Monday, March 2, 2015

Review: Reborn by Jennifer Rush

(Altered #3)
Publication Date: January 6, 2015
Hardcover, 336 pages, Little Brown Books
Genres: YA, Sci-Fi

An action-packed, romantic, and suspenseful third book in the Altered series.

The Branch is in shambles, but Anna, Sam, Cas, and Nick can't rest easy. Remnants of the organization lurk unseen and the flashbacks to their old lives are only getting stronger--especially Nick's.

Following scattered memories and clues from his Branch file, Nick sets off alone in search of answers and in search of the girl who haunts his dreams. But the sleepy town where she lives in full of secrets and Nick soon learns that uncovering their shared past may have deadly consequences.

My Review

I love that these books are full of hot boys. That’s really all there is to say about the entire series. That’s all anyone needs to know. Read it for the man-candy.

But seriously, this series is good. It started out following Anna’s storyline, but kind of weaved off on its own after Erased. I had no idea this was going to happen. I was expecting another book from Anna’s point of view with just a hefty dose of love triangle between her, Sam, and Nick. But nope, that’s not what happened at all. And I’m not really sure how I feel about that.

We never really learn a whole lot about Nick in the previous two books. He’s just a broody bad boy. He gets a little more depth in this book, but not enough to really allow me to connect with his character. Although, I do like the piano bit. It added a lot, even though it was a very subtle mention.

I think pairing him off with an entirely new character, while good in that it added a new and exciting plot to the story, left me feeling kind of “eh.” I was hoping for something that really delved into his past. Maybe Nick’s mystery-flashback girl was someone he knew before he got caught up in the Branch business. Someone from his nasty past. That would have really brought out some character development. Instead, we’re given a quick and thrown-together romance between a character we want to know more about and a character we just met who doesn’t have a lot of complexity.

The plot was good. I definitely enjoyed it more than the second book’s. I liked how Nick got to go off on his own and make a name for himself without having his posse behind him. (Random question: Is this what Jennifer Rush is going to keep doing? Are there going to be other books with Cas and Trev as the main characters?) I think the introduction to a new lab was needed, and the effects the lab produces were very intriguing. If there are other books, I can’t wait to see how that aspect of the story plays out.

All in all, Reborn was good. It was a little hard to get into at first (mostly because of the dual POVs), but once I got about halfway through, I flew through it. If you enjoyed the first two books, make sure you snatch up this one. Plus, you know you need that drool-worthy cover on your shelf.

*Note: I borrowed a copy of this book from my library. This in no way altered my opinion/review.

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