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Perfect Cecilia Ahern

Perfect by Cecilia Ahern

She was once thought of as Perfect. By her boyfriend, by her teachers, by her sister and by her classmates. Then she was branded as Flawed

One of the last things Celestine North’s mom told her to do was run. Run from Bosco Crevan Celestine ran and hiding at her grandfather’s farm put his life in jeopardy and sent him to Highland Castle. So Celestine is on the run again.

She desperately wants to find Carrick, but instead, he finds her. He takes her to a “safe” place, but they both know that being safe and hidden is not what they want. But leaving safety is a tough decision when your face is plastered on every newscast and billboard as a dangerous criminal and there are whistleblowers looking for you everywhere. 

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And then there is the issue of trust. The only people she knows with absolute certainty that she can trust are her mom, dad, and sister and she can’t risk her life or theirs to be near them. She is basically on her own, with Carrick by her side, even when small doubts about him trickle in. She has become the face of a very quiet, very hopeful revolution and it is not something she takes lightly. But the thought that she has no one to trust terrifies her, almost as much as Mary May and Bosco Craven do.

Cecilia Ahern has created a Perfect sequel to the unputdownable Flawed (click here for my review of Flawed) I received this book last night and finished it this afternoon. It was also really unputdownable for me. It was so good that I may go back and read both of them again, and I very rarely, if ever, re-read books. There are just too many others to get out there waiting. But this series, to me, is that great!

Flawed and Perfect are absolutely my favorite dystopian story ever. And I love dystopian novels and have read more than my fair share of them. These are not-to-be-missed books!

5 Stars. A Propensity to Discuss Review.

Unassuming. Untrained. Underestimated. A Propensity to Discuss Review. Flawed

Unassuming. Untrained. Underestimated. Flawed.

Celestine North is the perfect student. She is the perfect daughter. She has the perfect boyfriend, Art Crevan. And the perfect family, who is connected by work and friendship (albeit somewhat strained) to one of the most powerful men in the country, Art’s father, Judge Bosco Crevan. 

Cecilia Ahern‘s unlikely heroine in Flawed, her new YA novel, is Celestine. She is, as Celestine puts it, “a girl of definitions, of logic, of black and white.” She understands the rules and believes that no one should cross the moral line. She believes the rules are to be followed at all costs because that is what keeps society in check. She believes in the system. She believes in Bosco.

Unassuming. Untrained. Underestimated. A Propensity to Discuss Review. Flawed

The Past. 

There was a tremendous economic collapse due to corrupt leaders. They had “destroyed families and homes and they were to suffer. They were the morally flawed people who had brought about our downfall.”

“Anybody who had made mistakes in the past couldn’t take leadership roles in the future…Any person who made any error in judgment was to be rooted out of society entirely.” The idea is a really good one. In theory.

“What the government eventually settled on was Crevan’s Guild and its Flawed brandings. No matter what you do in your life, your Flawed title can never be removed. You hold it till death. You suffer the consequences of your one mistake for the rest of your life. Your punishment serves as a reminder to others to think before they act. ”

The Present.

It is Bosco Crevan’s Court, The Guild, that determines a person’s status of moral and ethical purity or flaw. If The Guild finds you guilty of committing, not a crime, but a moral or ethical infraction, you are branded with an F encircled by a ring in one of five places:

Unassuming. Untrained. Underestimated. A Propensity to Discuss Review. Flawed

If you have told a lie, your tongue is branded. For showing bad judgment, it is the temple that is branded. Your right palm is branded for stealing and if you have “stepped away from society,” or walked with the Flawed, the sole of the right foot is branded. This is also referred to as aiding the flawed and you can go to prison for this. The fifth place a brand can be is on the chest, for showing any disloyalty to the Guild and society.

When their neighbor and friend is taken away by the Whistleblowers, Celestine is the one to help Art to realize that his father cannot show favoritism, for that in itself would be a Flaw. Celestine also worries about her sister, Juniper because of her tendency to vocalize arguments against the Flawed system.

So it comes as a complete shock when the perfect child, the one who thrives on following rules is the one taken away to face The Guild. But, knowing Art’s father as well as she does, she knows that he will save her. She will not be found Flawed. But as the saying goes “absolute power corrupts absolutely, and Judge Crevan’s Guild may have lapsed into that reality.

The Future.

Celestine, who worked all her life to be average, will never again be average. She will be the poster child for a cause. But will she be for the Guild, or against it?

Unassuming. Untrained. Underestimated. A Propensity to Discuss Review. Flawed

A dystopian society is one that is dehumanizing and as generally good for a select few, but horrific for the majority. North Korea, anyone? As dystopian novels go, I must say this is one of the leaders of the pack.

From the first page, the first paragraph, I was gripped by this work. The writing flows so beautifully and yet is so true to life. There is nothing pretentious, no feeling that the author is trying too hard. It is just, well…Perfect. Not Flawed at all!

Celestine’s thoughts delve into her life and head and allow her to be the best type of heroine –  Just being herself and saying and doing what she knows to be right. The world would be a better place if we had a lot of people in it like Celestine North.

Whether or not you are a fan of Young Adult (YA) fiction, and whether or not you are a fan of dystopian novels, this is a MUST READ book. As a matter of fact, I have 2 copies on pre-order already, just waiting for the April 5th release!

5 Stars. A Propensity to Discuss Review.

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Favorites? Why, yes, I have favorites!

Here is a list of my favorite books by genre. Note that this is not an entire list of genres, just the ones that I like to read on a regular basis.

Autobiographies/Biographies 

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I don’t read very many biographies; certainly not as many as I should. I like most of the ones I have read, so I am not sure why I don’t read more. Curious. Maybe I should put that on my to-do list. My favorites are:

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Dystopian 

I LOVE dystopian books! LOVE. Yes, I am screaming it! LOVE! Maybe it is the fear that if we do not keep ourselves informed and educated, we could fall prey to some of the dystopia that is as of now only written about. Or is it? I have far too many to name favorites, but here are some:

The Uglies Series by Scott Westerfeld

Unwind Dystology by Neal Shusterman

Historical Fiction 

I often fall deeply into the stories of historical fiction. I think it is the history teacher in me popping up to say hello. In any case, I do not have a particular time period that interests me most. I can say without a doubt, however, that Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys is by far one of my favorite books of all time!

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Out of the Easy

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Realistic Fiction

Tradedy Paper

Tradedy Paper

Room

Room

Between Georgia

Between Georgia

A grown up kind of pretty

A grown up kind of pretty

Series/Trilogies

Breathe Series by Rebecca Donovan

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Cold Awakening series by Robin Wasserman

Wired

Wired

Crashed

Crashed

Skinned

Skinned

 

 

 

Jenna Fox Chronicles by Mary E. Pearson

Young Adult (YA)

Yes, I read YA. Yes, I like YA. No, I am not ashamed that I read it or that I like it!

 

The Raft

The Raft

The Compound

The Compound

Are you alone on purpose

Are you alone on purpose

After

After