Saturday, November 22, 2014

Book Review: Flawed

Title Flawed

Author Kate Avelynn

Release Date November 20, 2012

Sarah O’Brien is alive because of the pact she and her brother made twelve years ago — James will protect her from their violent father if she promises to never leave him. For years, she’s watched James destroy his life to save hers. If all he asks for in return is her affection, she’ll give it freely.

Until, with a tiny kiss and a broken mind, he asks for more than she can give.

Sam Donavon has been James’ best friend — and the boy Sarah’s had a crush on — for as long as she can remember. As their forbidden relationship deepens, Sarah knows she’s in trouble. Quiet, serious Sam has decided he’s going to save her. Neither of them realizes James is far more unstable than her father ever was, or that he’s not about to let Sarah forget her half of the pact...

I should have stopped with this type of story after Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma. It's unfair to believe that another book could come close to, or top, that one. Perhaps if I hadn't read Forbidden previously, I might have enjoyed Flawed more than I did.

I think the biggest problem that I had with this book is my total disconnect to the characters. I find it really hard to enjoy a book unless I can relate to the characters or become emotionally invested in them. I wasn't able to do either in this case. I've never experienced any of the situations that Sarah did. And, I am sad to say, I never became invested in any of the characters or what was happening in their lives. Nothing in the story, not even the abuse, gripped me.

I wasn't even phased by the ending of the story. Which, by the way, I was hoping would redeem the story for me since I was pretty bored throughout the majority of the book. I even went so far as to read the alternate ending in hopes that I could rate the book higher. No go.

Though this book wasn't for me (and I don't see myself recommending it to anyone specifically), Flawed has many good reviews. Read some of them, too, and then decide if this book belongs on your to-read shelf.


2 out of 5 stars

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