By Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Publication date: Jan. 22, 2013
EgmontUSA, 393 pages
There are people in this world who are Nobody. No one sees them. No one notices them. They live their lives under the radar, forgotten as soon as you turn away.
That’s why they make the perfect assassins.
The Institute finds these people when they’re young and takes them away for training. But an untrained Nobody is a threat to their organization. And threats must be eliminated.
Sixteen-year-old Claire has been invisible her whole life, missed by the Institute’s monitoring. But now they’ve ID’ed her and send seventeen-year-old Nix to remove her. Yet the moment he lays eyes on her, he can’t make the hit. It’s as if Claire and Nix are the only people in the world for each other. And they are—because no one else ever notices them.
— Goodreads.com description
Claire and Nix lead very lonely lives. Nix is in almost constant isolation, and he’s never felt loved or been loved. Claire’s parents need to put a note on their door to remind them they have a daughter. Everyone sees right through her.
They’re “nobodies,” meaning they don’t “stick” with other people — visually, emotionally, you name it. They cannot connect. Till they meet each other — HOLLAAAA!
So, I completely enjoyed the concept of Nobody by Jennifer Lynn Barnes, especially for young adult readers. What kid doesn’t feel invisible from time to time? I sure did.
But, for me, it was a bit too cerebral. By that I mean that everything was thought about or talked about in great depth, and I just wanted there to be more movement. Claire and Nix had strong feelings for each other…but I saw that more through their thoughts than their actions, you know? Personally, I’m more into go-go-go kind of books.
If you like the concept, though, give it a try. I just am a speedreader, so sometimes slower books lose me! Interested? Check out the giveaway below for a chance to win a copy of Nobody plus Jennifer Lynn Barnes’ Every Other Day. Good luck!
By Jennifer Rush
Publication date: Jan. 1, 2013
Little, Brown & Co., 336 pages
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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.
— Goodreads.com description
Well, first off, I obviously liked Altered by Jennifer Rush because it was about a girl named Anna. I’m superficial like that.
But but but…there are plenty of other reasons to like this quick and action-packed read.
I sped through Altered, hooked from page one. It’s one of those books that gets your heart-pounding with a mix of government conspiracy, mystery, treasure hunt, code-breaking, LIES LIES LIES, kisses, lots of boys and shootouts. Um, hello! All the heart-pounding things ever in one book!
Okay, it was a little emo for me. But, hello, Anna’s entire world is flipped upside-down! I’d be emo too! I did have some issues at first with the fact that Anna knew the boys were caged for years and never tried to break them out…but it’s sort of addressed/understood where she was coming from.
Perfect for those who like government conspiracy books, Altered will have you flipping from page-to-page lightning-fast and leave you begging for the sequel. Totally fun.