By Kate Jarvik Birch
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published July 1st 2014 by Entangled Teen
Source: Hardcover Own
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. – Taken From Goodreads
I won this book in a giveaway and was sent a copy from the author.
Even if I hadn’t won this book, I would have gone to the bookstore and bought it. I fell in love with the cover instantly. It’s one of those covers that is very simple yet elegant at the same time. I think the simple covers are some of the prettiest.
I have never had a book that left me feeling the way this book has. I honestly can’t figure out If I liked it. I know I didn’t dislike it or hate it, I’m just not sure I liked it. It is a very frustrating feeling. Has anyone ever felt this neutral about a book before? Usually I love a book, like a book, dislike a book, or hate a book. I honestly can’t figure the feelings out.
I enjoyed the characters, I love Ruby and Penn, Ella I disliked her from the getgo, but its because it was the way she was bred and raised, so that;s really not her fault for me disliking her, it’s who she is in this book. Does that make sense? The owners of these pets were a bit creepy, but again that’s how they were supposed to come off, I just didn’t like them. I enjoyed the plot and the setting, but the story as a whole lacked something for me. The concept is interesting and very different from anything I have read, but yet it was creepy and kind of repulsive, but still interesting. I love the glitz and glamour, but the rich people drove me mad with their thoughts on “pets”. I enjoyed the ending it was quite exciting, but I also disliked the ending because its not what I wanted or hoped for, but it was still a solid yet open ending. The only real way to explain this book is creepy yet absolutely beautiful at the same time. Does that even make sense?
The book is well written and I really enjoyed the authors writing style, but as I said the story is lacking something. At times I didn’t feel like there was much going on. I wasn’t really ever bored, but there wasn’t too much excitement in this book either, not like I expected.
Can I say the congressman was a bit of a creeper, Like, level 4 creeper status. But again I think thats what the author wanted to portray and she did a great job of that.
I will definitely be reading the next book if there is one. The ending didn’t really end on a cliffhanger or anything for me, but she did leave it open for the possibility if a sequel.
Also question to anyone that has read this, was this a dystopian? Because It didn’t feel dystopian to me, it just felt like we were in a future where people are able to own “pets” that are humans.
I still rate this 3.5 stars even though I am left very unsure of my feelings because this book was unique and I did enjoy it for the most part.