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[ARC Book Review]: Perfected by Kate Jarvik Birch

I received this book for free from Entangled in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

[ARC Book Review]: Perfected by Kate Jarvik BirchPerfected by Kate Jarvik Birch
Published by Entangled Publishing, Entangled Teen on July 1, 2014
Genres: Dystopian, Dystopian, Romance, Science Fantasy, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 304
Format: eARC
Source: Entangled
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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 Keira Cass’s Selection series and Lauren DeStefano’s Chemical Garden series, Perfected 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.


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I scanned and scanned and scanned BUT that was the last page! YES. This is one of those books where the ending is abrupt. And I don’t even understand….where? where?


Anyway, I like the easy goingness of this dystopian-ish concept of a story. I’m not sure if it can be labeled as dystopian, but I guess so. Since there’s the content of “modern day slaves”. So, I really signed up to review this book because the premise really caught my attention.  This book is about a new law passed on the United States that we’re allowed to have pets. human pets. Naturally, a lot of people are aversed to this law. because DUH. It’s like we went back to the medieval times. These girls or “pets” are genetically engineered and trained to entertain their owners. It’s an absurd idea of a book. And I love it! I just thought there wasn’t much of a strong conflict in the first book though. But we’ll see on the next books..

Hmmm. More about the book? Well, I liked the writing. I like the flow of the story. Some say the immediacy of the development of the romance of the story between Ella (the pet) and Penn (the other guy character hehe, to avoid spoilers) was fast, but I found it okay most of the time. They’re teenagers! What can we expect more, right? Hormones hormones.

Perfected is a series I’d probably still enjoy reading a second time and a series I’m not dying to read the next book on but one book series I’ll watch for.

WAIT! I’m assuming it’s a series…BUT I just checked goodreads and it has no (Series#1) label.


Note: A copy was received in exchange for my honest review 🙂

4 Stars

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