Three terrifying months.
That’s how long Kitty Laughton has been at the mercy of the scientist who experimented on her town, killing over a dozen people and giving the rest of them unique powers. But Kitty doesn’t feel powerful, especially when she learns the crazy man plans to test his research on more unsuspecting people. She refuses to let anyone else die, but trapped with no one to help her she’s out of options…that is until sexy and exasperating Nick Degrassi arrives.
Special-ops soldier Nick blames himself for Kitty’s capture, and he’ll do whatever he can to free the quiet beauty, but close quarters and a shared secret bring an attraction that neither of them expected. With the organization that started it all making mercenaries for hire, Nick and Kitty must save themselves and stop a madman…before it’s too late.
Author: Marnee Blake
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Altered
Series: Altered #2
Published by Entangled Publishing Source: Publisher
Published: June 27, 2016
Genres: New Adult, Sci Fi Romance
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I first discovered author Marnee Blake last year when I read her debut book, Altered, and was completely blow away. I have been stalking her ever since waiting for the follow-up to come out. No doubt in my mind I was going to be reading it, the only question was how long I was going to have to wait. And then Avenged was released. MINE! I sat down and read this baby in one day and while it wasn’t as powerful of a read as its predecessor was, I still loved it.
Time for Kitty’s story! She has the ability to hear thoughts. As powerful as that seems, it sounds like more to me a miserable ability to have. Anyhow, she was captured by the people who poisoned her town, killing most everybody, leaving a handful of survivors with special abilities. Three months they have been experimenting on her trying to replicate her abilities. Nick is a special-ops soldier and blamed himself for her capture so of course he wants in on her rescue. There’s quite a bit of action and intense moments as Nick tries to rescue Kitty but the bulk of the story revolves around the rescues (Plural) as well as time spent in a cage dealing with powers while sorting through feelings. He’s all ‘yes I want her/no I shouldn’t’ and she is ‘I want him/I had an uptight upbringing/nobody wants me’. Sometimes their separate pity parties were a bit tiresome but when they FINALLY give into to their feelings, things heat up. While I’m all for them getting together, I’m just not too sure if bumping uglies while imprisoned by a crazy scientist is the best place to do that.
There are not too many new characters to the series. Either most of them were major character previously, or we had been introduced to them. It’s nice getting to revisit with former main characters, Blue and Seth, however brief. When it comes to antagonists, there are too many to count and I’m having a hard time figuring which one I detest more, Dr. Fields or Jeremy. Then there are the ones I’m not quite sure of. Martins and the military, Hmmm. Jury is out on if they can be trusted. Now there is a new player, Parker Sinclair. His powers are similar to Kitty’s only he seems to have mastered them better than she has hers. I’m not quite sure how he came about those powers, but I doubt his future plans are on the up-and-up. I don’t think we’ve seen the last of him.
I’m not sure of the novelty and excitement of the previous title has worn off but I found Avenged to be just a great book. It didn’t quite have the knock-my-socks-off excitement that the previous book had, but it still made for an exciting read. I think what is lacking is the whole unknown. A lot is explained in this book so quite a bit of the mystery is gone on why they are the way they are. With that in mind, I cannot quite decide if I would call Avenged an okay stand-alone. There’s quite a bit of backstory that, while it isn’t necessary to know, it does crank up the excitement level of the series overall. So if you are new to the series, that’s fine but I personally think you are better off starting the Altered series from the beginning. I definitely plan to continue with the series and put it in my recommend-reading bucket.