Review: Erased by Jennifer Rush

Series: Altered #2
Publication Date: January 7, 2014
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Reading Level: Young Adult
Pages: 288 (ARC)
Source: From Publisher For Review
They thought they had escaped. They were wrong.

After fleeing the Branch with Sam, Cas, and Nick, Anna is trying to make sense of the memories resurfacing from her old life. At the same time, she's learning how to survive in hiding, following Sam's rules: Don't draw attention to yourself. Always carry a weapon. Know your surroundings. Watch your back.

Then a figure from Anna's childhood reappears. Is it a Branch setup, or could it be the reunion Anna has hoped for? Uncertain of where her loyalties lie, Anna must fight to learn the truth -- before she is betrayed again. Ultimately, the answers hinge on one question: What was the real reason her memories were erased?

Jennifer Rush delivers a thrilling sequel to Altered in a novel packed with mysteries, lies, and surprises that are sure to keep readers guessing until the last page is turned.
~*~Lili's Reflections~*~

I've been anticipating this book for so long I can't even begin to explain how much I enjoyed the action-packed sequel to ALTERED by Jennifer Rush. This is my go to adventure/thriller series and it has yet to disappoint.

Anna, Sam, Nick, and Cas have returned and they're still searching for answers to their complicated pasts. Two months after the events of ALTERED, they're currently on the run and hiding out in order to ensure their survival. But, with no mutual goals aside from avoiding death and being captured by the Branch, they're all beginning to get stuck in a rut. To make matters worse, their hallucinations are getting worse and, boy, does this lead to some major plot twists later on.

What I liked most about this book was the character growth. Unfortunately, I didn't see much in Cas, though he most definitely did grow, but this book focused on Sam, Nick, and Anna. Specifically, Anna and Nick. There was a small part of this book where the two of them were forced to rely on only each other and it led to some awesome action sequences and the discovery of a wicked awesome team that can actually surprisingly work well together. It was a nice change of pace and it had me smiling. It was through this journey that Anna began to change because her curiosity about her past became nearly insatiable and this is also the point where I began to love Nick. We see a new side of him and, well, let's just say there's a lot more to this bad boy than initially believed. What you see on the surface isn't even half of what you really get.

As the synopsis suggests, a figure from Anna's past reappears in this book and while I loved what it did to the plot, it was slightly frustrating to me as a reader. I had bad vibes from the get-go and while I understand Anna's desperation to reclaim some lost part of herself, I knew that it couldn't end the way she hoped it would. This also led the way for many convenient moments in the story where our rather intelligent characters decided not to be so intelligent. Specifically when trying to figure out their flashbacks, they lacked the distinct concept of common sense. I was chapters upon chapters ahead of their inferences at times. Face it, no reader really enjoys waiting for slow characters to catch up to them. Aside from this, I have to say that the pacing was spot-on and the re-emergence of certain characters led to some amazing plot twists that had me flipping the pages in ways only Rush can make me.

Rush keeps up with her usual fast-pace that makes you flip pages as if your life depended on it. There's no going back once you start. Clear out time in your reading schedules to focus and forget about reality because you can't move until you reach the very last page. Rush's writing style lends itself to an incredibly quick read which is admittedly quick because it doesn't have an insane amount of description, but I sort of like the simplicity of Rush's writing style. It's consistency and no-nonsense attitude--very similar to our fearless leader, Sam---is a breath of fresh air.

Part of me is very curious about what is in store in book three because of the way this book ended, but part of me is also very unhappy with the ending of this book. It's so nice to see our gang have a sense of normality and simplicity in their lives, trust me, but it's so out of the ordinary that it's going to make the promise of more insanity in book three all the more heartbreaking and overly emotional. But, hey, it simply cannot be a proper ALTERED novel unless the risk of death is looming over everyone's heads, can it?

If you loved book one, then you have to pick this one up the first chance you get. It will not disappoint. It has some insane plot twists that will absolutely blow your mind into smithereens. And that's a promise.

3.75 stars


FTC Disclaimer: I received no compensation of any sort in return for this honest review.  

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