YA Review – Altered Helix


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Altered Helix
(Altered Helix #1)
By Stephanie Hansen
Young Adult Fantasy Novella
Paperback, Audiobook & ebook, 96 Pages
May 19, 2020 by Hypothesis Books

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I didn’t want to take the traditional path. First, I wasn’t ready for college. Second, I was going to live with my best friend, Tiff, and work at the Haunted House. Third, did I mention the hot guy Josh that works there too?

The most exciting thing about Austria’s new job, at a local haunted house, was the fact that the toughest looking people screamed the loudest. But when she meets the boy without a home, Josh, Austria’s life takes intriguing and eventful turns. Up until now, Josh has managed to hang with his Street crowd, but they’re in danger, and so is Austria, the girl Josh recently fell for. The group finds themselves joining forces with previously considered enemies who also now find themselves in danger.

Deeply compassionate and full of twists, Altered Helix captures the struggle of polarized people that must work together for the greater good.

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My Review

Hansen, Stephanie. Altered Helix. NP: Hypothesis Books, 2020.

Stephanie Hansen has taken an interesting concept, altered DNA, and woven it into an intriguing story. Even though Altered Helix is more of a novella, the characters are well developed. 

When Austria begins seeing her father who has been “dead” for a long time, she wonders if she is seeing things or if he is really there. The people she works with at the Haunted House are from a variety of backgrounds – some homeless, some who have jobs and homes, and some who come from wealthy families. Hansen has created an interesting dynamic between these groups. Readers may be surprised by who ends up helping whom.

Areas of Potential Concern

The story does take place in a haunted house and the main character sees “shadows” and senses supernatural activity. There are also a couple of instances of mild profanity. The passionate kissing and boys and girls spending the night together may also limit the audience for this series. 

Because of these areas of concern, I cannot recommend Altered Helix for a k-12 Christian school library. 

I received a complimentary copy of Altered Helix. This is my honest review.

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About the Author

Stephanie Hansen is a PenCraft Award Winning Author. Her short story, Break Time, and poetry has been featured in Mind’s Eye literary magazine. The Kansas Writers Association published her short story, Existing Forces, appointing her as a noted author. She has held a deep passion for writing since early childhood, but a brush with death caused her to allow it to grow. She’s part of an SCBWI critique group in Lawrence, KS and two local book clubs. She attends many writers’ conferences including the Writing Day Workshops, New York Pitch, Penned Con, New Letters, All Write Now, Show Me Writers Master Class, BEA, and Nebraska Writers Guild conference as well as Book Fairs and Comic-Cons. She is a member of the deaf and hard of hearing community.

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