Tarnished (Perfected #2)
by Kate Jarvik Birch
Release Date: December 2015
Summary 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 glided cage. Her escape started a revolution, 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...
Perfected left off after Ella crossed the border into Canada, but alone, without Penn, who had planned to run away with her and rescue her from being his father's pet. In fact, the book begins:
Remember. This wasn't freedom. This room with its dingy walls and small, square window, was just another cell. Another cage. Only this time Penn wasn't here to help me get away.
This time, I'd have to escape on my own.
When my world was split in two, after the US police dragged Penn in one direction, while the Canadian officers pulled me in another, a part of me felt like I stayed tethered somewhere across the border, waiting for Penn to come walking across that bridge, no handcuffs weighing down his wrists, no bright red gash across his forehead. Just him, whole and well and complete.
But with that half of me gone, I couldn't think straight anymore. There was only space for one thing: getting back to Penn.I was proud of Ella in parts of this book. In parts, I wanted to yell, "What the hell are you thinking?!?!?!" However, Ella has definitely grown and learned since her days at the Congressman's house.
Even though I though I knew what was going on, this book still surprised me. I didn't expect things to be so different for the pets since Ella's escape.
I read this book so quickly that I couldn't believe it was over. I read a kindle version of the book, and your progress does not show at all times. I had not looked at my progress since a little over 50% to 60%. When I swiped to turn the page and saw Acknowledgements, I had to double check to make sure that I had actually just read the last page!
I had no idea if there would be another book to follow, but after reading the last page that I had no idea was the last page, OMG! OMG!
Yes, OMG x 2! It was that much of a cliff hanger!
This book did just as well as the first at giving readers an ending that would make them immediately try to get their hands on the next book...and get really upset if this is not possible. : (
I was very pleased with this book, although I was a little upset at where it ended. I am hoping that a third book is in the works, to continue where Tarnished left off. If not, I will be very sad.
This is one of those books that I will be waiting (not so patiently) to get my hands on the next one in the series. Finishing this book made me feel exactly how I felt right after finishing Perfected.
Kate Jarvik Birch seems to have the perfect recipe for the cliffhanger that makes you anxious, maybe even a little angry that you have to wait to find out what happens next.
If you liked Perfected, you will definitely love Tarnished. If you haven't read Perfected, go do that now! Then, immediately continue with Tarnished!
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