Perfect by Cecelia Ahern

Perfect (Flawed, #2)

Title: Perfect
Author: Cecelia Ahern
Series: Flawed #2
Publication: 24th April 2017
Genre: Teens & Young Adult, Dystopian

ARC provided by Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group in exchange for an honest review.

Around the Year in 52 Book Challenge – A book published in 2017

Synopsis (Goodreads)

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 Carrick–the only person she can trust.

But Celestine has a secret–one that could bring the entire Flawed system crumbling to the ground. A secret that has already caused countless people to go missing.

Judge Crevan is gaining the upper hand, and time is running out for Celestine. With tensions building, Celestine must make a choice: save just herself or to risk her life to save all Flawed people.

And, most important of all, can she prove that to be human in itself is to be Flawed?

My Thoughts

I really enjoyed Flawed. I loved the world and the story and although the world was slightly familiar, I loved the new take on it.

While I loved the story in the last book, finding it refreshingly different, I found this book boringly predictable. I had to put it down about 50% of the way through  I found myself strongly reminded of the Divergent series. I finally picked it up after about a month and could easily pick up the book from where I’d left off.

I felt like the original concept, of having a flawed society that brands their flawed, that I loved from the first book was gone. We all knew how it was going to end and it took us on a very long journey to get to there. Even what I assume was meant to be a shock I found predictable.

Oh and we can’t forge the love triangle – because all YA Dystopian books I seem to be reading at the moment have to have a love interest at least. I really feel that this book mainly disappointed me because of the love interests, although this wasn’t the only focus I do feel that it occurred in parts where it didn’t need to.

An OK sequel but not my favourite.

My Rating

3-stars

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How to Fall in Love by Cecelia Ahern

How to Fall in Love

Title: How to Fall in Love
Author: Cecelia Ahern
Series: N/A
Publication: 24th October 2013 by HarperCollins
Genre: Fiction,

Synopsis (Goodreads)

She has just two weeks. Two weeks to teach him how to fall in love – with his own life.

Adam Basil and Christine Rose are thrown together late one night, when Christine is crossing the Halfpenny Bridge in Dublin. Adam is there, poised, threatening to jump. Adam is desperate – but Christine makes a crazy deal with him. His 35th birthday is looming and she bets him she can show him that life is worth living before then.

Despite her determination, Christine knows what a dangerous promise she’s made. Against the ticking of the clock, the two of them embark on wild escapades, grand romantic gestures and some unlikely late-night outings. Slowly, Christine thinks Adam is starting to fall back in love with his life.

But has she done enough to change his mind for good? And is that all that’s starting to happen?

My Thoughts

Cecelia Ahern is quickly becoming one of my favoruite authors and one of my auto-buys. I absolutely adored PS I Love You (Still one of the only books to make me blubber like a baby),  Love, Rosie and really enjoyed her YA debut, Flawed. 

Ahern is skilled in taking your serious topics, making you blubber like a baby but still laugh throughout.

Being Chic Lit, How to Fall in Love is highly predictable, it’s cliched but boy is it good. It centers on Christine, who after trying to convince a person not to commit suicide made a wrong move and watched him do it. Desperate not to let another happen, when she finds Adam on the bridge she makes a deal with him: she has two weeks to prove to him that life is still worth living.

I read this book so quickly, becoming engrossed in the story. In true Ahern fashion, despite it being about dark and serious topics, it was full of sass and wit making me audible laugh numerous times. I especially loved the banter between Christine and Adam, and Adam dressed up as Where’s Waldo and chasing his ex-girlfriend around town with Christine in tow.

For a enjoyable and quick read, definitely pick this up.

My Rating

4-stars

Love, Rosie by Cecelia Ahern

Love, Rosie

Title: Love, Rosie.
Author: Cecelia Ahern
Series: N/A
Publication: 1st November 2004 by Harper.
Genre: Romance.

Synopsis (Goodreads)

Best friends since forever, Rosie and Alex have shared their hopes, dreams – and firsts. But one awkward moment at eighteen, one missed opportunity, and life sends them hurtling in different directions. Although they stay in touch, misunderstandings, circumstances and sheer bad luck seem to be conspiring to keep them apart. Can they gamble everything – even their friendship – on true love?

 

My Thoughts

I loved PS I Love You, it still is one of my all time favourite books that never fails to make me cry,  so this was a must buy when I saw it. This was the best book I’ve read in a long time. It had me laughing, wanting to cry and very, very happy.

Love, Rosie covers the lives of Rosie and Sam from ages 5 to 50 through a series of correspondences, mainly letters, emails, IMs and postcards. At times it was difficult to figure out who was writing, in what form, or how much time had passed. However, it meant you felt really connected to the characters, especially as there was a lot of dramatic irony, particularly when it came to Sam and Rosie.

I remained interested in the story the entire time. The writing style meant that I was hooked right from the beginning. I wanted to reach in and hit each of them a various points, or bang their heads together, for being so stupid. However, the choices they were making were so human it meant I was even more invested in the characters.

I absolutely loved this book, I read it all in one evening and wanted to re-read it straight away. I can’t wait to re-watch the film now!

My Rating

5-stars

Flawed by Cecelia Ahern

Title: Flawed

Author: Cecelia Ahern

Genre: Teens & Young Adult, Dystopian

Published: 24th March 2016 by  Harper Collins UK

ARC provided by Harper Collins in exchange for an honest review.

Synopsis (Goodreads)

Celestine North lives a perfect life. She’s a model daughter and sister, she’s well-liked by her classmates and teachers, and she’s dating the impossibly charming Art Crevan.

But then Celestine encounters a situation in which she makes an instinctive decision. She breaks a rule and now faces life-changing repercussions. She could be imprisoned. She could be branded. She could be found FLAWED.

In her breathtaking young adult debut, bestselling author Cecelia Ahern depicts a society in which obedience is paramount and rebellion is punished. And where one young woman decides to take a stand that could cost her everything.

My Thoughts

Before this, I have only read one book by Cecelia Ahern – PS . I Love You. I adored it, she is one of the only authors to make me bawl like a baby, so I had high hopes for this book.

Flawed centers around  Celestine whom, like many dystopian heroines, is a person who is perfect, she sticks to the rules and does not question society. Within her society everyone who is not perfect is tried and punished by getting their flesh branded on the part that is flawed and forced to wear a “F” armband. They have curfews, have to eat bland food and are not allowed to gather in groups of more than two. Celestine thinks nothing of it, until her neighbour is taken and branded. When she faces a situation, forcing her to make an action that the Guild tells her is wrong but her morality tells her is right, it begins to show creases in the way she sees the society and she begins to think more critically.

I really enjoyed the world and the story. I liked that it was different, yet the world was still very familiar. It was really interesting to see Celestine view things differently when it came around to directly affecting her.

Although I really enjoyed the world,  I did not enjoy Celestine. I’m not 100% sure what it was about her, she was strong yet manipulated, she was brain washed by society yet beginning to see it more critically, she was independent yet relied on Art, her family and her sister to tell her what to do and think. She was portrayed as being logical and yet many of her choices were not.

I probably would read the next book as I am interested to see where it goes as the story was left on a cliff hanger. I’m also interested to see how Celestine develops further.

I would recommend to those who like YA dystopian books.

My Rating4-stars