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Peek Inside Tarnished

Genetically engineered “pet” Ella escaped to Canada, but while she can think and act as she pleases, she's troubled by rumors about pets who are turning up dead. Now she must return to the danger of the black market Kennels and uncover the hidden truth about the breeding program. If Ella's lucky, she'll be able to rescue Penn—the boy she loves—along the rest of the pets in captivity. If she fails, she'll pay not only with her life, but the lives of everyone she's tried to save...

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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…



Five Stars: "I adored this...I can't even tell you. I was absolutely prepared to throw things at people who walked into the room and interrupted me. And there's more...I was so worried it would end after only two books, but thank goodness, there will be more!" - K.M. Robinson, Reading Transforms

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781633751286
Series: Perfected, Book 2
Release Date: Dec 1, 2015
Page Count: 304
Imprint: teen
Genre: dystopian, sci-fi, young adult
Tropes: forbidden love/off limits, overcoming odds

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By Sarah December 02, 2015

(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

By ⇝LEAH⇜ December 13, 2015

“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...

By Stacy December 03, 2015

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

By Melissa (YA Book Shelf) November 07, 2015

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

By Kimzey December 05, 2015

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

By Monique November 28, 2015

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

By Morris January 07, 2016

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

By Maddy June 12, 2016

The end of the first book to this series made me instantly want to read this book and that's exactly what I did. This book was a lot more a fast paced which I liked. I loved the relationship she built with the people in this book. It made her seem so strong, unlike the pet she was made out to be.... ...more

By Molly May 17, 2016

Every bit as good as the first, and I am on tenterhooks for the third...which will happen, right? ...more

By Sandra "Jeanz" November 25, 2015

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

By Trisha November 02, 2015

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

By Jaclyn November 17, 2015

"I had no idea what sort of lives normal people lived, but I wanted to know."

The Good

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

By Denise December 04, 2015

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

By K.M. Robinson November 11, 2015

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

By Dena (Batch of Books) January 23, 2016

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

By Melanie December 01, 2015

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

By SnoopyDoo's Book Reviews December 08, 2015

4 ★

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

By Desiree February 05, 2018

I cannot believe it took me years to find this, the second book in the Perfected series.

This series is my absolute favorite, it may seem cliche at times but honestly these books own my heart and soul.

Perfected was such a good start, ending dramatically and leaving an opening for a sequel.
Tarnishe... ...more

By Emily January 03, 2018

Yet another fabulous book from Kate Jarvik Birch! I absolutely adored this book and can't wait for her next novel! She is a wonderful author with creative and unique stories that truly captivate the readers and their hearts! By far one of my favorite books and authors! ...more

By Llyr May 23, 2017

Good follow-up to the first book. A bit of a rushed, open ending. There better be a third book! ...more

By Ilana November 04, 2016

Title: Tarnished
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

By Jessica December 11, 2015

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

By Rivalie December 05, 2015

*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

By Laura March 15, 2016


Previous books in the series: Perfected

Title: Tarnished
Series: Perfected (#2)
Author: Kate Jarvik Birch
From: Netgalley
Genre: Dystopia
Release Date: 1st December 2015
Challenges: 2016 Netgalley & Edelweiss Challenge, 2016 Prequel & Sequel Challenge... ...more

By Storm March 09, 2016

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.

It'... ...more

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Kate Jarvik Birch

About the author

Kate Jarvik Birch

Kate Jarvik Birch is a visual artist, author, playwright, daydreamer, and professional procrastinator. As a child, she wanted to grow up to be either a unicorn or mermaid. Luckily, being a writer turned out to be just as magical. Her essays and short stories have been published in literary journals including Indiana Review and Saint Ann's Review. She lives in Salt Lake City, Utah with her husband and three kids. To learn more visit www.katejarvikbirch.com

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