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I was bred to be the perfect pet. I was bred for my beauty and grace, to be a showpiece, an ornament to sit upon the couch, to sing, to dance, to play the piano and paint. I was bred to willingly put my owner's happiness before my own.

Until Penn. The handsome and rebellious son of the congressman who owns me, he's the only person who's seen past my perfect exterior to the
Published July 1st 2014 by Entangled Teen
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Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies
This book is fucking terrible.
"Arf, arf. Woof wood arf. RUFF. Yip. Arf! Yelp." *lusty moan*
Ok, fine. That's not act0ually a quote from the book, but I'm just translating it into dog. Why? The main character is a dog. No. Really. Bear with me. Yes, it is Friday night. Yes, I'm drunk as fuck, and yes, this is another one od my drunken reviews, but bear with me. I have a point, I swear to fucking god I haev a point, and I mean it when I compare her to a dog, It's a ruff life to wear, and she's
Jul 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This is one of those books I did not even know existed or remembered that I actually added to my tbr pile lol. I decided to give it a go and I actually quite liked it.

What I liked
- I found the concept interesting and unique: A world where some girls are made (literally with genetical reengineering) to become pets to people. Our main character, Ella is one of these people and she is bought by a congressman as a pet to his daughter. I liked reading from Ella's POV as she navigates h
Sarah Elizabeth

This was an enjoyable YA Sci-Fi/dystopian story, and I’m looking forward to book 2.

Poor Ella was treated like a dog at times in this book, and I could see why people were so against the whole ‘pet’ thing, because it was like one person owning another. I thought it really bad that the pets hadn’t been taught how to swim or how to read though, as those seem like important skills to me.

The storyline in this was pretty good, although (view spoiler)
Mar 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Perfected is the first book in a series. Book 3 is due out at the beginning of April.

The elite families want to own the latest in thing and when money comes easy anything is possible. Congressman passed the bill and now to show good faith he must have a show pet.

Human's are being genetically modified to perfection. Petite, articulate and beautiful. Greenwich takes the best girls from
the kennel and trains them to be prize pets. A must-have toy for every rich family.

Ella is chosen as the congre
Jun 30, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, reviewed
Is there a sequel? For the love of God, someone tell me if there's going to be a sequel! I NEED A FREAKING SEQUEL!!!!!!!!!!!!!! *composes self* Ok, I'm good. But for real. I'm gonna need more because that ending was NOT okay with me! I mean it was, but.... but..... sigh. The ending was imperfectly perfect. Does that even make sense?

I really enjoyed this book. I do wish there was a bit more world building, as I would have liked to find out more about how this whole 'owning girls as pets' came in
May 24, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought the concept was really interesting, definitely unique in the way it was written, and I liked this book enough, but it was much too simple, and I don't think it portrayed an extreme enough case for the premise. I was just disappointed that it didn't elicit more extreme emotions from me.

I thought this book was going to anger me. Plainly put, Ella was being treated like a dog. A well-cared for dog, at times, but a dog nonetheless. From the food, to the tags, to the chip, to the chains, ev
Nenia ✨ I yeet my books back and forth ✨ Campbell
As soon as the government passed legislation allowing humans to be genetically engineered and sold as pets

Mary Lindsey
Apr 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult
The legislative and ethical exploration of cloning is what intrigued me the most about Perfected. That, and the fact it is not post apocalyptic or post regime change. It takes place with our current system of government intact. No plagues, wars, or coups change the rules. Our own process allows it. *shudder*

Niki Hawkes - The Obsessive Bookseller
Perfected was my FAVORITE read of 2014. That's right, 20-frigging-14! And I loved it so much that I hadn't felt ready to compose a review for it up until this point (which is really stupid considering how often I find myself talking about it, even over a year later). Have you ever enjoyed something so much that no matter how much you gush about it in a review, it never seems to do it justice? That's how I feel about Perfected – it was such an experience!

I'm a self-proclaimed addict of the sub ge
Carrie Slager
[Full disclosure: I received a free ebook through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.]

This is another book where I honestly don’t know where to start because there are so many things wrong with it. I’ll try my best, though.

Okay, so the premise of Perfected is that genetically perfect humans are being engineered and sold as pets. This is not quite stupid but so ridiculous my eyes nearly popped out of my head when I realized that Kate Jarvik Birch was tone-deaf about things like politics o
Mar 13, 2014 rated it did not like it

Oh boy. I'm so sorry I really don't mean to be cruel can you just write a book about nothing ? Because this story was a whole lot of nothing piled onto layers upon layers of nothingness. I started off thinking the writing was pretty and the concept wasn't half-bad. But then I soon realized the author never truly had a clear picture of where her story was supposed to go to begin with. Because how is it possible to write a novel set in a world such as the one described in Perfected where
Jun 11, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dystopia, y-a
I don't know how to rate this book. It was funny. But, I don't think it was meant to be funny.

But, come on! The main character was a pet and they treated her like a dog - literally! She was bought from a kennel, was named by her new owners, wasn't allowed to eat at the table, had her own "special food" and wasn't allowed "people food", was taken out for walks, played with by the kid, was microchipped, had a collar with her owners' name and number on the back of it, had the option of being "spay
Kyla Harris
1/31/16 - 2.5 stars
This was a short cute read but the story as a whole was not planned out well at all! And this goes specifically for the characters. We barely got to know them! She would mention one character and then never go back to them or add in someone but never explained the consequences of her actions, she'd just write them off with a sentence or two and move on with the story. With Ella and Penn it was SO instant love the moment she meet him I thought was cute but after that? It was al
Shilo Harney
Jun 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What?!?? I wish I could rate higher than 5!

This book was absolutely amazing and I am dying to read more!! My heart broke in two when the ending of this book suddenly crept upon me!

The story line makes you think a lot: how we treat our pets, how we treat people, etc.

These people treated their HUMAN pets like a mixture of a dog and a call girl. It made my skin crawl. The congressman and his friends are super skeevy. I really hate that man!

Penn and Ruby are the sweetest. I love that Ella fits so p
Sarah Elizabeth
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Entangled Publishing, LLC and NetGalley.)
16-year-old number 8 is a pet; genetically engineered, bred in a kennel, and raised to be subservient to her master.
When she is bought by a councilman, she’s given the name Ella, but is totally naïve about the world around her.
What does being a pet really mean? And is it a life that Ella can really live with?

This was an interesting YA dystopian, and I really enjo
This was a really unique YA dystopian. There was no destroyed earth, corrupt government or maniacal leaders to depose, it was just about people and it honestly got to me far more than some of the epic dystopians I've read. Now that I've finished this I feel pretty heartbroken.

It kills me that after everything, there wasn't even a happily ever after. Maybe Kate Birch was going for realism but I need some semblance of a happy ending or what's the point. Hopefully there's a sequel.

“Maybe freedom w
Nov 23, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I felt really sorry for Ella in this. The way she was treated like a dog was awful.

The pacing in this was quite slow, and parts of the story were predictable, but I really enjoyed it.

This ended on a cliffhanger, and I really want to read book two now to find out what happens next!
Jan 11, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The actual rating is a 3.5 . i felt like the ending could have been resolved much more it was really rushed. i never felt like Ella ever real wanted freedom she wanted to want freedom because that was what was expected. she never struck me as a kick butt admirable character she was just naive and stupid. i saw everything coming from the beginning the story was so predictable. ella never knew what she wanted or what her real feelings were. i was so confused because by the end she could not even t ...more
Kristen Cansler
Jun 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: blog-review, r2r
The Good

The Bad
•Lack of background information

I'm not going to lie. I adored Perfected. Once I got into the story, nothing could draw me away from it. I'm the last person in the world who hasn't read the Selection series, so I was fascinated with my first foray into this type of story. At times, I was truly horrified and disgusted at the way the "Pets" were treated. It may not have the hallmarks of other dystopians, but the view and treatment of "Pets
Paula M
May 24, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: for-review, arc, favorite
Well, that's new. Perfected has a very thought provoking premise.

The story is about Ella, a girl in our world, but a pet in a world she's living in. She was born or maybe made to make her Masters happy. And she's completely fine with that. She obeys and she doesn't complain at all. But all is changed when he got close to her Master's son, Penn.

It's been so long since I encountered a Main Character that I completely adored. Some readers may find Ella stupid or dense. The truth is, she is. (lol) B
May 30, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This story idea isn't super original in the dystopian arena, but the writing style and the interesting developments within the novel made it stand out as I read. This is a beautiful and terrifying world that Kate Jarvik Birch has woven and the story she takes us on, while not as dark as I expected it to be, showed just the beginning of the horrors that this world has to offer.

The story starts pretty quickly. The opening scene throws us right into the situation Ella is in and I was horrified but
Jessie Potts
Perfected by Kate Jarvik Birch is this delightfully creepy story about "pets" — but not animal pets, human female pets. The government has passed legislation that these genetically altered humans can be kept as pets by the rich and powerful. Ella is one of these pets and has been chosen as a companion to a congressman and his young daughter, but things aren't what they seem … there was a previous pet, and there's a beautiful son who piques Ella's interest, even though she's not allowed. There's ...more
lacy white
A special thank you goes out to Entangled Teen and Netgalley for allowing me an eARC copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

"...Sometimes it's nice to have a little bit of imperfection, isn't it?"

tw: fat shaming, intones of pedophillia

Well. This book was interesting. I originally found it when I did a cover reveal for the last book, which you can find here. A week or so later, I was offered the whole series through Netgalley and Entangled Teen. I eagerly accepted, thinking this
Perfected was nausea inducing, mind-boggling and disturbing. Although the topic of this book is touchy, I felt the book was really light and didn't focus on the things it should have. Nor did it really get a huge reaction out of me, overall. That's a lie, I was disturbed.

I have to say though, this did not feel like a dystopian to me. There are many reasons for this - but I feel it's because it had a current day in age feel to it, with an added, morbid law allowing people to own humans as pets. I
Jul 17, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a copy of this in exchange for an unbiased review. No other consideration was offered, expected or received.

This is a very interesting and fun story, where the family pet is a human specially bred, raised in a kennel and trained. But there’s more to her than that, just like there’s more to the family (and its individual members) that purchased her.

I knew there was going to be a twist. I expected it because, in some ways, it was just too good. But some of the twists were completely une
Anna 'Bookbuyer'
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Courtney Wells
A novel, cringe-worthy concept that doesn't really amount to much or surprise along the way. Not bad but underdeveloped and teases at more interesting plots than it shows. ...more
Allie Newill
May 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2015
Feb 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the dystopian/romance series I have been looking for since I finished reading the selection series.
It’s a controlled world with stupid laws and a romance that will just end in disaster. It’s awesome! Exactly what I needed. And there is 3 books to binge read which is exactly what I am doing.
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Kate Jarvik Birch is a visual artist, author, playwright, daydreamer, and professional procrastinator. As a child, she wanted to grow up to be either a unicorn or mermaid. Luckily, being a writer turned out to be just as magical. Her essays and short stories have been published in literary journals including Indiana Review and Saint Ann’s Review. She lives in Salt Lake City, Utah with her husband ...more

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