Wednesday 13 March 2019

Book Review: Flawed by Cecelia Ahern

Last Updated: 12 September 2021

Flawed by Cecelia Ahern book cover

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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 where 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 where perfection is paramount and flaws lead to punishment. And where one young woman decides to take a stand that could cost her everything.

Flawed was my favourite book I read in February and I'm really excited to share why I loved it with you!

I adored the premise of the book and the story itself certainly did not disappoint - I have no idea why it took me so long to finally get round to reading it! The book was fast-paced, gripping, and filled with tension; at times, I simply couldn't read fast enough to satisfy my craving to find out what happened.

The characters were interesting and detailed, each with their own quirks and surprises that were revealed throughout the book. From Celestine's logic to the facade of normality and perfection displayed by her family, it's clear that every character in the book is well rounded and has a story of their own to tell.

Flawed also reminded me of Scythe by Neal Shusterman - another stand-out Young Adult novel I've had the pleasure of reading in the last year or so. Both books have quite a similar premise and there's something about this subgenre of Young Adult urban fantasy that really seems to intrigue me and keep me coming back for more. If you have any recommendations for similar books to these two, please do let me know!

This would definitely have been a five-star read if it wasn't for the cliffhanger ending - gah, I really hate cliffhanger endings! The story doesn't seem fully complete and I feel somehow cheated by books that don't have a clear beginning, middle and end, regardless of whether they're part of a series with a wider arcing subplot or a standalone novel.

Despite this, I'm really looking forward to getting my hands on a copy of the next book in the series. The ending was my only real gripe with Flawed, so I'm excited to find out what happens next!

Perfect, the second book in the Flawed series, is now top of my book wishlist - I can't wait to continue the adventure!

Rating: 4 stars

Flawed is available to buy now.

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* I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

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