Series: Altered 2
English \ Hardcover, 275 pages
Debut: January 7, 2014
Read: April 18-19, 2014
Rogue Chronicles Entry No. 121
Oh I'm such a sucker for anything flashbacky, which is why I was so looking forward to read this as soon as I read the synopsis. It got some answers, but while it sets a clearer picture for Nick and an even clearer one for Sam, I still don't know how Cas got tangled up in all of it. So there is still more to discover, which is why I am already on fire for Reborn.
Sadly, this is an -- albeit mild -- case of second book bum. It has all the material from the first book -- love, friendship, running, hiding, fighting, piecing things togehter -- but it just didn't hit as hard as Altered did. Already knowing the characters, I was hoping for alot more insights than were actually given. It was not enough to balance out the all the action, which was about on the same level as in book one. It still had a few interesting twists, no doubt, but the heart-fluttering didn't really get more, although Sam and Anna now have all the time in the world together, instead there was even more pain and tears and drama. The good kind, of course.
Although it had good surprises, new and old elements combined, there were also two things which really bummed me:
First, the rather non-existent character development. While more background is revealed, there is not much progress for any of them in the here and now. How, I wonder, is it even possible that I feel like they still do not really connect as a family, but remain more like a team, after everything they have been through in book one, all those memories resurfacing, and then months of time in between.
Second, the commander bond/role which Anna held in Altered was one of the mayor plus points for me of the whole story, and now the effects are just wearing off, like a tan fades in winter. *le sigh* I would've loved to keep that little bit of spice in the grouping.
As predicted at the end of Altered, Trev was back in Erased, and the role he played was not minor. We also learn quite a few things about him, but I hope he will have another appearance in Reborn. I'm still longing for Nick's story, and of course, there has to be more about Cas, too!
Area Scan: Flow: 3.5/5 -- Vocab: 4/5 -- Plot: 4/5 -- Heroes: 4/5 -- Villains: 4/5 -- Romance: 2/5 -- Drama: 5/5 -- Action: 5/5 -- Suspense: 4/5 -- Idea: 3.5/5
Discovered: 4 Hoods
Update July 2015: After reading Reborn, I'm amending my last paragraph and my rating to 4 stars.