Altered by Jennifer Rush
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
Received: Hachette Book Group Canada
Publisher: Little, Brown BFYR
Recommended Age: 13+
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Sci-fi, Action, Mystery, Romance
I’ve had one hell of a two months.
I quit my job as a library clerk in August and immediately started a new job as a librarian’s assistant the week after in a hospital. There were many issues with that position, and I wasn’t feeling too good about it during this period of COVID and online classes, so I resigned in September. Also in August I was ghosted by someone I was dating, which had never happened to me before. In September, I started my master’s in Information Studies and began dating someone new. Turns out a master’s is not a bachelor’s, and I feel like I should have known this but really, it’s very different and there are many group assignments in my program which I didn’t really have before being an Art History major.
So, yes, this is the first book I actually finish and officially review on my blog in two months. It’s not the first book I started – I started at least eight others – but it is the only one I decided to push through and get done in order to have at least one single ‘‘win.’’ Sometimes that’s all you need to get you out of a book slump or stressful period in general. I forgot how much reading helps me focus and organize myself. It also helps me get back into writing. I didn’t stop writing altogether during these last two months, but I focused on writing a diary so it’s pretty different.
Anyways, so that was a little update on my life that I decided to share in this review because this review has meaning to me. I’m usually very consistent in my reviewing schedule so I haven’t taken a break like this in… ever, to be honest. I’m not saying that this book has magical powers for making me feel better and more hopeful about reading again, but I did find it easy to read and worth getting invested in. I knew from the start that it wouldn’t be a story that would require 100% of my energy, and that’s a good thing right now because my energy is going in a billion other different places.
It’s quite action-packed, with the main and supporting characters being on the run from the Branch, a dark organization. Anna, the heroine, and a couple of guys have escaped a laboratory where people from the Branch were conducting experiments on the guys. I’d say the romance is predictable, and a trope in YA fiction, really, but because the focus is on the action and uncovering more information about the Branch and its experiments, I didn’t mind it as much. I also thought there were some surprising scenes and Anna was a likeable enough protagonist that I found myself relating to at times.
I’ve truly missed writing long reviews and sharing bits of my life with you here and there. If you’re going through a hard time as well, just remember that sometimes all it takes is one win to propel you forward.
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