Saturday, March 5, 2016

Review: Flawed by Cecelia Ahern

Publisher: Fewiel & Friends
Series: Flawed #1
Pages: 368
Received: Received a copy from Raincoast Books in exchange for an honest review

Release Date: April 5, 2016
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Goodreads Synopsis:

The Scarlet Letter meets Divergent in this thoughtful and thrilling novel by bestselling author Cecelia Ahern.

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 obedience is paramount and rebellion is punished. And where one young woman decides to take a stand that could cost her-everything.

My Review:

Oh, Cecelia Ahern, any book with her name on it already has my heart and I will jump for anything written by her. She quickly became my favourite author years ago... long before I started blogging, so when I heard she was writing a young adult book that seems very different from what I'm used to loving, I needed to experience it myself. I'm glad I picked this book up because it is Cecelia Ahern and like I said I will never say no, but it was interesting to see her attempt to write outside of her usual comfort zone. Honestly, I did enjoy the story, but at the same time it is a story I've seen many times before and I can say that I would rather stick with her usual adult stories. 

This was definitely an interesting idea for Cecelia Ahern, but it just felt like other books I've read in this genre, and as a reader I could see things coming. Mind you I will say that Cecelia Ahern gives us a great villain in this book that is truly creepy and there is still more to learn. I did enjoy parts of the book, Celestine has always been the good girl, but one day she makes a decision that not only changes her life but that of her entire family. Celestine begins to see that not everything is truly black and white, not everything can be explained perfectly.

Right at the beginning I could see how this was similar to The Scarlet Letter, and I loved how that was inserted because it does make things interesting. Those that are marked as "flawed" are looked down upon from society and are very restricted, just like Hester Prynne in The Scarlet Letter, except the flaws in this go to any tiny thing that is seen as corrupt. I did enjoy how Cecelia Ahern took this quiet girl and made her into a person who could change the world, everyone can use her actions to get what they want.

Honestly, despite this book being similar to so many other dystopians out there, Cecelia still added her own flare to it, and for that I did enjoy parts of it. But I can definitely see myself sticking more with her adult books, those are what I've really come to love from her. It's nice to see an author attempt to step out of their comfort zone and try something different, and many people will really enjoy this book, but for me I've seen too many of these stories lately. 

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