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3.72  ·  Rating details ·  5,631 ratings  ·  852 reviews
Sarah O’Brien is alive because of the pact she and her brother made twelve years ago — James will protect her from their violent father if she promises to never leave him. For years, she’s watched James destroy his life to save hers. If all he asks for in return is her affection, she’ll give it freely.

Until, with a tiny kiss and a broken mind, he asks for more than she can
Paperback, 336 pages
Published January 22nd 2013 by Entangled Publishing, LLC (first published November 20th 2012)
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Corinna Forbidden is a book with real characters. You can sympathise with them and understand them. They have a life. A book I really really loved. i bought f…moreForbidden is a book with real characters. You can sympathise with them and understand them. They have a life. A book I really really loved. i bought flawed because I thought it woukd be similar.

THIS book here (flawed) is just a flat story with mary-sues and gary-stus. One-sided. Flat es hell. Oh my... not worth the money.(less)

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Tessamari ♥Many Waters...♥ ~ Sweet Spot Book Blog
4.75-5 Stars

**WARNING** I’m an emotional wreck and cannot control the verbal vomit that will most likely come out of my mouth. So with that said, the following may contain spoilers and some expletives. You have been warned. Proceed at your own risk :)

You'll never know dear, how much I love you. Please don't take my sunshine away.

“No, I love you. You’ve never loved me, even though it’s supposed to be me and you, forever.” He reaches for my waist and buries his sticky face in my stomach. “


“I’ll always love you and make you happy,
If you only say the same.
But if you leave me to love another,
You’ll regret it all someday”

To say “Flawed” was an emotional read would be an understatement. I’m not gonna lie. I was exhausted when I finished this one. It was intense, heart breaking and depressing.“Flawed” is a story about life,family, love, loyalty, loss and so much more. It’s the story of Sarah and James, two brothers who grew up in a messed up home. Growing up with
Nov 25, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: why-the-hype
Rating: 2.5 Stars

You need to know straight off the bat that this is one of those reviews you should take with a grain of salt. I read Flawed just after finishing Juliet Marillier’s masterpiece, Daughter of the Forest, and you should know, that reading order did no wonders for this novel. While both novels are vastly dissimilar, they both contain protagonists who have suffered through difficult situations and while Sorcha, the compelling heroine of Marillier’s tale, managed to make me weep and fe
L A i N E Y
"Why can’t I be enough?
I want to be enough so fucking bad"

This was messed up.

James O'Brien will forever be the character that I would have loved and shed real tears for IF I ever got the chance to get to know him. What a waste.

These people lives were so messed up and so so sad. It focused more on the troubles - the abusive father and the abandonment in their lives and not on the 'forbidden romance' aspect.

To be honest, I believe this book would be a whole lot more interesting if it w
Annie Brewer
OH crap! I want to read this book...but ummm, after reading Forbidden and how it shattered my heart to the point of becoming inconsolable and not able to read another book for like a week, I am so scared to read this. Though these crazy, twisted, sick stories are always the ones that jump out at me and I always take the bait, I am just not sure if I can stomach this one. My heart is fragile as it is. Ugh, maybe I'll give it a chance at some point.

Rosalinda *KRASNORADA*

I cannot rate this book but will try my best to review it

I finally decided to rate this after 2 days, I cannot get this out of my head so I guess that's a good signal

Why can’t I rate the book? I don’t know, maybe I will be able to do it after a few days but most of the book I felt it was a 3 star book but then the end was a 5 star ending so it’s better if I just don’t rate it because my rating won’t be fair.

This is the story of James & Sarah. To be honest, I think this is their book, Sam wa
Mar 01, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: gag-worthy-book
It seems more young adult is tackling a lot more taboo subjects such as incest. We saw this with Tabitha Suzuma’s Forbidden, which is an incestuous romance between a brother and sister, both in high school. That book didn’t work for me for various reasons. When I heard about Flawed, and the possible incestuous implications that may occur about another brother and sister (but this time the sister isn’t interested at all), I would give it a shot. Flawed was a big disappointment, so much so that it ...more
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I'm going to get on my soapbox before I begin my review and talk about something I've seen a lot of people arguing about on the internet: tough subjects and antiheroes in fiction. A lot of reviewers and authors seem to assume that if a reader dislikes a story for having unlikable characters and an ugly plot, they are milquetoast pearl-clutchers who can't stomach the harsh truths and grey lines of reality.

Everyone is entitled to like what
Dec 20, 2012 rated it liked it

"You are my sunshine, my only sunshine.
You make me happy when skies are grey.
You'll never know, dear, how much I love you.
Please don't take my sunshine away."

A girl desperately trying to escape her horrible life.

She's trying to escape her abusive father, her uncaring mother and her overprotective brother.

Then she falls in love with a boy...

A boy, who wants nothing more than to make her happy and keep her safe...

But, will her possessive brother and controlling father allow them to be toge
Nov 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This was a story of devotion, loyalty, tragedy, love, guilt, beauty, and betrayal. At times I loved it, other times I hated it. I was angry, happy, disgusted, heartbroken and moved. After reading it I really felt emotionally raw.

After finishing this, I found myself thinking... What did I just read??? It's been hours, and this book is still on my mind. I'm not sure how to rate or review this book... Overall, I'm still not exactly sure how I feel about it, but I feel.This book was not perfect, but

After considering the following features you may procede with reading the book:

Overbearing abusive father ex-fighter beating the shit out of his children and his wife.

Possessive brother in love with his sister.

Adorable and protective boy trying to save girl.

Girl torn between avoiding her mental father, disappointing her brother and wanting to be free with boy.

And last but not least:


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**Because of some of the comments that I've seen about this novel, I want to start by saying that this isn't a story about incest. That label feels misleading and many readers will be turned off when they're assuming that this features a romantic relationship between two siblings.**

This is a really, really difficult review to write. Maybe that's fitting because Flawed was a difficult story to read. I think, by looking over the synopsis, the basics of the story are clear. Sarah O'Brien is the vic
Jan 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
5 Breathtakingly-Haunting Stars

"You are my sunshine, my only sunshine.
You make me happy when skies are grey.
You'll never know, dear, how much I love you.
Please don't take my sunshine away."

Beautiful. Heart-Shattering. Devastating. Dark. Broken. Gut-Wrenching. Hope. Love. Forbidden. Taboo.

I loved this book so much! I was an emotional wreck after reading it. Don't compare it to Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma, for while the taboo subject is there, it's completely different. This story is
Victoria Scott
Nov 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Let me tell you something about how I read. Sometimes, I loll through a book, savoring every detail. Other times, I loll...but it's because I'm bored stiff. And on very RARE occasions, I turn into a raging lunatic who's prone to wild outbursts of irritation when anything--and I do mean ANYTHING--takes me away from the story in my hands.

Well, folks, Kate Avelynn's FLAWED had me lashing out like a banshee. Allow me to elaborate:

Husband: "Want something to eat?"

Me: *Snarls* *turns page*

Mother: "A
Clarifina ~Books Are My Drugs~

       What can I say really? That Flawed shattered my heart? That I love it despite this fact? What else is new? Okay, so for some of you who don't want to read this book because of the incest factor, please don't be turned off by this. It's not really an incest novel. It's not like Forbidden-although I do think that fans of the novel would enjoy this-because there was no real romance going on between the two of them. I mean, it was kind of like a one-sided thing...

       Anyway, Flawed
Laura Kaye
Nov 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I just finished this book an hour ago (after reading it every spare moment I could over the past 24 hours), and I'm not sure I've fully processed my reaction, but I still feel like I need to release some of what Flawed has made me feel. So here we go...

One thing is for sure: you cannot read Flawed and not have a strong emotional reaction. For me, reading this book kept my stomach tangled in knots. From the first chapter, you know things cannot possibly end well, but exactly what that ending will
4.5 stars

After finishing Flawed I felt like an empty shell, numb and raw. Sometimes I enjoy books which leave you feeling crushed, like your heart has been taken and thoroughly stomped on. It takes a lot for me to be left so affected by a book and only a few this year have been able to leave me feeling so overwrought with emotions.

I’d heard endless things about Flawed before picking it up, yes I was worried about its taboo subject, and it’s dark and gritty vibe. I even had Kate stop by on the bl
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Jul 04, 2018 rated it did not like it


I'm sorry, but my mind is currently so boggled right now that I cannot help but laugh.

Honestly, half of the time I'm not quite sure what this book is trying to be. Was it incest? Was it love triangle? Was it tragedy? Was it abuse?

I have no idea.

Even after finishing the book – I finished it and not DNF, it's a miracle ladies and gents – I still cannot understand what in the everloving fuck this book tried to convey. Because after I finished it, I feel kinda...nothing.

That's the thing. I don't
Di Covey/TwistedBookReviews
4.5 Devoted Stars!!!

I feel like I was punched in the stomach. Then put in a choke hold. And I loved every moment.

I might come back with 5 Stars. I need to think. I need to become one with my feelings. I need to go to church, pray for my sinful thoughts.

Well, I'm still not sure how I feel, it's been hours. I will say, this story shocked the ever-loving shit out of me. If you are looking for a "real" taboo story then this one is it. Right out of a twisted lifetime movie. I don't even want to t
Dec 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
I am a sucker. Here I am rooting for... the bad guy?
Was James the villain?
Not for me.
James, James ,James, my beautiful boy...
I wish with all my heart that everything could have ended up as a fairy tale.
However, there was no other way. Was there? Such a tormented soul with no help.
I want to shake Sarah so many times to see if I could put some sense into her.
She was doing worse than him leading him on a dead end situation.
She knew he needed help.
Mar 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful and devastating all wrapped in one heart shattering, soul moving book. Flawed broke me, crushed me whole and devoured my every being. Kate Avelynn created a book so powerful, so gut wrenching.. nothing will ever be the same.

Sarah O’Brien was the strongest protagonist I have ever encountered in all my time of reading. She wasn’t strong physically, but with years of abuse she had to go through, Sarah endured. She was living a life she didn’t deserve at all, stuck in an impossible situat
Mar 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book hurts my heart. It hurts my soul. Shattered me into a million pieces. These words... Like razor blades across my skin. It's beautiful and intense and earth shattering. Flawed takes love and twists it into something deadly.

When you're put in an impossible choice, is there really a right answer? I have been there. Stuck between two heartbreaking decisions except there was no right choice. They are both right and they are both wrong... it always comes down to hurting yourself or the other
Katee Robert
Jun 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Holy Jesus, Mary and Joseph. I don't even know where to start.

This book DESTROYED me. Like I'm sitting here, crying in a seriously borderline hysterical manner and I can't seem to stop. That said, just WOW. I was right there with Sarah the entire time. There was no distancing myself from the events of the book, no sitting back and wondering what *I* would have done. I couldn't escape this story if I'd tried.

Read this book. It will devastate you, bring you up, down, and sideways, and at the end
Mar 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Flawed has to be one of the best books I've read this year!! It was emotional, dark, intense book and full of love that it was overwhelming. From the very beginning I was hooked and that first page then went to 80 pages... it was addictive. Flawed was one of the best debuts I've read, and everyone who reads this book will fall in love with the chemistry between the characters and the intense plot. Kate Avelynn is officially one of my favorite authors because now this book will be stuck in my min ...more
Nov 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
I picked up Flawed because I'd never heard it brought up without Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma being brought up after. Forbidden is one of my all time favorite books, so I knew I had to pick it up. I get why they are being constantly compared, but truth be told they have very little in common. If I would have read Flawed first I would have liked it more. That being said I still really enjoyed it.

The back story between Sarah and James is dark and Kate leaves no detail unsaid. I loved
Sep 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I can't rate this right now as my emotions are all over the place.

You told me once, dear, you really loved me

And no one else could come between.

But now you’ve left me and love another;

You have shattered all my dreams."

...neither am I sure where to start on my review, so first things first: this isn't a book I'd recommend - not because it was bad but because it talks about topics that not everyone can deal with.

The first sentence will hook you immediately. After reading that first sentence my min
Anonymous Girl
Oct 30, 2019 rated it it was ok


First Person Narrator: Sarah
The story right from the beginning starts with the ending. From there I was already aware that this would be an emotional book. I am glum right now because despite not liking the story, I connected with the characters. I also appreciate the author for her additional endings which has lifted my 1-star rating to a 2 making it slightly OKAY.

The father is a boxer, that ends up leaving his career he loves so very m
Anatea Oroz
This review is also posted on my blog, Anatea's Bookshelf.

Amazing, Beautiful, Hart wrenching, Dark, Emotional, Powerful, Intense, Shattering, Overwhelming.
These are just some of the emotions I experienced while reading this book. But they don't give the book justice, because what I felt while reading this book can not be expressed in words.

From the very beginning, I was sucked into the story and couldn't put the book down. When I finished it, I lay in my bed, unable to sleep and just thinki
Nessa Richardson

Not for me. Well written, but the ending just ruined it. I didn’t particularly cheer for neither Sam nor James, but you could say that I was leaning more into James. I know, I know, he’s her brother, but James’ character had so much depth more than Sam. Sam was just like a sideline character for me. He didn’t mean much at all.

Sarah and James, though, were from the same background to the T. They had the same pain and I think it resonated on how they would be in love with each other. Funny tha
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When not devouring books, holding down her editing gig, or attempting to coax life out of the weed patch she calls a “garden,” Kate Avelynn writes dark contemporary YA and NA that blends first love, betrayal, and danger.

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“You told me once dear, you really loved me
And no one else could come between.
But now you've left me and love another;
You have shattered all my dreams.”
“This is my first real memory of James. In every memory before that, he’s just a flash of color, a warm body with a blurred face, a comforting voice begging me not to die. When he planted himself between our father and me that day, an eight-year-old with small fists clenched at his sides, I think I fell in love with my brother.” 29 likes
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