Thursday, October 1, 2015

Happy Happy Release Day!!! eARC Review Request: The Altered 3 (Lycanaeris #3) by Annabelle Jacobs

The Altered 3 (Lycanaeris)
Published October 1st 2015 by Annabelle Jacobs

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.

Review by: multitaskingmomma
My Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

It is with a sad but very satisfied heart to read the final story of the Lycanaeris series. This is a story of how one crazy lunatic poisoned the waters with a pathogen that affected not all humans but enough of them. Enough to make people aware there is a change of the genetic make-up that made them into shifters, full or partial, or simply gifted in ways not considered normal. As the world fears the unknown, they turn to time old tradition of violence, bigotry and persecution.

This third and last installment is Matt's story. The partial shifter with a genius mind for anything IT. The book opens to his craving for something he sees every single day at the farm where his family of altered friends and family retreated to. Everywhere he looks, there is more than enough love for each others' mates. Matt is without a mate so buries himself in work. When he finds he could not stomach hurting mates, he volunteers for a job that is both dangerous and life changing.

Thomas finds himself an altered. After a kidnapping that left his DNA changed forever, he is stolen to the one place no one expected him to go. He meets a family of humans and altered and Matt. The voice he'd heard through the speaker phone was nothing compared to the man he meets. The attraction is instant. The mating is expected. The loving, that was a bonus.

Thomas and Matt find themselves now caught in the crossfires of those who want to keep the altered hated, used and abused from those who want them free and recognized as individuals with rights to life, liberty and freedom. The final fight is set.

Lycanaeris is a series that has to be read in order. It set in a fascinating dystopic world and this third installment does answer the many questions found in the first two books. Should I wish to spoil the answers, I can, but I won't. There are so many things finally answered here but there are still some that are left unresolved. The non-resolution is important to this story, however, for it tells that not all will be revealed no matter how we seek answers. There are things the antagonists left in mystery and that is frustrating. Then again, it is a crazy deed they implemented and it forever changed this world.

What happens next? What happens to the altered? This has an HEA for all the characters involved but their futures are not set. Nothing is. There is something left where the reader wonders what they will do now they have won the fight. Curiously, this end satisfied me like no other could. 

Highly recommend this trilogy. Read it back to back.

"Daniel?" He strained to hear anything but the whole farmhouse seemed quiet. His senses were a little overwhelmed after being effectively dampened for the last three hours, but after thirty seconds or so he could hear the tread of footsteps outside and a car approaching the farmhouse.
Jordan's black Volkswagen T5 pulled up onto the gravel drive at the same time as Matt opened the kitchen door. Daniel walked over to meet him as he got out of the van, holding his phone out for Jordan to see. Whatever was on there had Jordan tensing up immediately.
"What's wrong?" Matt called out, making Daniel jump, but Jordan didn't even flinch already fully aware of his presence. He walked over to them, and looked pointedly at Daniel.
Daniel motioned for Jordan to give him his phone back and handed it straight over to Matt. "I got an email from Shaw."
It took Matt a good few seconds to recognise the name. And when he did, his chest tightened at the memories it invoked. It wasn't that anyone had forgotten what happened at the facility, but it wasn't exactly a popular topic of conversation either. Shaw, along with Ash and a Dr Adams, had been injected with the serum by Chambers and had ended up a partial altered. Whatever he had to say, Matt doubted it would be anything good.
The email was short and to the point. Shaw hadn't bothered with pleasantries, and Matt felt oddly pleased by that. They weren't friends, and he was glad no one pretended otherwise. He read it again to make sure he hadn't missed anything and handed the phone back to Daniel.
"So." Matt glanced up at the sky, knowing their peaceful existence was about to change. But he asked the question anyway. "Are we going to take them?"

Annabelle Jacobs lives in the South West of England with three rowdy children, and two cats.

An avid reader of fantasy herself for many years, Annabelle now spends her days writing her own stories. They're usually either fantasy or paranormal fiction, because she loves building worlds filled with magical creatures, and creating stories full of action and adventure. Her characters may have a tough time of it—fighting enemies and adversity—but they always find love in the end.

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