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2016 RITA® finalist for Best First Book!
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?
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 thi... ...more
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... ...more
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 Speciali... ...more
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... ...more
**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.... ...more
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 n... ...more
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 th... ...more
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 t... ...more
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... ...more
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 littl... ...more
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 Gl... ...more
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 f... ...more
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... ...more
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... ...more
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
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 eagern... ...more
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 grandmoth... ...more
"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 suc... ...more
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 supp... ...more
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... ...more
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 accord... ...more
*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... ...more
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 l... ...more