Perfected

By Kate Jarvik Birch
Published on July 1, 2014
Published by Entangled Teen
Source: Publisher
I was bred to be the perfect pet. I was bred for my beauty and grace, to be a showpiece, an ornament to sit upon the couch, to sing, to dance, to play the piano and paint. I was bred to willingly put my owner's happiness before my own.

Until Penn. The handsome and rebellious son of the congressman who owns me, he's the only person who's seen past my perfect exterior to the girl underneath. Falling for him is forbidden. Falling for him is freeing.

But there's a dark underworld lurking beneath my pampered life. The only thing more dangerous than staying with Penn's family is escaping it, because if I fail, I face a fate far worse than death...

For fans of Kiera Cass's Selection series and Lauren DeStefano's Chemical Garden series, Perfected is a chilling look at what it means to be human, as well as a stunning celebration of the power of love to set us free, wrapped in a glamorous—and dangerous—bow.
It took me a awhile to figure out what my beef was with this book.  My ratings for it have been all over the place- 2 stars to 4 stars.  I literally keep changing it on my Goodreads review.  It is a decent story.  It is engaging, it has feeling, it really is a good story.  But what it lacks is world building.  We are plunked down into this life and it is sort of a dystopian, but it is creepily in today's time- not in the future.  My problem is, and after reading a few reviews on Goodreads (bad me!) the general consesus seems to be that there is no reason given why pets exsist.

Without some sort of history- I have no idea how to feel about everything going on.  I thought reading about the main character's experiences were interesting.  I found the romance way too instalovey and not entirely believable.

The book ended on an interesting note, and with world building the sequel could be very entertaining to me.  Hopefully by the time the second book comes out, I will have figured out how to rate this one.

In case you are curious- there are many skeevy parts in this book, and I wouldn't recommend it for younger teens (abuse, rape, etc).

2 comments:

  1. haha. I do that too. I try not to read the goodreads reviews before picking up the book, but if it's rated low I can't help myself. I need to know what i'm getting into. :P

    I think I'll pass on this one. But the cover is super cool looking at least. :)

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  2. This is one I didn't request, but then saw that some bloggers I follow liked it. Now seeing your disclaimer and the fact that there is no background to the human pet thing, I think I will pass on it. Thanks for the review!

    Tressa @ Wishful Endings

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