Sunday, January 19, 2014

Mini Review: Erased (Altered, #2)


Erased (Altered, #2)Author: Jennifer Rush
Series: Altered, #2
Published: January 7th 2014
Publisher: Little, Brown BfYR
Format: Ebook, 288 pgs
Buy: Amazon

They thought they had escaped. They were wrong.
After fleeing the Branch with Sam, Cas, and Nick, Anna is trying to make sense of the memories resurfacing from her old life. At the same time, she's learning how to survive in hiding, following Sam's rules: Don't draw attention to yourself. Always carry a weapon. Know your surroundings. Watch your back.
Then a figure from Anna's childhood reappears. Is it a Branch setup, or could it be the reunion Anna has hoped for? Uncertain of where her loyalties lie, Anna must fight to learn the truth - before she is betrayed again.
Ultimately, the answers hinge on one question: What was the real reason her memories were erased?
Having just recently finished Altered, I more or less knew what to expect from the sequel. Both books are excellent for when I’m otherwise preoccupied: fast-paced, romantic and extremely easy to follow.

Despite its high entertainment value, Erased is chock full of issues. Unfortunately, it’s even more predictable than the previous novel, its every single twist and turn visible from a mile away. The predictability doesn’t matter too much when combined with such rapid pacing, but a few surprises along the way would have been nice anyway.

Even in Altered, I found Anna’s relationship with Sam, her older sister’s ex-boyfriend, extremely creepy, especially because neither of them could really remember Anna’s sister. In Erased, the creepy factor has increased tenfold, to the point that really made me uncomfortable. Both Anna and Sam’s memories have been wiped far too many times and their history is too complicated to allow for a healthy relationship. Instead of making me swoon, I was a bit weirded out by it.

I did enjoy Nick’s much bigger role in this book, even when he was being his usual obnoxious self. Despite guessing his part in Anna’s childhood traumas extremely early, I still liked seeing him realize the depth of their relationship. Funny, lighthearted Cas remains the only source of comic relief, his significance in the main story arc minor, but his importance for the fans and the overall picture monumental.

All things considered, this is not a series I’d recommend for a more demanding reader. It’s fun and the writing is pretty decent (though nothing to write home about), but don’t expect a life-changing reading experience.


15 comments:

  1. I never planned to pick up this series and I'm glad it isn't on my TBR. While I enjoy a light, romantic, and fast-paced read, I usually get irritated quickly by tropes and especially predictability. Cinder, which everyone and their mother loves, is a book that fell disastrously flat for me precisely because of its predictability, so I can only imagine the issues I'd have with this one. While I'm sure I'd enjoy this series on a basic level, I doubt it would linger very long afterwards so I'll just be skipping out on it. Thanks for such a helpful review, Maja!

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  2. I agree with keertana. These books don't sound to be memorable. I may skip them. Tnx 4 the mini review

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  3. Ah, it's a pity that the twists are completely predictable! Because then they're just no fun at all! Avoiding this series now.

    Lovely informative review, Maja! <33

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  4. Hm...yeah maybe not the book for me

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  5. I'm glad to hear that despite it not being something to right home about it, you enjoyed it enough to keep you reading and entertained.

    This one wasn't something that appealed to me and it will remain there, just not my thing.

    Thanks for your very honest review, Maja!

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  6. Well I really wanted to read this series
    And the covers are cool but i am just not so sure anymore
    GREAT review Maja
    Your reader,
    Soma
    http://insomnia-of-books.blogspot.com/

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  7. Aw crap and weirdo love relationship? No thanks. I think I might pass on this series. Darn too because I loved the sound of it but I think I would rather read something that I know I will love and have fun reading. ;)

    Thanks for the honest review Maja! I love all your reviews!!

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  8. Not sure I'll read this one I confess, I'm not that attracted...

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  9. I've heard such great things about the first book, so it's sad to see that you have disliked this more than the first. I'm not sure I have a problem with predictable books, so I might not really have a problem with this book. Anyhow, great review!
    - Farah @ MajiBookshelf

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  10. I guess I'll be skipping this series if the sequel is more, rather than less, predictable. The romance also sounds weird to me. I've never been a fan of the MC engaging in a romance with their sibling's ex and have to agree that the fact that Sam and Anna don't remember her sister yet still engage in a relationship doesn't sound very healthy.

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  11. I was hoping the sequel would be better but now I think I'm going to skip this series. I had an ARC for book 1 but I don't think I'm the right reader for it. The relationship you mentioned is quite strange.

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  12. I never really had a strong urge to read this series, so I guess it's a good thing I never picked it up. I'm sorry it was disappointing though!

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  13. I think this would ultimately disappoint me and appreciate your detailed review Maja.

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  14. ah i never read the first one and maybe i'll wait on it now, I can see why it can be a creepy factor. Not sure I want that in my romance.

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