Posted November 6th, 2013 by in *Review / 2 comments

Lover Mine by JR Ward

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Author: Jennifer Rush
Publisher: Little Brown Books
Publication Date: Jan 2013
Classification: Young Adult Novel

Summary from Goodreads:

When you can’t trust yourself, who can you believe?

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, Cas, Trev . . . and Sam, who’s stolen Anna’s heart. When the Branch decides it’s time to take the boys, Sam stages an escape, killing the agents sent to retrieve them.

Anna is torn between following Sam or staying behind in the safety of her everyday life. But her father pushes her to flee, making Sam promise to keep her away from the Branch, at all costs. There’s just one problem. Sam and the boys don’t remember anything before living in the lab—not even their true identities.

Now on the run, Anna soon discovers that she and Sam are connected in more ways than either of them expected. And if they’re both going to survive, they must piece together the clues of their past before the Branch catches up to them and steals it all away.

My Thoughts:

Let me just say that when you write a book about teenagers and then sell it as four hot guys who are out to discover who they are and there is a mystery to piece together there will be tons of girls flocking to this one. Who the heck can resist four built guys in any book.

I have to say that right from the start of this book you can tell that the story is going to be one of those fast pace reads that will leave you wondering what on earth is going to happen next. It is certainly one of those books where you don’t want to stop at the end of a chapter because you need to know what is going to happen next. You read for the lies, betrayal, hurt, and for the alterations that you wish like hell you could understand. This book is very plot driven and there are plenty of pieces of the puzzle that need to come together during the book in order for the past lives of the boys to make sense. The majority of this book is with all of the characters on the run for their lives and along the way they need to find clues in order to figure out who they heck they were before they had their memories altered.

Since the story is so plot driven I sometimes felt that the characters could get a little lost in all of the clues, action, fights scenes, and drama. Don’t get me wrong I really enjoyed the plot and it certainly kept the story moving but I felt the characters were a little lacking. I honestly think this is because the author decided to write a story where the main characters have no idea who they even are because their memories have been altered. It makes it difficult to really feel that you know a character and can connect with them when a lot of who they are is missing. Plus with five main characters the story is pretty full on the character end which makes it even harder to form close relationships with them.

Overall, I did like the plot of the story it kept the story moving at a fast pace. I do wish more time had been spent on character development just so I could have that connection I was looking for and felt at times was lacking.




2 Responses to “Altered”

  1. Sam @ Realm of Fiction

    It’s been a while since I’ve read this one, so the details are starting to get hazy, but I remember enjoying it overall too. It IS hard to resist a book about four guys – I liked getting to know them all, but I do agree the characterisation dimmed slightly in comparison to the plot. I can’t wait to see where they all go next though. Great review, Alexa!

  2. Amy @ bookgoonie

    Bought this one for the school library. They say it’d be a great book for boys, but with the shirtless boy on the front they won’t pick it up. Hmmmm…does sound like it will be harder to connect with the characters BUT sounds like the action distracts you a bit from the lacking.

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