{Review} Perfected by Kate Jarvik Birch

{Review} Perfected by Kate Jarvik BirchPerfected by Kate Jarvik Birch
Series: Perfected #1
Published by Entangled Teen on July 1, 2014
Genres: Dystopian, Sci-Fi
Pages: 304
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2.5 Stars

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’ 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.

The 411:

This was one of our most-anticipated reads forever, so we were so happy when we got our hands on an early copy of this book.  The idea for this story is awesome–Ella is bought as a pet for a rich family (yes, she’s human, a genetically engineered one) but falls for the brother of her “owner”.  Right?  It’s sort of like a fic we read a million years ago, painted with a dystopian brush.

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Um...Not So Much:

The idea for this story is great, but it’s lacking a lot. There’s instalove and a small amount of swoon. But the characters are seriously lacking. Or maybe they, specifically Ella, plays into their roles so well that there really isn’t more to them.

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Bottom Line:

We needed more–from the characters, from the romance, and from the story of Perfected by Kate Jarvik Birch.

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