Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Tarnished (Perfected, #2)
by Kate Jarvik Birch

Freedom comes at a cost...

Ella was genetically engineered to be the perfect pet—graceful, demure...and kept. In a daring move, she escaped her captivity and took refuge in Canada. But while she can think and act as she pleases, the life of a liberated pet is just as confining as the Congressman’s gilded cage. Her escape triggered a backlash, and now no one's safe, least
of all the other pets. But she's trapped, unable to get back
to Penn—the boy she loves—or help the girls who need her.

Back in the United States, pets are turning up dead. With help from a very unexpected source, Ella slips deep into the dangerous black market, posing as a tarnished pet available to buy or sell. If she's lucky, she'll be able to rescue Penn and expose the truth about the breeding program. If she fails, Ella will pay not only with her life, but the lives
of everyone she's tried to save...

I am glad that I decided to continue on with this series, because I actually enjoyed this book more than the first book. This story had a lot more action and less insta-love. I was actually on the edge of my seat during a majority of this book. This book definitely blew the first book out of the water with the nonstop action and the better developed romance. I also really liked how this book was even creepier than the first book. The author showed us just how dark and gritty NuPet and the black market could be, and I loved it. 

I thought this was an extremely interesting and fun read. I liked seeing the characters from the first book develop more in this book. I still had a hard time connecting with some of the characters in this book, but I definitely liked all of the characters more in this book than I did in the first book. I was happy to see Ella become more of a badass, but her development seemed a little sudden (even though it was overdue). I wish that would have been developed at a smoother pace. The only other big issue I had with the characters was that none of them seemed to have any reasoning behind their actions. I could never understand why they were doing the things that they did. 

Overall, I enjoyed this book a lot! I am very happy that I decided to continue this series, and I am looking forward to the next installment.

4 / 5 Fangs

*This ebook was given to me in exchange for an honest review. * 

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