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Saturday, April 11, 2015

Mini Reviews: Forged & Betrayed by Jennifer Rush

Posted by Irish in 2 Stars, 4 Stars, Review, Young Adult0 Comments

Forged

 

Forged by Jennifer Rush 
Published by Little Brown on 03 December 2013
Series: Altered, Book 0.5
Pages: 32
Format: eBook
Source: Library

Place(s) Traveled To: Unknown, Michigan

First Line(s): The bed beneath me was thin as paper, though not as thin as the cotton gown still tied around my naked body.

I really enjoyed the Altered series by Jennifer Rush so when I saw that my library had digital editions of the two novellas in the series I knew that I had to check them out. The first novella, Forged, takes place before the start of Altered (my review) and is the origin story of one character, Dani, and gives a little background to another. I was initially excited for this one but just didn’t care for it. It felt like a different tone than the rest of the series and I just didn’t care for any of the characters. Despite this on weighing in at just 32 pages it was a bit of a struggle to read. To me, this one didn’t really add much of anything to the overall story ARC of the series.

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Betrayed

 

Betrayed by Jennifer Rush 
Published by Little Brown on 26 August 2014
Series: Altered, Book 1.5
Pages: 32
Format: eBook
Source: Library

Place(s) Traveled To: Sarasota, Wisconsin

First Line(s): Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

While I didn’t really enjoyed Forged I did really enjoy reading Betrayed! I just loved reading Trev’s story and devoured this short little novella quickly. For a short story this one had a lot to it and my only real complaint was that it wasn’t longer. I still have hopes that one day Trev and Cal will get full length books as I really want to know more about them both. Though Betrayed does do a good job in filling in some of the gaps of Trev’s story. This one I think adds value to the overall story and one that I think is worth the read. Though at 99cents and only 32 pages you may want to check to see if your library has it in its digital catalog.

irishdarkblue

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Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Review: Erased by Jennifer Rush

Posted by Irish in 4 Stars, Review, Young Adult1 Comment

Review: Erased by Jennifer RushErased by Jennifer Rush
Series: Altered, Book 2
Also in this series: Altered, Reborn, Forged + Betrayed
Published by Little Brown Books for Young Readers on 07 January 2014
Genres: Mystery & Detective, Sci-Fi, Young Adult
Pages: 288
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley
Goodreads
four-stars
Also by this author: Altered, Reborn, Forged + Betrayed

Place(s) Traveled To: Hart, Michigan // Unknown, Indiana // Port Cadia, Michigan // Grand Rapids, Michigan // Millerton, Michigan

First Line(s): Like clockwork, I woke after midnight and immediately had the urge to see Sam.

Erased by Jennifer Rush is the sequel to her debut novel Altered (my review) which I read at the strong urging of my friend Andi over at AndiABCs. Well, Altered is one of those books that really makes you want more and so thankfully I was able to get my hands on an early copy of Erased so I could get more. Erased picks up not long after Altered ends and is just as fast paced as the first book. There are lots of secrets revealed and there is just oh so much more to know!

I loved how each of the characters that we grew to love in the first book developed further in this one. I loved learning their various back stories and I got all giddy at times during my read of this book. There were also moments that I wasn’t too fond of and characters that I didn’t care for. As with Altered, there are many secrets and lies for Anna and the gang to filter through. Its hard to know who to trust when everyone you’ve ever known seems to have lied to you after all.

Erased was a crazy roller coaster ride of emotions and twists and turns and it was just oh so good. Once I started I couldn’t stop reading and then I was all crazy bouncy with the need to talk to someone about it. Erased is a book that just begs to be discussed as there are just so many what ifs and theories that fill its pages. Its a book that makes you long for the next installment in the series and one that I think that everyone should read. Jennifer Rush is an amazingly talented writer with a real gift at spinning a tale. Her writing is solid and addictive and I think she’s a great new talent and I can’t wait to read whatever she writes next.

irishdarkblue

four-stars
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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday: New-To-Me Authors “Met” In 2013

Posted by Irish in Top Ten Tuesday8 Comments

Graphic made by David at From My Bookshelf

Graphic made by David at From My Bookshelf

 

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and today’s topic is about those authors that we stumbled across for the first time this year. Some of this authors are debut novelists and some have been around for awhile but for me they were all new and they all found a special place in my reader heart.

 

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1. Kasie West (My reviews: The Distance Between Us, Pivot Point)

 

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2. Jennifer Armentrout (My Reviews: Shadows, Obsidian, Onyx, Opal)

 

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3. Neal Shusterman (My Reviews: Unwind, Unwholly)

 

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4. Rick Yancey (My review: The 5th Wave)

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5. Rainbow Rowell (My reviews: Attachments, Eleanor & Park, Fangirl)

 

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6. Jessica Sorensen (My reviews: The Coincidence of Callie and Kayden, The Redemption of Callie and Kayden)

 

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7. Jus Accardo (My review: Darker Days)

 

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8. J. Meyers (My review: Anywhere)

 

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9. Jennifer Rush (My review: Altered, Erased – Coming Soon)

 

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10. Todd Strasser (My review: Fallout – Coming Soon)

 

What are some authors that you “met” for the first time this year? Any that you think I should meet as well? If so, then let me know here.

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Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday: Sequels I Can’t Wait to Read

Posted by Irish in Top Ten Tuesday3 Comments

Graphic made by David at From My Bookshelf

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and today’s topic is about the bookish sequels that I am dying to read. This was a hard list to make as there are so many books that I can’t wait to read. Though with some of these the wait is going to be rough as there is no estimated release yet. =(

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1. Altered Book 3 by Jennifer Rush

I just finished book 2 in the series, Erased, and I loved it! No second book in a series slump with this series and I can not wait to see what happens in the next book.

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2. Split Second by Kasie West

I read Pivot Point recently and loved it. Can’t wait to see what happens in this final chapter.

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3. Infinite by Jodi Meadows

Can not wait to see what happens with Ana and the gang!

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4. Believe by Erin McCarthy

I really loved True and Sweet and looking forward to seeing more of the Mann boys in this story.

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5. Ash Mistry and the City of Death by Sarwat Chadda

I just finished the first book in this series on audio and can I just say that Sarwat Chadda is totally mad (in all the best possible ways). The first story was edge of seat non-stop action and I can’t wait to see when happens in the sequel.

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6. Teaching Roman by Gennifer Albin

I have really gotten in New Adult this year and enjoyed Teaching Roman. Looking forward to seeing what happens in the sequel.

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7. Wicked Thing Book 2 by Angeline Kace

Really want Denton’s story now! unknown cover

8. Darker Agency Book 2 by Jus Accardo

The first book in this series was loads of fun and I am anxious to see what happens next.

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9. The Destiny of Violet and Luke by Jessica Sorensen

We first meet Luke in The Coincidence of Callie and Kayden and I am curious to read his story.

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10. Sixth Grave on the Edge by Daryna Jones

I’m bouncing with anticipation wanting to know what happens next in this series!!! This is just such a smart, funny and well written series and I think everyone should read it.

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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Was "Forced" to Read

Posted by Irish in Top Ten Tuesday14 Comments

Graphic made by David at From My Bookshelf

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and today’s topic is about those books that we were forced to read. I have a lot of bookish friends and as such they can be a bit opinionated sometimes especially when they find out you haven’t read a beloved book of theirs. If they are good book bully friends then they will keep pestering you until you read the book and 99% of the time they were right to do so. This is a list of the first 10 books that came to mind that my favorite book bullies (aka friends) “forced” me to read.

1. The Demon’s Lexicon by Sarah Rees Brennan (review)

I mentioned in passing once when two friends, JL and DJ, were talking about the series that I hadn’t read it yet, not realizing what huge fans they where, they then didn’t let up on me until I started to read the first book. And they were right to gush as I was soon hooked and blitzed through the entire series.

2. Silent in the Grave by Deanna Raybourn (review)

A friend, the same JL as mentioned above, was a big fan and when I mentioned I hadn’t read them she told me I needed to, like now. I said I wasn’t buying books at that time and the next time I saw her she handed me a bag filled with her copies of the series. I had no choice, I had to read them.

3. The Program by Suzanne Young (review)

I wasn’t a huge fan of A Need So Beautiful so wasn’t planning on picking this one up. Then a friend and fellow blogger, AS, started to bully me to give this one a shot and I was really glad that I did.

4. Harry Potter Series by JK Rowling

This was back before I read YA, a friend (RA) kept telling me I *HAD* to read these books. I refused, nose stuck up in air and very haughtily proclaiming “I don’t read books for children!” But she wouldn’t quit and so one day at the library I saw the audio of the first book on the shelf and thought, well I check this out and then tell her I tried it and hated it and then she’d quit bugging me. Well, the joke was on me as I got hooked and my mom had to come out to drag me out of my car to come in to eat as I didn’t want to stop listening.

5. Drums, Girls and Dangerous Pie by Jordan Sonnenblick (review)

My book bully, TS, wanted me to read this so much she got a copy signed to me and sent it to me with a note saying read now. So I did, and I cried, but I really enjoyed it.

6. Secret Society Girl by Diana Peterfreund (review)

My other book bully, TD, told me that I had to read these books. I hadn’t heard of them before but when I finished I was in love and have since spread the bullying of these series on to others.

7. Altered by Jennifer Rush (review)

This was another AS approved book and one she wouldn’t shut up about when she finished it. So I did what any weak bibliophile would do, I used one of my handy dandy audible credits and DL’d me a copy lickity split. Now I’m dying to know what happens next!

8. Silver Phoenix by Cindy Pon (review)

I’d been a fan of Cindy Pon’s twitter for years and bought her book right when it came out. But then I let it flounder on my shelf until a fellow fan said she’d give me $5 to read it as she really wanted me to give it a go. I did and I loved it and then had her donate that $5 to a charity near her.

9.  Raw Blue by Kirsty Eagar (review)

Book Bully TD strikes again with her constant telling to read this book. Once I was able to get my hands of a copy I DEVOURED it. So so good.

10. A Little Wanting Song by Cath Crowley (review)

This was another recommendation from Book Bully TD and another book that I feel head over heels in love with. *happy sighs*

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Monday, October 14, 2013

Audio Review: Altered by Jennifer Rush

Posted by Irish in 4 Stars, Audiobook, Review, Young Adult3 Comments

Audio Review: Altered by Jennifer RushAltered by Jennifer Rush
Narrator: Casey Holloway
Series: Altered,
Also in this series: Erased, Reborn, Forged + Betrayed
Published by Hachette Audio on 01 January 2013
Genres: Mystery & Detective, Sci-Fi, Young Adult
Length: 7 hours 58 Minutes
Format: Audiobook
Source: Audible.com
Goodreads
four-stars
Also by this author: Erased, Reborn, Forged + Betrayed

 

Place(s) Traveled to: Trigger Creek, New York // Elk Hill, Pennsylvania // Lancaster, Ohio // Whittier, Michigan // Port Cadia, Michigan // Traverse City, Michigan // Can Marie, Michigan

First Line: For most of the last four years, I wasn’t allowed in the lab.

Altered Series Order:
Book 0.5 – Altered: The Beginning (03 Dec 2013)
Book 1 – Altered
Book 2 – Erased (07 January 2014)
Book 3 – assumed as many books are trilogies these days

I had never heard of Altered by Jennifer Rush until a blogger friend of mine started to talk about it. A lot. Not only did she talk a lot about Altered but she also kept telling me how I had to read it. As I was looking for a new audio it didn’t take a ton of convincing and I started to listen to it not long after I downloaded it to my iPod. I really liked the story of Altered the plot started off a bit slow but by the end I was on the edge of my seat wondering what new twists and turns would happen next.

I loved the mystery aspect of the whole story though did feel as though there was a whole chunk of story missing. What is the point of altering, not just these boys, but others? What were the alterations made and why? Just how old are they really? And its those questions and more that prevented me from falling head over heels in love with this story. Hopefully those are answers that will be coming in the next book or in the novella that will be coming in December. I am a huge fan of knowing the origins of these and think that those details only add to a story and ignoring them just takes enjoyment away from me.

Another part of the story I enjoyed were the characters. They just all really meshed well together, and while there are reasons for that, it was also a natural bonding and genuine friendship as well. I did think that at times the romance seemed a bit forced and almost wish that it wasn’t included at all. But it wasn’t over the top and never took away from the story. Its a slow build and no insta-love and not the focus of the book. The focus was on the main plot – the escape of the boys and the quest to learn who they were before all the crazy things that happened to them.

Another aspect of the story that was wanting with me was the narrator, Casey Holloway. She just read the story a little too slowly for me and reminded me about how William Shatner spoke in his role as Captain Kirk. It was very halting and I just wanted her to finish a sentence, even just one, without all these crazy pauses. Her voice also felt a bit young for Anna and her male voices could use some work as well. Holloway really seemed to talk even slower for Cas, Sam, Nick and Trev and there were times when they all blended together and I couldn’t always tell which of them were speaking.

If you are looking for a great new sci-fi-eske read then I recommend that you give Altered by Jennifer Rush a try. While I had issues with the audio, I think that this is a great story to read in print. The story is fast paced and one that I think will appeal to boys and girls even though its told from the perspective of Anna. This was a fun story and I am really looking forward to the sequel to see what happens next.

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