Thu, January 9, 2014

Erased by Jennifer Rush Review

Erased book cover

Erased book cover

Erased (Altered #2)
By Jennifer Rush
Publication date: Jan. 7, 2014
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 288 pages
Source: Publisher

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.

— Goodreads.com description

Ooh, I like this series. Okay, so granted it’s a little emo (which I called out in my review of Altered), but it’s totally legit and tolerable emo and the action-packed plot makes up for it.

I read Altered at the beginning of the year, so my memory of the story was pretty hazy. Jennifer Rush does an excellent job of bringing the reader up to speed and then moving things along quickly.

The best part of this sequel, for me, was how quickly my trust and allegiances as a reader changed. Is what we thought about each of the characters true? Who can Anna trust? Loooooove that feeling of not knowing where things are going to go.

Fans of the first book will enjoy this one, and if you haven’t read the first yet, definitely give it a go. Truly, overlook the cover (which I think is super cheeseball) — it’s a really great government conspiracy/sci-fi read.

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  1. Kristen the teacher said:

    I was thinking about all of the young adult books that I’ve read and realized that what I would love to see more than a did not finish explanation . . . Is a rating system. Not a 4 out of 5 stars system but a this book is rated PG for mild action and a short kissing scene. Or this is rated PG-13 for intense action and . . .
    I find myself picking up books that sound great then end up having inappropriate scenes. While I think students should be allowed to read anything and everything they can get their hands on, as a teacher, I cannot provide them with books that are too adult. Any suggestions?

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    Kristin Reply:

    I think this is an excellent idea! I am a speech therapist and my patients vary in age, so this would also be very helpful as I often recommend them books to read.

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    Sue Reply:

    Thank you! Great idea. Will try to include in my reviews too.

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    Anna Reply:

    Good idea!

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  2. Kristin said:

    So happy I discovered your blog! I saw the first book before and definitely didn’t pick it up because of the cover, but now I’m considering it. Thanks!

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    Anna Reply:

    Thank you 🙂

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  3. Ginger @ GReads! said:

    Never would I have thought this to be a Ginger book (well, series). But I loved Altered, a lot. Still need to read this one. Happy to see it’s lived up to the first.

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    Anna Reply:

    It IS a you book in the sort of way Jus Accardo or Jennifer Armentrout books have been, though, you know?

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  4. Rebecca @ The Library Canary said:

    Loved the first one and am glad to hear you liked this one. 🙂 I hear that there is more Nick in this one which I’m happy about because I feel like I love him a little (okay a lot).

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    Anna Reply:

    TONS more Nick, which I loved too!

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