Book Review : Perfected by Kate Jarvik Birch

July 2, 2014 Book review 2 ★★★


This is what I’d call dystopia light. Or maybe it’s not even dystopia as it doesn’t appear to be set in the future. So I’m not sure how to categorise it but I do know that I liked it.

Book Review : Perfected by Kate Jarvik BirchPerfected by Kate Jarvik Birch
Published by Entangled Publishing, LLC on 1st July 2014
Genres: Love & Romance, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 400
Source: NetGalley
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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.

First Line of Perfected:

“Remember. You’ll never be one of them,” Miss Gellner said, repositioning each of us on our divans in the sitting room so our gowns draped elegantly around our crossed ankles.

My Thoughts on Perfected:

The premise for this book is disturbing! The idea of teenage girls who are raised to be pets just gives me goose bumps. It’s just so wrong and it is a bit hard to see how it could ever be tolerated by society in today’s world. So I had to suspend disbelieve to let myself believe the premise but when I did that and stopped plucking holes in the plot, I enjoyed it.

The Highs of Perfected:

– Very easy to read. The language is pretty simplistic but still flows really well. The descriptions are really well done and I could see the various places in mind as I read.
– Ella is believable as the main character. She has been trained to be a pet and is over anxious to please her masters which is cringe worthy to read but is very effectively executed.
– And I loved her development throughout the book as she dares to dream of a future that she wants and not one that is dictated for her.
– There were lots of 1950’s references (music, movies, etc) which I enjoyed reading about. It did confuse me as to what time period this book was set in but I loved the vintage feel that this added to the book.
– The ending was spot on. I’m not sure if this is a standalone or not but if there was a sequel, I’d definitely read it.
– Penn’s father makes for a great character to hate. He just gives me the shudders as he is creepy and bordering on lecherous.

The Lows of Perfected:

– It’s hard to swallow the premise of people as pets. But just do it!
– Insta love. The circumstances make this easier to believe as they Ella and Penn bond over music and he is also the first person to really look beyond the pet label and I can see how Ella would fall for him. But still insta love grinds on me.
– I think the world building should have been developed further and explained more. This would have added more depth to the book which I thought that it lacked.

Perfected on the Balancing Scales:

This is a perfectly enjoyable book if you are looking for a light read. I would say don’t over analyse it, just enjoy for what it is. That’s what I did and that worked for me.


Rating Report
Did I feel it?
Overall: three-stars

Who should read Perfected?

I’d recommend this to people who are looking for a light, entertaining book with a starry-eyed, romance. Perfect for a beach read or a lazy Sunday afternoon. Fans of The Jewel by Amy Ewing and The Selection by Kiera Cass should also enjoy this one. If you are looking for a dystopia with rock solid world building, then I’d avoid this one.


Thanks to NetGalley and Entangled: Teen  for giving me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.


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2 Responses to “Book Review : Perfected by Kate Jarvik Birch”

  1. Danielle

    Yeah Dystopia light is a great description for this. I think it’ll be a 2-2.5 star book for me because it was easy to read and fairly enjoyable but the lack of world building was such a let down, I think the book could have been epic if she’d have taken the time to really get into some of the nitty gritty. Ruby was the real highlight for me. Such a cutie! 🙂
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