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(Perfected #2)

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  1,787 ratings  ·  161 reviews
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
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published December 1st 2015 by Entangled: Teen
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Trisha Having just finished the second one, I can (almost) definitively say there will be a third. It was left way too open-ended for there not to be.
Melissa (YA Book Shelf) Maybe you've already seen the answer elsewhere, but just in case, it's out on December 1st, and the paperback of Perfected is out on November 3rd.

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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.)

“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.
Niki Hawkes - The Obsessive Bookseller
If you haven’t heard my constant ravings about Perfected over the last year, I’ll sum them up: I fricken loved it. It presented the disturbing concept of human “pets” in a way that acknowledged the darker connotations without dwelling on them, therefore allowing the story to focus on the sweet love story. Tarnished is where all of that darkness and grit comes to the forefront, and it was every bit as compelling as it was heart-wrenching.

I really feel as though this is where the story needed to g
“Morning was just an idea that night was considering, a blush colored dream.”

Book Title: Tarnished
Author: Kate Jarvik Birch
Series: Perfected #2
Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian-ish, Sci-fi-ish
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Source: Netgalley Arc

Why I picked that quote: The author has a lot of poignant excerpts like this one throughout the book, and this one is my favorite. Such a beautiful way to explain the pre-dawn time of day.

Overall Rating: 3.
Mar 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tarnished is the second book in the Perfected series. It's a continuous story and cannot be read as a standalone.

Ella has escaped to Canada and no longer someone's Pet. She lives in a camp with other ex-pet girls. The life isn't glamorous but her life is her own. It leaves her wanting to get back to Penn. She plans to escape but then she sees him on the television. Everything is wrong. The words he speaks, his tone and the way he is acting. Ella wants to save him but it won't be that easy. She
Heena Rathore P.
Dec 30, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf

I hate the idea of humans or genetically modified humans as pets. It's simply horrifying.
Mar 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
a special thank you goes out to Entangled Teen and Netgalley for this eARC. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

This book was a bit better than the first one. And the reason that is is because of information. Finally, we are getting info about the Pet program and the secrets surrounding it. I knew things about that program were shady but I just couldn't place what was shady about it. I love it when my intuitions are right. The program still wigs me out and I'm not really keen on humans being
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After reading Perfected last year I immediately added the sequel to my wishlist on GoodReads. Quite unlike my TBR, my wishlist only holds a dozen or so books, making it quite special. I was very looking forward to this book.

Ella now is in Canada, where keeping girls as pets is - luckily - not allowed. But she's not happy, and from here the story goes downhill.

I finished my review of Perfected saying that it felt like reading Wither but
Oct 18, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
PERFECTED was an interesting book, but TARNISHED definitely stepped the series up another level.

Ella tended to annoy me in PERFECTED, but TARNISHED brought her out of her 'pet' shell. She goes from meek to fierce and her loyalty to those she cares about shines through in just about every situation. She still has a few sheltered girl moments, but when she catches up to the game, she totally redeems herself in my eyes.

The romance between Ella and Penn. It's missing the spark I would expect to feel
Melissa (YA Book Shelf)
Once I picked it up, I didn't want to put this book down. Perfected was a compelling and creepy story, even though I could see some things coming way before Ella realized them. Tarnished is just as - if not more so - creepy. Ella and Penn were separated at the end of book 1 by police officers at the U.S./Canada border, and this book begins one week later with Ella stuck in a Canadian refugee centre. This book was more action packed than the first one with plenty of twists and turns along the way ...more
Amber (Cosying Up With Books)
WE HAVE A COVER EEK!!!! To be released 11/03/15

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Lauren - SERIESous Books
**I received a copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley. This is a voluntary review; all opinions are my own and not influenced by my source.**

This was an impressive sequel! It seriously elevated this series into new heights!

I found the pacing of this novel was awesome. The story is always moving; new elements are constantly being added but it was never overwhelming. There were some good twists along the way as well. It just had me craving more and seeing how everything would come tog
Anna 'Bookbuyer'
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Lesia Joukova
I have been provided an ARC of this book from NetGalley and Entangled Teen. All the opinions are my own.

I do not know how to rate this book. On one hand, there are definite plot improvements comparing to "Perfected", and I found myself curious about what would happen next at times but for the life of me, I could not understand why any of the characters were behaving the way they were.

Let me provide you with an example of what I mean. Quote incoming.

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Kim | mybookishheartbeats
Aug 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned
This book is a solid 4.5 stars.

Warning: This review may contain slight spoilers.

This book took me a week to read. But it doesn’t have anything to do with the book itself. It was because of my schedule and me feeling overwhelmed by starting about 4/5 books in one day because my attention span fluttered away.

There are so many things to say about the book but first off, character development.

Like, I was absolutely amazed. First off, Ella is still naive in the beginning of the book, but not as naive
Tarnished picks up shortly after Perfect ends. Ella was able to successfully make it over the Canadian border but unfortunately Penn wasn't as lucky. While she's loathing the safe house for pets that she's in, Penn's back under the clutches of his father/her owner. Unable to be away from Penn, Ella breaks out of her "prison" where she meets up with another pet from the U.S. The two of them cross the border back to the states in order for Ella to be reunited with her love. However, their journey ...more
Oct 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Five stars are not enough for TARNISHED.

TARNISHED is simply outstanding! This had to be said right away. I’m not sure whether someone who hasn’t read the first book of this series, Perfected, will be able to easily follow, because TARNISHED continues exactly where PERFECTED left off. However, TARNISHED is so good, I believe that readers should make an effort to read TARNISHED, or better yet read PERFECTED before. To cut a long story short: the “pets”, are genetically engineered girls, whose life
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I received a free copy of Tarnished for my honest opinion.

Is it sad that this isn't the first book that i have read second or third book first?
Some books are written in a way that even if it is the second or third book in a series, you do not need to have read the previous books it still makes sense. Unfortunately Tarnished was not one of those books. Right from the start I was playing catch-up on what was happening, and even after finishing reading Tarnished
Jan 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-reviews
This review of “Tarnished” is going to be short, because when I requested it I neglected to notice that it was the second book in a series. I’ll review it based on the plot and writing, but as a reader you should begin with the first book ("Perfected") to save yourself the same confusion I brought upon myself.

The premise is disturbing while also being compelling. As soon as I saw that it included the concept of humans being kept as pets, I knew it would be a good dystopian plot. I am excited to
Maddy Hutchins
Jun 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The end of the first book to this series made me instantly want to read this book and that's exactly what I did. This book was a lot more a fast paced which I liked. I loved the relationship she built with the people in this book. It made her seem so strong, unlike the pet she was made out to be. It took a little bit for things to get going, but that's what made me want to read it even more. This book is so wonderful, I cannot wait for the next one to come out. You thought the first one was good ...more
Molly Bristol
May 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Every bit as good as the first, and I am on tenterhooks for the third...which will happen, right?
Sandra "Jeanz"
May 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After reading and thoroughly enjoying Perfected I was really looking forward to reading Tarnished. the only slight worry I had was that sometime the second book in a series doesn't quite live up to the first!

So as I said at the very beginning of the post about the covers for this book series so far you already know I love the covers! The dress featured on the cover is Tarnish is definitely a statement dress and certainly catches your eye! The dress and it's co
Oct 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This and other reviews can be found at Yellow, Green, and Read All Over

Note: I received a digital ARC of this novel from Entangled Teen and NetGalley

When we last left Ella, having realized that the perfect life she was bred for was anything but, she escaped captivity and had managed to cross the border into Canada, where asylum is offered to human "pets" such as herself. Excellent....right? Well... not so much. As with everything else in Ella's life, there's a caveat to her freedom. In the proce
Susan Bazzett-Griffith
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Apr 05, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's not that I don't like the book it's the whole human pet thing, still....I did like the direction this book took and the ending was great. I like that Penn stood by Ella and I like their relationship. I love the relationship that Ella and Missy have throughout this book (that was so good) I will read the next book too because I have to know how this story wraps up. I SO wish the Congressmen will pay for all that takes place and the things I am sure he knows about going on in the human kennel ...more
Feb 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am really enjoying this series, gruesomely dystopian and fast paced :)
Jennifer (Bad Bird Reads)
At A Glance
An exciting sequel but some stupid actions brought it down.
The Good
Tarnished was a great sequel to Perfected.  Perfected introduced us to the world and Ella's life as a pet, but Tarnished  pumps up the action and suspense. Ella is on the run from her horrible owner but she can't resist going back for Penn, the only boy who gets the she is not just a pet, she is a thinking and feeling human being.

Ella grows so much in this book. She is still naïve in a lot of ways but her j
May 18, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I can see why people would find the idea of this book interesting. Kate Jarvik Birch did a great job creating characters and images in the readers minds, but it was what they/I saw that I did not enjoy. First off, Ella is portrayed as weak in book one but through trials and tribulations built a tough outer shell but, I personally found her as still that innocent wide eyed pet with no life experiences to toughen her up. Plus this book was very slow to intrigue.
Another big event that almost force
Oct 24, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"I had no idea what sort of lives normal people lived, but I wanted to know."

The Good

This one is even better than the first. What drew me to Perfected was the outrageousness of owning a human as a pet. In this second installment, things get so much worse than simply owning a human being (and that was bad enough?!?!). This is one of those series that make me think the entire time I'm reading it. I can't help but go over in my head and digest the information of what is considered acceptable by peo
Erin Arkin
Tarnished is the second book in the Perfected series by Kate Jarvik Birch and I have to say, I think I enjoyed this one a bit more than the first book. Where book one established the back story and the basis for the situations Ella faces in this book, this one felt a bit different. Tarnished has quite a bit of action, some swoony bits, and progress within the story. I loved that we got to learn a bit more about the kennels and the rebel group.

Ella has definitely changed since she moved in with t
K.M. Robinson
Nov 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I was given an ebook ARC in exchange for an honest review. Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes! I loved this sequel! About halfway through it get so intensely exciting that you just can’t put it down. It starts off with Ella formulating a plan to escape from her…well, escape. Having fled to Canada, she finds herself escaping the people trying to help her. She very quickly runs into an old frenemy and together they make their way back to the United States. It takes a lot of time, trouble and sacrifice, but t ...more
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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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