Avenged by Marnee Blake #Review

Posted June 30, 2016 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 12 Comments

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I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Avenged by Marnee Blake #Review

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Series: #2 Altered
Genres: New Adult Romance, Sci-Fi Romance
Published by Entangled Embrace
Released on June 217 2016
Pages: 213
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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This book could not come quickly enough.  I had to know what happened with Kitty, Nick, and the rest of the gang of Altereds.  The story jumped right in where the other left off switching to Kitty as the heroine and Nick the hero during a daring operation to rescue Kitty and stop an evil scientist.  Action, romance, intrigue, and a bunch of people altered to have powerful gifts.  Just the thing!

This is the sequel to Altered and carries on the story though the lead characters change.  Not good Standalone or out of order.

In the first book, Kitty was a gentle, thoughtful girl who lived a very sheltered and restricted life away from others due to her parents’ odd religious views and fears.  The change in her that now allowed her to read minds nearly drove her crazy and then to be captured by the scientist responsible and ‘tested’ for three months in his lab has nearly broken her.  She has learned to block the thoughts of others out of self-preservation, but then she discovers an emerging element of her gift- she can send thoughts as well as receive them making her more dangerous and interesting.  It has been three months and she has given up all hope of rescue from her friends until Nick, Seth’s army pal is suddenly there.

Nick feels such guilt for all that happened to Seth and his fellow Altereds when the traitor who was Nick’s roommate sold them out.  He is especially remorseful about Kitty.  She was taken and has probably suffered a great deal under Field’s mad attempts to tweak his drug and experiment on more people.  Luke and the Jack booked it for Mexico and Seth and Blue were forced into hiding after their encounter at the Army base so that leaves Nick to find and rescue Kitty.  He has to go back and work with the military to do it.

Finding her was the easy part because Fields has not been idle while Nick and the intelligence guys worked.  He’s up against a new group of altereds and time is running out as Fields seeks to sell his work to the highest bidder.  And during this time, he and Kitty grow close and now he is afraid to lose her for an entirely different reason.

This one was as strong and exciting as the last book.  The situation remained taunt with danger for most of the book, but there was time for the characters to grow and start a relationship.  Kitty is a different sort of heroine in that her self-worth is incredibly low.  She is snarly and antagonistic at first because she sees herself wrongly and definitely gets Nick wrong as a result.  He sees a strong, quietly courageous girl that he wishes he could protect from all the bad that has happened to her even while his need to protect leaves him feeling guilty and helpless.  She thinks he pities her and sees her as a liability because her gift is not strength, speed or tactics.  There issues provide the internal conflict and is what makes their relationship build cautiously.

Kitty was not a heroine I couldn’t connect with completely.  She has her good moments like at the beginning when she is toughing it out just to stay alive and then that time in the middle when she was connecting with Nick.  However, early encounters with Nick and then late in the story, we had a disconnect.  I got that she had issues because of her past, but she comes across as first petulant and whiny and then later she did such a one eighty that it left me with whiplash- she totally turned into the person she accused Nick of being.  I don’t mind characters growing, but it was a huge leap from her mousy whiny ‘woe is me because I can’t see how powerful I really am’ to ‘I am an Amazon warrior woman hear me roar’ flip.  Now, I didn’t hate her, but I couldn’t connect with either extreme of her.

Nick was a fantastic hero.  He had a need to protect and nurture so that he took the blame for anything going wrong, but in general, he was a stalwart, upstanding guy who did the right thing.  He had a lot of patience with Kitty and worked hard to convince her that she was special and wonderful to him.  He respected her and treasured her even though he thought she didn’t like him.

Alongside the love story is the ongoing excitement of bringing down Fields and others who would exploit the formula that altered people to give them the enhanced gifts.  The fight and fleeing scenes were intense especially now that there were other altereds working for Fields.  There was a secondary plot building in the background that will carry the series forward though I liked where the end of this book left things after that huge battle scene involving all the altered.

In summary, this was a strong, engaging sequel.  Those who like the superhero or super human type stories will definitely want to give this slightly spicy NA Sci-Fi Romance a try.

I received this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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Debbie Haupt
Debbie Haupt
5 years ago

OOh sci-fi romance, sounds very interesting. I totally know what you mean about wanting to drop kick the heroine. I’m in fact reviewing one just like that today on my blog LOL

Sophia Rose
5 years ago
Reply to  Debbie Haupt

Oh boy! LOL I just could deal with first the whiny part and then her take-charge Marge attitude shift. I’ll definitely be over to see your frustrating heroine, Debbie.

Mary Kirkland
5 years ago

Wow, sounds like quite a lot went on in this one. I haven’t read this author but this sounds like a very intriguing story. Thanks for the great review.

Sophia Rose
5 years ago
Reply to  Mary Kirkland

I love these gifted human and conspiracy mad scientist type stories, Mary. Good stuff! 🙂

5 years ago

I remember wanting to read the first book. Maybe I’ll still give this a try, even if It’s not as strong. Great review!

Sophia Rose
5 years ago
Reply to  Lekeisha

They are both pretty good though I admit to preferring book one particularly as it had the mystery to it about what was going on. Then, I just didn’t connect with this heroine as much as the first one, but the rest of the story was strong for me.

5 years ago

I haven’t read the first book, but I liked how you thought this book was a strong sequel. 🙂

Sophia Rose
5 years ago

These are great when I want a bit of super-human X-Men style story. I look forward to where the author takes it next.

Alyssa Susanna
5 years ago

Ohhhh, this is NA? Interesting… I haven’t read too many sci-fi NA books.This is a continual series, or a companion series? Three stars is okay, but probably not quite enough to convince me! 😀

Wonderful review, Sophia. =)

Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

Sophia Rose
5 years ago
Reply to  Alyssa Susanna

Yes, it’s neat to find the NA sci-fi blend. It’s a continuation series just switches the protagonists with each book. I think each original altered will get a romance. The first book was definitely my favorite of the two because of the element of mystery to it, but I think it’s a strong series.

Anna@herding cats&burning soup

Oh she sounds like she’d be difficult for sure :/ Heroes like them I always think dang you have the patience of a saint! lol

Sophia Rose
5 years ago

I don’t mind a character who starts out not seeing their own strengths and potential, but it was also hard to watch her mope about being weak and nothing special, get snotty with the hero when he tried to help her see herself more clearly, and then suddenly in the end, she flipped a switch and was the opposite in personality.