January 2013.
Jul 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
so good! why aren't more people taking about this book!

review to come
Armina Salemi
Hmm. 2.5 but interesting enough to read the next.
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
Sep 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites-2012
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
Jan 01, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  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 abo

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.)

Patricia Riley
Apr 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have never read a book that made me want to grab some fabulous leather boots and a gun and hop into it to kick some a$$ with the boys. I have absolutely been ALTERED by Jenn Rush and it was the ride of my LIFE.

I will post an actual review closer to the book's release, but suffice to say, this book is the ultimate example of why HOT BOYS (and strong, bada$$ chicks) WIN.


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Jennifer Rush grew up reading vampire fiction and took her first stab at writing her own bloodsucker book as a teenager (it might win an award for the worst vampire fiction ever written).

Now, many years and many books later, Jennifer enjoys writing action-packed middle grade and YA. She is the author of the Altered saga and Bot Wars series (written under the pen name J.V. Kade).

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