Book Review: Perfect by Cecelia Ahern
Last year, I read a book called Flawed by Cecelia Ahern and I loved it. It was Ahern’s first YA novel, and my god, was it one hell of a debut! It had so many people talking about it, and the ending left everyone hanging. Now the second book in the series, Perfect, is out – and I couldn’t wait to read it! Here’s my review…
Celestine North lives in a society that demands perfection. After she was branded Flawed by a morality court, Celestine’s life has completely fractured – all her freedoms gone.
Since Judge Crevan has declared her the number one threat to the public, she has been a ghost, on the run with the complicated, powerfully attractive Carrick, the only person she can trust. But Celestine has a secret – one that could bring the entire Flawed system crumbling to the ground.
Judge Crevan is gaining the upper hand, and time is running out for Celestine. With tensions building, Celestine must make a choice: save only herself, or risk her life to save all the Flawed. And, most important of all, can she prove that to be human in itself is to be Flawed?
Review: Perfect by Ceclia Ahern
Flawed was one of my favourite books of last year, and Perfect was a great sequel! It picked up almost right where the first book finished, and it didn’t mess about with trying to explain the first book in crazy detail. Sometimes it can get a bit annoying when second books recap the first, but this one didn’t feel like that at all. Cecelia Ahern did really well to subtly remind us of events from the first one, without being an obvious retelling. I always appreciate that!
Like Flawed, the pace of Perfect was… well, perfect. It was constantly going up and down but never losing momentum. And my god, there was a lot of tension! There were so many parts that had me flying through it, unable to put it down. One minute there would be a nice, calm description of characters or their surroundings, and on the next page, all hell would break lose!
I really liked the character development and the build up of new relationships, from blossoming love and friendships, to family bonds being torn apart. I really enjoyed seeing justice being served to the people who needed it most (Judge Creven… I’m looking at you. If you hated Creven in the first book, I promise you won’t be disappointed. I won’t say anything else.)
As much as I loved the pace, I must admit, there were a couple of times when I thought the story was moving so quickly – especially towards the end. It kind of wrapped everything up in a few pages, and I almost wanted it to be a little more drawn out. This wasn’t too much of a big deal, though. I still liked the ending a lot, and it was a perfect wrap-up to the story!
If you’ve read the first book, definitely get your hands on this one if you can. Or even if you haven’t read the first one, read this anyway – according to people who have only read Perfect, they still loved it!
Thanks to NetGalley for the review copy. I was ecstatic when I saw it pop up and now I’ll probably go and buy it to go with my copy of Flawed! The eBook and hardcover are out now, or if you can wait that long, the paperback is released in January 2018.
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