Blog Tour: Altered by Jennifer Rush - Excerpt + Character Sam

Today we are the stop in the special blog tour for Author Jennifer Rush. This special tour is to celebrate the release of her book Altered. In this tour the selected blogs have been assigned a characters from Altered. The characters being featured are Nick, Cas, Trev, Anna and Sam. Jennifer has picked an excerpt from Altered to represent each characters and she shared her thoughts on them. 

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OUaT's assigned character is: SAM

Altered Excerpt:

I could hear my heartbeat in my head now and wondered if Sam could hear it, too, if he could sense what I felt. His eyes moved again to my mouth. With his finger gone, there was nothing between us. I licked my lips. My nerves hummed like a live wire, my breath fluttering helplessly behind my teeth.

“Can I help you with something?” The attendant’s voice carried through the fitting room.

A deep voice answered back, one I didn’t recognize. “I’m looking for a young man and woman. They look like this.”

Sam leaned into me, bringing with him the scent of new canvas. His breath touched the sensitive skin between my neck and shoulder. Heat rushed down my spine. (Altered page 150)

Jennifer's Thoughts:

Sam likes to think he is impervious to normal human emotions and teenage boy hormones. But unfortunately for him (and fortunately for us and Anna!), he’s not.

In this scene, plain and simple, Sam’s hormones are getting the best of him. The poor boy has spent the last several years locked in a secret lab. His only contact with a person of the opposite sex has been with Anna. She’s made his life easier and they’ve spent a lot of time together. And under this kind of duress --- constantly in danger, chased by the Branch --- Sam can’t help but lose some of his control around her.

As this point in the story, we’re unsure of Sam’s feelings for Anna, but he gives a tiny hint with the quick drop of his eyes as he looks at Anna’s mouth --- and wonders what it would be like to kiss her.

So does he? You’ll have to read to find out!

Here are the blogs, so you can visit all the stops:

Monday, January 7th – YA Bibliophile
Tuesday, January 8th – YA Sisterhood
Wednesday, January 9th – Confessions of a Bookaholic
Thursday, January 10th – Once Upon A Twilight
Friday, January 11th – Icey Books

Altered #1
Author: Jennifer Rush
Released: January 1st 2013
Publisher: Little, Brown & Co.
Available: Amazon • Barnes & NobleBook Depository
OUaT's 5 Tree Review for Altered

Summary: (from goodreads) When you can’t trust yourself, who can you believe?

Everything about Anna’s life is a secret. Her father works for the Branch at the helm of its latest project: monitoring and administering treatments to the four genetically altered boys in the lab below their farmhouse. There’s Nick, Cas, Trev . . . and Sam, who’s stolen Anna’s heart. When the Branch decides it’s time to take the boys, Sam stages an escape, killing the agents sent to retrieve them.

Anna is torn between following Sam or staying behind in the safety of her everyday life. But her father pushes her to flee, making Sam promise to keep her away from the Branch, at all costs. There’s just one problem. Sam and the boys don’t remember anything before living in the lab—not even their true identities.

Now on the run, Anna soon discovers that she and Sam are connected in more ways than either of them expected. And if they’re both going to survive, they must piece together the clues of their past before the Branch catches up to them and steals it all away.


  1. I so want this books, it sounds so amazing and just look at the cover. :)

    Jenea @ Books Live Forever

  2. I just finished the book today and LOVED IT! I'm strongly contemplating rereading. Twisty. Turny. Tense and intense. And Sam? *swoon*

  3. What a cool post. I liked reading the excerpt and then Jennifer's thoughts on it. This sounds like a really great book.


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