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Damaged Goods

(Blank Slate #2)

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Blanca has everything she ever wanted, a hot boyfriend and the loving support of her foster father. She’s finally escaped the abusive control of her birth father and her tortured childhood at Tabula Rasa School.

But the scars of Blanca’s Vestal upbringing run deep, especially when the FBI start asking questions.

Blanca feels abandoned by her boyfriend, who is hunting for Lil
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Paperback, 300 pages
Published January 17th 2017 by Month9Books
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Taylor Knight
Feb 23, 2017 rated it liked it
Damaged Goods started out pretty slow for me. The first book started out pretty fast paced but this sequel felt very much like a sequel. I did really like how this book explored more of the world created in Genesis Girl and I thought the character development was really good.
I still wasn't connected with Blanca though. She still felt... off. I can't put on my finger on it but there's just something about her that I don't like.
I did like how her abusive upbringing was acknowledged a little bit
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iamnotabookworm
Jan 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This continues the story of Blanca. A Vestal. An internet virgin who got bought by a very wealthy individual who owned a solar panel company. In this book, Blanca ceased to be an internet virgin. Instead, she used the internet to expose the Vestals. As chaos erupts in the midst of the Vestals, a rival organization threatens to add more to the chaos.

This has been a heart-pounding adventure. Just when Blanca thought that everything is alright with her world, then another explosion threatens the s
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Melanie McFarlane
Feb 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
My favorite part was the island...things really took off from there! I cannot wait for book 3....so many questions and I'm glad Seth & Blanca are back together (SPOILER) #sorrynotsorry ...more
Mary Dover
Mar 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
Let me start out by saying wow just wow, what an amazing book. I highly recommend this book to everyone even those who don't read it's really catching. The first book is what drew me in Genesis girl it started me on this journey of reading this book and I am so glad I received the review copy. Ok now I love that all the characters seem normal at first like Keong you know just being all sweet and lovey until boom, when you read the book you'll know what I mean. Also Jeremy he just seems like a no ...more
Melissa Jacobson
This was a fun conclusion hut unfortunately I did not love this as much as book one. I felt like this book focused far too much on romance for my taste and lost some of the really unique world building of book one. That aside I really enjoyed this duology quite a bit and I would recommend it for a fun and unique sci fi read.
Tara (Spinatale Reviews)
Mar 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017
This review was originally published on Spinatale Reviews.

Damaged Goods picks up a short while after the ending of Genesis Girl. Blanca and the other Vestals are adjusting to life after the events of the first book. Jennifer did something amazing with Damaged Goods – She managed to write a sequel that I enjoyed even more than the first.

Blanca grows so much in the course of this novel. She was still somewhat aloof and difficult to relate to at first. As the story progresses, the layers are slowl
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Jessi
Feb 22, 2017 rated it liked it
I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review

Unfortunately, Damaged Goods fell a little short to me. I personally feel the first novel had a really solid conclusion, and a few of the conflicts in this sequel didn't fully make sense to me. Something I did enjoy though, was the involvement of political ideas and the controversy of having a school such as Tabula Rasa. Damaged Goods also didn't hold my attention as much as Genesis Girl did, and I think it was because my mind for some rea
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Meredith Grimm
Jan 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I want to thank Month9books Publicity for sending me this ARC in exchange for an honest review!

Once again, I finished a Jennifer Bardsley book the day it arrived! Damaged Goods was such a roller coaster ride of excitement, emotion, and suspense!

If you haven't read the first book, Genesis Girl, go read it right now! And then read Damaged Goods so we can talk about it! This review doesn't have spoilers if you've read book one...but if you're new to this series I suggest you read Genesis Girl (and
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Shala
Feb 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars. This was a great follow up to the first novel! The political implications that come up in this second book were fantastic. This book kept my attention from start to finish.
Taylor (Taylicious Reads)
Sadly, I DNFed this book at a little over 13%. Jennifer Bardsley is a great author and her writing is why I started reading this books but I was no longer interested in the characters. The first novel was fantastic and I deeply enjoyed it but I just couldn't commit to this one at this time.
I will be trying to read this again but I can't right now.
*Month Nine Books sent me an ARC of Damaged Goods in exchange for an honest review.
Carol
*The author sent me a copy of her book in exchange for an honest review.*

I'm going to try very hard not to spoil anything! So read at your own risk.

Well here we are again, dipping into the scary-dystopian Blank Slate world! I am not usually a fan of dystopian novels but I have been 100% on board with this series. Probably because I can see this type of thing happening IRL, and also because we're all at least a little addicted to technology, so it's fascinating to think what life would be like if
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Aryka
Feb 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
I received a free copy of this in exchange for my honest review
4.5 stars read!

I will try to keep this spoiler free! Damaged Goods takes place 3 months after Genesis Girl. Blanca is still recovering from being held captive by her father and witnessing her mother die, she is also confused on how to feel about Lydia being her mother. She suffers from her own unique version of PTSD, which is thrown together with her Vestal conditioning. I related/agreed with Seth and Cal's point of view concerning
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Amanda P
Jan 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
** I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review. This in no way affected my opinion of the book or my review. **


I really liked Damaged Goods the second book to Genesis Girl. The story continues with Blanca, the former Vestal whom lived her entire life secluded in Tabula Rasa. For she never had her picture taken, she was virtually untraceable, a pure person so to say. In the last book she was auctioned off to Cal McNeal and was also abducted by her birth mother Ms.Lydia and her birth fath
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Hannah Michaels
Jan 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
I was given a free copy of this book by Month9 in exchange for my review!

HOLY. LORD. Literally was not expecting any of that. When I first read Genesis Girl, I knew I was in for it. A world where technology has literally overtaken everything and is more important to people than their relationships. I bought it completely. I was a fan of Blanca and the way she evolved as a character, from a Vestal into who she was at the end of the book, thinking for herself.

I was not expecting the twists and tur
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Angel White
Dec 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 rounded to a 4. Even though this was a bit slow at times, I did enjoy reading this one. The first one was packed with action throughout while this one had it all in the last few chapters.
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That being said I did enjoy the exploration of Bianca's life and relationships around her so the slower parts and lack of action didn't take much away overall.
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The ending does leave it a bit open and is left to the imagination of the reader to conclude. Not necessarily a bad thing though as you can see w
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Jodi
Jul 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Damaged Goods is the second book in the Blank Slate series by Jennifer Bardsley. Readers definitely want to read Genesis Girl first, as this book resumes the story three months after the conclusion of the first. Both of these books are great YA entertainment, and I read them both in less than 24 hours each. They kept me interested and wanting to know more about the futuristic world Bardsley created. I hope there is a third book coming out soon!
KC
Oct 19, 2019 rated it it was ok
I finished the book but it was a big disappointment after Genesis Girl. It didn't seem true to the characters and seemed to take the series on a side trail I just wasn't into. The first half or so of the book moves pretty slow and the second half rushes through. Genesis Girl could have been enhanced so many different ways and this was certainly unexpected. If you like surprise endings this might be for you. It's not a bad book, it just didn't work for me.
Kathleen
Feb 28, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: own
My rating is really more like 3.5 stars because I did really like it but not as much as I enjoyed the first one. While it was good and kept my interest it didn't grab me like Genesis Girl did. It was nice to dig deeper into some of the characters that carried over but I felt that the new ones weren't explored as well.
Reem_alghanmi
May 23, 2018 rated it liked it
I give this book 3.5/5
I didn’t hate it but it was very slow.
I feel like it was detailed in part that didn’t need that much details.
at the same time it was extremely summarized in parts that should have been detailed
S.G.D. Singh
Sep 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
An immensely enjoyable story! Even better than the first, this is dystopian action-packed romance at its best!
Crystal
Jan 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: teen-fiction
I received an ARC in exchanged for my honest review. I enjoyed Genesis Girl but didn't love the development of Blanca's character. This book completely changed my views. Blanca comes into her own in this book.
It's action packed, full of mystery and kept my attention for the entirety of the book.
If you liked Genesis Girl, you must read this. It's even better. Of course, the cliffhanger ending leaves me wanting more of the story. How will Blanca's life turn out? Will she become everything she wa
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Nicole Strand
Jan 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Okay so recap of the last book. Blanca finds out her father is none other than the blood-sucking evil incarnate Barbelo and her mother is Lydia. Fortunately for us, the readers, Barbelo meets his well-deserved end. Blanca becomes un-brain washed and realizes technology isn't evil. In the end, Cal gifts her her own chip watch. In this sequel, you find out about the Guardian Order, the Vestals rivals. Blanca is interrogated by the FBI. One of the Guardians, Keung, has been watching Blanca. What re ...more
Ashley Goldsmith
Feb 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review. I really enjoyed this book. I enjoyed the premise set up in Genesis Girl, and I feel that this was an excellent sequel. Blanca as a a character is progressing as expected as a realistic character, and I liked seeing more glimpses of her past. This was a quick read for me because it held my interest so well. I'm glad that Fatima was still featured. I didn't like Pilar's role... I feel like poor Cal has been set up fo ...more
czai
this review is also posted at the Blacksheep Reader.
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good follow-up for Genesis Girl.

I read Genesis Girl because of its premise -- a world where gadgets have caused cancer, that gadgets are evil and breaks relationships, and some children are sent to Tabula Rasa, a school where they are raised without connecting to any form of gadget.

You like that? Of course you do! Admittedly, it wasn't a very exciting read for me but I still enjoyed it. Which is why I read this sequel!

Damaged Goods started r
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Amy
Feb 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Real Rating - 3.5 stars, bumped up to 4 for being one continuous story, when the previous book felt more like two thin stories smooshed into one book. Disclaimer - I was giving a copy of this book by Ms. Bardsley, who I met at a writing workshop, in exchange for a review.

Continuing the story of Blanca, the former Vestal, we delve deeper into the mystery of her past, including her relationship to the newly introduced Guardians (a Vestal-like organization from China that churns out spies). This se
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Emily Dunn
Feb 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This sequel to GENESIS GIRL sucked me in, fast. Thanks to having a sick day, I read the majority of this book in one setting, and I'm so glad I got to do just that. I loved the questions that were answered in this book, the ones we were left with after reading GENESIS GIRL. The idea of children being raised in a classical education, technology free, is the reason I was drawn to this series in the first place. To have DAMAGED GOODS end with this being so very important, was done with such a fanta ...more
Dana Provo
Feb 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Now that I have finished Damaged Goods, I can easily say it was another FIVE STAR review. I couldn’t put the book down! The author does a great job with continuing the story in a way that catches the reader. She also brings subtle details from the previous book into the second one so the reader doesn’t forget. She leaves out certain information that might be revealed later in the series. I really like the rocky relationship between Blanca and Seth. It seems so real. The whole book Blanca struggl ...more
Sarah
Feb 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
It seems like poor Blanca can't get a break, but despite continued issues, she stays strong and true to who she believes herself to be. While book two in this series didn't pack quite the punch that book one did, I still really enjoyed the story. The book was well written, and there was never a dull moment. I'm already curious to see where this will go next.

I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Michaela Daphne
Jan 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Please note that I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

I take back what I said in my review about Jennifer Bardsley’s Blank Slate book #1 Genesis Girl. The way I read the ending of the book was not quite as extreme as I’d first judged. How do I know this? Because I’ve just finished reading book #2, Damaged Goods, as part of the Month9Books blog hop. The main character, Blanca, has by no means done a 180-degree switch in her deep-set values (to quote my former self)
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