Thursday, July 17, 2014

REVIEW: Perfected


Perfected
Author: Kate Jarvik Birch
Genre: YA, Romance, Dystopian
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Publication date: 7.1.2014
Pages: 334

Date read: 7.5.2014
Recommended by: Entangled Publishing, Read 2 Review

Summary: Perfection comes at a price.
     As soon as the government passed legislation allowing humans to be genetically engineered and sold as pets, the rich and powerful rushed to own beautiful girls like Ella. Trained from birth to be graceful, demure, and above all, perfect, these "Family companions" enter their masters' homes prepared to live a life of idle luxury.
     Ella is happy with her new role as playmate for a congressman's bubbly young daughter, but she doesn't expect Penn, the congressman's handsome and rebellious son. He's the only person who sees beyond the perfect exterior to the girl within. Falling for him goes against every rule she knows … and the freedom she finds with him is intoxicating.
     But when Ella is kidnapped and thrust into the dark underworld lurking beneath her pampered life, she's faced with an unthinkable choice. Because the only thing more dangerous than staying with Penn's family is leaving … and if she's unsuccessful, she'll face a fate far worse than death.
     For fans of Kiera Cass's Selection series and Lauren DeStefano's Chemical Garden series, Perfect is a chilling look at what it means to be human, and a stunning celebration of the power of love to set us free, wrapped in a glamorous – and dangerous – bow.


I fell in love with the cover. There is just something about it that caught my attention and completely sucked me in – and I had to read it to find out what it was all about.

This is a very interesting and fun story, where the family pet is a human specially bred, raised in a kennel and trained. But there's more to her than that, just like there's more to the family (and its individual members) that purchased her.

I knew there was going to be a twist. I expected it because, in some ways, it was just too good. But some of the twists were completely unexpected and some people's behavior really bothered me, while some other's really surprised me.

I like Ella, Penn and Ruby – and I like how much all three grow throughout the story, especially Ella. I love how Ella is so innocent and the way she's learning things like a young child – the author's really eloquent describing this, but sometimes it's a bit too much and it becomes annoying.

At first I thought the congressman was okay, but after a few chapters he really began to creep me out and I couldn't trust him (the point, I'm sure). The wife I felt nothing for, except that I think she should have protected her family more. She behaves very cold and I had trouble trusting her as well. As with all stories, though, no one is exactly who you think they are.

I was mad at the end – not because of the book or the writing, but because of what happened (you'll have to read it to find out what I'm talking about). I can't wait to get my hands on book #2 because I need to know how things turn out.

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