*I received this book as an eARC from Entangled Publishing on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*
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Author: Kate Jarvik Birch
Publication Date: July 1, 2014
Synopsis: 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.
For fans of Keira Cass’s Selection series and Lauren DeStefano’s Chemical Garden series, Perfected is a chilling look at what it means to be human, and a stunning celebration of the power of love to set us free, wrapped in a glamorous—and dangerous—bow.
Why?: I read Kate's book Deliver Me not too long ago and really enjoyed it. So I was really excited to find out that she had another book coming out so soon! This sounds like something totally different from Deliver Me, but still sounds really interesting and unique.
Expectations: Perfected is compared to Kiera Cass's Selection series, which I really enjoyed. Between that and having enjoyed Kate's earlier book, I have pretty high expectations for this book. I'm expecting romance, mystery, and also a little bit of social commentary. I'm also expecting some gorgeous writing and world building!
Judging a book by its cover: I actually really love this cover. Since it's about humans being sold as pets, I really like the dress inside the bird cage. I love how the blue stands out against the white, and how simple the cover actually is. I would totally pick this up if I saw it on a shelf in a bookstore or library somewhere. It's actually what drew me to the book in the first place!