Tarnished: Book 2 in the Perfected Series

Book Review, Young Adult Books


Tarnished by Kate Jarvik Birch

Age Range: 12 – 18 years | Series: Perfected #2 | Hardcover: 304 pages | Publisher: Entangled: Teen (December 1, 2015)


About Tarnished:

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 of all the other pets. But she’s trapped, unable to get back to Penn-the boy she loves-or help the girls who need her.

Back in the United States, pets are turning up dead. With help from a very unexpected source, Ella slips deep into the dangerous black market, posing as a tarnished pet available to buy or sell. If she’s lucky, she’ll be able to rescue Penn and expose the truth about the breeding program. If she fails, Ella will pay not only with her life, but the lives of everyone she’s tried to save…


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About the Author:

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 and three kids. To learn more visit www.katejarvikbirch.com


My Thoughts on Tarnished:

Ella is free. Sort of. She’s stuck in a refugee center in Canada, which feels like just another prison to her. So she escapes and with the help of Missy and uses the black market to get back to her old home and Penn, the boy she loves.

Tarnished is the second book in the Perfected series and it’s every bit as riveting as the first, but in a different way. The truth behind the treatment of pets is exposed, and Ella’s innocence and naivete are stripped away for good. She faces the ugly truth about her existence and has to decide what she’s going to do about it.

I love the growth Ella goes through in this book. She changes from a helpless, clueless pet into a strong and determined young woman with a purpose. Fair warning though, the reader gains knowledge right along with Ella, and there is a lot more content in Tarnished because of that. If you’re looking at this series for your teen, I would suggest reading it first before handing it over.

Content: Non-descriptive sex, prostitution, language, and some disturbing imagery.


Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.


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