Author: Annabelle Jacobs
Cover Artist: Natasha Snow
Rating: 3.25 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 10/01/2015
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: Alternate Universe/Alternate World, Contemporary, M/M Romance, Paranormal
Matt is a single shifter living in a house full of couples. It’s not that he begrudges his friends their happiness—especially after everything they’ve been through—but he wants someone for himself. He wants a mate. Living out in the Cornish countryside there seems little chance of him finding one.
Thomas’s life has recently been changed for ever. Newly altered, he finds himself in danger as his mother, a prominent politician, works to put a stop to the mistreatment of altereds and bring those responsible to justice.
To keep him safe, Thomas is sent to Cornwall where Matt and his friends offer him refuge until he can return to his home in London. Despite the circumstances surrounding his arrival, Thomas and Matt bond in a way neither of them were expecting. They struggle to come to terms with what this might mean for their future once the threat is eliminated.
Annabelle Jacobs is a favourite author of mine and I adored her Torsere series. I also enjoyed The Altered series #1 and#2 however, I was disappointed with this, the last instalment.
It makes me very sad to write a less than glowing review of The Altered 3. I loved the back story of the Altered, and had wanted to see it develop and be resolved in as intriguing way as it had started. Unfortunately, there seemed nowhere to go once the group were safely ensconced away from the action in London.
This instalment concerns Matt, a partial shifter, who is the only single member of the household in Cornwall. He is feeling lonely and out of place amongst the paired shifters plus, as a partial shifter he feels inadequate. I wanted to know how and if he overcame his feelings of inadequacy, I was praying it wasn’t just finding love that resolved this but…
This story also resolves the problem of the men behind the labs who are trying to make ‘super soldiers’ and be generally evil. The writing is sharp and precise as all Annabelle Jacobs work is, but this novel lacked life and purpose. The story of the anonymous ‘evil, powerful’ men behind the creation of the Altereds was sorted out in London. There were no connections, no moments of clarity in the plot…everything was sorted out and disposed of, off stage. The exposition was via phone calls between the house and Thomas’s mother and television news reports. This kept the action and therefore my engagement with the story – at arm’s length.
The story of Matt meeting his ‘mate’ seemed to be the reason for everything that happened rather than the other way round. At times the characters of Matt and Thomas seemed interchangeable, and I became confused as to who was reacting to what.
The series started with a wonderful premise and I had expected a plot and ideas as rich and enchanting as the Torsere series, unfortunately it was not to be. This whole novel felt rushed. The epilogue was unnecessary and a bit twee.
Maybe I set my favourite authors to a higher standard, I don’t know and I recommend the series, but the last instalment was not for me. Having said all this it seems to be getting high ratings so please, once again, try these books and prove me wrong.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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