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    Fantastic YA Read

    Tarnished is the second book in the Perfected series and takes up right where Perfected left off. The platform of this series is disturbing, to say the least. It’s modern day, but legislature has passed a law that allows genetically created people to be kept as pets. These pets are all girls and trained in kennels to be perfect “life companions” for the rich. Owning a pet is a status symbol. Basically, these girls are perfectly beautiful pampered slaves, but it’s all they know and expect out of life, to be an ornament and please their masters through polite conversation or the elegance of their particular skills, such as music or singing. They’re basically a step above dogs, and most people don’t look at them as true humans. Scary concept, huh? Ella is the main character, a pet bought by the slimy congressman who schmoozed his way to get the pet bill passed. She’s in love with the congressman’s son, Penn, and since meeting Penn, she wants a life of her own. A real life, not one created to simply please a greedy, skeezy rich guy who doesn’t even look at her like a real person with emotions. But freedom is a rough journey, and that’s where Tarnished picks up. Ella really grows as a person in Tarnished, and I liked her much better than I did in Perfected. I loved how she fights not only for the people she loves and her own happiness, but the welfare of the other pets too. She has a kind heart and I love her relationship with Penn, how they refuse to let anyone keep them apart. I also loved Missy’s character. She’s both vulnerable and tough, mouthy and generous. Her sacrifices along the way are humongous, far beyond anything Ella makes, and my heart broke for her. I want her to have a happy ending even more than Ella and Penn. Besides romance, there’s a ton of action in Tarnished. Ella meets some interesting people along the way, secrets are revealed (and they’re both big and super-creepy), and the end leaves you with a big bang. Justice must be served! Great YA read.
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    Amazing!

    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, TARNISHED is so good, I believe that readers should make an effort to read TARNISHED, or better yet read PERFECTED before. To cut a long story short: the “pets”, are genetically engineered girls, whose life is dedicated to making their owners’ life more pleasant; they’re much like slaves. Ella had been bought by Congressman John Kimball, but eventually Ella and Penn, the Congressman’s son, fell in love. Things became intolerable for Ella and she escaped to Canada, where it’s illegal to own “pets”. But Ella has vowed to try and reunite with Penn, one way or another... Ella has escaped and wishes to find Penn, the boy she loves, but she then learns that “pets” are being killed. She wants to find out why and who is murdering them, then is looking for a way to bring justice to the poor innocent, dead girls. What she didn’t expect to find is a very unlikely ally: her acquaintance: Missy… I had loved the first book, and I was hoping TARNISHED would be as good, but it’s much, much, much better! TARNISHED is absolutely fantastic! Exciting, filled with action, and very fast-paced; I am overjoyed! So much happens, there are amazing plot twists, and character development is remarkable. Ms. Jarvik Birch’s prose is absolutely seamless, flowing; the writing is simple but gorgeous and very eloquent. The characters’ dialogues are impeccable: they fit their personalities and their social statuses, and the teenagers sound like they should. TARNISHED is a resounding proof of why Young Adult books can be so successful: the storytelling is captivating, the plot is air-tight, the characters are very relatable. Ella, Missy, and Penn are all different from each other, and I love them all. Missy was a wonderful surprise! I wish I could have read TARNISHED in one sitting; life kept getting in the way of my reading and I just didn’t want to stop. And the cover is genius: it is what the book is all about; you’ll see when you read it. I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
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    Woah so inspired

    Read bok in 9hrs loved it and exited for next book (whatever that one is) Cant belive anyone couldever think up something like this. Lisening to Elton John and reading this lets just say i need to go to IKEA. Im sorry lamp.
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