[Review] J.L. Spelbring: Flawed

Flawed by J.L. Spelbring

Series: Perfection #2
eBook, English, 400 pages
Debut: August 12, 2014
@ Goodreads
Genres: Action, Dystopia, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Overall Rating: three-half-stars

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. Her father's work didn't die with him, but lives on in her siblings, Aalexis and Xaver, and they are determined to complete his unfinished dream.

Read First: August 9-17, 2014 | Snuck from: Netgalley -- I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Rogue Chronicles Entry No. 126

Heart-wrenching, action-loaded, well-developed -- all this applies to Flawed. However, it didn't hold me in a death grip of suspense, which is a major fault for a run-and-hide-rescue-missions read.

J.L. Spelbring knows how to build up a beautiful world, and how to display her characters. In Flawed, we get to know a whole new group of the Resistance, and a few very interesting characters, although only three play a real role, and only one, Dr. Loki, has actual depth in my opinion. Then again, I also find the lead males Rein and Woody to still lack some depth. Only Ellyssa and her siblings are throroughly crafted out of the words. For all the others, there is so much room for interpretation, and I am not so sure if I like or dislike it. However, there is definitvely a development, which I feel is not always coming along well in other YA reads these days, so points for that!

Full points for world building, too, it's just awesome, even if it meets cliches widely. The pace is very steady, which is where the action and suspense lacks, but it's also where the descriptions don't start licking away your intrest. The love triangle was still nicely woven into the plot, not sticking out like a sore thumb and annoying you while reading. Regarding that, the epilogue peeved me big time, because it was purely cliche, no thinking outside the box there, a big disappointment.

The drama was nice for a Holocaust and renegade story. Much more than other authors put in, but then again, that epilogue... Seriously, it would've been better to leave that to the imagination of the readers, because it points you in the right direction of story line cliches, and thus kills all the suspense that the last chapter finally managed to built up, and if you keep walking that line of cliches, it tells you everything you need to know about the last installment. The end before the end, which is really sad.

Area Scan: Idea: 4/5 -- Flow: 4/5 -- Vocab: 4/5 -- Plot: 3/5 -- Heroes: 3/5 -- Sidekicks: 3/5 -- Villains: 4/5 -- Romance: 2/5 -- Drama: 5/5 -- Action: 4/5 -- Suspense: 2/5

Discovered: 3+ Hoods


Sights: HEE

#1 Perfection -- #2 Flawed

Thank you for the approval of an ARC goes:
NetGalley and Spencer Hill Press


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