Flawed – Cecelia Ahern

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Flawed – Cecelia AhernFlawed by Cecelia Ahern
Published by Feiwel & Friends on April 5, 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Love & Romance, Social Issues, Prejudice & Racism, Social Themes, Values & Virtues, Dystopian, Politics & Government
Pages: 336
Format: Kindle
Source: Netgalley
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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 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 perfection is paramount and flaws are punished. And where one young woman decides to take a stand that could cost her everything.

runfrominside Oh Flawed, how I wanted to read you. You were one of my WoW picks back in December and when I saw you come up on Netgalley, I requested with such hope in my heart. When I found out I got the ARC I was so happy. I have read the majority of Cecelia Ahern’s adult books so I was really interested to see how her voice transferred to YA. I am happy to say it transferred well. Celestine leads a charmed life. The daughter of a model mother and a powerful father, she has the perfect boyfriend and an enviable life. In a society that judges moral character as well as criminal behavior, Celestine has always complied with the dictates of everyday life. Until one instance changes everything. She breaks a rule to help another and now she could be found guilty of being flawed.

I enjoyed the plot of Flawed. Yes, we have seen plenty of books where a reluctant heroine stumbles into a situation she cannot control or even wants to be a part of, but this was done with a different angle that I really enjoyed. I have already stated that I enjoy the adult writing of Cecelia Ahern. I am happy that her unique voice flowed well into the YA world and that the writing was emotionally charged and had a nice depth. The pacing had a few issues, but that was primarily due to the world needing to be built. Speaking of world building, Ahern did a great job. The world was rich and has great potential for the rest of the series to grow into. The emotions ran high in Flawed. Between Celestine’s moral quandaries and a few scenes that were just brutal, I felt very connected to the story. The characters were set up well. What I mean with that, is that this is the first in a series so this was the building and setup book. The characters to love were there, the characters to hate were there, and the characters that you wonder about were there.

I really enjoyed Flawed and Cecelia Ahern’s delve into YA. While this book was primarily set up and world building, it still had many great moments and some hints at what comes next. This is a series that has huge potential and I am excited to see what comes next.

Favorite lines – “And I don’t think you have anything to worry with my effect on people. I am not a motivator. I couldn’t lead anyone even if I tried. I just want to be normal. I want to fit in. I want to be with my friends, I want to go home. I don’t want anybody to build me up as anything that I’m not,”…

Biggest cliché – But I don’t want to inspire a revolution.

 Have you read Flawed, or added it to your TBR?

Rating Report
Overall: four-stars

Reading this book contributed to these challenges:

  • 2016 Debut Author Challenge
  • 2016 Diverse Books Reading Challenge
  • 2016 New Release Challenge
  • Netgalley & Edelweiss Reading Challenge
  • The Goodreads Challenge

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Posted March 29, 2016 by Laura in Reviews / 5 Comments

5 responses to “Flawed – Cecelia Ahern

  1. Glad you liked it – I did, too. She did a good job on the world, didn’t she? I’m certainly looking forward to reading the next slice of the adventure and am fascinated to see how Ahern copes with progressing this story.

    • I really enjoyed the world building too. I thought it was distinct and a great set-up for more. I really hope the next book is as good, and wonder if this will be the typical YA trilogy or if it will be more? I’m hoping more. 🙂

    • Flawed was very different from any of her other books. They were all “chick-lit” or contemporary women’s fiction. This was a very different read and the world created was great. If you do see it around please give it a try, you may really like it.

  2. I finished Flawed last week Laura (review not on the blog until 13 May though have reviewed on Amazon UK). I thought it was a fabulous start to the series. It was a thought provoking read for me and I have so many questions I need answering moving forward 🙂 It was picked up by Warner Bros before it was even published so obviously the industry love it too!
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