Monday, 21 December 2015

Tarnished (Perfected #2) by Kate Jarvik Birch

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Entangled Publishing, LLC and NetGalley.
Blurb (from Goodreads):
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...

Tarnished by Kate Jarvik Birch

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

“They’re killing the pets.”

This was a good sequel, and the stakes rose even higher.

Ella really took charge in this book; even though she was still a bit naïve, and still didn’t come up with the best plans, she knew what she wanted and really went for it, even if it meant putting herself in danger to achieve what she wanted.

“I need to get back,” I said.

The storyline in this was about Ella trying to find Penn, and also about what was happening to pets in light of Ella’s escape. There were a couple of twists in the tale, and the stakes just went up and up. I did find the pace a little slow again, but the story was enjoyable.

“That sort of behaviour is toxic. It has to be extinguished the moment it’s spotted before it contaminates the group.”

The ending to this left us with a bit of a cliff-hanger, and it will be interesting to see what happens in book 3!

7 out of 10

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