Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Altered - Revelations of the Evolved by Shawnda Currie

Abandoned by her family, Lacey is sent to a juvenile detention center known as Clear Waters. Her teen years don't look promising until she is befriended by a mysterious stranger named Taylor, a gorgeous guy whose captivating eyes seem to stare into her soul. Convinced she is in danger at Clear Waters, Lacey joins Taylor in a daring escape. As she meets Taylor's group of friends, she discovers that they're more than they seem - they've been sent from the future to head off an evil corporate plot that will lead to a world war unless averted. With Lacey as their only hope to prevent a grim future, Taylor shows Lacey how to tap into her psychic abilities known in his time as evolved humans. Travelling with her new friends, she discovers the magic of love while she grows into the powerful warrior chosen to make the difference to the world!

This book has an excellent plot.  I like how the author was able to weave a sort of futuristic time travel element into this book.  It made it stand out as a little different than many other books similar to this book in plot.

I think this book has lots of potential.  Unfortunately, for me, it fell a bit flat.  While I liked the characters well enough, I never felt any connection to them.  My feelings never became engaged.  The characters were under developed and I didn't feel like I really knew them.  The relationship between Taylor and Lacey was very unbelievable.  I never felt the connection, at least on Taylor's side.  There was no undercurrents, no tension, no feeling.

As I said the part of the plot that brought in the time travel was the best idea in this book.  People from the future coming back to help prevent major horrible things from happening?  That sounds very cool, right?  I just wish this book had more development to it.  A little more struggle brought forth in a way that I could feel it.  

There are so many great books out there that are very similar to this book in ideas and plot.  When compared with those, this book just didn't grip me and make me feel all the things I wanted to feel.  

Content:  This book had swearing (including the F word, multiple times).  If you follow my reviews, you know I'm not a fan of swearing, especially the F word in YA fiction.  The characters sleep together but nothing sexual is mentioned directly. 

It's always hard as a reviewer to say things that aren't as favorable about a book.  While I didn't find this book to be quite to my liking, I do appreciate the time this author took in writing it.  I know writing a book is a very personal thing and I wish Shawnda Currie all the best in her writing career.

Blog: www.shawndacurrie.com

1 comment:

  1. It sounds like a very interesting book with a lot of potential. It sounds a bit like insta love, which is so common in YA fiction. Thanks for the review.


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