Review: Perfected by Kate Jarvik Birch

Posted June 30, 2014 by lockhartbecca in Uncategorized / 10 Comments


Author: Kate Jarvik Birch
Series: Standalone
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Genre: YA Dystopian
Format: ebook
Release Date: July 1, 2014
Source: egalley received from publisher via NetGalley
Rating: 2 Stars
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***I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This
has in no way changed my opinion of the book. The review below is my
open and honest opinion.***

from Goodreads:

Perfection comes at a

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.

This book was…disturbing. I mean
seriously screwed up, disturbing. It was so twisted and messed up that I
literally had a sick feeling while reading. Basically the United States has
legalized the sale of genetically modified human “pets”. These
“pets” get a collar, they get micro-chipped. Oh and ready for the
good part? They can even get them spayed. Are you freaking kidding me???? I
almost stopped reading when I read that. But I pushed on because the concept
interested me and I wanted to see how it was all going to play out.
I was…disappointed. Let’s start
with the world-building. Or should I say the complete lack of world-building?
We get a basic explanation that a law passed in the US legalizing the pets,
Canada hates us for it, and there are a lot of Americans that aren’t too
thrilled about it either. And that about sums it up. I wanted so much more. I
wanted more info about the genetic modifications. How did this start? Why did
it start? What brought our nation to the point of legalizing this? I just
wasn’t buying it because there wasn’t enough information.
And then we can talk about the
characters. The creepy senator. His son who had potential but ultimately was
the victim of insta-love and wasn’t well enough developed for me to ever fall
in love with. The senator’s wife who was an ice queen the whole book and then
has a complete personality change at the end. The only redeeming character was
probably the senator’s youngest daughter who was adorable, but her storyline
wasn’t tied up at all.

The main character was very naive
which I guess was understandable. I liked her interest in music, but she fell
in love way too fast and then her decision at the end seemed quick. One minute
she was happy to be a pet and two seconds later, she wants freedom. I don’t
know. I just wasn’t really buying into it.
So I guess this book was just
disappointing. The concept was interesting, although extremely disturbing. I
think with better world-building and richer character development this could
have been awesome. But it lacked those things and therefore, it wasn’t. Happy
reading all! 
Let’s talk! Have you read this one? What were your thoughts on the world and this idea of human pets? How did you feel about the characters and the romance? 

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10 responses to “Review: Perfected by Kate Jarvik Birch

  1. Bummer! I really enjoyed this author's other recent release, so I've been disappointed to see it getting such poor reviews. This seems like a trend lately with standalones. It makes me wonder if many could be improved with an extra 100 pages taking more time with world building and character development that we usually get with series. Better luck next book, Rebecca!

    • Yeah, I agree. Sometimes it just feels so rushed and while I appreciate the standalone (because there are way too many series…) I also want everything to be fleshed out and tied up. It seems like the only ones that can successfully do standalones are contemporary…

  2. So sad this one wasn't that good for you. I won a copy from a giveaway, and I've been really looking forward to it, but I haven't seen a lot of good reviews for it. The premise still sounds so cool, so I think I'll still give it a shot, but I love all the comments you had to say about it!

  3. I felt the exact same way about this book. Interesting concept, very poor execution. Just so many questions that weren't answered, no connection to the characters, insta-love, and a rushed ending. Is this definitely a stand-alone? I assumed it was a series, that makes the ending really horrible and I didn't even mention that in m review! ~Pam

  4. Ohh, I just read another review for this one that said some similar things – mainly about the worldbuilding and the holy crap disturbing premise. That's… just… yeah, pretty disturbing. It seemed like an interesting concept actually so I thought maybe I'd pick it up one day. I'm still kind of curious. So maybe one day I'll check it out. But maybe not.

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