Book Review: Flawed by J.L. Spelbring

Posted August 23, 2014 by love2dazzle in Reviews, Young Adult / 0 Comments

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Book Review: Flawed by J.L. SpelbringFlawed by J. L. Spelbring
Series: Perfection #2
Published by Spencer Hill Press on 2014-08-12
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Paranormal, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 400
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher on NetGallery
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In a world where Hitler won the The War, and perfection is constantly sought, Ellyssa has broken free from her austere life and has found another meaning for her existence. Family, friendship, and love. But her happiness is short-lived. Ellyssa finds herself on the run again. Having destroyed her father's base of research and operations, she, Rein and Woody return to the resistance's cavern only to find that their friends have been slaughtered or captured and sent to a concentration camp. Now not only must they find the remaining members of their group, but Ellyssa discovers that her fathers work did not die with him, but lives on in her siblings, Aalexis and Xaver, and they are determined to complete his unfinished dream. Even if that means killing her in the process.

“Flawed” by J.L. Spelbring is the second book in the perfection series. This book did answer some questions that were left from the second book but I don’t think it was done as well as the first. I still love the idea and the concept of these books but I am starting to feel like the author is completely lacking on getting the story out. I feel like this sequel is way more focused around boys than the original plot. Why take this awesome idea of an alternate history and turn it into a boy crazy novel?

I still think that the characters are lacking and I just don’t know how to connect with them because I feel like there isn’t a whole lot to connect with. These characters are very flat. I feel like for a novel that is partly centered around emotions that the characters would have more substance to them. I felt like the characters were just words in a story. They didn’t feel alive at all.

I kind of skipped the part where I tell my reads what the book is about, so “Flawed” takes off where the last book ended. Ellyssa destroyed her father and siblings but when Ellyssa, Rein, and Woody make it back home, they find out that majority of their family is dead and the rest is scattered and missing. The story goes on with them looking for the rest of the family. What they don’t know is that two of Ellyssa’s siblings had survived and now want revenge on Ellyssa. These two siblings are now starting to feel emotions and they don’t totally know what to do about it?

This is the continuation of the “Perfection” series and I honestly feel disappointed with this sequel. I was expecting a whole lot more. Part of me feels that maybe I had my expectations a little too high. I don’t know, read “Flawed” and let me know what you thought.


About love2dazzle

Ali Kiki is a reader, writer, reviewer, blogger, and photographer in Portland, OR. An avid reader since childhood, you can usually find her devouring a book or stalking the bookstagram hashtag in her lovely apartment surrounded by books. Ali has been blogging since 2006 and she created Dazzled by Books in 2012. Her most recent adventure is making bookish candles for Stub Tail Candle Co., which are sold on Etsy.

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