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(The Made Ones Saga #1)

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The Eleutians are dying out, one female at a time. To save their species, the powerful Alchemic Clan conscripts women from parallel worlds, altering them into the perfect breeding stock.
Kitlyn, a retired circus equestrian broken in both body and spirit, awakens on a strange world in her own much-younger body. She has been transformed into a Made One, but the gift of youth
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Published August 12th 2019 by Afterworld Publishing
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Bex (Beckie Bookworm)

The first thing I have read by this author and I really did enjoy it.
Altered is the first book in a new series later books will explore what happens to Kitlyns sisters Bree and Sybi.
Kitlyn a fifty-eight-year-old retired circus performer with Huntington's finds herself transported to a parallel world Eleutia and remade by the Alchemists as a made-one.
basically, the best version of herself with all her genetics corrected and in a much younger body.
The Elautians females are dying out and they need
Carol (StarAngel's Reviews) Allen
Book – Altered
Author – Vicki Stiefel
Series – The Made Ones #1
Cliffhanger? - Yes
Publication Date – August 12, 2019
Genre – Fantasy Romance
Rating – 4 out of 5 Stars

Complimentary copy generously provided by NetGalley for the author in exchange for an honest review.

My Thoughts - Story
First things first…this was such a unique storyline and I found myself totally involved with Kit and especially Rafe. I can’t even describe the genre because it gathers so many together…while the clans live in almost a
Aug 06, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley, fantasy
I received this book from Netgalley for my honest review.

This book can be fantasy, SF, romance, paranormal… a poutpourri of different gendres.

The heroine, Kit, is a 58 years old woman, crippled and dying of Huntington's who mysteriously, while trekking with her sisters, falls into a cliff and instead of dying, emerges into a parallel world young and whole again.

So, you would think that she would act like a mature woman. Nooo.. she acts like a 20 something, full of fears and indecisions and doub
Marta Cox
Aug 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: my-reviews, netgalley
Three and a half
This is a difficult book to categorise as its a mixture of science fiction spliced with fantasy elements and all wrapped around a romance. Kit is a fifty eight year old woman who finds her consciousness waking up in a different dimension and she is now inhabiting a twenty something version of herself ! You would expect she would run around screaming but actually no because she's quickly taken in by a Clan who have a symbiotic relationship with Wolves and although initially Kit fe
Aug 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
In a world that is dying due to no females being born, scientists, known as Alchemist, pull women over from parallel dimensions.

Kit is walking with her two sisters when a cliff opens up beneath them and they fall into another world.

The face of her youth stared back at her. She wasn’t just whole again. She was young again.
Tears spilled over her lids and tracked down her rosy cheeks to hang suspended on her undamaged chin.
Kit whirled, putting her back to the mirror and crossing her arms aroun
Eva Millien
Aug 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
To save their species from dying out, the powerful Alchemic Clan conscripts women from parallel worlds and alters them into the perfect breeding stock. Kitlyn has been transformed into a Made One but the gift of youth and promise of a new life come at a terrible price. The Wolf Clan’s warrior, Rafe has vowed to find the cause of the species’ decline and he’s certain the Alchemics bid to save the Eleutians is but a thin venner masking a dark purpose.

This new series is starting off on the right tr
Aug 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
I thought this book was about werewolves, but oh, how wrong I was! But no worries, this book was still brilliant and amazing. I find it so enjoyable. Glad that I read it!

A 58-year-old Kitlyn was transported to another realm called Eleutia and suddenly she woke up in her 28-year-old body. Everything was new to her and she had a hard time trying to make sense of the changes. She met Rafe, a commander from the Wolf Clan who rescued her. Through him, she finally learned something about this new worl
Lucy Gardiner (luc_lostinbooks)
Altered follows a 58year old woman called Kit and her two sisters who all have a disease which is slowly killing them. Whilst on a walk the sisters seem to fall into a parallel world. Kit has been remade from an old women to the best version of her younger self with no disease or scarring she had as a result of a circus accident in her past. Rafe is in a wolf clan and the one to find her, but not her two sisters.

I thought the world building was done really well, it was detailed and easy to pict
Jun 08, 2019 rated it really liked it

I always read Vicki's books with great pleasure. They are so vivid, original and incredibly cinematic, I can almost imagine them on the big screen. Altered is no exception.

Other people already noticed that Altered is difficult to categorise: fantasy, sci-fi and a bit of steampunk together. There are parallel worlds, technological advances, genetic experiments and at the same time, flying horses, floating islands and clans of people with an affinity to different spirit animals.

We meet Kitly
Jul 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
A race called the Eleutians has been struggling with fertility issues and a lack of females being born. The Alchemic clan, ersatz rulers of their world have been stealing Earth women in parallel universes and transforming them into essentially breeders. Kitlyn, who was a circus performer until injury and disease forced her retirement, was snatched along with her sisters to this unknown place and altered to become a Made One. Kit’s newly young and restored form does not prepare her for all the ch ...more
Erika (The Nocturnal Fey)
Sep 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
If you are into fantasy and science fiction, you’ll surely love the mixture of these elements here, together with the spectacular world-building.

Altered’s premise is enough to keep me absorbed throughout my reading journey. But it was the exquisite world-building and interesting characters that made me even more eager to go deeper into the story.

Disclaimer: I received an eARC in exchange for an honest review in participation for a blog tour organized by Xpresso Book Tours. This doesn’t affect my
Aug 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Review excerpted from my blog post over at FanSciHist (

My Rating: 4 stars

Library recommendation: Recommended for public library fantasy, paranormal, and/or science fiction romance collections.

Warning: Hereafter, you chance spoilers. I will try never to reveal major plot points, but to review any book, you must reveal some parts of the story.


Number of titles I have read by this author: 2

Love story speed: Medium burn

Relationship dyn
S.S. Bazinet
Sep 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Exciting romance, beautiful world-building and mysteries that keep you turning pages!

Imagine being a fifty-eight-year-old woman who’s disfigured and has a fatal disease. What would it be like to wake up in a parallel world? Even if you had a healthy, young body, would you have the courage to face such a situation when you’ve left behind everyone and everything you know and love?

Kitlyn finds herself facing such a challenge. Yes, her body is thirty years younger, and she’s beautiful again, but she
Space Cowgirl
Dec 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
His🐺 Greatest Weakness💘 and His🐺 Greatest Strength💘

ADULT Alpha Alien Male🐺🍆⛲💪🔪 Romance, Adventure🔪 and Betrayal.
We have to decide What to do with the Time⏳ that is given us...
This is quite a long book that chronicles the new beginning of a new life for Kit👵, a woman from 🌎Earth. On Earth🌍, she and her two sisters were in their fifties, and she was dying of Huntington's disease.

Suddenly, she is somehow transported to another planet🌍 and found at the top of a mountain encased in ice by Rafe🐺💪🔪Wo
Cranky - The Book Curmudgeon
Aug 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing

This is a delightfully different book. I loved the characters and the world the author created. The whole subject of parallel universes is fascinating. It’s a simple story but tugs at your heartstrings. Makes one wonder, how would I react if this happened to me?

Kitlyn and her sisters Sybi and Bree are in their fifties. They live in northern Maine and are former circus performers. Their parents owned the circus. Kit was an equestrian performer and a tragic accident left her scarred
Valerie (Cats Luv Coffee)
Altered is such a unique story. I’ve truly never read anything like it. Kitlyn is 58 years old, with a vibrant history of training and riding horse, until an accident and Huntington’s takes that away from her. She’s out walking with her sisters when suddenly the world falls away. She wakes up in another world, in a younger, perfect body, one free of the disease taking her life. This new realm is not like Earth either. Rescued by Rafe, the leader of the Wolf clan, she’s taken back to their home a ...more
Camille Cotton
Aug 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Altered is a gorgeous fantasy romance with elements of sci-fi, plenty of action, and richly developed characters and their symbiont animals. Vicki has built a compelling world on Eleutia, a parallel world to Earth, where we experience a more ancient way of life (think warriors and gladiator-style fights) with modern technology (hovercars and laseblasters).

I fell in love with the proud Kitlyn, a complex woman who finds herself in a new body on a strange world. And her love interest, the Wolf Cla
The Book Junkie Reads . . .
New author. New read. New world. New characters. New chance at life in a different realm.

Altered was a fitting description of what happened to Kitlyn and the life she once knew to be hers. She one day wakes to find herself in a completely new body, new world, and surrounded by newer and stranger things.

This one was more than a fantasy, more than a romance, more than what it was. I found so much more in this world to question, to want to know more, to keep turning the pages for.

Altered was no
Caroline Noe
Sep 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
In the parallel world of Eleutia, extinction beckons as the female population dwindles. Cold and scheming, the scientist ruling clan steal the dying and rebirth them as Made Ones, ready to bear precious girls for their adoptive clan.
Middle aged, traumatised and horribly wounded, former circus performer Kit, now remade as a young beauty, is taken in by the Wolf Clan and their fierce leader Ralf, but that is just the start of a war which will call on every talent of her past.
Altered is a strangely
Jessica Belmont
Aug 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Ooooh!! Altered is this wonderful mix of fantasy and a bit of Sci-Fi, which, if you didn’t know, is my obsession. I was pretty fascinated with the plot of this novel.

This is my first read by Vicki Stiefel, and it won’t be the last. Her world-building is so rich and deep, that I could escape into the world while I was reading.

Sometimes the characters reacted in ways I didn’t expect them to. Sometimes that was good, and sometimes it confused me. The positive to this is that Altered is the first in
“I’m here to help you,” he said.
Ted Bundy had probably said the same.

I did not go into this book with many expectations, but I was pleasantly surprised by the development of Kitlyn’s character through the reveal of the events of her past and her time with the Eleutians. Her romance with Rafe developed logically (at least to me) and her focus on finding her missing sisters never wavered in the face of a hot guy or a new world. Her persistence in facing down the negative events of her past, even
Sasha Casillas
Aug 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Altered was the first book I have read from author Vicki Stiefel. Altered is the story of Kit, a woman in her fifties dying of disease. She is brought unwillingly into a parallel world where she is returned to the youth and health of her mid-twenties. I was immediately drawn into the first Made Ones story, it had a fascinating premise and a quick start. I did struggle about a quarter of the way into the book; I wanted more detail on the world and the characters and wasn’t getting it. I did conti ...more
Karen Machamer
Aug 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review. I really enjoyed reading this , and I recommend it to everyone
Nerdy Housewifey
Aug 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Yes! This book was so full of action I loved it! Kit is a retired circus performer that is captured by a different race and then altered to be more genetically perfect as they are in need of new breeding stock. This was definitely a science fiction book but I loved the sprinkles of magic and romance. I really can’t wait for the next books about Kit’s sisters
This Literary Life
Jul 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Altered is the first book that I have read by this author. I was happy to be offered a chance to read an ARC of it and it’s a pleasure to leave a review as my thanks.

I wasn’t sure what to expect, as I said I’ve not read a book by this author before and fantasy books (aliens or other Planet types) aren’t always my cup of tea. I was so very pleased with this book though! The fantasy aspect was done so well! The story is set in a dimension that is parallel to earth. So similar, yet the differences
Dena Garson
Aug 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Altered is the first book in a new fantasy series by Vicki Stiefel. In it, we follow Kitlyn from the world she knew into a whole new life. Not only does she have to come to terms with losing everything and everyone she knew she must re-learn what it mean to be young and healthy once again.

At her side is the strong, handsome, and oh so sexy Rafe. Rafe is the one who finds Kit when she wakes in his world. He does everything he can to help her find her place. And since this is a romance, we get to
Oct 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received a copy in exchange for an honest review.

I found Altered to be a very interesting and unique read. It was a mix of sci-fi and fantasy with some romance. I felt that it mostly lend on the sci-fi side of things but either way, I enjoyed the mix quite a bit.

The story for Altered was what originally pulled me in when I was deciding if I would give it a try. The Eleutians are losing females so the Alchemic Clan starts taking women from parallel worlds to solve this. Of course, there is some
Altered is a romantic, slow burning fantasy that feels fresh & unique; the concept behind the “Made Ones” is completely new to me & I’m so intrigued by the politics & science of Eleutia. I am truly desperate for more books set in this world & would love to get my hands on the Eleutian history books. I must be honest in saying that, for me, the romantic aspects of the story bored me at times, however I’m not a romance fan so I guess it’s to be expected; nevertheless the magic & mystery of Vicki S ...more
Fiona Weaver
Sep 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is my first book that I’ve read by Vicki StiefeI and I really loved this story. Parallel worlds and Wolves - my perfect story. The story of Kit, who one day finds herself not at all where she expected to be. It is a story full of rich characters, friendships, romance and more than once I needed to put the book in the freezer. It made me happy and it made me tense. I loved every minute of it and I can‘t wait to read the next installment.
Jan 07, 2021 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
DNF 27%

I really enjoyed the introductory scene where the women were transported to the alien planet in different locations. The initial description of the landscape was really captivating as well. I also liked the use of new technologies, like floating cars, laser guns, medical tablets, etc. I think this could have been expanded on more and new technologies, rather than just changing the name (i.e. TV), would have been more exciting and made the book stand out more too.

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