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Ella was genetically engineered to be the perfect pet—graceful, demure…and kept. In a daring move, she escaped her captivity and took refuge in Canada. But while she can think and act as she pleases, the life of a liberated pet is just as confining as the Congressman’s gilded cage. Her escape started a revolution, but she’s trapped, unable to get back to Penn—the boy she loves—or help the girls who need her.
Back in the United States, pets are turning up dead. With help from a very unexpected source, Ella slips deep into the dangerous black market, posing as a tarnished pet available to buy or sell. If she’s lucky, she’ll be able to rescue Penn and expose the truth about the breeding program. If she fails, Ella will pay not only with her life, but the lives of everyone she’s tried to save…
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Entangled Publishing, LLC and NetGalley.)
“They’re killing the pets.”
This was a good sequel, and the stakes rose even higher.
Ella really took charge in this book; even though she was still a bit naïve,... ...more
“Morning was just an idea that night was considering, a blush colored dream.”
Book Title: Tarnished
Author: Kate Jarvik Birch
Series: Perfected #2
Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian-ish, Sci-fi-ish
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Source: Netgalley Arc
Why I picked that quote: The auth...
PERFECTED was an interesting book, but TARNISHED definitely stepped the series up another level.
Ella tended to annoy me in PERFECTED, but TARNISHED brought her out of her 'pet' shell. She goes from meek to fierce and her loyalty to those she cares about shines through in just about every situatio... ...more
Once I picked it up, I didn't want to put this book down. Perfected was a compelling and creepy story, even though I could see some things coming way before Ella realized them. Tarnished is just as - if not more so - creepy. Ella and Penn were separated at the end of book 1 by police officers at... ...more
This book is a solid 4.5 stars.
Warning: This review may contain slight spoilers.
This book took me a week to read. But it doesn’t have anything to do with the book itself. It was because of my schedule and me feeling overwhelmed by starting about 4/5 books in one day because my attention span flut... ...more
Five stars are not enough for TARNISHED.
TARNISHED is simply outstanding! This had to be said right away. I’m not sure whether someone who hasn’t read the first book of this series, Perfected, will be able to easily follow, because TARNISHED continues exactly where PERFECTED left off. However, TAR... ...more
This review of “Tarnished” is going to be short, because when I requested it I neglected to notice that it was the second book in a series. I’ll review it based on the plot and writing, but as a reader you should begin with the first book ("Perfected") to save yourself the same confusion I brough... ...more
After reading and thoroughly enjoying Perfected I was really looking forward to reading Tarnished. the only slight worry I had was that sometime the second book in a series doesn't quite live up to the first!
So as I said at the very beginning of the post about... ...more
This and other reviews can be found at Yellow, Green, and Read All Over
Note: I received a digital ARC of this novel from Entangled Teen and NetGalley
When we last left Ella, having realized that the perfect life she was bred for was anything but, she escaped captivity and had managed to cross the... ...more
"I had no idea what sort of lives normal people lived, but I wanted to know."
This one is even better than the first. What drew me to Perfected was the outrageousness of owning a human as a pet. In this second installment, things get so much worse than simply owning a human being (and that... ...more
I'm still not over that I felt empty, in a good way, at the end of Tarnished. I mean, it couldn't end like that! Tell me there's a third book. Please.
First of all, Tarnished, with its character development and pacing, it is no doubt, much better than Perfected. I was mostly reading with my mouth... ...more
I was given an ebook ARC in exchange for an honest review. Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes! I loved this sequel! About halfway through it get so intensely exciting that you just can’t put it down. It starts off with Ella formulating a plan to escape from her…well, escape. Having fled to Canada, she finds... ...more
Ella is free. Sort of. She’s stuck in a refugee center in Canada, which feels like just another prison to her. So she escapes and with the help of Missy and uses the black market to get back to her old home and Penn, the boy she loves.
Tarnished is the second book in the Perfected series and it’s... ...more
Although I have not read the first book in the Perfected series, I could pick this one up and not be lost. Took me a few minutes to get acquainted with where we were in the story and why we were there, but Kate Jarvik Birch does a very good job of catching you up quickly.
I have to say that this s... ...more
After reading and really enjoying the first book “Perfected” I was really excited to be offered the second book.
I was curious to see where it would go from there for Ella. It was not what I expected, I didn’t expect her to go back to the States after all she went through to make it to Canada.... ...more
Every bit as good as the first, and I am on tenterhooks for the third...which will happen, right? ...more
I'm thrilled to be part of the Tarnished blog tour. I hadn't read Perfected before (the first in the series), so I have some reading time involved in this series. :) But first, there's an excerpt for you to enjoy, followed by my review, and don't forget to enter to win the $20 Amazon gift card. H... ...more
Author: Kate Jarvik Birch
Publisher/Year: Entangled Publishing 12/1/15
Length: 217 Pages
Series: Perfected #2
Freedom comes at a cost...
Ella was genetically engineered to be the perfect pet-graceful, demure...and kept. In a daring move, she escaped her captivity and took refug... ...more
Perfected was one of those books that I was sad to have to wait to read the sequel. In fact, I remember trying to find a pre-release copy after reading Perfected, some time ago. Alas, a few weeks before its release, I was given an opportunity to read it! Thank you YA Bound Blog Tours for allowing... ...more
*I received a copy from Entangled Publishing for review. All opinions are 100% my own.*
Perfected ended with a cliffhanger that took away my ability to breathe and my heart in a hundred little pieces. I'm not a huge dystopian reader as the worlds never capture my attention long enough. When I firs... ...more
I would rate this closer to 3.75, but nonetheless it was entertaining and thought provoking. ...more
Previous books in the series: Perfected
Series: Perfected (#2)
Author: Kate Jarvik Birch
Release Date: 1st December 2015
Challenges: 2016 Netgalley & Edelweiss Challenge, 2016 Prequel & Sequel Challenge... ...more
Holy crap was this book all levels of screwed up. I thought the first book was messed up. It just set the eerie stage.
A world where young girls are sold as genetically modified pets. For god knows what purposes. This is not a feel good story. This is not a happy story. It's not supposed to be.
This installment of the Perfected series wasn't quite what I was expecting, but don't get me wrong, that wasn't a bad thing. Ella has crossed the border into Canada to find safety, but was unfortunately separated from her love, Penn. She's living in a refugee house for liberated/escaped pets, and... ...more
Thank you to the author for a chance to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
Publish date: 1st December 2015
Full review can also be found on: Paein and Ms4Tune’s Book Blog
Boy! I don't think I've read a sequel this good in some time! To be honest I have few expectations when it comes t... ...more