Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Review: Perfected By: Kate Jarvik Birch

Title: Perfected
Author: Kate Jarvik Birch
Published: July 1st, 2014
Source: Netgalley
My Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
 Goodreads 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 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.

My Thoughts:

So I was definitely excited to start reading Perfected, the concept sounded like a bit of new twist on dystopian and I the idea of beautiful girls as pets intrigued me. I had mixed feelings about this book, at times I became a bit bored with it but, at times I enjoyed it. This is one of those books that I feel like you really need to read for yourself to decide because I went back and forth throughout this one on how I would rate it and I really hope that there is second book because I am curious to see what happens next.

The government has just approved a new law for genetically engineered girls who are sold as pets, they live with the rich and are treated lavishly as companions for families and they are taught from birth on how to make their family happy. Ella is excited to finally get to take everything she has learned from her teachers and her kennel and she is ready to do everything she can to fulfill her role. But, as she finds out there is so much about the world that she doesn’t know and because of the way she was raised, she doesn’t realize that she could hope or want for more from her life then what she has been given. She didn’t expect to meet the congressman and his family and begin to feel the way she does about his son Penn. Falling for Penn complicates everything and Ella begins to learn that the world is so much more and she can have more then she has ever dreamed about.

Ella was one of those characters that at times she felt a bit boring because she was naïve and innocent at times it gave her a lack of depth, but as the story progressed she gained a bit more depth and she wasn’t as boring but, I never really connected to her character completely but, I did enjoy the things you learn about her and what she was taught as a pet and what they wanted her to be. You really get to be in her head and she the way she was taught and to think about the world which made it a bit more interesting to read. So much of what Ella got to do was regulated, she could only eat certain foods which kept her skinny, etc. and it was

Penn, the congressman’s son was someone who slowly taught Ella so much about the world that she didn’t know, giving her things like a banana split for the first time and letting her listen to his favorite music for the first time and showing Ella things for the first time made him feel refreshed and it definitely seemed like lots of fun.

Overall, Perfected was great at times and a bit boring at other times, I don’t know if it is a part of a series or not but, I hope that we get to find out more because the ending never gave you a complete conclusion. I definitely agree with the summary it did remind me a bit of the chemical garden trilogy and if you enjoyed those books, definitely give this one a try!

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