Thursday, November 28, 2013

Review: Altered (Crewel World #2) by Gennifer Albin

  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Publication date: 10/29/2013
  • Series: Crewel World Series , #2 
  • Source: ARC provided by the publisher for review
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*This is the second book in the series. I will keep my review spoiler free for this book, but it may contain minor spoilers from the first one if you haven't read it. Continue at your own risk.
Life. Possibility. Choice.
All taken from Adelice by the Guild—until she took them back.

But amid the splendid ruins of Earth, Adelice discovers how dangerous freedom can be. Hunted by soulless Remnants sent by Cormac Patton and the Guild, Adelice finds a world that’s far from deserted. Although allies are easy to find on Earth, knowing who to trust isn’t. Because everyone has secrets, especially those Adelice loves most. Secrets they would kill to protect. Secrets that will redefine each of them. Torn between two brothers and two worlds, Adelice must choose what to fight for.

In this thrilling sequel to Crewel, Adelice is about to learn how tangled up her past and future really are. Her parents ran to protect her, but nothing can save her from her destiny, and once she uncovers the truth, it will change everything.

My Thoughts

The first book was awesome, so I was worried that the second wouldn't live up to it. I had no need to worry at all. This was just as great!! The world is different, we meet new characters, and we learn more about the guild and how the powers even came to be. It gave all the extra information I was craving that I didn't learn in the first one and so much more. Things are more intense than in the first one, and there is plenty of action to keep you on the edge of your seat. I loved where the story went and couldn't have been more pleased with this follow up.

Adelice is every bit as tough as she was in the first book. She just is able to let it out more in this. Despite the shocking revelations, she still stays very strong throughout. She really cares about everyone, but still stays true to herself, and I really love that about her. She never came across as the damsel in distress, and didn't always want the boys coming to her rescue. She knows that she can take care of herself, and she will as much as she can. She doesn't like to show weakness even if she feels it sometimes. Also, her emotions are a bit all over the place in this, but she still manages to keep herself mostly level headed.

Of course there is the romance. I really loved Jost in the first book and thought that he was great for her, but he really changed in this one. Well, I wouldn't say changed as much as we got to know him and his true nature a little better. I didn't like how he acted toward Adelice most of the time. He pushed her away, let jealousy rear its ugly head, and was flat out a jerk at times. All while expecting her to just deal with it and still care for him. Then there's Erik. We know that he cares for her, but won't push anything. It comes to a point where there is a lot of confused feelings and though it is a love triangle situation, it was done well and it didn't make me roll my eyes. In fact, I can honestly say that it was a love triangle that I enjoyed.

I thought that the world building was fabulous, the character development marvelous, and the plot was engaging and took a great path. The way that things work was explained well and I never felt confused. This is one of the better sequels that I have read and it had my heart pumping for the majority of the book. There was just enough of everything blended to perfection so as to not be too overwhelming or seem like it was trying to hard. And that ending was amazing. It does leave off on a bit of a cliffhanger, but not enough to drive me out of my mind. I can't wait for the next book and any other book that this author writes. She is fabulous!!


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