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Peek Inside Altered

The sickness came on suddenly and violently. When it ended, the entire town of Glory seemed to be dead...except Blue Michaels. And she is very different. Only a handful of them made it, including U.S. Army Specialist Seth Campbell, who is fierce and protective, and way too good-looking. Now they are hunted. What their pursuers don't know is each of them has strange new powers. And they’ll use their "gifts" to matter who stands in their way.

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2016 RITA® finalist for Best First Book!

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When “normal” ends, survival begins…

Blue Michaels doesn’t know who to trust. She wakes in her sleepy little town to discover everyone is dead—well, almost everyone. U.S. Army Specialist Seth Campbell is alive, and a handful of her friends survived. But they’re different—each of them has powers they didn’t have when they went to bed.

Oh, and someone wants them dead.

It’s going to take all of their gifts if they are going to survive until they can figure out what to do. Blue wants to believe Seth has their best interests at heart. That he really does want to take care of them and get them to safety. God knows she can’t stop thinking about him.

But, can she trust him with their lives…and her heart?


***** 2016 RWA RITA® Finalist for Best First Book! *****

"As soon as I started reading it, I knew I wasn't going to stop until I finished it." --Angela, Goodreads

"Marnee Blake's skillful [sic], assured writing has a mesmeric quality to it and turns what would be a tried-and-tested plot into an engaging read that is hard to put down." -- Piper Kelly, NetGalley

"This is an enthralling, all action, riveting and brilliantly written story - superb!" --Elaine, Splashes Into Books

"The SciFi romance genre has a new author, her name is Marnee Blake and she is certainly one to watch!" -- Jacque, The Jeep Diva

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781633754829
Series: Altered, Book 1
Release Date: Dec 28, 2015
Page Count: 277
Imprint: embrace
Genre: contemporary, military/men in uniform, new adult
Tropes: bodyguard/protector

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By Miranda January 11, 2016

I received a copy via netgalley and the publisher.

Excuse any graphic language I may use in this review.

Holy shit! This was seriously intense and filled with action. The pace of it was so amped up that I felt like I had a action movie in my head on fastforward.
It was exciting, the whole powers thing ...more

By Sybil aka Lala December 28, 2015

Blue is a small town waitress who takes care of her ailing grandmother. She has dreams of escaping the town and leaving her life behind, but she never imagined it would happen like this. After yet another predictable day, she goes home and eats her dinner. She suddenly spikes a fever and becomes dea ...more

By Dianne June 11, 2016

That fateful night she went to bed, a member of a small town community, violently ill and raging with fever. When she awoke, most of the town was dead and a stranger stands before her, a soldier, big, brawny and just as bewildered as she. Their first meeting was terrifying, but U.S. Army Specialist ...more

By Carrie June 15, 2016

Blue Michaels came home from work one night and became violently ill. Thinking she had the flu Blue went to bed trying not to awaken her grandmother and give her the germs. The next morning Blue finds that her grandmother must have been sick too and has passed away. Going for help she finds that eve ...more

By Meredith October 28, 2015

**I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review**

Seth is an army soldier on his way to Special Ops training when he pulls into a small town to spend the night. Blue is a young bartender in the same small town working long hours to take care of her grandmother. Al ...more

By Jacque March 23, 2017

If I was only allowed one word to describe Altered it would be WOW! This debut book by author Marnee Blake has completely blown me away. Action, adventure and mystery are always a plus in my book. However, when you toss it in a SciFi romance genre, heck yeah! I am one very happy camper.

After a nigh ...more

By Amanda January 08, 2016

Damn. So different than what I expected, but in a very good way.

Mysterious illness. Military contractors. Super powers. Romance. Basically, this book has everything a sci-fi romance lover could want. And then some. It moves fast and hits hard. Almost a week later, and I'm still thinking about this ...more

By Elaine December 27, 2015

Well, that was one heck of a surprise! This is an enthralling, all action, riveting and brilliantly written story - superb!

The relationships between the survivors, how they relate, their worries, fears and expectations are portrayed in an easy to relate to manner, helping readers understand the turm ...more

By Sophia February 19, 2016

The tagline of this novel is: When “normal” ends, survival begins.” Yeah, no s*&t!!

ALTERED was an intense book with action and twists around every corner. We're dropped into the action immediately - which I LOVE, because I'm bored my pages and pages of backstory set up. The eerie tone hooked me fro ...more

By Tink Magoo is bad at reviews January 09, 2016

This book took me completely by surprise with how much I actually enjoyed it.

Right from the start it was fast paced, action packed and the characters were likeable. I kind of expected this to be a bit of a fluff read but it was so much more than that.

It reminded me of the film Chronicle a little b ...more

By Sophia May 08, 2016

A small town and one stranger are encounter something beyond imagining. Those who survived the illness are changed and now on the run. If they hope to survive, they must master and used their new gifts, but they must also learn to trust each other.

Blue Michaels thought she would always live in Glory ...more

By Christy December 01, 2015

I think this book (or at least - this series, when the story is actually concluded) would make a kick-ass movie. A small town becomes ill suddenly and catastrophically. The only survivors are five young adults, who each find that they now have powers they didn't before. Thankfully, one of those five ...more

By Nancy January 09, 2016

A strong debut novel by an author whose next book I eagerly await. A group of twenty-somethings survive a violent illness, only to find themselves in possession of strange new powers. Fortunately, one of the survivors is a tough (and sexy!) soldier who helps the group dodge the mercenaries trying to ...more

By Christi December 28, 2015

My Review:
This was a book I picked up for review when my schedule was already packed simply because I could not resist the story description. It sounded so good. Luckily I was not disappointed. This book was really good.

At first glance, this looks like a typical dystopian story, but it isn't. In fa ...more

By Julie January 02, 2016

Charming. Not the word I'd usually associate with NA, but this book was charming.

Blue and Seth are tough and honest and face incredible challenges. Good thing they're practically super heroes.

I loved the sci/fi aspects of this book and can't wait for the next installment. ...more

By Tegan February 05, 2016

Totally awesome! Review to come! ...more

By Elizabeth June 27, 2016

This was my first book by Marnee and the premise completely intrigued me. I knew I had to read it and am very glad I did. The premise, while frightening because we all know shady things happen all the time, was very unique. Yes, I was sad so many had to die due to one person's evilness and eagerness ...more

By Melanie December 28, 2015

This story took me by surprise. I was not expecting it to turn out to be as good as it did and I am so glad I read this one!! Once I started it, I did not want to put it down until I was done. Great read and so well written!!

Blue is a young lady that is a waitress and is living with her grandmother ...more

By Dísir August 13, 2016

"I was on my way to pick up Specialist Degrassi before heading to training at Fort Bragg. I stopped in Glory, Colorado, for the night and woke up as strong as an ox and as fast as a train.” - Seth Campbell

When a small town gets poisoned because of a rogue scientist's actions, whose who didn't succum ...more

By Danielle Gypsy Soul December 03, 2015

Altered is the first book in what will definitely be an action-packed, interesting science fiction romance that reminds me a lot of a dystopian/post apocalyptic book.

This book centers around Seth an army soldier on his way to special operations training and Blue a young woman working hard to support ...more

By Merissa August 03, 2016

Seth is in the military and is suffocating under the guilt he feels at his friend's death, which he feels he should have prevented. Blue is a waitress in a very small town, living with her grandmother, and with no way out that she sees. She gets home from work and goes to bed feeling ill, to wake up ...more

By Angela February 22, 2016

This book was so much fun to read. As soon as I started reading it, I knew I wasn't going to stop until I finished it. And I was right. It was full of non-stop action with a little romance on the side. I really liked how the characters were finding it hard to control their powers and acted according ...more

By Linda January 09, 2016

*ARC received from Entangled Publishing in return for an honest review*
This well-written sci-fi thriller and sorta romance kept me on the edge of my seat for a good portion of the book. A terrible thing has happened in the tiny town of Glory, leaving most of the residents dead, and the survivors wit ...more

By Kate January 27, 2016

Altered by Marnee Blake is an apocalyptic mix of mystery, action, supernatural powers, and steamy romance.
When most of the small town is wiped out by a fast-killing flu-like virus, Army Ranger Seth must team up with small-town waitress, Blue Michaels, to figure out what's going on. There are a lot ...more

By Seana June 20, 2016

I loved it! I can't wait for the sequel! ...more

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Marnee Blake

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Marnee Blake

Award-winning author and RITA® finalist Marnee Blake used to teach high school students but these days she only has to wrangle her own children. Originally from a small town in Western Pennsylvania, she now battles traffic in southern New Jersey where she lives with her hero husband and their happily-ever-after: two very energetic boys. When she isn't writing, she can be found refereeing disputes between her children, cooking up something sweet, or hiding from encroaching dust bunnies with a book.

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