Bethany reviews ‘The Altered’ by Annabelle Jacobs. Self-published on April 9th, 2015
Why I read this book: Honestly when we got the info for the book blast and I read the blurb, I knew it was one I wanted to read.
We were offered this book in exchange for an honest review.
Twenty years ago the UK’s water supply was contaminated with an experimental pathogen, Lycanaeris, causing widespread panic across the nation. Terrorism was suspected but never proven, and when nothing happened–no epidemic, no unexplained illnesses–the whole episode was written off as an elaborate hoax. But Lycanaeris was selective. Only those of a certain age, and with a specific gene in their DNA were infected. Time would reveal the pathogen’s true nature, when those susceptible grew up Altered.
Daniel is one of thousands forced to hide his altered status by living a quiet life. He’s not like the others, though. Daniel can’t help looking so distinctive or being able to see every altered for what they really are. To those abducting altereds, that skill makes him valuable.
For Jordan, shifting from human to wolf means living under the radar to avoid unwanted attention. Meeting Daniel complicates matters. Daniel’s existence is a threat to Jordan and his friends, but Jordan can’t seem to shake the strange connection between them. When danger threatens, there’s little time for Daniel and Jordan to work out their feelings before lives are at stake.
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Ok so like I said, when I saw the blurb for this one, I knew I needed to read it. I am a HUGE fan of shifters, and this one, while has shifters, sounded different and new. And man was it, not your typical shifters at all, and I loved it.
I instantly fell in love with Daniel and Matt. I enjoyed seeing their friendship and how they trusted each other completely without fail and without question. It made my heart happy. You see they should not be friends – why you ask? Let me tell you. Daniel is a seer and Matt is a shifter. Seers are often used to help identify shifters which could ultimately cause them harm. So shifters tend to avoid seers at all cost, unless they are trying to get rid of the seer. Which leads me to Jordan.
While most shifters would kill a seer to protect themselves, Jordan just wants to stay under the radar and be left alone. That is until he sees Daniel in a bar. And the pull is undeniable. But man does he fight it, because even though the attraction is there, he refuses to put himself and his friends in harms way. He just can’t quite figure out why a shifter is so protective of a seer.
Man, it was so much fun watching Jordan and Daniel try to stay away from each other, both believing that mates is a bunch of bull crap. Oh silly boys, do you know you can’t run from fate? I loved that they tried to be friends and nothing else, again silly boys. And when they do finally give in, well hot damn.
This book was a fantastic read and a totally different twist on your normal shifter story. I loved all the secondary characters as well and can’t wait for the next book. This is one that I highly recommend you pick up and try.
Annabelle Jacobs lives in the South West of England with her husband, three rowdy children, and two cats.
An avid reader of fantasy herself for many years, Annabelle now spends her days writing her own stories. They’re usually either fantasy or paranormal fiction, because she loves building worlds filled with magical creatures, and creating stories full of action and adventure. Her characters may have a tough time of it–fighting enemies and adversity–but they always find love in the end.