Sunday, January 8, 2012

Book Review - ALTERED by Laura Burks

ALTERED by Laura Burks

Book Title: Altered
Book Author:  Laura Burks
Genre:  Young Adult Paranormal Romance
Publication Date:  September 1, 2011


All eighteen-year-old Jenna wants to do is have a slow paced and predictable summer in the small town of New Roads with her grandfather. But on Friday the thirteenth, the unpredictable occurs when she mysteriously hears a voice leading her to a buried book. Jenna is unaware that a secret curse lies within and she's just unleashed its hold.

As writings appear in the book strangely matching her vivid dreams, Jenna's curious nature takes over pulling her deeper into the mystery and the connection to her family. What she didn't expect to find was a forbidden love and a choice to save a life.

Will Jenna's choice remain a secret? Or did the secret choose her?

 My Review (by BMR's guest reviewer - Michelle M)

Altered, surprisingly, is Laura Burks debut novel. If this is her first offering, I can't wait to see what she gives us in the future!

When Jenna goes to visit her Grandfather for the summer she doesn't expect to be drawn into a world of lies, cheating & betrayal, yet that's exactly what happens when she discovers a hidden book and then meets the mysterious Jess. Just what is he hiding and how is she connected to it? The book gives her more questions than answers and Jenna struggles when deciding who to turn to for answers. 

Laura Burk has a knack for developing tension, I actually found myself shouting at Jenna not to be so stupid at times, although she did seem to grow up a little throughout the book. The plot was drawn out quite a bit - enough to keep you reading, not to much so as you lost interest.  It was an enjoyable book but I'm not sure if I entirely trust Jess, I have a feeling there is a lot more to his story than we discovered in this book. Laura has set it up perfectly for a sequel, it'll be interesting to see what happens next!

Highly recommended if you enjoy Young Adult fiction, may appeal to those who enjoyed The Secret Circle.

I award Altered 4 Stars.

If you'd like to learn more about Laura you can visit her WEBSITE or follow her on FACEBOOK or GOODREADS.

If you'd like to purchase your own copy of ALTERED you can get the eBook at Amazon or Fictionwise or you can purchase the Paperback and eBook at Wings-press at a discounted price.


Laura Burks said...

Thanks for your review and rating of my debut novel, ALTERED.