by Kate Jarvik Birch
Release Date: 07/01/14
Summary from Goodreads:
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.
About the Author:
Kate Jarvik Birch is a visual artist, author, playwright, daydreamer, and professional procrastinator. As a child, she wanted to grow up to be either a unicorn or mermaid. Luckily, being a writer turned out to be just as magical. Her essays and short stories have been published in literary journals including Indiana Review and Saint Ann’s Review. She lives in Salt Lake City, Utah with her husband and three kids. To learn more visit www.katejarvikbirch.com.
The premise of this book really intrigued me so I jumped on the opportunity to review it. There were many aspects that fascinated me (and a few that disturbed me.) However, even though the book touches on a topic that can be extremely controversial, I think it was very well written and as the reader, I didn’t get caught up in the moral implications and just enjoyed the story for what it was. It’s crazy to think that the government would allow human beings to be treated as pets and basically compare them to dogs, but I found myself so drawn to Ella and Penn, that I forgot about everything else.
Ella is naïve, innocent and pure and it’s nearly impossible not to love her as the leading lady. Even though she’s been trained to behave a certain way, she has this bold side to her that makes her push the boundaries. She becomes curious about things and it’s very amusing to see her explore and discover this whole new world.
Penn is a typical rebellious teenaged son. When he finds out that they’re getting a new “pet” he expects to hate her. But that’s not what happens; the forbidden love between Penn and Ella is captivating to say the least.
The book kept me interested the whole time and I found it to be a delightful read. I don’t know if this is meant to be the first book of a series, but hopefully it is, because I am in desperate need of a continuation.
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*
4 out of 5 stars
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