Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Book Review: Altered by Gennifer Albin

Altered (Crewel World #2) 
Author:  Gennifer Albin
Publisher:  Farrar, Straus & Girous, 401 pages
Publication Date:  October 29, 2013

From Goodreads:
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.

Review*Spoilers for Crewel*:
I’m not sure what to think about this book.  I’m just more confused, to be honest.  I really don’t understand the weaving, and the strands, and the altering, and how it all came to be.  There are some explanations given in Altered, but I just did not understand them. 

The novel begins right where Crewel left off, with Adelice, Jost, and Erik arriving on Earth.  I still like Adelice.  She’s getting stronger and coming into her own.  Discovering who she is and who she wants to be.  The love triangle increases in this book.  There really wasn’t much of one in the first book, it was clear where Adelice’s heart was, but you know how it goes in the second book of the trilogy, the couple cannot be happy, there has to be something to tear them apart.  And that's what happens here.  What didn’t really work was that it didn’t really seem to be anything tearing them apart.  So it feels a bit contrived.  Jost acts stupid for no real reason (I was finding it hard to remember why I liked him so much in Crewel) and Adelice lets him.  So she turns to Eric.  While Eric just annoyed me in Crewel, I liked his character a lot more in this book.  He seems to really care for Adelice.   

As far as the plot, it’s really all about what has happened to Earth, and how things work on Earth and how that is connected to Arras.  A few new characters are introduced (and a few old are re-introduced).  To avoid any spoilers, that’s about all I can say about that. 

I will definitely read the third book to see how it all works out.  Given a certain time element (I can’t say more) I have no idea how the author is going to pull this off unless Adelice works very quickly.  This might be the least helpful review I've written.  Sorry about that!

Posted by:  Pam


  1. Considering you made a comment yesterday about Altered on my TTT and how you didn't really enjoy it as much I can see what you mean. I've been reading it since it came out and I'm still struggling with it. I'm only 120pgs in but I'm not that big in a hurry to get to it. Which sucks because Crewel is really good and the story line has so much potential. I don't know. I'll finish it eventually because I do want to know what happens next.
    Great review, Pam.

    1. Glad to hear I'm not the only one. I agree, I loved Crewel and I was so excited about reading Altered. I still wonder if I should have re-read it before I read Altered...maybe I would have felt more connected to the characters (especially Jost). ~Pam

  2. So I read the first paragraph and then skimmed bc I didn't read Crewel but I don't know if i'll start the series if the sequel wasn't great. I hope everything gets cleared up in the third book for you!

    1. I really loved Crewel so it was disappointing that I didn't love Altered. Maybe it's just a middle book syndrome type of thing, though, which seems to happen a lot. ~Pam