Review: “Perfected” – Kate Jarvik Birch

January 8, 2015 Book Review, Initial Reaction 2

Review: “Perfected” – Kate Jarvik BirchPerfected by Kate Jarvik Birch
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Published on: July 1st 2014
Published by: Entangled Teen
Pages: 304
Series: Perfected #1
Genre: YA Dystopian
Format: Paperback

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The Story(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.


Initial Reaction


My Thoughts

Another book that has been sat on my Kindle for what feel like FOREVER that I have FINALLY got round to reading! The idea behind the story is both totally weird but also totally fascinating at the same time and upon reading the description I was totally intrigued of how this story was going to unfold. This book probably took me about 4 hours to read, because I just couldn’t put it down!

The idea of people as pets was a new one for me and I can honestly say I have never read a book like this before. The idea that rich people would buy people just to dress them up and show them off seemed totally bizarre but at the same time it made a fascinating story. I really liked Ella right from the beginning as she seemed that little bit rebellious even from the start. Also the way Ella is so fascinated when she is bought and is out in the world and her naivety to things like kissing made her kind of adorable in a way. She just seemed so tiny and innocent and just very likeable.

Forbidden love has to be one of my favourite things to read about in books. There is always this nervousness that someone is going to tear them apart which makes all the little moments that they spend together even more special. For Ella and Penn it’s the simple things like him teaching her to swim that gives them the cuteness factor. I also like that it is their mutual love for music (although different genres) that subtly brings them closer together, again such a simple thing which makes Penn and Ella’s feelings for each other feel totally real and not insta lovey at all.

I really liked the idea of the rebel underground groupwho were all about freeing the Pet’s from their captures and setting them free. It would have felt wrong and unrealistic if there wasn’t someone against the idea of human pets. They didn’t feature as much as I would have liked but I’m hoping there is going to be a whole lot more of them through the rest of the series.

I really enjoyed this book and it makes a great start to a series. There is so much more to be developed and I can’t wait to see more of the underground group of rebels and Ella’s relationship with Penn. I’m totally hoping for a rebellion by Ella, Penn and the underground group against the elite to fight for Pet Rights!


Final Thoughts

Overall this was a fantastic book and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. The story and the way it unfolded was perfect and that ending is going to keep me hanging on until book 2’s release later this year.

Re-Readability: Yes.

I would recommend this book to fans of: Forbidden love stories, a totally unique concept, light dystopian.

Have you read Perfected? What did you think?

Are you excited for the next book too?


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2 Responses to “Review: “Perfected” – Kate Jarvik Birch”

    • Brocs Bookcase

      Yes! And, apparently it is a series, so even more after this one too! YEAY! Thanks for stopping by! 🙂