Perfected by Kate Jarvik BirchPerfected by Kate Jarvik Birch

Perfected

byKate Jarvik Birch

Hardcover | July 1, 2014

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"Compelling, imaginative, and unique. I couldn't turn the pages fast enough!" - Mary Lindsey, author of Haven

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.

For fans of Keira Cass's Selection series and Lauren DeStefano's Chemical Garden series, Perfected by Kate Jarvik Birch 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.

The Perfected series is best enjoyed in order.
Reading Order:
Book #1 Perfected
Book #2 Tarnished
Book #3 Unraveled

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 An...
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Title:PerfectedFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:304 pages, 8.32 × 5.39 × 1.05 inShipping dimensions:8.32 × 5.39 × 1.05 inPublished:July 1, 2014Publisher:Entangled Publishing, LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1622662687

ISBN - 13:9781622662685

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Disturbing concept, good writing A new legislation has been passed, allowing the rich elite to now own genetically engineered human pets. These pets are trained from birth to be the perfect companions. Ella is one of these pets and, at first, she loves her role as companion to a congressman?s daughter, but things get complicated with his son Penn. Penn seems to be able to see through her perfect act to the real her. Then Ella is kidnapped and quickly learns that not everyone is in favor of human pets. The concept of this book was disturbing and unsettling, which was the purpose so that was definitely successful. Ella was bred and trained for the sole purpose of being purchased by a wealthy family determined to have the next big ?it? item that declared their elite status. She was treated like an owner would treat a beloved pet but she was human so it led to some uncomfortable moments between her and her owners. I would have liked to see more about how the legislation was passed and how it became acceptable to own the human pets. Ella was bought by a congressman that had a huge hand in passing the law but it was never really touched upon other than it being the reason he thought their family needed a pet. I could buy into the mindset of the elite wanting the new status definer of owning humans pets and the anti-pet mindset of the groups opposing the law, but more development as to how it came to be would have helped. Ella could be a frustrating character but in ways I could understand. She was bred and trained to be a certain way, act a certain way, so I could understand her being scared any time she had a ?free? thought or desire. She didn?t want to be returned as defective to the kennel. She thought she had a good life, well taken care of, loved, pampered with expensive clothes, and all she had to do was act her part as their pet. It was nice to see the struggle in her head between wanting to be safe as the pet and wanting to be a woman. Penn, the congressman?s son, was a character I really liked. He was rebellious and didn?t have much respect for his father or for the whole human pet legislation. Ruby, the congressman?s young daughter, I really felt for. She was so innocent and her parents were very hard on her, both their children actually, but Ruby was only ten and didn?t really seem to understand the concept of a human pet. I did find it to be a little predictable. The events unfolded in the way I figured they would. It was pretty fast-paced and easy to read, a good book for a one-night read. The characters and the romance were at the front while the dystopian elements were more in the back so we ended up with more development and focus on the first two than the last. It?s supposed to be the first book in a new series so I?m hoping to get some answers in the next books. *I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Date published: 2014-11-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Imaginative and Unique "Perfected" by Kate Jarvik Birch is a chilling look at society where government legislation permits the sale of genetically engineered young girls to families of wealth, power and prestige. Trained from birth to enrich the lives of their owners Ella is content to fulfill her role as a "pet" in Congressman John Kimball's household until she begins to fall in love with his defiant son, much to her owner's consternation as he has his own lustful plans for the beautiful girl. When she runs away after finding out the last pet was impregnated the Congressman threatens to have her spayed to keep her compliant so Ella must make a difficult decision to either pay the price for her pampered lifestyle or to escape with Penn to freedom. Kate Jarvick Birch sets the stage in a society where a Government Act permits girls to be cloned and trained in Kennels for the amusement of the wealthy who buy as them as household pets. Trained to please their masters, often the price of their possession and luxurious lifestyle includes sexual favours. In this story Ella feels uncomfortable with John Kimball's overtures of affection but tries to ignore them, loving her role as Ruby's playmate and smitten by handsome and talented Penn. Although there are people who despise the new law and want to free the slaves, Ella resents being kidnapped and is relieved when the microchip in her neck brings the police to her aid. This imaginative and unique plot progresses smoothly from Ella's instant attraction to Penn, to her interaction with the Kimball family, to her kidnapping and flight to freedom. Although I would have liked to have learned more about the society and politics that promotes the cloning and the exploitation of young girls, the plot is intriguing and builds in intensity as Ella begins to realize that her happiness and freedom will cost her more than she wants to sacrifice. The novel is a page turner from beginning to end with a cliff-hanger that begs for a sequel. The characters are well-developed and realistic each driven by secrets and dark desires. Sixteen year old Ella has a deep- seeded fear of being considered imperfect, although she's musically gifted and accepting of her place in the Kimball household. At first she's reserved, innocent, naive, and vulnerable but matures with her love for Penn, questioning her position as a pet and her yearning for happiness. Penn Kimball whose ambitions are dictated by his father seems cold, detached, and cynical when he is introduced to Ella. But as he gets to know her his warmth, courage and unselfishness shines through. John Kimball is Penn's obsessed and controlling father who has an insatiable need to impress others while his mother Elise is rude melodramatic and guarded. All these characters add to the energy, drama and passion of this riveting novel. I enjoyed "Perfected " which is very reminiscent in some aspects with the Kiera Crass series "Selection". I hope we won't have to wait long to see what happens to the hero and heroine in their fight to be together.
Date published: 2014-10-01

Editorial Reviews

"Compelling, imaginative, and unique. I couldn't turn the pages fast enough!" - Mary Lindsey, author of Haven